Baseball Finals from Round Two of the NCHSAA Playoffs:
Southeast Guilford 5, East Chapel Hill 0
Up next for Southeast Guilford, the SEG Falcons will travel to (22-1) Wilmington New Hanover next Tuesday…New Hanover topped Gray’s Creek, 10-0, on Friday night, in Round Two….
WP:Brandon Wallace/LP:Evan Gagne….Wallace with the Complete-game shutout…Wallace goes 7 Innings for SEG, giving up 0 Runs, on 4 hits, with 0 BB’s/5 K’s….
Time of Game 1:38
End of 1st Inning:SEG 1, ECH 0…End of 2nd:SEG 3, ECH 0…End of 3rd:SEG 3, ECH 0…End of 4th:SEG 3, ECH 0…End of 5th:SEG 5, ECH 0…End of 6th:SEG 5, ECH 0…End of 7th/Final:SEG 5, ECH 0….
Southeast Guilford batting:TJ Ash 1-4/Triple/Run…Isaiah Rhem 1-3/Run…Jake Jenkins-Cowart 1-3/Run…Ryan Douglas 2-3/2 RBI…Braxton King 1-2/BB…Brandon Wallace 2-2/BB/RBI/Run(Simmons was Wallace’ runner)…Will Foucek 1-3/Run…Chris Becker 1-2/SAC Bunt…Adrian Medina 1-3/RBI…
East Chapel Hill batting:Bryce Jeske 0-3…CJ DeBenedetto 0-3…Evan Harris 1-3…Tyler Petterson 1-3…Will Briley 1-3…Bashi Westphal 0-2/Catcher’s Interference…Marshall Bevin 1-2…Ben Buchman 0-2…
Southwest Guilford 5, TC Roberson 3
Up next for SWG is a road trip to Jesse Carson(25-2) on Tuesday….Jesse Carson over A.C. Reynolds of Asheville, 2-1, on Friday….
******Cowboys win vs a strong TC Roberson team 5-3 to advance to the 3rd round. WP Owen Kincaid goes 6 strong innings only allowing 2 hits. Hunter Whitten comes in to pick up the save. Luke Johnson led the way offensively going 3-4 with 4 RBIs with a double and a triple. Go Cowboys!!*****
Courtesy of Bill Aherens
Hickory Ridge 7, Northwest Guilford 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Hickory Ridge 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 7 - - NWGHS 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 5 - -
Davie County 9, Grimsley 2
Grimsley closes the season at (13-12)….
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Grimsley 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 Davie 2 3 1 1 0 2 0 9 5 0
from Grimsley Baseball on Twitter:
Whirlies lose in Round 2 to Davie County.
Congratulations to our Seniors -Riley Bell, Jake Bloss, Will Caviness, Rob Dalton, Alex Hauselman, Clyde Hunter, CJ Neese, Mason Cook……These guys left the program better than they found it. #Pride #Respect
+++++More on Davie County-Grimsley from the WS Journal:Davie County defeated No. 21 Greensboro Grimsley 9-2 on Friday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 4-A baseball playoffs in front of a standing-room only crowd. The War Eagles (16-9) advance to the third round, going on the road to face No. 4 South Caldwell on Tuesday.
Read more on this game from the Journal, when you CLICK HERE.
High Point Christian Academy 10, Grace Christian 0
Asheville Christian(9-11) at HPCA(22-4) next Tuesday, in Round Three of the NCISAA 3-A Baseball Playoffs….
Softball Finals from Round Two of the NCHSAA Playoffs:
WS Reagan 11, Northwest Guilford 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Ronald Reagan 0 0 7 0 0 3 1 11 - - NWGHS 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 - -
A.L. Brown 8, Southwest Guilford 1
Southern Alamance 3, Person County 2
Courtesy of Brandy Martin with Southern Alamance softball….
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E PRSN 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 STHR 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 7 1
Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity took their game in dramatic walk-off fashion, thanks to a walk-off home run at the end of the game to topple Person. The game was tied at two with Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity batting in the bottom of the seventh when Abi Stuart hit a solo homer.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity pitchers struck out seven, while Lillie Davis sat down 11.
In the first inning, Person got their offense started when Kailey Mangum singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity tied things up at two. Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity scored one run when Sid Martin singled.
Isley Duggins earned the win for Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity. She surrendered zero runs on one hit over three innings, striking out five.
Davis took the loss for Person. She lasted six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out 11.
Hailey Carter started the game for Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity. She lasted four innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out two and walking one
Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity socked one home run on the day. Stuart had a dinger in the seventh inning.
Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity totaled seven hits in the game. Martin, Stuart, and Lauren Staley all managed multiple hits for
Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity. Staley, Stuart, and Martin each collected two hits to lead Southern Alamance Patriots Varsity.
Person had six hits in the game. Mariah Mccowen and Mangum all collected multiple hits for Person. Person didn’t commit a single error in the field. Mccowen had the most chances in the field with 11.
More on the way….This is all we have for right now…Waiting on SWG baseball and softball finals, plus Grimsley baseball from the road at Davie County….I did grab one more score while I was putting these scores together…The WKRP in Cincinnati Softball team topped WPIG softball tonight, and the final score was, WKRP 10, WPIG 9…Caught this game on ME TV….Less Nessman caught a fly ball in right field to end the game on defense for WKRP…
Mr. Carlson hit a Grand Slam home run to win the game for WKRP in the top of the last inning(7th), as WKRP trailed WPIG, 9-6, and the “Big Guy”/Mr. Carlson hit the Grand Slam, with both the WPIG infield and outfield drawn in and sitting on the WPIG bench…Fun softball tonight on WKRP in Cincinnati on ME TV…Got to do something, as we pass the time and wait on more scores to run/roll in…
New Hanover baseball beats Gray’s Creek behind Sniffen’s no-hitter
Kyle Smith, Blake Walston combine for eight RBIs in the Wildcats’ win.
The biggest question coming into a season where the New Hanover baseball team looked to defend a state championship was who would step up as the Wildcats No. 2 pitcher?
The answer for a majority of the regular season was senior Alex Sniffen, and through one start in the postseason, Sniffen continues to look up for the challenge.
The N.C. Central signee tossed a no-hitter in New Hanover’s 10-0 mercy-rule win over Gray’s Creek in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A Playoffs Friday. Sniffen is now 7-0 and has given up just one earned run in 47 innings pitched.
“I think Alex always knew, even in his first three years here when he wasn’t part of our pitching equation, that he was going to have an opportunity to rack up some innings as a senior,” New Hanover head coach Richard Foy said. “He put in the work… and that’s what I’m most proud of. His desire to get better.”
Sniffen struck out seven batters through five innings pitched and yielded just two walks. He also faced the minimum, as both of the Gray’s Creek batters who reached eventually made base-running mistakes that squashed any momentum for the visitors.
The tall righty used an electric fastball to paint the outside corner throughout the night, but it was his offspeed stuff that led to a dominating performance.
“I felt like my curveball was the biggest thing for me tonight. I could throw it at any county and when it’s working I’ve got a lot of confidence, Sniffen said.
No. 1 New Hanover (22-1) also put forth a dominant offensive performance Friday night. UNC-Pembroke commit Landon Harris cruised throughn the first two innings for No. 16 Gray’s Creek (16-4), but the Wildcats’ bats eventually came to life behind Kyle Smith and Blake Walston.
Smith went 3-for-4 and had five RBIs, while Walston went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Smith started the scoring with a two-run homer off the scoreboard in left field in the bottom of the second, and Walston made it 5-0 with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third.
“We’re feeling pretty confident. A lot of our practices lately have just been focused on hitting and trying to keep getting better at the plate. The coaches are proud of us and want us to keep working,” Smith said.
New Hanover will continue its run in the 3A Playoffs Tuesday at Buck Hardee Field against Southeast Guilford.
+++++from the Salisbury Post on Southwest Guilford’s next opponent, Jesse Carson….+++++
Carson edges A.C. Reynolds 2-1, advances to third round
By David Shaw
CHINA GROVE — Carson’s baseball team played another round of Rock-Paper-Scissors to see who gets to play the hero on Friday night.
This time it was junior infielder Zeb Burns who delivered the decisive hit as the Cougars edged visiting A.C. Reynolds, 2-1, in the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
“It was my time,” Burns said after top-seeded Carson (25-2) earned a berth in Tuesday’s third round against Southwest Guilford. “Last game it was Logan Rogers. The one before it was Luke Barringer and Cole Hales. It’ll be someone else’s turn next time.”
Carson has won four straight games and 14 of its last 15, largely because head coach Chris Cauble has so many weapons on his bench. Burns, a .359 hitter who bats fifth, served a run-scoring single into left-center field with two out in the bottom of the fifth inning — making a winning pitcher of long-limbed right-hander Deacon Wike.
“Zeb is one of the guys we want at the plate in big situations,” Cauble said. “One-through-nine, everybody’s come up big at some point during the season. Everybody’s not hitting for a high batting average, but it’s somebody different every night.”
Burns struggled in his first two appearances against right-hander Parker Kanupp, a five-game winner with a sub-2.00 ERA coming in. He stranded three baserunners when he looked at a called third strike in the last of the first, though the Cougars took a 1-0 lead when teammate Jake Harris was hit by a pitch with two away. Then in third, with runners at the corners and nobody out, he harmlessly fouled out to third-baseman Dane Frellick.
“There was a lot on my shoulders the next time up,” said Burns, who punched a 1-2 fastball over the infield. “With two outs and two strikes, I was just trying to put the ball in play. I was thinking fastball all the way because (Kanupp) hadn’t thrown me one all night and didn’t throw many in the game.”
Barringer, who had drawn a one-out walk, scored his second run of the game. “Both of their runs were scored by guys who walked,” said first-year Reynolds coach David Williams. “We gave up too many free baserunners.”
Williams described Burns’ game-winning hit as a near-miss. “It was a pitch that caught just enough of the strike zone,” he said. “That’s gonna score runs all night. Give the hitter credit. Big teams make big plays in big situations.”
Make sure Wike’s name is on that list. The East Rowan transfer allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings and won his eighth decision. He reached his pitch-count threshold after fanning Blake Stotesbury and Jalen Crowder to open the top of seventh.
“I was able to locate and get a lot of called strikes,” Wike said, moments after retiring seven of the last eight batters he faced. “So much has to do with Garrett (Alewine) behind the plate. He’s got every tool you could ask for. He blocks everything and can frame pitches for the umpire. It’s great to have him back there.”
Alewine, Carson’s durable senior catcher, went 2-for-3 and helped Wike through some precarious moments. Reynolds put its first two batters aboard in the top of the first before Rogers charged from first base to glove Alex Flinn’s foul bunt attempt. Then cleanup hitter Brandon Snyder bounced into an inning-ending double play.
“It took a little time, but (Wike) got into a nice rhythm,” Alewine said. “I think he found himself. In a way, he seemed more relaxed than composed. But it all goes back to him locating very well.”
Wike said the double play “got me out of a lot of trouble and swung the momentum early.” An inning later, with a 1-0 lead in his back pocket, he sailed into another squall. Reynolds put two runners on with one down — but failed to capitalize when Barringer ran down Frellick’s line drive to the gap in left-center and Wike whiffed Stotesbury on a sweeping, 2-2 curveball off the outside edge.
Reynolds tied the score in the top of the fifth, when Kanupp and Frellick coaxed walks and Stotesbury reached on a bunt single. Cooper Ingle’s one-out flare single to right plated the run. That set the stage for Burns and Wike to shine.
“It’s probably the biggest game Wike’s pitched in to date,” said Cauble. “Ever since that game at East (5-3 loss on March 29), he’s been money every time he’s pitched. Tonight, he came out and did beyond what I thought he’d do. That was an awesome pitching performance by Deacon.”
It took a spectacular two-pitch relief effort by Aaron Misenheimer to secure Carson’s win. With the potential tying run on second and two out in the Reynolds seventh, the junior fireman relieved Rogers and fired a pair of called strikes past Flinn to end it.
“We had the right guys in the right spots,” Alewine concluded. “At the end of the day, it’s a team win and we’re in the third round.”
NOTES: Wike’s ERA dipped to 1.47. He struck out seven and walked three and threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 28 batters. … Barringer leads the team with 32 runs scored. Burns now has 20 RBIs, second on the team. … Eighth-seeded Southwest Guilford (20-7) advanced with a 5-3 second-round win against T.C. Roberson. The Cowboys have won six of their last seven games.
A.C. Reynolds 000 010 0 — 1 6 1 Carson 100 010 x — 2 5 0
WP — Wike (8-1). LP — Kanupp (5-2). Save — Misenheimer (1).
Leading hitters — A.C. Reynolds: Ingle 2-for-3, RBI; Kanupp 1-for-1, double, run scored. Carson: Alewine 2-for-3; Burns 1-for-3, RBI; Barringer 2 runs scored.