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Cavaliers deliver a no-no, no-no twinbill

Mar. 28—A change in the schedule for Southern Lee's two games this week with conference rival Hoke County suited the Cavaliers just fine.

Southern had been scheduled to face the Bucks at home Tuesday night and then travel to Raeford for the rematch Thursday. However, the teams agreed to play both games Tuesday, moving up the start time from 6 to 4:30 p.m. Hoke was designated as the home team for the second game of the doubleheader.

Southern made short work of the Bucks in both contests, doubling its season win total in a matter of a few hours. Cooper Harrington tossed a 14-0 no-hitter over four innings in the first game, and then Christian Cox and Cooper Moss combined for a second no-no in the second game, a 10-0 win for Southern over four innings.

The Cavalier (4-9, 3-5 Sandhills Athletic Conference) needed the victories as they try to set the tone for the second half of the season. Southern won't play any more conference games until April 16, but has six non-conference contests in the first half of April. The Cavaliers presently stand a few spots outside of qualifying for the 3A state playoffs, but with half of the season left to play, could easily qualify with a strong stretch run.

The Bucks, who are in the middle of a rebuilding cycle, didn't present too many problems for Southern. The Cavaliers scored in every inning of both games, breaking open game one with a six-run second inning and then scoring six more in the bottom of the third. The Bucks nearly scored in the top of the fourth when a one-out fly ball turned into a three-base error, but then Harrington whiffed the next two batters on just seven pitches to end the game.

Harrington struck out nine in four innings and issued just one walk. The performance required just 44 pitches.

Southern had 13 hits in the win, all singles except for a triple by Moss. Richey, Harrington, and Caleb Waters all had two hits, and Richey, Moss and Waters each had four RBI. Harrington and Moss scored three runs each; and Richey, Spencer Stephens and Bryan McCollum all scored twice.

In the second game, Southern batted first and got the only run it needed when Moss walked and came around to score in the first. Cox struck out two in a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning and then the Cavaliers extended their lead to 3-0 in a second highlighted by a Richey double.

Four hits and three walks in the top of the third led to five additional Cavalier runs. They added two more in the fourth to qualify for the mercy rule, and Moss threw a scoreless fourth to conclude the doubleheader sweep.

Southern had just seven hits in the nightcap, with Marcus Tate-Blanks the only Cavalier with more than one hit. However, the team also drew 10 walks. Harrington drove in two runs and TJ McAuley scored two.

The Cavaliers return to action on Monday with a 4 p.m. game against Topsail in the first round of the Big Rock Tournament at West Carteret High School. Southern plays the host school Tuesday at 7 p.m., and finishes the event with a game against Person Wednesday at 1 p.m.