Saturday, October 16, 2021
Baseball: D.H. Conley Holds Off C.B. Aycock (PHOTO GALLERY)

Baseball: D.H. Conley Holds Off C.B. Aycock (PHOTO GALLERY)

C.B. Aycock hurler Hunter Theriac pitched well on the mound Thursday evening against D.H. Conley.

Unfortunately, the Golden Falcons were unable to come away with the win.

C.B. Aycock had six hits but managed just one run in a 6-1 loss to the Vikings.

In six innings of work, Theriac struck out seven batters and permitted two earned runs on three hits. Cullen Tucker pitched the final inning of the game because Theriac reached his pitch count.

And the duo combined to give up just two earned runs.

“Hunter was great. He kept us in the ballgame and gave us a chance. We just couldn’t get a run or two across early,” C.B. Aycock head coach Allen Thomas said.

D.H. Conley held a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Justin McDonald’s solo home run gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead.

The Vikings added another run in the top of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead, but the Golden Falcons refused to go away quietly.

Brett Forbis cut the D.H. Conley’s lead down to 3-1 when he scored off a wild pitch, but that would turn out to be the Golden Falcon’s only run of the game.

Throughout the game, Golden Falcons managed to get runners in scoring position. However, the Golden Falcons were unable to take advantage.

“We had opportunities, but we made a couple of mistakes that kept us from getting an extra run in the sixth inning,” Thomas said.

C.B. Aycock’s errors in the top of the seventh enabled the Vikings to build up a 6-1 lead, and in the bottom of the inning, the Golden Falcons could not dig themselves out of that hole.

“For the first six innings, I was pleased with how we played. We still made a few mistakes that cost a run or two, but I thought we played well,” Thomas said. “I’m definitely not happy with our execution and fundamentals in the seventh inning. Things we work on all the time in practice, and that’s frustrating right now.”

C.B. Aycock (5-5) overall travels to South Lenoir (6-4) on Tuesday. The Golden Falcons only have four games left on their schedule, and Thomas said he wants the Golden Falcons to end the season on a high note.

“I want to see some guys step up. Some of our guys are a lot better hitters than what they’re showing, and we’ve got to step up and show that,” Thomas said. “Also, get some other guys to show what they can do too.

“Hopefully, we can play well and continue to get better in these last four games.”

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