The Kingsmen Baseball squad swept a twinbill from the Concord A’s Friday night by the scores of 15-5 and 3-2. The two wins improve the Kingsmen record to 3-2. The game that they played Thursday against the Carolina Vipers was suspended in the 5th inning and will be completed at a later date.
The story in game 1 was great hitting by the Kingsmen and excellent pitching by Mathieu Curtis. Curtis threw the first five innings, limiting the A’s to 3 runs and 6 hits, while striking out 6. The offensive star was Burke Camper, who went 5-5 with 2 homeruns and 6 RBI. Sawyer Reeves and Johnny Sweeney each chipped in with 3 hits and 2 RBI, while Dalton Reeves drove in 3 runs. Gavin Phillips and Cam McNearney added 2 hits each.
Game 2 was a pitcher’s duel between the Kingsmen’s Chas DeBruhl and the A’s Tyler DAmico. The Kingsmen got on the board first, scoring 2 runs in the first on RBI’s by Camper and Dalton Reeves. The A’s tied it in the 2nd with 2-run homer. That would be the only hard hit ball that DeBruhl allowed all night. The score stayed that way until the 6th. Justin Stewart led off with a walk and advanced to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Gavin Phillips. Stewart then scored all the way from second base on a wild pitch. After scoring the lead run, Stewart moved to the mound to earn the save by throwing scoreless sixth and seventh innings. DeBruhl was outstanding for the second outing in a row. He threw 5 innings, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 11. Stewart followed by striking out 4 in his two inning save.
Head Coach Joe Hudak was extremely happy with the doubleheader sweep. “Its really hard to win a doubleheader on the road, especially against a team that had not lost a game yet”, Hudak said. “It’s the mark of a good team that can win one game 15-5 and another game 3-2. I thought our pitching was very good tonight. We threw strikes and worked ahead in the count, and good things will happen when you do that”. He was also pleased with the team’s hitting. “I thought we swung the bats very well both games”, he continued. “We only scored 3 runs in game 2 but we hit the ball much better than that. We had a lot of hard-hit outs”.
The Kingsmen head to Lexington, South Carolina on Saturday to play an exhibition game with the Lexington County Blowfish of the Coastal Plain League. They return to SCBL action Monday when they host the first-place Lake Norman Copperheads. First pitch is 7PM at York Comprehensive High School.