Shakleford pitches CCS by Ridgecroft

Published 9:27 am Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AHOSKIE — The Community Christian School Cyclones of Wilson rode the strong pitching performance of Carter Shakleford to a 10-0 victory over the host Ridgecroft Rams here Tuesday afternoon.

The Rams could never muster much of a threat as Shakleford cruised through the Ridgecroft lineup allowing three hits while striking out 10 batters.

Only one base runner reached as far as third base for the Rams. John Thomas Taylor singled in the fifth after one out. He then stole second and moved up to third on a throwing error by the catcher. However, Shakleford struck out the next two batters ending the threat.

The Cyclones began the scoring in the top of the second as Patrick Batler led off with a walk off of the Rams’ Landon Larabee.

A single by Allan Johnson and a fielder’s choice groundout left runners on second and third with one out.  Number nine hitter, Bryan Mitchell followed with a line drive single to left-center scoring Batler and Johnson.

No further damage was done with the Cyclones holding a 2-0 edge.

The Cyclones then put the game away with a six-run fourth inning.  Again, it was the bottom of the order getting things going for the visitors.

Batten and Mitchell led off with back-to-back singles. Larabee then got the next two batters to pop up.  But Shakleford extended the inning by drawing a two out walk to load the bases. Then the dam broke.

Spencer Lee singled to score Batten. Drake Creech drew a bases loaded walk plating Mitchell. Batler followed with a line single to right center scoring Shakleford and Lee.  Johnson and Batten followed with singles scoring Creech and Mitchell before the final out of the frame was recorded.

The Cyclones plated two more runs, both unearned in the top of the seventh.  Leadoff batters Tyler Bunting and Brandon Page reached base on errors. Bunting scored on a wild pitch and Page scored on a single by Lee.

Shakleford finished strong striking out the side in the seventh inning. He faced the minimum of three batters in four of the seven innings and he struck out two or more in four of the seven innings.

The Cyclones moved their record to 3-2 while the Rams are still in search of their first victory of the season falling to 0-3 on the year.