RAMSEUR — A one-out, bases-loaded infield error in the bottom of the eighth allowed Carolina to score the deciding run as the Coyotes muzzled the Deep River Muddogs 3-2 in an Old North State League …
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RAMSEUR — A one-out, bases-loaded infield error in the bottom of the eighth allowed Carolina to score the deciding run as the Coyotes muzzled the Deep River Muddogs 3-2 in an Old North State League extra-inning contest Tuesday night at I. Fletcher Craven Stadium.
With the victory, Carolina evened its season record at 7-7, while Deep River fell to 5-7.
Cort Maynard, the Coyotes’ fourth pitcher of the evening, picked up the win after hurling one and two-third innings of hitless relief while striking out two.
Carolina starter Adam Dossenbach went three innings, permitting five hits and one earned run in addition to walking three and fanning three.
Gerard Chamra and Cameron Wells followed Dossenbach to the hill and combined to give up two hits plus an unearned run while issuing three free passes and whiffing three over three and one-third innings.
“We were able to take advantage of Deep River errors and got hits when it mattered to pull out this win,” said Coyotes’ coach Riley Nelson. “I thought all our pitchers did a good job tonight and we played good overall defense, only committing one error.”
Muddogs’ reliever Danny Turnbull suffered the loss after pitching the final one and one-third innings, giving up one hit plus an unearned run while walking a pair and striking out three.
Deep River starter Noah Carter tossed four innings, surrendering seven hits and two unearned runs besides issuing a pair of walks and fanning four.
Muddog relievers Nathan Cockman and Easton Jones each threw one inning in relief, with Cockman whiffing two while Jones gave up one hit in addition to walking two and striking out a pair.
“Carter pounded the strike zone and got a lot of ground balls like we wanted, but our mistakes in the field contributed to all of Carolina’s runs,” noted Deep River coach Michael Milian. “Our approaches at the plate weren’t good this evening as we failed to hit fast balls when we got ahead in the count, and we had too many strikeouts with guys in scoring position.”
The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as leadoff batter Chase Hetzel reached on an infield miscue, moved second when Tyler Myers grounded an opposite-field single to right and came in to score on Kevin Greenwood’s one-out double up the gap in left-center.
The Muddogs tied the score in the top of the third as Clay Richardson poked a one-out base hit to left and advanced to third on Jones’ opposite-field double to right before dashing home on a wild pitch.
Carolina reclaimed the advantage in the home fourth as Joe Carawan singled to left with one away and went to third on a two-out infield muff prior to tallying when Hetzel lined a base hit to left.
Deep River rallied to pull even in the visitors’ seventh as Richardson reached on a one-out infield error and came home when Jones belted a double into the left field corner to knot the score at 2-apiece.
But the Coyotes would secure their triumph in the bottom of the eighth when they loaded the bases with no outs on walks to Hetzel and Carawan sandwiched around Jordan Blalock’s single up the middle before Vinny Consolo’s one-out grounder to first was misplayed, allowing Hetzel to race home with the winning run.