Cobras pound Catawba Valley

Mar. 17—HICKORY — The winning streak ran to 15 baseball games, and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute continues to impress even more.

The Cobras blanked neighboring rival Catawba Valley 15-0 on Thursday at LP Frans Stadium.

Walker Pedante hurled the mercy rule seven innings, yielding only two hits. He struck out six, walked three and hit three Red Hawks.

Bo Davidson slugged a home run, in batting 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Garrison Burress delivered a two-run double.

Breon Ishmael went 3 for 5 with a triple, double and an RBI. Hayden Setzer doubled, reached safely in four at-bats, with an RBI.

Jacob Bebber and Derek Farley each rapped two hits and plated a score, while Steven Smith also drove in a runner.

The Cobras (19-2) escaped a bases-load jam in the first inning. Carter Lindsey doubled, followed by Pedante walking a batter and nailing one.

Pedante regrouped with a strikeout and ground-out to retire the Red Hawks (12-12).

Davidson led off the bottom half with a solo shot off Caleb Avery. Bebber's run scoring single made it 2-0.

Caldwell swept the season series, 3-0, and have beaten Catawba fight straight times. The Red Hawks had won four in a row before Thursday evening.

The Cobras are off until next Wednesday, when a trip against Brevard College's junior varsity awaits. First pitch for the doubleheader is 1 p.m.

Catawba plays host to Southwest Virginia in a Saturday doubleheader, also at 1.