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NCHSAA 2A Championship 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 2A Brackets

NCHSAA 2A State Championships


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


Randleman Tigers' Path to the Finals

+ PBR Power 25 Rankings - No. 2
+ PBR/NCBCA 2A Poll Ranking - No. 1
+ Overall Record - 31-1
+ Conference Record - 12-0
+ Home Record - 17-0
+ Away Record - 8-0
+ Neutral Record - 4-1
+ Streak - 15 wins in a row
+ Piedmont Athletic 1A/2A Conference Champion
+ Piedmont Athletic 1A/2A Conference Tournament Champion
+ Playoff Path

  • Rd 1 - 15-0 vs. Lincolnton HS
  • Rd 2 - 11-0 vs. East Gaston HS
  • Rd 3 - 17-0 vs. Mount Pleasant HS
  • Rd 4 - 10-0 vs. East Surry HS
  • Regional Finals Game 1: Win 12-0 vs. C.S. of Davidson
  • Regional Finals Game 2: Win, 9-0 vs. C.S. of Davidson


Key Performances in the Regional Final
+ Ryan White in game 1: Win, 4.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
+ Brooks Brannon in game 1: 3-4, 2 HR, 3R, 6RBI
+ Seth Way in game 1: 2-3, HR, 2R, 3RBI
+ Drake Purvis in game 2: Win, 4IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 5K
+ Trey Way in game 2: Save, 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
+ Gus Shelton in game 2: 2-4, HR, 1R, 3RBI

Key Players to Know

Braylen Hayes NC Randleman 2022 OF UNC Greensboro
Brooks Brannon NC Randleman 2022 C North Carolina
Gus Shelton NC Randleman 2022 1B -
Kaden Ethier NC Randleman 2022 2B Montreat College
Ryan White NC Randleman 2022 LHP Western Carolina
Trey Way NC Randleman 2022 C Virginia Tech
Austin Lemmons NC Randleman 2023 RHP -
Hunter Atkins NC Randleman 2023 3B UNC Greensboro
Drake Purvis NC Randleman 2024 LHP North Carolina State
Seth Way NC Randleman 2024 RHP -


Whiteville Wolfpack's Path to the Finals

+ PBR Power 25 Rankings - Not Ranked
+ PBR/NCBCA 2A Poll Ranking - Not Ranked
+ Overall Record - 23-3
+ Conference Record - 10-0
+ Home Record - 12-3
+ Away Record - 7-0
+ Neutral Record - 2-0
+ Streak - 21 wins in a row
+ Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference Champion
+ Playoff Path

  • Rd 1 - 7-3 vs. Eastern Wayne
  • Rd 2 - 5-1 vs. South Lenoir
  • Rd 3 - 10-5 vs. St. Pauls
  • Rd 4 - 3-2 vs. Roanoke Rapids
  • Regional Finals Game 1: Win 5-3 vs. North Lenoir
    Regional Finals Game 2: Win 8-6 vs. North Lenoir

Key Performances in the Regional Final
+ Ty Lawson in game 1: CG Win, 7IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 9K
+ Luke Odham in game 1: 2-3, 3B, 1R
+ Ashton Hammonds in game 2: Win, 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 3K
+ Bud Baldwin in game 2: 3-4, 2B, 2RBI

Key Players to Know

Fisher Soles NC Whiteville 2022 RHP -
Kyler Dowless NC Whiteville 2022 OF -
Sam Inman NC Whiteville 2022 SS -
Ty Lawson NC Whiteville 2022 RHP UNC Wilmington
Cody Ethridge NC Whiteville 2023 RHP
Ashton Hammonds NC Whiteville 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 Randleman Randleman
Pitching Depth Randleman Randleman
Team Defense Randleman Randleman
Offensive Fire Power Randleman Randleman
Offensive Depth Randleman Randleman
Overall Team Execution Randleman Randleman
Series Outcome Randleman 2-0 Randleman 2-0


Brandon Hall:  This series is not as big an overmatched situation as the boxes above may indicate.  Randleman is a complete team, but the Wolfpack understand how to win and will push Randleman, potentially in ways that have not happened in 2022.  The key for Whiteville will be to just play sound and eliminate free bases.  If this happens, we could see a competitive 3 game series.


Matt Payne:  Randleman has tons of talent and that talent has consistently performed all year. Their pitching staff continues to toss shutouts and they have such a deep lineup that doesn't give opposing staffs easy outs. Whiteville is playing really well and will need to keep the games low scoring to make this a competitive series.