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Whiteville wins 1-A baseball state championship; Whiteville falls short in softball state title game

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ZEBULON, NC (NCHSAA) -- Zach Pait and Hunter Harwood had run-scoring doubles in the seventh inning to lift Whiteville to a come from behind 3-2 victory over East Surry on Saturday in the third and decisive game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.

Whiteville won the series two games to one. The Wolfpack had evened the series with a big 10-0 win earlier on Saturday, pounding out 15 hits and dealing East Surry its first loss of the season. East Surry won Friday night’s opener with four runs in the sixth en route to a 7-4 triumph.

Freshman MacKenzie Gore, who has been outstanding in the postseason, was named the championship Most Valuable Player. He came on in the fifth inning in relief of Connor Grainger and shut the door, earning the victory, and he had two hits and the pitching win in game two.

East Surry managed only two hits for the game, but scratched out a run in the first and then scored an unearned run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Scott Meredith and Alex Wilson had the base hits for the Cards.

In the seventh, Grainger singled for the Wolfpack, scored on a double by Pait and then Harwood chased Pait home with a double. Five Whiteville players each had one hit for the winners.

The Wolfpack ran their record to 26-6 in winning their sixth NCHSAA baseball title all-time, while East Surry wound up 31-2, with the Cardinals’ only losses in the championship series.

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 1-A: Game Three

Whiteville 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 – 3 5 1

East Surry 1 0 0 0 1 0 0— 2 2 2

WP-- MacKenzie Gore (8-0). LP—Seth Brim (4-1).

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RALEIGH, NC (NCHSAA) -- North Stokes batted around in the six-run second inning and coasted to a 10-1 decision over Whiteville in the third and decisive game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A softball championship series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

Lindsay Brown had two hits and went the distance on the mound for the winners. She pitched all three games in the series and was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship.

The Vikings unleashed a 14-hit attack in the final game, with every starter hitting safely at least once. North Stokes scored one run in the first, six in the second and one more in the third to take command. Tana Frye, Emily Hughes and Ashley Smith also had two hits apiece for North and Sabrina Dodson hit a two-run homer.

Lauren Edwards led Whiteville with three hits in three trips to the plate.

North Stokes, which won its first NCHSAA state softball championship, finished 28-4 while Whiteville wound up 26-8.

On Friday night, North Stokes had won the opener 3-0, keyed by a two-run home run by Sabrina Dodson, and then Whiteville evened the series earlier on Saturday with a 6-3 victory. Lauren Worley had two hits and was the winning pitcher for the Wolfpack in the second game.

The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau serve as host city sponsors for the championship.

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RALEIGH, NC (NCHSAA) -- Lauren Worley had two hits and was the winning pitcher on Saturday to lead Whiteville to a 6-3 win over North Stokes in game two of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A softball championship series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

The win by the Wolfpack evened the series at a game apiece, Game three in the best of three series is set for Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.

Whiteville broke open a scoreless game with a six-run third to take command. Laura Thompson, Eden Brown and Sage McLelland also had two hits apiece for the winners, while Heather Nall was two for four for North Stokes.

Lindsay Brown was the losing pitcher.

North Stokes dropped to 27-4 while Whiteville is now 26-7. Both teams are seeking their first NCHSAA state softball championship.

On Friday night, North Stokes had won the opener 3-0, keyed by a two-run home run by Sabrina Dodson.

The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau serve as host city sponsors for the championship.

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Click the play video icon above to see WWAY's coverage from Whiteville softball and Whiteville baseball this weekend as both teams tried to earn a state championship.

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