Ironmen baseball team in limbo at 3-1 overall as season on hold
Ironmen head coach Scott Heavner tells the CHS batter what he wants him to do while Brent Walls stands on third base, ready to head for home.
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
The 2020 CHS Ironmen baseball season is currently on hold with the men at 3-1 overall; 1-0 in SPC 1A play as of last week’s away games at West Lincoln and Piedmont Charter. Fortunately for the Ironmen, both of those games were wins for them.
In a media release from the NCHSAA, Commissioner Que Tucker said the NCHSAA Board of Directors had suspended all high school basketball state playoffs, adding, “The Board of Directors also moved to suspend interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m., on Friday, March 13, 2020 through at least Monday, April 6, 2020. The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks. This includes all workouts, skill development, practices and contests.”
CHS Athletic Director later confirmed the release was true and all CHS Spring athletics and such were suspended until further notice.
Against West Lincoln
In this Wednesday, March 11, away game, the CHS Ironmen defeated the Rebels in this non-conference game by a score of 9-2. The winning pitcher was Dalton Pence, who got his first win of the now-shortened season. When Pence left the mound in the third inning he had eight strike outs and one base-on-balls. Senior Brent Walls came in the fourth inning and struck out seven for a total of 15 Rebel batters struck out in this one.
Hitters in this one were Christian Hahn who had a base hit, and a walk; Pence helped himself at the plate, going 2 for 5; Noah Ingle was 3 for 4, and had an RBI, and was walked in for a run.
Ironmen catcher Brett Huffstetler got a base hit, and had 2 RBIs; Will Fowler had a base hit and an RBI, while teammate Will Heavner was 3-3. Senior Elliott Greene, who was hit twice by pitches, went 1-2, had a double, and 2 RBIs.
Against Piedmont Charter
The Ironmen traveled again to Piedmont Charter for this game, which they won handily by a score of 17-0 in this mercy rule, five inning game.
Senior Noah Ingle got his second win in this one, allowing one hit. He also helped himself out at the plate by going 3-5, getting two doubles, and 2 RBIs. Ty Heavner was 3-5 and had 5 RBIs.
Collin Robinson had two hits and 3 RBIs. Trip Creason had two hits and an RBI.
Additionally, quite a few CHS batters hit safely as well.
In JV action at Fraley Field on this same day, the 3-0 overall JV Ironmen defeated the JV East Lincoln Mustangs 13-2 in five innings of work. The winning pitcher in this one was Kannon Willis. Trip Creason came in relief for him.
Hitters for the JV squad were Chase Miller (1-4, 4 RBIs); Will Fowler (3-3, 2 doubles, a triple, and 3 RBIs); and Landon Hahn (2-2).
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)