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East Columbus has sights set on state title

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) --

CLASS 1-A: FIVE COUNTY STADIUM, ZEBULON

EAST COLUMBUS (22-4) vs. SOUTH STANLY (23-8)

Game 1: Friday, June 3 at 5 pm.; Game 2: Saturday, June 4 at 11 am; Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 4 at 5 pm
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The East Columbus baseball squad is the only high school team from our region still in contention for a state title this springs. The Gators sports a 22-4 record. They also have an impressive 15 game winning streak. In the history of East Columbus High School the Gators have never won a state title in a team sport. They've been to the state title before in baseball, but East Columbus lost in the state finals to East Rutherford. Karl Bracey is the East Columbus head coach. "These young men have worked hard to where they've gotten," Bracey said. "We've got an experienced group coming back. We lost in the third round of the state playoffs after winning a few games. They came back with their minds set on getting to the state championship this year."

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CLASS 4-A: FIVE COUNTY STADIUM, ZEBULON

HOLLY SPRINGS (25-2) vs. T.C. ROBERSON (26-5)

Game 1: Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m.; Game 2: Saturday, June 4 at 2 pm; Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm (5 pm if no third game in 1-A)

CLASS 3-A: DOAK FIELD, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, RALEIGH

NORTHEAST GUILFORD (29-1) vs. SOUTH POINT (25-2)

Game 1: Friday, June 3, 8 pm.; Game 2: Saturday, June 4, 2 pm; Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm (5 pm if no third game in 2-A)

CLASS 2-A: DOAK FIELD, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, RALEIGH

RANDLEMAN (26-3) vs. EAST RUTHERFORD (27-4)

Game 1: Friday, June 3, 5 pm; Game 2: Saturday, June 4, 11 am; Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 4, 5 pm

CLASS 1-A: FIVE COUNTY STADIUM, ZEBULON

EAST COLUMBUS (22-4) vs. SOUTH STANLY (23-8)

Game 1: Friday, June 3 at 5 pm.; Game 2: Saturday, June 4 at 11 am; Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 4 at 5 pm

NCHSAA FastFacts

Event: 95th annual NCHSAA Baseball Championships

Date: June 3-4, 2011

Site: Doak Field at North Carolina State University (2-A, 3-A); Five County Stadium, Zebulon (1-A, 4-A)

First Held: 1914

Qualifiers: Eastern and Western champions meet for state title in best two-of-three series; 64 schools initially qualified for playoffs in each classification

Last year's champions: 1-A: West Wilkes; 2-A: East Rutherford; 3-A: East Rowan; 4-A: Wilmington Laney

Tickets: eight dollars per game; on line tickets are seven dollars. Parking at Five County will be three dollars per car.

Host City Sponsors: Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

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