ZEBULON, NC (WWAY) — Topsail High held off a late rally from Piedmont High to capture the 3-A baseball state championship. The Pirates won 5-4. More details are posted below. Check @WWAYSports on Twitter for photos from Saturday’s state title for the Pirates. Click the play video icon icon above to see WWAY’s state championship coverage from Zebulon.
ZEBULON, NC (NCHSAA). — Trent Hansley went the distance on the mound and also blasted a two-run homer to lead Topsail to a 5-4 victory over Monroe Piedmont on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
The victory gave the Pirates a sweep of the best-of three series.Topsail had won the opening game on Friday night by a 5-3 count, with Sam Luchansky getting the pitching win and also driving in two runs.
Hansley, an East Carolina signee, struck out seven and walked four while scattering eight hits, after striking out the side in the seventh to get the save on Friday night. His two-run homer, his ninth of the season, came in the first to get Topsail off to a fast start and he was named the championship Most Valuable Player.
Clark Cota was three for three for the winners and also drove home two runs.
Topsail led 5-1 in the seventh before Piedmont roared back with three runs, keyed by a two-out bases-loaded double by David Nash that cleared the bases, but Hansley got Jack Gamble to fly out to end the game. Aaron Braswell was a perfect four for four for the Panthers.
Topsail, making its third appearance in the last seven years in the NCHSAA championships, wound up 21-8 overall while Piedmont slipped to 21-10.
This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA. The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau serve as host city sponsors for the championship.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Five County Stadium, Zebulon
Class 3-A: Game Two
Monroe Piedmont 0 0 0 0 0 1 3—4 9 0
Hampstead Topsail 2 0 1 0 2 0 x—5 8 2
WP—Trent Hansley. LP—Corey Sikes. HR—Hansley (Topsail), 1st with one on.
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