After dropping a doubleheader last Friday, the Carolina Thunder swept one Saturday from the Lake Norman Copperheads.
The wins improved Carolina to 7-4 on the season. In game one of the doubleheader, the Thunder was led to a 5-1 win by the pitching of Charleston Southern freshman Anthony Markhun.
Markhun went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and no runs, while striking out eight and walking six.
Despite several opportunities, Lake Norman didn't get on the board until the sixth inning. However, Carolina struck early, scoring in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice by Middle Tennessee State junior Ben Darlington, which scored York native Tyler Lehman, who reached after being hit by a pitch.
In the bottom of the third, the Thunder added two more runs on two hits, both RBI singles by Appalachian State sophomore Jack Myers and Lehman, scoring USC-Sumter freshman Tim Flood and Clover High grad Brice Warner.
Carolina added another run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Temple University freshman Byron McKoy and added its final run in the sixth on a RBI single by Warner that brought home USC-Sumter sophomore Michael Caddell.
In the second game, it was Lake Norman which went up early, scoring a run in the top of the second off University of Rhode Island pitcher Ken Graveline, who went six innings, giving up five hits and just one run. He walked two and struck out five.
But in the fourth inning, Carolina produced all the offense it would need, scoring four runs on two hits. Myers started the inning off with a single and then stole second base. Darlington reached on a catcher's interference and a walk by McKoy loaded the bases.
New addition and Fort Mill High grad Michael Adams, who finished his freshman year at Delaware Tech, walked to drive in Myers to tie the game at 1-1. Then with two outs, Winthrop freshman Brian Deal hit a bases-clearing double to drive in Darlington, McKoy and Adams and put Carolina up 4-1.
The Thunder would cruise from there, allowing just two more hits.
Last Friday night, the Thunder lost to the Asheville Redbirds 2-1 and 1-0 and had a game at the Tennessee Tornados rained out earlier in the week just seven pitchers into the game.
• June 18 vs. Carolina Chaos, 7 p.m.
• June 19 vs. Tennessee,
5 p.m. (DH)
• June 20 at Morganton,
5 p.m. (DH)