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BURLINGTON — Chatham Central’s 12-2 shellacking of Clover Garden on March 19 was a good opening to the 2019 1A Central Tar Heel Conference season.
The Bears scored four in the first inning and never looked back in cruising to the mercy-rule win in six innings.
Chatham Central (1-0 conference, 2-3 overall) pounded out 12 hits in the victory which saw the locals add a run in the second to go up 5-0, before adding three spots in the third and fourth frames, and a final run in the sixth.
Lofton Dodson led the Bears at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort that included a pair of runs scored, an RBI, a double and two stolen bases.
Michael Moore chipped in a 2-for-3 effort with two runs and an RBI, while Holden Johnson went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run.
Also for the Bears offensively, Jackson Gray was 1-for-2 with a run, Zack Ritter 1-for-3 with three RBI, Caleb Staley 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and two walks, Carter Fuquay 1-for-2 with a run and a double, Riley Lagenor 1-for-1 with a run and a walk, and Tyson Measamer notched an RBI.
On the mound, Moore picked up the win after working three innings and allowing just a walk while striking out two.
Caleb Staley hurled 2.2 innings in relief and yielded four hits, two runs (two earned), two walks and fanned two before giving way to Johnson who recored the final out of the contest.