Behind 12 hits including a season-high six doubles, the 19th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team thrashed Scouts USA for a 17-8 victory at SRP Park on Thursday afternoon.
Right fielder Brett Eurey led the Red Hawks (8-2) with four hits, including two doubles, and five RBI. Eurey was one of four CVCC batters with multiple hits.
CVCC second baseman Chandler Blackwelder went 3-for-6 with three RBI, first baseman James Hinson added two hits in four at bats with three RBI and center fielder Malik Stephens tallied two hits, three runs scored, one RBI and four stolen bases.
Trialing 3-2 after three complete innings, the Red Hawks scored 11 runs in the next two frames, including an eight-run top of the fourth inning, to pull ahead for good against Scoutz USA (8-5-2).
Blackwelder’s three-run home run led the offensive charge for Catawba Valley in that fourth inning, while Eurey and designated hitter Mashashi Takegama both had RBI doubles during the inning.
On the mound for CVCC, Matias Marchesini improved to 2-0. He allowed two hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out for Scoutz USA batters in 2.2 innings of relief.
The 19th-ranked CVCC baseball team returns to action on Saturday for the first of three games against Wake Tech in its conference opener at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.
The Red Hawks play the Eagles in a Region 10 doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday before completing the three-game set with a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.