WEIKER LEADS SOUTH STANLY TO 3-0 WIN OVER MIDWAY IN NCHSAA 1-A BASEBALL
GREENSBORO – Russ Weiker helped lead South Stanly with both his arm and his bat to a 3-0 victory over Midway on Friday in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at NewBridge Bank Park.
Weiker, who was the Most Valuable Player of last year’s NCHSAA state 1-A championship series as the Rebel Bulls beat Durham Voyager Academy, limited the Raiders to just one hit while striking out eight and walking just one in improving his pitching mark to 12-1. He was also two for four at the plate and drove in two of the three South runs.
South Stanly got an unearned run in the third and then parlayed two Midway errors around a pair of hits, singles by Trey Mabry and an RBI-single by Weiker, for a pair of runs in the fifth.
Taylor Calcutt (10-2) went the distance on the mound for Midway, striking out six and not walking a batter. Midway’s only hit was a single up the middle by designated hitter Tyler Pope as Weiker faced only 25 batters in the game that lasted 1 hour and 31 minutes.
South Stanly is in the finals for the fourth in the last five years and is the defending state champion. Midway is in the championship series for the first time since 1981 and had a 10-game winning streak snapped.
Game two of the best-of-three is set for Saturday morning at 11 o’clock. This is the 97th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
NewBridge Bank Park, Greensboro
Class 1-A: Game One
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E South Stanly 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 8 1 Midway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
WP—Russ Weiker (12-1). LP—Taylor Calcutt (10-2).
South Stanly is now 29-5 overall while Midway slipped to 26-4.