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ZEBULON, NC (NCHSAA )-— Monroe Piedmont exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and coasted to a 9-3 triumph over North Brunswick on Friday in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
Cameron Price led Piedmont with three hits, three runs scored and three runs batted in. He had a single, double and triple in four trips to the plate. Hunter Purser also had three hits for the winners, and Colby Barnette hit safely twice.
Price had a triple in the big fourth that drove home a run as the Panthers collected a triple, double, three singles and a walk in the frame.
North Brunswick had taken a 3-1 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first, with a double by Shak Graham driving home two.
Corey Sikes went the route on the mound for Piedmont, scattering five hits in improving his mound mark to 10-0 on the season. Shelton Perkins, who was knocked out of the game in the seven-run fourth, got the loss for North Brunswick, his third in 11 decisions.
Davon Perkins had two of North Brunswick’s five hits.
Piedmont is back in the NCHSAA baseball finals for the third time but the first time since 1984. The Panthers are now 29-3 overall while North Brunswick is 17-12. The Scorpions are making their first championship appearance since 1996.
Game two of the best-of-three is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday. This is the 97th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Five County Stadium, Zebulon
Class 2-A: Game One
Monroe Piedmont 1 0 1 7 0 0 0—9 11 0
North Brunswick 3 0 0 0 0 0 x—3 5 3
WP—Corey Sikes (10-0). LP—Shelton Perkins (8-3).
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – Fueled by a two-run single from Chris Bresnahan in the eighth inning, Elon outscored UNCW, 3-0, over the final three innings to slip past the Seahawks, 10-7, in the second game of the NCAA Charlottesville Regional on Friday at Davenport Field.
The Seahawks (37-22) drop into the loser’s bracket and will face Army, a 2-1 loser to Virginia in game one, on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Phoenix (33-28), meanwhile will play the Cavaliers at 6 p.m.
Antonio Alvarez shined for the Phoenix at the plate, going 2-for-4, both doubles, with four runs batted in and three runs scored. Wil Leathers came off the bench and finished with two hits, including a two-run pinch hit homer in a five-run sixth inning.
Terence Connelly and Corey Dick had three hits apiece. Connelly reached base safely in all five plate appearances, scored twice and knocked in two. Andy Austin added two hits and also drove in two runs.
Andrew MacDonald (5-1) earned the win in relief, allowing just two hits and no runs over three and 1/3 innings.
UNCW starter Mat Batts (9-4) dropped his third consecutive start after allowing eight runs, seven earned, over six-plus innings.
Up next: The Seahawks face Army at 1 p.m. on Saturday in an elimination game. Jordan Ramsey (6-6) will make the start for UNCW while the Black Knights counter with Alex Robinett.
How it happened: The Seahawks tied the game at 7-all with two runs in the sixth, but Elon regained the lead in the top of the seventh. Bresnahan singled off Batts to open the frame and moved into scoring position on an errant pickoff attempt by reliever Justin Livengood. Bresnahan then moved to third on a misplayed bunt and scored one batter later on a ground ball to third to give Elon the lead, 8-7.
Inside the numbers: Offensively, Elon landed its leadoff batter on base four times and saw three of them come around to score … The Phoenix also plated 4-of-5 runners from third with less than two out … Ryan LaGrange was the lone Seahawk to open an inning by reaching safely with a single to open the second inning … UNCW knocked in six runs with two out while Elon collected five, two-out RBI’s.
Notes: The Seahawks dropped to 2-1 against Elon in NCAA competition … The Phoenix ran their winning streak to six … LaGrange has reached base safely in 10 straight contests … Connelly moved to within one hit by pitch of tying the UNCW single season record of 18 (Mark Carver, 2008) … Michael Bass moved into a tie for eighth on UNCW’s single season stolen base list with 25 and is now in sole possession of third with 75 career stolen bases.
EDENTON, NC (SHARKS) -- The Wilmington Sharks loss a hard fought game on the road to the Edenton Steamers on Friday night. The game involved good pitching, small ball, and timely hitting as the Steamers threw the final blow as Josh Hampton hit a blooper into shallow center just out of the reach of Zach MacAneney to score Laz Villa for the win.
The Steamers scored first on an RBI double off of the bat of Josh Hampton. The Steamers then picked up another run in the sixth to take a 2-0 lead.
The Sharks got on the board in the sixth when Cambric Moye hit a towering two run home run over the field fence to tie up the game.
The Steamers regained the lead when Derek Justice came in on relief and walked in Villa to give Edenton a 3-2 lead.
Matt Pollock bunt his way on in the ninth for the Sharks and then stole back to back bases to be the potential game tie running. With two outs designated hitter Chance Shepard beat out a infield single to tie the game up 3-3.
Then in the bottom half of the inning Josh Hampton came up with the game winning hit to move the Steamers record to 2-2 on the young season.
For the Sharks Matt Pollock now has a hit in his first four games with the Sharks and also stole two bases. Andrew Amaro added a hit and two stolen bases as well.
With the loss the Sharks move to 2-2 on the year and return home Saturday evening to take on the Morehead City Marlins with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Buck Hardee Field.