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CVCC Baseball Pick Up Another Win Over Cleveland CC
Chandler Blackwelder wins the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 Baseball Player of the Week award for the second time this season.
photo courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

CVCC Baseball Pick Up Another Win Over Cleveland CC

The eighth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team earned its fourth Region series sweep on Saturday with a 10-2 victory in game three against Cleveland Community College at Henkel-Alley Field.

The Red Hawks’ record now stands at 24-7 overall and 13-2 in Region 10 games.

Second baseman Chandler Blackwelder led CVCC offensively, going 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI, and center fielder Malik Stephens went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Blackwelder’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning opened the scoring in Saturday’s game.

The Yetis answered with two runs in the top of the second inning on a bases-loaded walk by Jack McKinney and a sac fly by Derek Munoz to take their first and only lead of the series.

Catawba Valley regained the lead for good with a four-run third inning — powered by an RBI single from third baseman Zack Summerville, a bases-loaded walk by designated hitter Masashi Takegama and a fielder’s choice RBI by catcher Will Samuelson.

Stephens’ two-RBI single capped a four-run fifth inning for the Red Hawks. Blackwelder and left fielder Jackson Brown also recorded RBI singles during the inning.

Reece Landmark’s pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth inning allowed Catawba Valley to earn the walk-off victory in run-rule fashion. Saturday’s game marked the 18th time this season that CVCC’s offense has scored 10 or more runs in a game.

On the mound, Red Hawk starter Mason Herbert improved to 5-1 on the season. Herbert allowed two hits, two earned runs, four walks and struck out three batters in five innings of work.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Wednesday for a home doubleheader against Spartanburg Methodist. First pitch between the Red Hawks and Pioneers is set for 4 p.m. at Henkel-Alley Field.