ZEBULON — The Rosewood Eagles varsity baseball team needed a win to keep their season alive.
Unfortunately, Rosewood’s historic season, which included the program’s first-ever appearance in a state championship series, came to an end.
Rosewood (23-6 overall) led Uwharrie Charter (27-5) 1-0 with one out in the bottom of the third inning only to watch Uwharrie Charter rally for two runs in the inning and go on to beat Rosewood, 10-2, in game two of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A state championship series on Saturday night at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
The MVP was series of Uwharrie Charter’s Spencer Lanier.
“Any time you lose a game, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” Rosewood head coach Jason King said. “And in this setting knowing that you’re so close, I know that these guys are fighters and they’re going to come back next year and give it another go.”
Rosewood scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. Carson Hatem drew a walk to get on base and later scored from second base off a passed ball.
After Rosewood took the lead, it did not take long for Uwharrie Charter to answer.
Colt Wilkins led off the inning with a single and Colby Hammer drew a walk. Both runners later scored when with one out, Spencer Lanier hit a single to right field, giving Uwharrie Charter a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Rosewood ran into some trouble.
Braylen Hayes started off the inning with a single, but Will Harris struck out Hunter Hill to give Rosewood one out. However, Wilkins hit an RBI single. Then, a single by Hammer allowed Wiklins and Trey Way to score.
Now up 5-1, Lanier hit a single and later scored when Johnathan Weaver hit a double. Hayes’ RBI single pushed Uwharrie Charter’s lead to 7-1.
When the dust settled and Rosewood finally got out of the fourth inning, Uwharrie Charter built up a commanding 9-1 lead.
“There are going to be momentum shifts, and that was a momentum shift right there,” King said. “You want to slow it down as soon as possible and slow the bleeding, so to speak, but we just couldn’t seem to stop the bleeding early enough.
“But the kids fought back and competed, so I’m proud of them.”
Following Uwharrie Charter’s outburst, Rosewood attempted to rally in the top of the fifth inning, but Rosewood left a runner on second base and was unable to score any runs in the inning.
Uwharrie Charter added a run the bottom of fifth when Hunter Hill scored off a double hit by Hammer.
Will Albert made it a 10-2 game when he singled and stole home plate off a wild pitch.
Logan Price pitched a scoreless sixth to keep it a 10-2 going into the seventh inning, but Rosewood couldn’t get any runners on base, and the Eagle’s bid for their first state championship came to an end.
“We fought to end, and I didn’t expect anything different from them,” King said. “We finished hard and finished with great energy, and that’s one of those things we try to pride ourselves on.”
The Eagles lose zero seniors and with the band back together again next season, another trip to the state championship series seems to be Rosewood’s future.
“We tell the kids all the time that we love them,” King said. “We want our kids to be around and try to have a family atmosphere, and it’s important for a team to feel like they’re family.”