Inside the Box: NCHSAA Regional Finals

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Prep Baseball Report

NCHSAA Regional Finals

May 23 - 29, 2023


4A East
Wake Forest Advances to the 4A State Championship Series

Game 3

Corinth Holders - 4 Wake Forest - 9

The Cougars used three big innings and a 6 inning outing from FR Carson Crider to punch their ticket to the State Championship series.  The bottom third of the Wake Forest lineup did a bunch of the damage with FR Stephen Crater accounting for 3 RBI and SR Kyle Brazeau knocking in 6 runs in the win.

The first 9 hitters of the game were set down in order.  In the bottom of the 2nd, Cooper Allen led off with a single, and later stole 2B with 1 out.  With 2 outs and Allen on 2B, Crater walked and Brazeau homered to center field, putting the Cougars up 3-0.  In the 3rd, Luke Stevenson led off by getting hit by a pitch, and moved to 3B on a Carlos Diaz, 1 out, single. Following a strikeout, Crater homered to center giving Wake Forest an early 6-0 lead.

Crider was solid in 6 innings of work, spotted with the early lead.  He allowed 2 hits and walked 4, while striking out 3.  He threw 97 pitches, 54 for strikes.  In game 1 Crider did not record an out, while walking 3, but on this night the Freshman attacked hitters from the outset and allowed his offense some time to get rolling and when he had the lead he slammed the door.  

In the 5th Brazeau would clear the bases with a 2 out double to right field, scoring Stevenson, Diaz, and J Bradburry.  The 9-0 lead seemingly put the game away and Crider made good on that assumption getting two flyouts and a ground out in a 5 pitch 6th inning.  Corinth would score 4 in the 7th when Wake Forest went to the bullpen, but the game was never in doubt.

With the win, Wake Forest will advance to play in the State Championship Series against the West Region Champion, TC Roberson.  The games will be played on FRI and SAT in either Holly Springs or Burlington.

Wake Forest Stats
+ Carson Crider - Win, 6IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
+ Braden Matala - 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 0K
+ Ian Williams - 1-3
+ Cooper Allen - 1-3, 1R
+ Carlos Diaz - 2-4, 2R
+ Stephen Crater - 1-2, HR, 2R, 3RBI
+ Kyle Brazeua - 2-3, 2B, HR, 1R, 6RBI
+ Luke Taibi - 1-3

Corinth Holders Stats
+ Jett Music - Loss, 3IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 7K
+ Harrison Glover - 2IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
+ Hunter Bennison - 1IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
+ Jett Music - 1-2, 1RBI
+ Cullen McGee - 2-4, 1RBI
+ Joe Dolinshek - 2-3, 2B, 1R
+ Turner Stuckey - 1-1, 1R


Game 2

Wake Forest - 3 Corinth Holders - 1

Needing a win to force game 3 of the Region Finals, Wake Forest turned to Cooper Allen on the bump and the Senior delivered.  Allen worked a complete game, giving up just 3 hits and 1 run, while striking out 6 in the win.

Tied 0-0 into the 5th, the Cougars would get on the board 1st.  A leadoff walk from Stephen Crater, he was advanced to 2B on a SAC Bunt and to 3B on a ground out.  With 2 outs Ian Williams reached on an infield error, giving Wake Forest the lead.

Corinth immediately answered, keeping the pressure on the Cougars and Allen.  Three straight 1 out singles from Dunlop, Crute, and Dolinshek tied the game at 1-1.  Allen would get a ground out for the 2nd out in the inning, and following a walk, a pop up to strand three runners and keep the game tied.

In the top of the 7th, Luke Taibi got the Cougars going with a 1 out single. Ian Williams followed with a single, moving Taibi to 3B, where he would score a hitter later on a pass ball.  Allen then helped his own cause, singling to center, scoring Williams and giving the Cougars the 3-1 lead into the last of the 7th.  In the final frame, Allen would record 2 of his 6 strikeouts and secure the game 3 contest.

Wake Forest is scheduled to host Corinth Holders on Saturday in game 3 of the 4A East Region Finals.

Wake Forest Stats
+ Cooper Allen - CG Win, 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 6K

+ Ian Williams - 1-4, 1R
+ Luke Stevenson - 2-2, 2B, 2 BB
+ Cooper Allen - 2-4, 1RBI
+ Luke Taibi - 1-3, 1R

Corinth Holders Stats
+ Brady Dunlop - No Decision in Start, 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 6K
+ Hunter Bennison - Loss, 0.1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
+ Joe Dolinshek - 0.2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
+ Brady Dunlop - 1-3, 1R
+ Jackson Crute - 1-3
+ Joe Dolinshek - 1-3, 1RBI


Game 1
Corinth Holders - 6 Wake Forest - 3

Corinth jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 3innings of play. In the 2nd, Cullen McGee led off with a single, followed by a Brady Dunlop double. McGee would score on a 1 out single from Joe Dolinshek.  In the 3rd the Pirates plate an unearned run on a Reese File groundout.

Briggs McKenzie limited the explosive Wake Forest lineup throughout the night.  He worked into the 7th, giving up just 4 hits while striking out 8 in the win.  Jimmy Lovelace kept the Cougars in the game into the 7th, working 6.1 innings, striking out 8, and only giving up the 2 early runs, until the 7th.

In the top of the 7th, Corinth put the game away.  Led by two Cougar errors and 3 walks, the Pirates plated 4 to take a 6-1 lead into the bottom half of the final frame.  Wake Forest would plate 2 unearned runs to cut the lead to 6-3, but the game was never in doubt.

Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday at Corinth Holders.  Wake Forest will need a win to keep the series moving to a game 3.

Corinth Stats

+ Briggs McKenzie - Win, 6.1IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 5BB, 8K
+ Hunter Bennison - 0.2IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
+ Jett Music - 1-4, 2R, 1RBI
+ Graham Wike - 1-3, 1R
+ Brady Dunlop - 1-3, 2b, 1R, 1RBI
+ Joe Dolinshek - 2-4, 1RBI
+ Jimmy Alfonsin - 1-3, 1R

Wake Forest Stats
+ Jimmy Lovelace - Loss, 6.1IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 1BB, 8K
+ Carson Crider - 0.0IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 0K
+ Braden Matala - 0.2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
+ Ethan Brittain - 1-3, 1R
+ Luke Stevenson - 1-4
+ Cooper Allen - 1-3
+ Stephen Crater - 1-3

4A West
TC Roberson Advances to the 4A State Championship Series

Game 3

TC Roberson - 9 NW Guilford - 8

In a must win game TC Roberson jumped to a 6-0 lead after 2 innings highlighted by a Reno Jeter Grand Slam in the 2nd inning. NW Guilford would come right back in the 3rd inning scoring 2 runs on a Bristol Carter single and tying the game on a Grand Slam by Jackson Godfrey. NW would take the lead in the 4th on a solo shot by Carter but TC would answer in the bottom half scoring 2 runs on a Tyler Kytta double. 

With the game tied at 7 in the 6th NW would get a base runner on a HBP in between two fly outs, TC would intentionally walk Carter with a runner on 2nd and 1st base open, Carson Shelton would then single home a run to tie the game. TC pitcher Nick Parham would get a strikeout to end the inning leaving the bases loaded. 

Tied at 8 in the bottom of the 6th and 2 outs game 1 hero Micah Simpson would deliver again hitting a solo home run to put TC ahead. Parham would retire the side in order in the 7th giving TC a West Regional Title and sending them back to the State Championship series for the 1st time since 2017. 

TC Roberson Stats
+Zeb Swaingim- 2-3, 2R, BB, 2B

+Nick Parham- 1-3, R, BB/ 1.1IP, H, 0R, 3K, 2BB

+Caden Davidson- 1-2, 2R, BB

+Reno Jeter- 1-3, Grand slam, 4RBI, 2R, BB

+Michah Simpson- 2-3, HR, 2RBI, R, BB

+Tyler Kytta- 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

+Jake Parham- 1-3, R

NW Guilford Stats
+Bristol Carter- 2-3, HR, 3RBI, 2R, BB

+Carson Shelton- 1-3, RBI, R, BB

+Blaize Johnson- 1-3, R, BB

+Jackson Godfrey- 1-3, Grandslam, RBI, R, BB

+Sylas Boris- 1-4

+Hunter Greear- 1-4


Game 2

TC Roberson - 1 NW Guilford - 3

TC Roberson jumped to an early 1-0 lead when Game 1 hero Micah Simpson singled to right to score Caden Davidson. NW Guilford answered quickly when Blaize Johnson hit a 2-strike breaking ball over the wall in right. NW would take advantage of a couple TC miscues in the 2nd to make it a 2-1 game. 

NW would extend the lead in the 5th on a Jackson Godfrey double. TC would get base runners on in every inning but the 7th but would only score in the 1st inning. Justin Webb closed it out for NW to force a Game 3 on Friday night. 

TC Roberson Stats
+ Reno Jeter- 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 6K, 3BB

+Micah Simpson- 1-3, RBI, BB

+Caden Davidson- 1-3, R, BB

+Zeb Swangim- 1-4

+Tyler Kytta- 1-4

+Nick Moses- 1-2

+JT Gordon- 1-3

NW Guilford Stats
+ Dominic Azzarello- 4.1IP, 6H, ER, 0K, 4BB

+Justin Webb- 2.2IP, H, 0r, 3K, 0BB

+Blaize Johnson- 2-2, HR, RBI, R, BB

+Jackson Godrey- 2-3, RBI, 2B

+Hunter Greear- 1-3, R

+Tanner Brewer- 1-3, BB

+Carter Jackson- 1-3, 2B


Game 1
NW Guilford- 2 TC Roberson- 3  (9inn)

Recap-Bristol Carter led off the game with a HR for NW. NW would add another in the 6th. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the 6th TC scored 2 runs to tie it at 6. TC escaped a 1st and 3rd jam in the 8th getting a 4-6-3 double play by the Parham brothers to end the threat. Starting TC pitcher Micah Simpson led off the bottom of the 9th and ended the game with a 2-strike walk off homerun to center field. 

NW Guilford Stats

+Owen Simmons- 6IP, 5H, ER, 7K, BB

+Justin Webb- 2IP, 2H, ER, K

+Bristol Carter- 2-4, HR, RBI, R

+Carson Shelton- 1-3, 2B, R, BB

TC Roberson Stats
+Micah Simpson- 5IP, 2H, ER, 4K, 2BB/ 2-3, HR, 2RBI, R

+Jack Parham- 2.1IP, H, R, 0ER, 3K, BB

+CJ Wallace- 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, BB

+Zeb Swangim- 1-4, R

+Nick Parhah- 1-4

+Caden Davidson- 1-4

+Jake Parham- 1-3, 2B

3A East
JH Rose advances to the State Championship Series

Game 2

JH Rose - 7 Southern Lee - 0

A dream season came to an end for Southern Lee as they were held to 2 hits by Rose ace Andrew Wallen in game 2 of the 3A East Region Finals.  Rose would score in the first three innings and put the game away with a 3 run 7th inning.  Rose out hit Southern Lee 10-2 on the night.

In the top of the 1st, Wallen helped his own cause with a 2 run homer to left, scoring Hunter Pope who singled with 1 out.  In the 2nd, a 2 out double from Owen Boyd would score Ives Howard, moving the Rampants ahead 3-0.  Howard would add a SAC fly in the 3rd to push the early lead to 4-0.

Wallen was outstanding on the bump for Rose.  He retired the first 10 hitters of the game, setting an early tone. Through 6 innings, he only faced 1 hitter over the minimum.  On the night, Wallen struckout 7, walked 2, and gave up 2 hits.  He fired 78 pitches, 51 for strikes.  

With the win, JH Rose will advance to the State Championship Series and will face the winner of the West Henderson and Oak Grove series in the West Region.

JH Rose Stats
+ Owen Boyd 1-3, 2B, 1RBI

+ Wyatt Fagundus 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

+ Andrew Wallen 3-3, HR, 2RBI

+ Hunter Pope 2-3

+ Ives Howard 0-2, 1RBI

+ Andrew Wallen Win, 7IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K

Southern Lee Stats
+ Ashton Donathan 1-2

+ Kale Scruggs 1-3

+ Pierce Bouwman Loss, 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K

+ Kale Scruggs 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 2KK


Game 1
Southern Lee - 4 JH Rose - 5

JH Rose took an early lead scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Southern Lee responded in the 3rd inning with a 4 spot to take the lead. JH Rose would tie the game in the 5th. It would remain tied and go into extras. Alex Popovich walked it off in the bottom of the 8th to help JH Rose take game 1.

Southern Lee Stats

+ Pierce Bouwman - 2-2

+ Kale Scruggs - 1-4, 1RBI

+ Cooper Moss - 0-4, 1RBI

+ Marcus Blanks - 2-4

+ Cooper Harrington - 6IP, 7H, 4R, 0ER, 1BB, 8K

+ Kale Scruggs - Loss, 1.1IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K

Rose Stats
+ Hunter Pope - 1-3, 1RBI

+ Mitch Jones - 2-4, 1RBI

+ Ives Howard - 1-3, 2RBI

+ Alex Popovich - 3-3, 1RBI

+ Hugh Collins - 7IP, 9H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K

+ Davis Hathaway - Win, 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K

3A West
West Henderson Advances to the 3A State Championship Series

Game 3

West Henderson - 14 Oak Grove - 4 (5inn)

In a must win game West Henderson wasted no time giving their crowd something to cheer about. The retired the side in order and put 3 runs on the board in the bottom of the 1st highlighted by a Truitt Manuel single and Jackson Lynn double. West would do more damage in the 2nd putting 3 more runs on the board. Oak Grove showed fight, scoring a run in the 2nd on a Kaden Hart single and getting a 2-run home run from Dawson Shelton in the 3rd. 

In the top of the 5th Oak Grove would add a run to make the score 8-4 but in the bottom half the West offense would get really hot. The West offense would bat around in the inning scoring 6 runs and ending the game in 5 innings by run rule. 

After losing game 1 West Henderson came back to win the final 2 games of the series and punch its ticket to its first State Championship appearance since 1992. West Henderson will take on JH Rose in the 3A State Championship series. 

West Henderson Stats
+Nicky Stanko- 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 4K, 0BB

+Grant Putnam- IP, 0H, 0R, K, 0BB

+Jackson Lyda- 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2R, 2BB

+Alex Anderson- 1-2, 2R, 2BB

+Truitt Manuel- 2-3, 3RBI, 2R, BB

+Isaac Johnson- 1-1, 3RBI, R, 2BB

+Jackson Lynn- 1-4, 2B, 2RBI

+Colin Ingle- 1-4, R

+Jake Lindsey- 1-3, R

+Lukas Kachilo- 2-4, 2RBI, 2R

+Eli Shinn- 1-3, RBI, 3R, BB

Oak Grove Stats
+Jake Smith- 1-3, RBI

+Ethan Yarbrough- 1-3

+Dawson Shelton- 1-3, HR, 2RBI, R

+Bo Tiller- 1-3, R, 2B

+Kaden Hart- 1-2, RBI

+Cam Sharpe- 1-2

+Keanan White- 1-2, 2R


Game 2

West Henderson - 2 Oak Grove - 1

West Henderson scored early on a Alex Anderson 1st inning home run and again in the second after Jackson Lynn led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd on an error and scored on a Jake Lindsey ground ball to second. 2 runs would be enough for West Henderson ace Truitt Manuel. Manuel did what aces do and tossed a CG to force a game 3 back at West Henderson on Friday night. 

West Henderson Stats
+Truitt Manuel- 7IP, 3H, R, 0ER, 10K, 4BB

+Alex Anderson- 2-3, HR, RBI, R

+Jude Lyda- 1-3

+Jackson Lynn- 1-3, R

+Colin Ingle- 1-3

+Jake Lindsey- 0-2, RBI

Oak Grove Stats
+ Ethan Yarbrough- 7IP, 5H, 2ER, 4K, 0BB/ 1-2, RBI, BB

+Jake Smith- 0-3, R, BB

+Kaden Hart- 1-3

+Keanan White- 1-3


Game 1
Oak Grove- 5 West Henderson- 2

Recap- Oak Grove did their damage early highlighted by a 2-RBI single from Jake Smith in the 2nd and a Bo Tiller 2-Run HR in the 3rd inning. 

Oak Grove Stats

+Jarred Lindholm- 4IP, 3H, 2R, ER, 3K, 3BB

+Cale Walters- 2IP, H, 0R, 2K, BB

+Jake Smith- 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

+Bo Tiller- 2-4, HR, 2RBI, R

+Kaden Hart- 2-3, R, 2B

+Dawson Shelton- 1-4, 2B, R

+Cam Sharpe- 1-3, RBI

West Henderson Stats
+Ryan Kasney- 2IP, 7H, 5ER, 4K, 2BB

+Grant Putnam- 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2K

+Alex Anderson- 1-3, HR, RBI, R, BB

+Colin Ingle- 2-3

+Lukas Kachilo- 1-3, 2B, R

2A East
South Granville Advances to the 2A State Championship Series

Game 3
Camden County - 0 South Granville - 2

In a winner take all game, JR RHP Bredan Chamberlain was simply spectacular as South Granville shutout Camden County to earn their spot in the 2A State Championship Series.  Chamberlain worked a complete game on 68 pitches, throwing 69% strikes, giving up just 3 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 4.  The Viking offense pushed across a run in the 2nd giving Chamberlain all he would need.

South Granville threatened in the 1st and got on the board in the 2nd.  A leadoff single from Cooper Wilkins, was followed by a SAC bunt to move him to 2B.  Michael Allen singled to put runners on the corners.  Following a strikeout, Cade Currin walked and Chamberlain was hit by a pitch to put the Vikings up 1-0.  

In the 5th, South Granville would use a 1 out walk, single, and hit by pitch to load the bases again.  Allen singled at the first baseman, scoring Dylan Laws.  Shawn Hoff would induce a double play ground ball to end the 5th and keep Camden County within striking distance.

For the game, Hoff worked all 6 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3.  In and out of jams, Hoff made several big pitches to keep hope alive for Camden County but Chamberlain was just too much on this night.

With the win, South Granville advances to the 2A State Championship Series where they will face off with Burns HS.  The series is scheduled for FRI and SAT of this week and will be played in Holly Springs or Burlington.

Camden County Stats

+ Shawn Hoff - Loss, 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
+ Wesley Hyatt - 1-3
+ Robbie Beckner - 1-3
+ Cillian Doran - 1-2

South Granville Stats
+ Brendan Chamberlain - CG Win, 7IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 4K
+ Cade Currin - 1-3
+ Cooper Wilkins - 3-3, 1R
+ Michael Allen - 2-2, 1RBI


Game 2

South Granville - 6 Camden County - 3

South Granville jumped out early, posting runs in the first two innings to build a 5-1 lead, needing to win to force a game 3 in the series.  Craig Vacher and Ricky Kern combined on the win, totaling 11 total strikeouts for South Granville.

Cade Currin opened the game with a double, followed by a Brendan Chamberlain single.  Consecutive RBI ground outs gave the Vikings an early lead.  In the 2nd, South Granville would open the inning with back to back walks, but with the inning dwindling, Currin was issued a 2 out intentional walk to load the bases.   Chamberlain plated two runs on an infield error and Charlie Vestal followed with an RBI single, pushing the Vikings to the early 5-1 lead.

Camden County’s Robbie Beckner homered to lead off the 3rd, cutting the lead to 5-2.  In the 4th, Camden County made their run at the game, loading the bases with 0 outs on a walk and two singles. A walk to Wesley Hyatt pulled Camden County to within 2 runs of the lead.  Kern replaced Vacher on the bump for South Granville and promptly closed the door with a put out at the plate and two strike outs to end the threat.

Kern earns the win in relief for South Granville, firing 4 innings, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk, striking out 5.   He threw 42 of his 64 pitches for strikes.  

With the win, South Granville will host game 3 vs. Camden County on Saturday.

South Granville Stats
+ Craig Vacher - ND in start, 3IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
+ Ricky Kern - Win, 4IP, 1H, 0R,1BB, 5K
+ Cade Currin - 1-3, 2B, 2R
+ Brendan Chamberlain - 2-4, 1R
+ Charlie Vestal - 2-4, 2RBI
+ Dylan Laws - 1-4, 1R
+ Cooper Wilkins - 1-2, 1R
+ Trevor Hockaday - 1-3, 1RBI

Camden County Stats
+ TJ Norvell - Loss, 5IP, 8H, 6R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
+ Shawn Hoff - 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
+ Wesley Hyatt - 1-3, 1R, 1RBI
+ Robbie Beckner - 3-4, 3B, HR, 1R, 1RBI
+ Cooper Lewin - 1-3, 1RBI
+ Cole Roberts - 2-3
+ Jacori Sutton - 1-2


Game 1
Camden County - 6 South Granville - 3  (9 INN)

Camden County struck first in this 3 game series with 3 runs in the top of the 2nd.  The inning was keyed by 3 consecutive singles to start the inning, eventually chasing the South Granville starter. 

South would come back, beginning in the 4th.  Back to back singles from Charlie Vestal and Ricky Kern led to two runs scoring, cutting the lead to 3-2.  In the 7th, the Vikings were down to their last out.  Cade Currin got hit by a pitch to start the rally, followed by a singles from Brendan Chamberlain and Charlie Vestal, the latter tying the score at 3-3.

With zeroes being tossed in the 8th & 9th innings, the Bruins worked to put the game away in the top of the 10th.  Singles from Cole Roberts & Jacori Sutton put runners on 1st and 2nd with not outs. A two strike ground out from Wesley Hyatt moved both runners to scoring position.  The big hit came from the bat of Robbie Beckner with a bases clearing triple to right.  Beckner would score one hitter later when TJ Norvell singled him home, moving the Bruins ahead 6-3.

Both teams saw big pitching performances in game 1. Bradley Elias worked into the 7th for Camden County in the start, striking out 7 before handing the ball to Dylan Jones who worked the final 3.1 innings with out giving up a hit in the win.  South Granville’s Cade Currin entered in the 5th, tossing 5 scoreless innings before the Bruins got to him in the 10th.  He did punch 13 in taking the loss.

Game 2 is scheduled for Camden County on Thursday.

Camden County Stats

+ Bradley Elias - ND in start, 6.2IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
+ Dylan Jones - Win, 3.1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
+ Robbie Beckner - 1-5, 3B, 1R, 2RBI
+ TJ Norvell - 1-5, 1RBI
+ Bradley Elias - 2-4, 2B, 1R
+ Cooper Lewin - 1-4, 1R
+ Dylan Jones - 1-4, 1R, 1RBI
+ Cole Roberts - 2-4, 1R, 1RBI

South Granville Stats
+ Cole Blair - 1IP in start, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
+ Brendan Chamberlain - 3IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 4K
+ Cade Currin - Loss, 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 13K
+ Charlie Vestal - 2-5, 1R
+ Ricky Kern - 3-3, 1R
+ Dylan Laws - 1-4, 1RBI

2A West

Burns wins the 2A West Region and will play for the State Championship

Game 2

Burns - 13 Morehead - 6

The Burns bats came hot, they scored 2 in the 1st and 6 more in the 2nd inning to take total control of the game. In total the Burns offense had 14 hits and scored in 4 of their 7 at bats. Marshall McGowan and Reid Stroupe combined for 8 RBI’s on the night. 

With the win Burns sweeps the series and will play for a 2A State Title next week. 

Burns Stats
+Josh Taylor- 4.2IP, 8H, 6R, 3ER, 2K, BB/ 1-3, BB

+Marshall McGowan- 2.1IP, H, 0R, 4K, 4BB/ 3-5, 5RBI, R, 2B

+Ben Mauney- 0-3, RBI, 3R, BB

+Colby Putnam- 1-3, 2RBI, R, BB

+Reid Stroupe- 2-2, 2B, 3RBI

+Ethan Guy- 1-5, 2R

+Hagan Hoyle- 2-5, RBI, R

+Gabe Holiday- 3-4, 2R

+Nick Williams- 1-2, RBI, 2R, 2BB

Morehead Stats
+Anderson Nance- 1.2IP, 8H, 8R, 5ER, 2K, 2BB/ 2-2, 2R, 2BB

+Briar Woods- 2.1IP, 4H, 2ER, 0K, BB/ 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

+Matthew Simpson- 3IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 7K, 2BB/ 0-3, RBI, R

+Landon Woods- 1-4, 2RBI

+Brittyn Barnes- 1-4, 2R

+Seth Sharpe- 1-3, R

+Landon Roberts- 1-3, RBI, R, BB


Game 1
Morehead - 0 Burns - 7

Burns started the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st. They added 3 more in the 4th including 2 on a homerun from Ben Mauney. In the 6th, Colby Putnam hit a 2 run homer to seal the game and lead Burns to victory in game 1.

Morehead Stats

+ Seth Sharpe - 2-3

+ Seth Sharpe - Loss, 3.2IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K

+ Lucas Brooks - 2.1IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 3K

Burns Stats
+ Ben Mauney - 1-2, HR, 2RBI

+ Colby Putnam - 2-2, HR, 2RBI

+ Colby Putnam - Win, 4IP, 4H, 0R, 1BB, 3K

+ Ethan Guy - 2-3, 2B, 3RBI

+ Josh Taylor - 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K

1A East

North Moore advances to the 1A State Championship Series

Game 3
North Moore - 6 Voyager Academy - 5

An exciting Game 3 would decide who would advance to the 1A State Championship series, and the game came down to the final pitch.  North Moore’s bullpen would come up big, tossing 6 innings, striking out 7 as they only surrendered 2 runs.  Ultimately North Moore would score 3 runs in their final 2 at-bats to secure the 1A East Championship.

Voyager jumped out in the 2nd, plating 3 runs.  Voyager would load the bases on a hit-by-pitch and two singles.  The next two hitters would each reach via the hit by pitch before the third run scored on a double play ground ball.  Ty Allred entered the game with the bases loaded and 1 run in, working to get North Moore out of the inning.  He would hit one hitter, but the double play ground ball was huge and he followed it with a strikeout to limit the damage.

North Moore would tie the game in the 4th starting the inning with 3 straight singles.  A bases loaded ground out by W. Kennedy would make it 3-1.  Ethan Dunlap followed with a double to right, scoring Patterson and Furr to tie the game at 3-3.

Voyager would immediately take the lead back in the bottom half with the aid of two wild pitches, scoring Marshall Hambrick.  Allred and Gabe Purvis would shut the door from there for North Moore, limiting Voyager to just 2 hits over the final two innings.

In the top of the 6th, Dawson Futrell doubled to left with 2 outs, scoring Elliott Furr and Dunlap, moving North Moore to the lead at 5-4.  The Mustangs would load the bases with 1 out in the top of the 7th where Furr hit a SAC Fly to center field, scoring Dalton Massey and giving North Moore a 2 run cushion into the final half.

With 2 outs and a J Glenn on 3B, B Smith knocked him in with a single to left.  Smith would steal 2B in the 0-1 count but was stranded in scoring position as Purvis got a strikeout to end the game.

North Moore advances to the 1A State Championship Series and will face Uwharrie Charter on Friday and Saturday of this week.

North Moore Stats

+ Bradley Mauldin - ND in start, 1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
+ Ty Allred - Win, 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K
+ Gabe Purvis - Save, 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
+ Ty Allred - 1-3
+ Gabe Purvis - 1-4, 1R
+ Austin Patterson - 1-3, 1R
+ Elliott Furr - 2-3, 2R, 1RBI
+ Ethan Dunlap - 1-3, 2B, 1R, 2RBI
+ Dawson Futrell - 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
+ Dalton Massey - 1-2, 3B, 1R

Voyager Stats
+ Bryce Smith - Loss, 6IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 1BB, 1K
+ Adam Freiburger - 0.1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
+ Marshall Hambrick - 0.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
+ Cade Curtis - 1-2, 1RBI
+ Jackson Glenn - 1-3, 1R
+ Adam Freiburger - 1-2, 1R
+ Bryce Smith - 2-4, 1R, 1RBI
+ Jackson Boswell - 2-4, 1R
+ Jacobi Purvis - 1-1, 1RBI


Game 2

Voyager Academy  - 8 North Moore - 1

Voyager Academy needed a big outing to get to a Game 3 and they received it from Daniel Higdon.  The Sr worked a complete game, giving up just 3 hits, 3 walks, and 1 unearned run.  Offensively, Voyager gave Higdon a lead in the 4th and put the game away in the 7th.

With the game at 0-0 through 3 innings, Voyager would get the bases loaded with one out on an error, Jackson Boswell single, and walk in the top of the 4th.  After punchout, Higdon would earn a full count walk to give himself the lead.  In the top of the 5th, Voyager would double their lead. Jackson Glenn led off with a walk and advanced all the way to 3B on a ground out to the North Moore 3B.  Adam Freiburger then laid down a nice safety squeeze bunt to plate Glenn, moving the score to 2-0.

North Moore made their run in the 6th.  Ty Allred led off with a walk and advanced to 2B with a 1 out single from A Patterson. A balk moved both runners up, putting the tying run on 2B with 1 out.  Higdon then induced a ground ball out, advancing each runner, followed by another ground ball out, keeping Voyager ahead 2-1 into the 7th.  

Voyager put the game away in the top of the 7th, scoring 6.  Higdon doubled to start the inning and scored on an error on an error, putting Sam Koerner on 2B.  Koerner would score 1 hitter later on a Glenn single. Glenn would advance to 3B, with 1 out, on 2 pass balls, and score on a safety squeeze from Freiburger.  With the score at 5-1, Jacobi Purvis would double home two more runs and later score on a pass ball, giving Voyager their 8th and final run.

With the win, Voyager and North Moore will play a game 3.  The game is scheduled for Monday 5/29 in Durham.  The winner of Game 3 will play Uwharrie Charter for the 1A State Championship.

Voyager Academy Stats
+ Daniel Higdon - CG Win, 7IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 8K
+ Daniel Higdon - 1-3, 2B, 1R, 1RBI
+ Jackson Glenn - 2-3, 2R, 1RBI
+ Adam Freiburger - 0-2, 2RBI
+ Bryce Smith - 2-4, 2R
+ Jackson Boswell - 1-3, 1R
+ Jacobi Purvis - 2-3, 2B, 1R, 2RBI

North Moore Stats
+ Ethan Dunlap - Loss, 4IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 6BB, 6K
+ Ty Allred - 2.1IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
+ Gabe Purvis - 0.2IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
+ Austin Patterson - 2-3
+ Elliot Furr - 1-3


Game 1
North Moore - 4 Voyager Academy - 2

North Moore takes game 1 of the 1A East Region Final on the back of a big 4th inning.  The Mustangs also used the solid start of Bradley Mauldin. Mauldin worked into the 7th, giving up 6 hits and 1 earned run while recording 5 strikeouts.

Voyager Academy took the lead in the 2nd on a 2 out error, scoring Dylan Ohlendorf.  The Mustangs would get the run back in the top of the 4th, loading the bases with one out on a single, walk, and HBP.  After a pop up that did not advance any runners, Dawson Futrell would reach on an infield error, scoring Gabe Purvis and Elliott Furr.  After a walk, Dalton Massey doubled to left, plating two more runs and giving North Moore the 4-1 lead.

Voyager Academy would not go quietly, scoring 1 in the 5th on a 1 out ground out by Curtis.  In the 6th and 7th innings, the Vikings would put the tying run on base but Mauldin and Puvis would close the door to preserve the win.

Game 2 is scheduled for Friday with the if needed game 3 scheduled for Saturday

North Moore Stats

+ Bradley Mauldin - Win, 6.2IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K
+ Gabe Purvis - Save, 0.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
+ Ty Allred - 1-4
+ Gabe Purvis - 1-4, 1R
+ Will Kennedy - 1-2, 1R
+ Dalton Massey - 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Voyager Stats
+ Marshall Hambrick - Loss, 3.2IP, 3H, 4R, 0ER, 2BB, 1K
+ Bryce Smith - 3.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
+ Daniel Higdon - 1-3
+ Sam Koerner - 2-4
+ Dylan Ohlendorf - 2-4, 1R
+ Jacobi Purvis - 1-3, 1R

1A West

Uwharrie Charter Advances to the 1A State Championship Series

Game 2

Uwharrie Charter  - 8 Eastern Randolph - 1

Recap- Eastern Randolph scored a run in the 1st in a must win game for them. They would keep a 1-0 lead until the top of the 6th when Uwharrie Charter would tie the game on a Grat Dalton single and a Walker Wilkins sac fly. Uwharrie would seal the deal with a 6th run top of the 7th. The extra runs in the 7th would be more than enough for Uwharrie starter Jake Hunter who went the distance only allowing an unearned run on 3 hits. The win sends Uwharrie Charter to the 1A State Finals next week. 

Uwharrie Charter Stats
+Jake Hunter- 7IP, 3H, R, 0ER, 4K, 4BB/ 1-3, R

+Tryo Carver- 3-4, RBI, 2R

+Ben Medinger- 1-3, 2RBI, 2R, BB, 3B

+Grat Dalton- 2-4, 2RBI, R

+Walker Wilkins- 0-3, RBI, R

+Caleb Stikle- 2-4, 2RBI

Eastern Randolph Stats
+ S Barwick- 6.2IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 5K, BB/ 0-3, RBI

+L Smith- .IP, 0H, 0R

+E Frye- 2-4, 2B

+S Asbil- 1-3


Game 1
Eastern Randolph- 3 Uwharrie Charter- 4

Recap- Eastern Randolph did their scoring with a 3-run 2nd inning led by a A Kivett double to left. Uwharrie scored single runs in the 1st/3rd/4th and took the lead in the bottom of the 6th taking advantage of some errors by Eastern Randolph. Eastern Randolph would get 2 guys on the 7th but were unable to score. 

Eastern Randolph Stats

+S Asbill- 6IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 8K, 0BB/ 1-3, R

+A Kivett- 2-3, RBI, R, 2B

+P Leonard- 2-4, RBI

+E Frye- 1-3, BB

+S Barwick- 1-4

+B Marley- 1-2, BB

Uwharrie Charter Stats
+Brett Smith- 5.2IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 5K, 3BB

+Logun Wilkins- 1.1IP, H, 0R

+Troy Carver- 1-3, 2B, R

+Peyton McCullom- 2-4, RBI, R

+Grat Dalton- 0-3, RBI

+Carter Brown- 1-3, 2R