Watauga baseball

MORGANTON — Watauga has struggled winning one-run games. Going into its game with Patton this week, the Pioneers were 0-4 in games decided by one run.

Although it took two days to finish, visiting Watauga was able to slip past Patton 4-3 in a game that started March 21, but had to be completed the next day because of lighting in the Morganton area.

Watauga (3-5, 2-3) scored all of its runs in the third inning when August Sauls drove in two runs with a single. Garrett Lawrence was hit by a pitch, Hamilton Castle singled and Jonathan McClannon walked to lead the bases before Case Taylor was hit by a pitch to force the Pioneers’ first run.

The Pioneers spread out its pitching over the course of the two days. Justin Hollars was the starter, but Gabe Morgan took over on Wednesday. Case Taylor came on to get the save for the Pioneers.

Watauga has won two of its last three games after starting the season 1-4. The Pioneers’ pitching staff, outside of a 9-1 loss at Richmond on March 4, has not allowed more than four runs in any of the Watauga’s other seven games.

Watauga has also not played a home game this season. With road games at Hickory on March 24 and at West Forsyth one day later, Watauga won’t play a home game until March 28 at South Caldwell.

After a road game at West Caldwell on March 29, the Pioneers play the first of four home games on March 31 against St. Stephens.

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