Greene Central reigns supreme as EPC 2-A baseball champion
By Staff Reports
Published in Sports on May 10, 2009 2:00 AM
LaGRANGE -- Greene Central swatted four home runs and captured its first Eastern Plains 2-A Conference championship since 2002 with an 8-6 conquest of archrival North Lenoir.
Justin Everette went "yard" twice on the Hawks' diamond and collected two RBI in two-hit performance. Zack Chase and Will Bynum each slugged a round-tripper for the Rams, who picked up their 22nd conference title in program history since 1967.
Chase batted 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Bynum concluded the night with two RBI. Alex Brann pounded out three hits in four official plate appearances.
Wes Sowers claimed the mound win.
Benji Harris suffered the pitching loss for the Hawks. Harris contributed three hits, while Grayson Phillips batted 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Mike Wetherington drove in two runs.
Greene Central (15-8 overall) entertains the North State No. 4 representative Friday in their opening-round game in the N.C. High School Athletic Association. North Lenoir (14-8) welcomes the No. 3 team from the North State Conference.
First pitch is 7 p.m. for both contests.
State-ranked Wayne Christian slipped past Trinity-Fayetteville 5-2 in their opening-round, N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoff contest.
Lightning from threatening skies pre-empted play in the first inning.
The fifth-seeded Eagles (16-2 overall) broke the open the contest with a three-run, fifth inning. Luke Howell reached on an error and moved into scoring position on Chase Darden's double.
Michael Johnson drove home Howell and Dante Arthur cleared the bases with a two-run homer. It was Wayne Christian's third round-tripper of the postseason, including two from the Carolina Christian Conference tournament.
Trinity remained in striking distance despite managing just one hit against Arthur and Howell, who took over pitching duties late in the game. However, the duo allowed 11 walks.
"Our pitching today was not on ... did not get it done on the mound," said Eagles head coach Greg Johnson. "Our guys played well enough today, but we have to continue to work on some of our mental mistakes to keep advancing."
Darden, Kyle Harrell and Chandler Harrell provided two hits apiece for the Eagles.
Wayne Christian travels to fourth-seeded Faith Christian-Rocky Mount for a quarterfinal-round game Tuesday.
Cole Davis stroke the game-winning hit in the fifth inning and Wayne Country Day eliminated Hobgood 17-13 in a wild, opening-round contest in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs.
The seventh-seeded Chargers (7-11 overall) drew a quarterfinal-round date at state-ranked Waccamaw on Tuesday. First pitch is 4 p.m.
Davis' two-RBI base knock highlighted a six-run outburst by WCDS and occurred after Dare Uzzell's game-tying hit. Jack Scott, who collected four hits on the day, rapped a two-RBI hit behind Davis.
Hil Tanner singled and Stoan Stewart capped the game-clinching rally with an RBI hit. Stewart provided three hits along Cameron Ford (RBI). Tanner (RBI) and Davis concluded the day with two hits apiece.
Davis entered in relief of Ford after one inning and earned the mound win with six solid innings of work. Hobgood led 12-7 after 2 1/2 innings, but plated just one additional run in the final four innings.
"Our guys could have gotten down after the inning, but I told them they just have to battle and play with heart to get the win," said WCDS coach Michael Taylor. "It was a great win against a very good-hitting team. We live to play another day and that is what it is all about in the playoffs."
The Chargers advanced to the NCISAA quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season.
SEVEN SPRINGS -- North Duplin weathered a seventh-inning rally and turned back Spring Creek 12-10 in Carolina 1-A Conference play Friday evening.
Will Lanier tossed three innings of three-hit, one-strikeout relief to earn the mound win for the Rebels. Shayne Deaver started and surrendered seven runs (five earned) on six hits.
Ryan Wolfe, James Kornegay (three RBI) and Will Lanier paced North Duplin's offense with two hits apiece. Wolfe drew three walks and swiped a base.
Eric Evans led the Gators with three hits and three RBI. Steven Best batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and walked twice. Paul Hayes contributed a double and an RBI in three official at-bats.
North Duplin (6-14 overall, 2-7 CC) visits Rosewood on Monday, while Spring Creek travels to North Johnston in the regular-season finales for all four teams.
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