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NCHSAA 1A Championship Series Preview

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Over the course of three weeks, we have arrived at the NCHSAA State Championship weekend. PBR has covered each team playing this weekend, every step of the way. Below we break down each club, along with news and notes on the series schedule.


NCHSAA 1A Brackets

NCHSAA 1A State Championships


GAME 1:  Cherryville vs. Perquimans  |  Friday June 3rd  |  8:00pm
GAME 2:  Perquimans vs. Cherryville  |  Saturday June 4th  |  2:00am
GAME 3:  Cherryville vs. Perquimans  |  If Necessary  |  Saturday June 4th  |  5:00pm or 8:00pm


Perquiman Pirates' Path to the Finals

+ PBR Power 25 Rankings - No. 19
+ PBR/NCBCA 1A Poll Ranking - No. 1
+ Overall Record - 29-1
+ Conference Record - 12-0
+ Home Record - 14-0
+ Away Record - 9-0
+ Neutral Record - 4-1
+ Streak - 10 wins in a row
+ Four Rivers 1A Conference Champion
+ Playoff Path

  • Rd 1 - 12-2 vs. Jones HS
  • Rd 2 - 7-0 vs. Rosewood HS
  • Rd 3 - 9-0 vs. Northside-Pinetown HS
  • Rd 4 - 7-0 vs. Chatham Central HS
  • Regional Final Game 1: Win 6-1 vs. Bear Grass Charter
    Regional Final Game 2: Win 7-3 vs. Bear Grass Charter


Key Performances in the Regional Final
+ Tanner Thach in game 1: Win, 5IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 11K
+ Jacob Meads in game 1: 2-4, 3 RBI
+ Trenton Sawyer in game 2: Win, 4.2IP, 2H, 0R, 6BB, 3K
+ Macon Winslow in game 2: 3-4, 2B, 1R, 1RBI

Key Players to Know

Jakob Meads NC Perquimans 2022
Jett Winslow NC Perquimans Co 2022 C
Tanner Thach NC Perquimans 2022 LHP UNC Wilmington
Macon Winslow NC Pro5 Academy 2023 C Duke
Trenton Sawyer NC Perquimans 2023 RHP
Colby Brown NC Perquimans





Cherryville Ironmen Path to the Finals

+ PBR Power 25 Rankings - Not Ranked
+ PBR/NCBCA 1A Poll Ranking - No. 4
+ Overall Record - 21-10
+ Conference Record - 8-4
+ Home Record - 11-4
+ Away Record - 7-3
+ Neutral Record - 1-2
+ Streak - 1 wins in a row
+ 3rd in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference
+ Playoff Path

  • Rd 1 - 10-0 vs. Piedmont Community School
  • Rd 2 - 4-1 vs. Mountain Island Charter
  • Rd 3 - 4-3 vs. East Wilkes HS
  • Rd 4 - 7-5 vs. Uwharrie Charter
  • Regional Final Game 1: Win 9-1 vs. Union Academy
    Regional Final Game 2: Loss 10-5 vs. Union Academy
    Regional Final Game 3: Win 6-5 vs. Union Academy

Key Performances in the Regional Final
+ Brayden Reynolds in game 1: Win, 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
+ Chase Miller in game 1: 3-3, HR, 1R, 4RBI
+ Kanon Willis in game 1: 2-3, HR, 2R, 3RBI
+ Landon Hahn in game 3: Win in relief, 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
+ Kannon Willis in game 3: 1-3, 2 RBI

Key Players to Know

Tripp Creason NC Cherryville 2022 RHP Ferrum College
Chase Miller NC Cherryville 2023
Kanon Willis NC Cherryville 2023 RHP
Landon Hahn NC Cherryville 2023

Will Fowler NC Cherryville 2023 C -
Will HEAVNER NC Cherryville 2023 OF -
Brayden Reynolds NC Cherryville 2024 P
Eli newsome NC Cherryville 2024 RHP -



After being obliterated with their initial tournament picks as the brackets were released, Brandon & Matt are back to put their stamp on the Championship Series.  See who they favor in this matchup, across a variety of different ways to analyze the teams.


Brandon Hall Matt Payne
Starting Pitching Perquimans
Pitching Depth Push
Team Defense Push
Offensive Fire Power Perquimans
Offensive Depth Perquimans
Overall Team Execution Push
Series Outcome Perquimans 2-0
Perquimans 2-0


Brandon Hall: Perquimans brings a legitimate ace plus a ton of fire power in a lineup that has just blistered opposing pitchers throughout the year.  Cherryville has played really well down the stretch and will need to limit the free bases throughout the series and continue to play very well in late game situations to have a shot at the title.

Matt Payne:  Perquimans has an explosive offense that can score in bunches. If they pitch it like they have been they will be tough to beat. Cherryville has won an elimination game and won't back down this weekend, if they can control the Pirate offense they could make this an interesting series.