By Ryan Decker
KERNERSVILLE, NC – Charlotte Crushers (10-10) starting pitcher Myles Levy turned 21-years-old on Wednesday.
He began the birthday celebration on the mound in a big way.
Levy pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits, against arguably the best team in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League, Kernersville (20-5, 18-3), in a 7-1 upset victory on the road.
Levy gave up the one run in the first inning on an RBI single by Nick Wilson.
After that, Levy was firmly in control.
From the second inning on, the Charlotte starter surrendered just two hits, and retired nine in a row from the third through the fifth innings.
After the first, Levy never allowed more than two runners to reach base in an inning.
And while Levy was silencing the Bulldogs offense, the Crushers hitting attack couldn’t be kept off the bases.
Charlotte put runners on in all but two innings, which were the only two frames it didn’t have a runner reach scoring position.
The Crushers took the lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Seth Spillman, who then padded the lead two innings later.
Spillman finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate, driving in a total of three runs, two of which came around to score on a two-run double to left field in the sixth inning, giving the Crushers a 4-1 lead.
The lead grew to four runs an inning later on an RBI-single by Josh Hollifield, the reigning CVCL Player of the Week. Hollifield finished the game 2-for-5.
Charlotte, continuing to put the pressure on the Kernersville pitching staff, loaded the bases to begin the eighth. Noah Whalen drove in one run on a ground out, and another run was driven in on a sacrifice fly by Miles Marshall, giving the Crushers a 7-1 lead.
Levy, who ended the game with five strikeouts, registered a punchout in each inning from the fourth through the eighth, three of which ended the inning.
With the win, Levy improves to 4-1 on the year.
A win is a WIN
Wednesday’s scheduled double header against the Bulldogs became just a single game after there was an issue with the umpires, causing a one-hour delay of the start of the contest.
Charlotte may have caught Kernersville at the right time, as the Bulldogs have now lost three of their last four games.
Not only does picking up the big victory help out the Crushers, but the double header being reduced to just one game is also beneficial to Orlando Barrios’ club, because it’s in a stretch of playing seven games in five days.
Crushers Hitting Notes
By doubling in the fourth inning, Troy Rosado extended his current hitting streak to a team-high six games.
Hot on his tail is Whalen, whose single to lead off the game pushed his hitting streak to five consecutive games.
Coming up for Charlotte
Charlotte returns home for single games on Thursday and Friday before hitting the road for twin bills on Saturday and Sunday in Virginia against the Marlins and Rails.