Prep Baseball Report

3A RD 1: Asheville at Cuthbertson

Brandon Hall
Mid-Atlantic Executive Director

Asheville - 3                Cuthbertson - 12

Asheville travelled to Cuthbertson for the 1st round of the 3A West State Playoffs.  Cuthbertson started senior righty, Brandon Hudson, an NC State commit.  Asheville countered with Larson Scholtz.  Each arm showed why they are one of the state's top pitchers and each arm competed through some adversity.  Ultimately, Cuthbertson would take advantage of an avalanche of errors by Asheville and advance to the 2nd round.

Cuthbertson jumped ahead in the 1st when John Newton (2021 OF, UNCW commit) reached via error and eventually scored on a passed ball.  In the 3rd, Newton would again be pivotal, doubling home Chase Ketner.  Newton would later score when he moved to 3B by error and scored on a Sac Fly.

Down 4-1, Asheville would work to make the game interesting in the 5th.  A one out walk was followed by a double from Sam Justen, scoring Kyle Moshier.  Justen advanced to 3B on the play at home and scored a couple of pitches later on a ground ball to SS.

With the score at 4-3, Cuthbertson would put the game away in the bottom of the 5th.  The 6 run outburst was started with a double from Newton.  With two outs and 1 run in, Cuthbertson would capitalize on 3 Asheville errors, pushing the lead to 10-3.

A solid outing for Hudson, picking up the win with 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, and striking out 8.  Scholtz took the loss in 4 innings of work, surrendering 4 runs, 2 earned, with 2 strikeouts.

Cuthbertson will advance to play St. Stephens in the 2nd round.


Cuthbertson Stats:
Brandon Hudson - Win, 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K
Chase Ketner - 2-4, 1R, 2RBI
John Newton - 2-4, 2 2B, 3R, 1RBI
Connor Higgins - 2-3, 2B, 2R, 1RBI
Bennett Wolf - 1-3, 2B, 1RBI

Asheville Stats:
Larson Scholtz - Loss, 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
Sam Justen - 1-3, 2B, 1R, 1RBI
Sam Clark - 1-4, 1R
Connor Hillier - 1-3, 1RBI


*Look for a Scout Blog on Thursday breaking down each pitcher and several key hitters from this game.