The Baseball Playoffs(TOURNAMENTS) are under way

HS baseball action has reached the conference tournament level and on Wednesday night the semifinals will already be coming your way.  Grimsley defeated High Point Central in 4 and half innings, 10-0, on Tuesday night and now the Whirlies will be at Northwest Guilford tonight with the winner playing the survivor of East Forsyth-Page for the title on Thursday evening.

NWG ripped Smith 15-0 while Page rolled over North Forsyth 14-7 with 7 big Pirate runs coming in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Nick Jones, Timmy Dezearn, Gary Goley, and Charlie Hall all had productive nights at the plate for the Pirates. 

Grimsley was led by the pitching of curve-ball specialist Aaron Jones.  Jones’ dad had the speed gun, the ball and strike indicator and several other tools tracking every pitch from behind home plate.  Seniors Alan Craven, Cody Walker, and Clint Moore helped GHS get off to a good start and the Whirlies were able to get some subs key playing time.  Lucas Wrenn and Coach Todd Shuping’s son were the battery mates that closed out the game for the Whirlies.

Brandon McKinney, Alex Pheteplace, and Hunter Bennett all homered for Northwest in the win over Smith and the question remains will Logan Self be the starting pitcher for NWG for the third time tonight against Grimsley?  Self has beaten GHS two times already and John Neese has hit two three-run homers agaisnt the Whirlies in the two NWG victories over GHS.  Clint Moore will start for Grimsley with the winner of NWG-GHS playing the EF-PAGE winner on Thursday.

Semifinals for the 3-A’s tonight will match up Ragsdale against Randleman and Southeast Guilford vs. Eastern Randolph.  SEG is 17-4 overall while ER stands at 15-8.  During the regular season SEG couldn’t beat ER but Ragsdale stopped ER and split with SEG.  Ragsdale had a bye in round one and watched on as Southeast beat Trinity 8-1 behind Ben Areno, Cam Cockman, Adam Stone, Eric Seders, and the pitching of Jody Hackett.

Ragsdale enters the tournament at 19-3 with Jason Wallace, Brent O’Berry, Tyler Rankin, Catlin Carter, Ben Fultz, and DeSean Anderson leading the way.  Ragsdale is coached by Donnie Maness and not Donnie Mannis as was reported in Wednesday’s N&R.  Coach Maness’ brother helps him with the coaching and it is a Maness family operation in Jamestown.

Southwest Guilford will try to take advantage of the right to face Glenn in the Piedmont Triad 3-A finals after the Cowboys handled Reagan in the semis 5-0 Tuesday.  SWG 19-5, used Warren Slack in the win over RHS out of Forsyth County.  SWG is coached by Western Guilford grad Reid Holmes.