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NCHSAA 4A 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 4A Brackets

NCHSAA 4A State Championships


GAME 1:  Pinecrest vs. Providence  |  Friday June 3rd  |  5:00pm
GAME 2:  Providence vs. Pinecrest  |  Saturday June 4th  |  11:00am
GAME 3: Pinecrest vs. Providence  |  If Necessary  |  Saturday June 4th  |  5:00pm


Providence Panthers' Path to the Finals

+ PBR Power 25 Rankings - No. 1
+ PBR/NCBCA 4A Poll Ranking - No. 1
+ Overall Record - 33-0
+ Conference Record - 12-0
+ Home Record - 17-0
+ Away Record - 13-0
+ Streak - 33 wins in a row
+ Southwestern 4A Conference Champion
+ Southwestern 4A Conference Tournament Champion
+ Playoff Path

  • Rd 1 - 11-1 vs. Southeast Guilford HS
  • Rd 2 - 12-2 vs. Southwest Guilford HS
  • Rd 3 - 9-1 vs. South Meck HS
  • Rd 4 - 4-3 vs. West Forsyth HS
  • Regional Final Game 1 - 10-0 vs. TC Roberson
    Regional Final Game 2 - 3-0 vs. TC Roberson


Key Performances in the Regional Final
+ Eli Jerzembeck in game 1: CG Win, 6IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 16K
+ Michael Forret in game 1: Win, 6.2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 14K
+ Tommy Walker in game 1: 3-4, 2B, HR, 3R, 2RBI

Key Players to Know

Collin McDougall NC Providence 2022 RHP Wingate University
Eli Jerzembeck NC Providence 2022 RHP South Carolina
Michael Forret NC Providence 2022 RHP East Carolina
Tommy Walker NC Providence 2022
Appalachian State
Dan Donohoe NC Providence 2023 RHP -
Luke Wolff NC Providence 2023 C -
Samuel Dansky NC Providence 2023 SS Charlotte


Pinecrest Patriots' Path to the Finals

+ PBR Power 25 Rankings - No. 25
+ PBR/NCBCA 4A Poll Ranking - No. 5
+ Overall Record - 25-6
+ Conference Record - 10-2
+ Home Record - 15-2
+ Away Record - 6-1
+ Neutral Record - 2-2
+ Streak - 1 wins in a row
+ Sandhills 3A/4A Co-Conference Champion
+ Sandhills 3A/4A Conference Tournament Champion
+ Playoff Path

  • Rd 1 - 8-1 vs. South View HS
  • Rd 2 - 11-0 vs. Richmond Cty HS
  • Rd 3 - 12-2 vs. Hoggard HS
  • Rd 4 - 11-6 vs. Apex HS
  • Regional Finals Game 1 - 6-0 Win vs. Fuquay-Varina
    Regional Finals Game 2 - 5-4 Loss in 8 inning
    Regional Finals Game 3 - 7-0 Win vs. Fuquay-Varina

Key Performances in the Regional Final
+ Colby Wallace in game 1: Win, 6.1IP, 4H, 0R, 4BB, 11K
+ Nick DiCarlo in game 1: 2-3, 2B, 1R, 3RBI
+ Cam Bunker in game 3: CG Win, 7IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 7K
+ Colby Wallace in game 3: 2-4, 4 RBI

+ Key Players to Know

Camden Bunker NC Pinecrest 2022 SS Louisburg JC
Jackson Kuhn NC Pinecrest 2022 C Methodist University
Nick DiCarlo NC Pinecrest 2022 OF Louisburg JC
Colby Wallace NC Pinecrest 2023 SS East Carolina
JD Scarborough NC Pinecrest 2023 OF -
John Scarbrough NC Pinecrest 2023 OF -
Noah Arnett NC Pinecrest 2023 RHP -
Ryley Norton NC Pinecrest 2023 1B -


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 Providence Providence
Pitching Depth Providence Providence
Team Defense Providence Providence
Offensive Fire Power Pinecrest Providence
Offensive Depth Providence Providence
Overall Team Execution Providence Providence
Series Outcome Providence 2-0 Providence 2-0

Brandon HallStars will need to be stars for Pinecrest to work their way into this series with a chance to win.  Providence is very good and has a ton of depth.  They also expect to be here and have handled challenges in late game situations in the past couple of weeks.

Matt Payne:  Providence has been remarkable all year. To be 33-0 you have to be good in all aspects of the game and they haven't shown a weakness all year. The roster is talented all the way through and what is really impressive is how they have stuck together and seem to be playing for each other. Pinecrest will have to be at its best to take down to Providence.