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Cummings, Graham end baseball droughts – with wins against each other


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Cummings won a baseball game for the first time in more than seven years this week and Graham ended up with something as well.

Neither team had won a game this season, but that changed by the end of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Graham Middle School’s field.

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Cummings, which was the designated home team in the first game, won the opener of the Mid-Carolina Conference doubleheader 16-9 as Samuel Basurto scored three runs and Kevin Torres drove in two runs.

Graham responded to win 18-2 in the nightcap.

The last recorded victory for Cummings came March 4, 2016, vs. Durham School of the Arts. Since then, the Cavaliers had a few years without fielding a team.

Graham also hadn’t fielded a team in some recent seasons. Its last victory on record also came against Durham School of the Arts in April 2019.

This year, Cummings is 1-12, 1-9. Graham is 1-11, 1-9.

• Also Tuesday, Southern Alamance won 17-3 at Durham Hillside behind Nate Teague’s nine strikeouts in three innings, Devin Brewer’s grand slam, and Eli Holland’s three hits in a DAC-VII Conference game.

Roxboro Person drubbed visiting Eastern Alamance 10-0 in a Central 3-A Conference game that was reduced to five innings. Gage Parsons and Cole McGinnis had the only two hits for the Eagles.

• On Monday, Williams dropped an 11-2 non-conference decision at Eden Morehead despite two hits each from Ethan George and Tate Jones.

• Williams dropped the third-place game of the Greensboro Grasshoppers Spring Break Tournament on Saturday by 11-7 to Greensboro Grimsley despite two runs batted in and two runs scored from Ethan George.

In their previous game, the Bulldogs lost 10-2 to North Davidson in the semifinals.

Western Alamance defeated Eastern Alamance for the third time this season when they met in the fifth-place game at First National Bank Field in Greensboro. Aidan McCandless struck out 10 in five innings, Shepherd Gooding drove in two runs and scored two runs, and Cooper Huff tripled and scored two runs.

Eastern’s run came on the second McGinnis home run of the tournament. McGinnis was the losing pitcher.

Western topped Asheboro 2-1 the previous day as Huff had two hits with a double.

Kayla Wilson drove in seven runs as Southern Alamance pounded host Durham Hillside 24-0 on Monday in a DAC-VII Conference game reduced to three innings. Greta Hessentahler and Wilson both scored four runs, Mallory White knocked in five runs and winning pitcher Rylee Humble collected four runs batted in. Humble didn’t allow a hit and eight of the nine outs were recorded with strikeouts.

North Davidson visits Southern Alamance for a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Thursday. This is a rematch of North Davidson’s 5-4 victory March 23.

In the Central 3-A Conference, the makeup game sending Western Alamance to Eastern Alamance also is slated for Thursday night.

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