C.B. Aycock defeats Eagles, advances to NCHSAA 3-A baseball championship series
By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on May 26, 2012 11:04 PM
PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock will play for the state championship.
The Golden Falcons scored first and held on for a 5-4 win over Eastern Alamance in the deciding game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional baseball series Saturday evening.
C.B. Aycock will face Weddington when the state championship that series begins Friday. Game times and location for the best-of-three series are yet to be determined.
"I am so proud of this group for the run that we have been on," C.B. Aycock head coach Charles Davis said. "I have tried to enjoy this year a little more than I did in 2007 and I'm so pleased to see it continue."
The Golden Falcons jumped on top in the first inning.
Adam Pate led off the game with a single and was followed by a base hit from Blake Sutton. Cameron Taylor delivered an RBI knock and Collin DuBose belted an RBI double. A pair of walks forced in a third run.
Eastern Alamance got on the board in the fourth inning when Robbie Lanier launched a solo home run that made the score 3-1.
The Golden Falcons (21-9 overall) answered with a big-fly of their own when DuBose crushed a two-run blast over the left-field fence and upped the lead to 5-1.
"I was looking for a good pitch to drive and I was fortunate that I got enough of it to get it out," Dubose said. "Looking back, it was insurance that we definitely needed."
The Eagles mounted a comeback in their final at-bat.
Cody Curry laced a one-out single and moved into scoring position when Jake Wood reached on an error. Nick Monroe delivered a two-run double with two outs and made the score 5-3.
Lanier plated Monroe with a single and set up high drama as the potential game-tying run. On the third pitch of Michael Waters' at-bat, Lanier broke for second base and appeared to beat the throw to the bag. Taylor applied the tag anyway and the umpire called Lanier out for missing the base on his slide.
The final out sent the Golden Falcons into a frenzy with a dogpile near third base. Eastern Alamance head coach Randy Ballard argued the call, but to no avail.
"At one point this team was 10-7 overall," Davis said. "Nobody expected us to be here, but the kids kept believing and we have played some really good baseball over the last two weeks."
Bryant Stafford earned the win on the pitcher's mound with a complete-game effort that included nine strikeouts. The southpaw allowed six hits and walked just two batters.
"Bryant did a terrific job going as long as he did," Davis said. "By the seventh inning it was his game to win or lose, and he got us through it."
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