East Carter fell to Rowan County in five innings, 11-0, during last Wednesday’s senior night game.
The Raiders honored their seniors during their final home game. The Raiders have six seniors, pitcher, Matthew Holmes; pitcher and first baseman, Caden McDavid; catcher, Lucas Young, outfielder, Maxwell Shelton; shortstop, Trey Scott, and second baseman, Noah Caudill.
“I have said this for the last four years. Wherever we go, out of state, Myrtle Beach, we get compliments on our behavior. A lot of that has to do with these six seniors. They are outstanding kids. The season hasn’t turned out how we wanted it to, but they are a great group of kids and they will be successful in whatever they choose to do,” said East Coach Jeremiah Shearer.
It wasn’t a bad start. The Raiders held the Vikings scoreless in the first inning and struck out the first two batters in the top of the second.
Holmes was on the mound. The Raiders welcomed him back for a senior night performance after having spent the majority of his senior season battling back from a hand injury. Holmes threw three innings. He gave up five runs on six hits while striking out two.
“This is really his first time back. It was senior night and we wanted to give him a start. I thought he gave us some great innings for a kid that hasn’t played all season,” said Shearer.
He was relieved by Treven Tussey in the fourth and Caudill came in to close out the game.
The Vikings’ bats picked up in the second when Corey Binion hit his fifth season home run over centerfield.
Vikings’ freshman Chase Alderman followed with a second homer that bounced off the Raiders’ field house.
Alderman has an exceptional performance at the plate. He went three-for-three hitting all extra base hits with a pair of doubles and a homerun.
The Vikings tallied 11 runs on 11 hits, six of them extra base hits. Shane Taylor slid into third for a triple in third and Devon Stevens hit a double in the Vikings’ seven-run fourth inning.
The Raiders had two hits, a double in the fourth and a single in the fifth.
“I thought we had some good at bats tonight. I thought we hit some really hard balls, on the button, just right at them. We hit a line drive to first, and a line drive to shortstop there. They did what good teams, make plays. Other teams in the region might not make those plays,” said Shearer.
Ethan Tiller broke Matthew Gagliano’s no-hitter in the fourth inning. He doubled on a line drive to left field giving the Raiders a good chance at a run.
“He is a sophomore that has worked his way into the line up and has moved his way up the line up into the four spot,” said Shearer. He has been really really comfortable the last three, four weeks at the plate and has hit balls on the button like that the last month or so. He is a kid we look forward to seeing big things from.”
Gagliano had walked Trevor Cline at the start of the inning and Tiller’s double moved him to third. Cline got caught advancing to home on a wild pitch. Rowan County catcher Binion fielded the loose ball and threw to Gagliano for the third out.
Caudill ended the night’s hitting by reaching first on a fly ball to centerfield to start the bottom of the fifth.
Binion came in as relief for Gagliano. He struck out Shelton and Connor Goodman for two outs in the final inning.