PROSPERITY — Senior Josh Haney made a three-run lead hold up in the first round of the District I playoffs as Mid-Carolina defeated Landrum on Thursday night in home action.
Haney relied on the defense behind him and reached deep into his will to win as he had a career day, throwing a complete game shutout, striking out six while allowing two hits and three walks.
The Cardinals first batter walked, but the next three batters were retired in order with two ground outs to short stop and a strikeout.
After two strikeouts in the second, Landrum’s the third batter singled and the next batter walked. The scoring threat ended with an unassisted ground ball out to first baseman Ryan Stoudemire.
MCHS was shut out until a two-out rally in the fourth.
After Justin Hawkins flied out to center field, Ryan Stoudemire singled to the left field gap and Shawn Sexton hit into a fielder’s choice. Mack Flemon singled and Josh Haney walked to load the bases.
With ducks on the pond, speedster Ty Glymph pinch ran for Haney setting the stage for catcher, Duncan Crotwell. Crotwell laced the first pitch he saw to deep left field for a double that scored Sexton, Flemon and Glymph, who used his wheels to hustle home from first.
The Rebels kept the Cardinals off the bases until the sixth when a Cardinals runner reached first on an error by the MCHS shortstop.
The threat was short lived as Haney induced ground ball to first baseman Stoudemire that produced a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Those three runs held up for the final 3-0 and MCHS was primed for the next game versus region foe Ninety-Six.
Leading hitters for MCHS were Cole Shealy (1-3); Ryan Stoudemire (1-3), Mack Flemon (1-2), Josh Haney (1-2) and Duncan Crotwell (1-2 with a double).