BISSETTE GETS PITCHING VICTORY AS FUQUAY-VARINA RALLIES TO WIN IN 4-A OPENER OVER SOUTH MECK
ZEBULON—Pitcher Jordan Bissette limited South Mecklenburg to three hits and Fuquay-Varina broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth to post a 3-2 triumph in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
Bissette improved his record to 8-1 on the season while Max Bazin (9-2) was charged with the loss.
South opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first, with Michael Smith getting a key RBI double and Earl Oliver an RBI single in the inning. Garrett Suggs of Fuquay-Varina answered with a solo homer in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1. Bissette then shut the door on the Sabres the rest of the way.
Brian Mitchell led off the sixth for Fuquay-Varina with a double and later scored on a South error.
D.J. Burt went two for two officially and scored a run for the Bengals while Nick Stuart also had two hits for the winners, who improved their record to 27-4 overall.
South Mecklenburg, in its fourth trip to the NCHSAA baseball championships, dropped to 25-8.
Game two of the best-of-three is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. This is the 97th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Five County Stadium, Zebulon
Class 4-A: Game One
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E South Mecklenburg 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 4 Fuquay-Varina 1 0 0 0 1 1 x 3 8 2
WP—Jordan Bissette (8-1)
LP—Max Bazin (9-2)
HR—Garrett Suggs, Fuquay-Varina.