High Point takes 2-0 lead in Best-of-Five Series with Rowan County as Mitch Carstens(Ragsdale HS) comes up big

from Mike London at www.salisburypost.com with the American Legion Baseball series with High Point and Rowan County now 2-0 High Point…..

SALISBURY — The defining play in High Point’s 8-4, 10-inning win against Rowan County on Tuesday was — believe it or not — a base hit by Rowan.

With the scored tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth at Newman Park, Rowan had two out and two on when leadoff man Will Sapp slapped a groundball between third and short. Left field appeared to be the baseball’s destination, and Bryson Prugh appeared certain to score the go-ahead run from second base.

Only the ball never got through. High Point shortstop Mitch Carstens smothered it deep in the hole with a dive, and Prugh couldn’t score.

“Man, I was sure that ball was going through,” Sapp said. “And if it does go through, we probably win this ballgame. But it’s a game of inches, and that’s just how it goes.”

Carstens had a premonition that something was about to happen.

“Two seconds before he hit that ball, I knew it was coming to me,” Carstens said. “I knew I was going to have to dive or knock it down.”

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