Brzykcy, Hammer combine to no-hit Mooresville’s Devils
By D.N. PENNELL, Jr.
The Alexander Central Baseball and Softball Teams journeyed to Mooresville for important North Piedmont Conference clashes on Thursday, April 13, and both varsity squads came home winners.
In baseball, ACHS pitchers Zach Brzykcy and Zach Hammer combined to toss a no-hitter as Alexander knocked off the Blue Devils 1-0 for a crucial league victory.
At the same time, the Lady Cougar Softball Team was rebounding from its first loss of the season in a 4-3 win over the Mooresville Lady Blue Devils at Mooresville Middle School. The win allowed the Lady Cougars (20-1, 10-1) to enter the Easter break with a one-game leader over the Lady Devils in the NPC standings.
Brzykcy turned in a sparkling performance on the mound for the Cougar Baseball Team in the visitors’ 1-0 win over the Blue Devils. In an unadulterated pitchers’ duel the Cougar right-hander locked up against Mooresville’s Justin Jarvis in a tight mound-dominated showdown.
In the end, the game was determined by one run coming off the bat of Alexander’s Rhyne Johnson who plated the only tally of the contest.
Brzykcy pitched six and two-third innings of hitless baseball and was one out shy of a no-hitter when the Cougar hurler reached the state mandated limit for pitches thrown. The Cougars turned to junior Zach Hammer to finish the deal and he recorded the only batter he faced to complete the no-no effort and earn the save.
Brzykcy struck out 13 batters on the night and issued two walks. For Jarvis, the Mooresville hurler tossed a complete game, allowing just three Cougar hits, while striking out 11.
Offensively, Daniel Dessecker collected a double for Alexander, while Johnson (one RBI) and Derek Dyson added one hit apiece.
The ACHS Team will be competing in the Annual Catawba Valley Easter Classic at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds over the Spring Break holiday. The team returns to regular season play on Tuesday, April 25, when they host Statesville at Bob Gryder Stadium for Senior Night at 7 pm.
Just up the road at Mooresville Middle School, the Alexander Varsity Softball Team rallied for a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Lady Blue Devils in an equally important league matchup.
Senior ace Kendra Mayes ran her pitching record to 13-0 on the season with a complete-game, five-hitter for the Lady Cougars. Mayes allowed three runs and struck out a trio of Mooresville batters as she outdueled Devils’ pitcher Joelle Davis for the win. Davis limited ACHS to six hits in a losing effort.
Alexander trailed 2-0 after one frame but rallied to tie the contest with single tallies in the second and third innings. However, a Mooresville run in the fourth allowed the home team to take a 3-2 advantage into the late stages of the contest.
Determined not to drop a second straight league game, ACHS rallied for single runs in the fifth and sixth stanzas and held off Mooresville in its first two at-bats to secure the win.
The team’s offensive leader all season, junior Brittney Krider, continued to show the way for the team at the plate. Krider finished with two hits, including a double and two RBI.
Alexis Walter and Kelsea DeJarnette added one hit and one RBI each, while Julie Gast and Mayes contributed one hit apiece.
The Lady Cougars are off during the Easter/Spring break and are slated to return to action with a home double header (varsity only) on Tuesday, April 25, against Statesville at Central Park.