COLLINS HAS FIVE RBI TO LEAD WEDDINGTON TO VICTORY IN 3-A GAME ONE
GREENSBORO – Sean Collins had five runs batted in to lead Weddington to a convincing 12-5 victory over D.H Conley on Friday night in the first game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A baseball championship series at NewBridge Bank Park.
Collins got the Bulldogs off to a fast start with a three-run homer in the first in a game that saw Weddington bang out 14 hits and take advantage of eight walks issued by Conley pitching. He also had a pair of sacrifice flies.
Chris Simpson was a perfect three for three at the plate, including a triple, with three RBI and three runs scored, while Alex Bostic and Daniel Calabretta had two hits apiece for Weddington.
Weddington rolled up an 8-2 lead before the Vikings cut into the advantage with three in the fifth, scoring three times only one hit, a couple of walks and an error.
But then the Bulldogs put it away with three in the fifth, with Simpson getting an RBI single, Jeremy Schellhorn driving one in on a fielder’s choice and then a run scoring on an error.
Thompson Brown and Aaron Martin had two hits apiece for Conley.
Collins was actually the starting pitcher for Weddington but came out after three innings. Josh Islam, who pitched three innings in relief, got the win while Michael Fuller was the losing pitcher.
Weddington is now 23-10 overall while Conley dropped to 27-4.
Game two of the best-of-three is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. 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 3-A: Game One
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Weddington 3 0 1 4 3 1 0 12 14 1 Greenville D.H. Conley 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 5 8 2
WP—Josh Islam (6-3)
LP—Michael Fuller (8-2)
HR: Sean Collins, Weddington.