Two "Strikeout Cancer Games" at Apex Friendship


Ed Hall
Associate Scout, PBR North Carolina

On Saturday March 30th, Apex Friendship hosted two games for a great cause.  During the day, a slient auction was held, food trucks serviced fans, and Holly Springs took on Leesville Rd, followed by Apex Friendship hosting Panther Creek.  All proceeds from the day were raised to help pediatric cancer research through the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Below are game recaps, stats, and player notes from the two games.

 

Holly Springs -- 23           Leesville -- 8

Game Recap:
In the first of two games in the Strike Out Cancer benefit games hosted at Apex Friendship, Holly Springs used 12 hits and 17 walks to defeat Leesville 23 to 8 in 5 innings.

Holly Springs busted open a tie game with a 12 run 3rd inning and continued to score in the 5 inning affair.  The Hawks used 12 hits coupled with 17 walks to pile up the impressive run total.  Jason Arendt and Bryan Arendt each homered.  Jason piled up 4 RBIs to lead Holly Springs.

In relief, Jason Arendt worked 1.2 innings to earn the win, allowing 1 hit and striking out 4. 

 

Holly Springs Highlights
Sam Kulasingam (2B, 2020, Air Force commit) - 2 for 2 (single, double), 1 Run Scored, 3 RBI

Matt Willadsen (SS, 2019, NC State commit) - 2 for 2 (2 singles), 3 Runs Scored, 2 RBI

Patrick Trease (RHP, 2019, App St commit) -  1 for 1 (single), 3 Runs Scored

Trevor Sheehan (3B, 2020) - 1 for 1 (single) 2 Runs Scored, 1 RBI

Paul Rider (3B, 2020) 2 for 2 (2 singles) 2 Runs Scored

Jason Arendt (CF, 2019, Elon commit) - 1 for 4 (HR) 1 Run Scored, 4 RBI; Win, 1.2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 4K

Riley Kenney (LF, 2019) - 1 for 2 (single) 1 Run Scored

Bryan Arendt (DH, 2021) - 1 for 2 (single) 1 Run Scored

Jayson Gross (1B, 2019) - 1 for 1 (HR) 2 Runs Scored, 3 RBI

 

Leesville Highlights
Jack Hicks (SS, 2020, Kentucky commit) - 3 for 4 (single, 2 doubles) 1 Run Scored

Ryan Clifford (1B, 2022) - 2 for 3 (2 singles) 2 Runs Scored, 2RBI

Jack Irby (C, 2020) 2 for 2 (single, double) 2 RBI

Austin Poythress (CF, 2020) 1 for 1 (double) 1 Run Scored


Panther Creek -- 3           Apex Friendship -- 13

Game Recap:
In the second game of the Strike Out Cancer games, Apex Friendship defeated Panther Creek 13 to 3 in 5 innings. Apex Friendship used 16 hits and 7 walks while limiting Panther Creek to 2 hits and 7 walks to gain the win.

A one run game after three, Apex Friendship scored 4 runs in the 4th and 6 runs in the fifth to walk off with the win.  Ty Peters led the way with a double, home run and 4 RBIs on a 3 hit day.  Six Patriot hitters compiled a multi-hit day, including a total of 5 extra-base hits. 

On the mound, Case Stroup worked a complete game for the win.  In his 5 innings, Stroup worked around 6 walks while striking out 4.

 

Panther Creek Highlights
Koen Moreno (2B, 2020, ECU commit) - 1 for 2 (single) 1 RBI

Christian Schmidt (RHP, 2019, Wake Tech CC) - 1 for 3 (single) 1 RBI

 

Apex Friendship Highlights
Will Thistle (C, 2020) 2 for 4 (2 singles) 2 Runs Scored 1 RBI

Bryson Smith (RF, 2019) 2 for 2 (single, double) 3 Runs Scored, 2 RBI

Ried Dittner (DH, 2019) 2 for 3 (single, double) 2 Runs Scored, 3 RBI

Cole Oxendine (1B, 2019) 2 for 2 (2 singles) 2 Runs Scored, 1 RBI

Ian Asken (LF/RHP, 2019, Catawba Valley CC) 3 for 4 (2 singles, double) 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI

Ty Peters (SS, 2019) 3 for 3 (single, double, HR) 1 Run Scored, 4 RBI

Ryan Smith (2B, 2020) 1 for 1 (single) 1 Run Scored

Andrew Law (2B, 2019) 1 for 1 (single) 1 Run Scored

Player Reports

Case Stroup (LHP, Apex Friendship, 2020) - Listed at 6' 4" on the roster. Tall, lanky, athletic frame. Fastball ranged 81-82 with the breaking ball sitting 74-75.  Breaking ball shaped 1/6 with downhill action.  Hard, the action was short, at times acting as a slider.  Worked both sides of the plate and was committed to keeping the fast ball down. Erratic command, walking 7 in 5 innings but missed barrels only giving up 2 hits.  Some stiffness in the arm swing, working to a high-3/4 slot.  Tall and controlled over the rubber, working with easy effort.  Smooth rhythm, working level and on-line, landing square and finishing in an athletic position.