By Ryan Decker
Myles Levy said prior to Tuesday’s game against Catawba Valley (15-10) he wanted redemption against the Stars for a start he had against them earlier this month.
He got off to a rough start in his outing against Catawba Valley two weeks ago, and the same happened this time around.
The Charlotte Crusher (13-13) starting pitcher surrendered four runs in the first inning, which wound up being the difference in a 7-3 loss for Charlotte.
Each of the first three hitters reached base for Catawba Valley in the first, starting with a leadoff-triple by Emil Ellis, who scored on a single by the next hitter, Reeder Smith.
Smith came around to score on a single by Tyler Brown. Two batters later, Deylan Miley bounced a two-run single up the middle to put Catawba Valley ahead 4-0.
Levy settled down some after the big first inning, and was able to pitch out of a bases loaded jam in the third.
The Charlotte starter pitched five innings, giving up the four runs on eight hits, while striking out a season-high six batters.
Charlotte’s offense was held largely in check through the opening three innings, but was able to break through with a run in the fourth, and two more in the fifth.
Seth Spillman doubled home the Crushers first run of the ballgame, and Max Barrios drove in both runners an inning later on a single with the help of an error.
Barrios finished the game by going 4-for-4 at the plate, as he and Spillman were the only two Crusher hitters to have multi-hit games.
That brought Charlotte to within one run, 4-3, with zero outs in the fifth.
However, a running mistake by Barrios, and Catawba Valley starter Ryan Lloyd settling down, kept the Crushers from tying the game.
And that was all the offense Charlotte could muster, while the Stars tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and ninth innings.
Leading by two in the ninth, Miley padded the lead with his second two-run hit up the middle of the game, pushing the advantage to 7-3.
Miley went 3-for-5 at the plate, while driving in four runs.
Another streak snapped
Over the last three games, three different Crusher players have entered play with a hitting streak of five games or more.
Josh Hollifield brought an eight-game streak into Tuesday’s game, which ended after an 0-for-4 effort.
Army pair joins Crushers
Two players from the US Military Academy – Jacob Carte and Cameron Opp – have joined the Crushers for this week while they have a few weeks of leave from Army.
Watch a video interview conducted with the two before the game here.