Providence Day turned the CISAA baseball race into a two-team affair Thursday with its 7-5 victory over visiting Concord Cannon School.
The result left the Chargers 3-0 in the conference, a half-game behind first-place Charlotte Christian (4-0). Cannon School dropped to 2-2 in conference play.
It appears as if the CISAA regular-season crowd could be decided on the last week of the campaign, with Charlotte Christian and Providence Day meeting on May 1 and 4.
Cannon School made it tough on the Chargers in Thursday’s contest. Providence Day built a 7-1 lead after five, but the Cougars scored four times in the top of the sixth.
Reid Mayers led Providence Day with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate and a pair of RBI. Matthew Silverling went 2-for-3 for the Chargers.
Thursday’s top performers
Dyland Brooks (Monroe Union Academy): A junior, Brooks drove in five runs as the Cardinals beat Community School of Davidson 11-8.
Derek Finizio (Mooresville Pine Lake Prep): Finizio had two hits, scored twice, and drove in four runs as the Pride downed Queen’s Grant 17-6.
Jacob McCray (Gastonia Ashbrook): McCray, a senior, had the biggest game in his team’s 18-14 slugfest victory over Gastonia Highland Tech. McCray went 5-for-6, driving in two runs.
Thursday’s other results
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Monroe Union Academy 11, Community School of Davidson 8: The Cardinals prevailed in this wild affair, building a 7-1 lead after five innings, then seeing the Spartans rally with seven runs in the top of the sixth. That put Community School of Davidson up 8-7, but Union Academy rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Dylan Brooks and Chris Manriquez each had a single and a home run.
Mooresville Pine Lake Prep 17, Queen’s Grant 6: The Pride scored 14 times in the top of the sixth, after Queen’s Grant had taken a 5-3 lead into the inning. Sam Brochetti and Michael Fea each had two hits and two RBI.
Hickory Christian 17, Victory Christian 3: Eighth-grade Tate Sigmon singled, doubled and tripled, scoring twice and driving in five runs. Teammate Andy Cook had two hits and scored twice.
Claremont Bunker Hill 9, Lincolnton 1: The visiting Bears improved to 11-5 on the season. Karson Williams had three of Lincolnton’s four hits.
Concord Jay M. Robinson 2, Hopewell 0: Starting pitcher Max Agnew went 5.2 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out 10 for the victory. Andrew Tan finished in relief. Luke Nelson scored twice for the victorious Bulldogs.
Gaston Day 13, Statesville Christian 3: Winning pitcher Alex Stutts went five innings and also had three hits and three RBI. Brendon Battle scored three times, and Parker Rhyne and Jordan Baranowski each had three RBI. Rhyne also scored three runs.
Gastonia Ashbrook 18, Gastonia Highland Tech 14: Dylan Mauldin (4-for-4, three RBI) and Logan Barnette (4-for-6, three RBI) led the Green Wave in this scoring derby.
Lincoln Charter 9, Concord 0: The visitors scored five runs in the fifth and four in the sixth, holding Concord to four hits.
Misenheimer Gray Stone Day 9, Rock Hill York Prep 4: Gray Stone Day scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Casey Kruger had two singles, a double, and a triple, and he knocked in four runs.
North Stanly 10, Rocky River 0: Jordan Howard’s three-hitter led the Comets over the Ravens.
Southlake Christian 20, Greensboro Day 6: Darien Farley singled, tripled and homered, and Jason Hudak went 3-for-3 in a winning cause.
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