The 19th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team scored nine-straight runs on Wednesday and held off a late charge by rival Caldwell to earn a 9-8 victory at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.
With the victory, Red Hawk head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle claimed his 200th career victory at the helm of the CVCC baseball program.
The Cobras (5-4) took command early in Wednesday’s Region contest, scoring the first four runs of the game — one in the first inning, two in the third inning and one in the fourth inning.
Down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, CVCC (13-2) scored five runs during the inning to take the lead for good.
Red Hawks right fielder Brett Eurey recorded a two-RBI single during the fourth inning, while third baseman Jordan Montgomery and center fielder Malik Stephens Botha added RBI singles.
Catawba Valley padded its lead during the fifth inning, adding a run on an RBI single by shortstop Kye Andress.
CVCC would make it nine-straight runs after scoring three more times in the sixth inning. Eurey brought home a run after scoring from third base on a balk, Stephens drew a bases-loaded walk and Montgomery scored on an error.
Caldwell rallied late, pushing across a run on a bases loaded walk in the seventh inning, and the Cobras scored two runs on a RBI single and a RBI double in the eighth inning.
CCC&TI would cut the lead to just one in the ninth inning after an error by shortstop Kye Andress plated a run, but Red Hawk reliever Cooper Sain was able to force a fly out to right field to end the game and seal his team’s 10th consecutive victory.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend for a pivotal three-game conference set against Patrick Henry Community College (12-1, 3-0 in Region 10).
The Red Hawks and Patriots will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday consisting of one nine-inning and one seven-inning contest before finishing their series on Sunday with a single nine-inning game at noon.
Caldwell is 5-4 on the season. The Cobras are at Florence-Darlington Tech on Sunday, March 14 for a double header.