Prep Baseball Report

NCHSAA 3A East Regional Final Preview

Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

The NCHSAA State Tournament has reached its best of 3 scenario as each of the four classifications begin their Regional Finals this week.  As we prepare for the Regional Finals, we will take a look at each team and how they may expect to advance to a State Championship series.


Game Schedule

Game 1: Terry Sanford at New Hanover - Tuesday May 22 at 7:00pm
Game 2: New Hanover at Terry Sanford - Thursday May 24 at 7:00pm
Game 3 if necessary: Terry Sanford at New Hanover - Saturday May 26 at 7:00pm

A Look at Terry Sanford

Record:  27-3

Patriot 3A/4A Conference: 16-0 (1st)

Path to the Regional Final

Round 1: Southern Nash (6-2)
Round 2: Cedar Ridge (7-4)
Round 3: Western Alamance (5-4)
Round 4: Union Pines (1-0)

Key Players

Logan Brown, LHP, 2018 - Wake Tech CC commit
Justin Ebert, SS, 2019
David John Herz, LHP, 2019 - UNC commit
Andrew Jayne, OF, 2018 - Davidson commit (football & possibly baseball)
Christian Jayne, OF, 2018 - East Carolina commit

What Has To Happen to Advance

The bulldogs play in a deep conference that has them ready for a lot of challenges that they may see in the State Touranment.  Already, through the 1st four rounds, they have found several different ways to win. As deep as the roster is for Terry Sanford, New Hanover can match the depth.  The key for Terry Sanford will be their core guys have to be “Guys” throughout the week. If the box score is filled with the Jayne brothers and Ebert, while the pitching continues to be solid, the bulldogs may be in Raleigh next week.

A Look at New Hanover

Record:  24-0

Mideastern 3A/4A Conference:  14-0 (1st)

Path to the Regional Final

Round 1: Eastern Guilford (14-0)

Round 2: Gray’s Creek (5-2)
Round 3: West Carteret (7-0)
Round 4: Chapel Hill (3-1)

Key Players

Mitch Baddour, OF, 2018 - William Peace commit
Jac Croom, 2B, 2019 - UNCW commit
Max Hildreath, SS, 2018 - C of C commit
Brett Kemp, OF, 2018 - Francis Marion commit
Kyle Smith, C, 2019 - UNC commit
Alex Sniffen, 3B, 2019
Blake Walston, LHP, 2019 - NC State commit

What Has To Happen to Advance

After coming up short in 2017 in the 4A State Championship, there was on goal for the Wildcats in 2018 -- a return trip to Raleigh.  This may be the deepest lineup in the state and they have a bonafide ace on the front end with Walston. This week will be about continuing to be themselves.  Terry Sanford will create some discomfort and make the Wildcats compete through adversity. For the Wildcats to advance they will have to face the challenge head on and continue to execute in all three phases, as they have all year.