Red Devils fall short of a comeback

Trailing early in the game, Newton-Conover made a comeback, but fell short in its game against North Gaston on Friday.

The Red Devils (0-3) fell in an early 3-0 hole in the top of the first inning. North Gaston scored three runs, including an RBI double from pitcher Henry Rundio and a fielder's choice by Micah Smith.

Newton-Conover's Parker Sigmon notched the first run of the game for his team in the bottom of the third, when he plated Jake Cansler to cut the deficit down to 3-1.

The Wildcats added another run to their lead in the top of the fourth. Second basemen Nate Potter scored on an error by N-C pitcher Chris Harrison.

The next two innings were critical for the Red Devils, but they were able to climb back into the game with some offense. Shortstop Todd Church doubled in the bottom of the fourth to score Michael Woods, which cut the lead to 4-2.

Harrison made up for his error in the bottom of the fifth, as he tied the game at 4-4. He doubled, scoring pinch runner Matt Harrell and center fielder Jamie Arnold.

North Gaston got the deciding run in the game at the top of the sixth inning, when Jared Wallace singled and plated Potter. That was the game-winning run.

The Red Devils mounted a final seventh-inning surge, but Rundio closed out strong on the mound by striking out the final batter with a runner on third.

Harrison led Newton-Conover with three RBIs and finished the game 2-for-4 from the plate. Todd Church was 2-for-3 with two doubles.