Article courtesy NCHSAA - Shortstop Evan Orenstein's solo homer in the bottom of the fifth broke a 3-3 tie and lifted East Forsyth to a 4-3 victory over Wilmington Laney on Friday night in the first game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at Doak Field on the campus of N.C. State.
The win pushed East's record to 24-8 and moved the Fighting Eagles to within one victory of taking the best of three series. The 94th annual baseball championships will continue with game two scheduled in the 4-A series for Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Pete Schultz went the distance on the mound for East to get his ninth win in 11 decisions, as he scattered eight hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. Mike Hilla (4-3) was charged with the loss.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the second and then made it 3-0 in the third on a two-run homer by sophomore Jacob Watts.
Laney countered with a pair of runs in the fourth, one on a solo homer by Luke Tendler, his fifth of the year, and then the Bucs added a run in the fifth to tie the game and set the stage for Orenstein's heroics.
Corbin Bednarcyzk had two hits for Laney, now 19-10 overall.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE 4-A BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES—GAME ONE
Doak Field, N.C. State University
Wilmington Laney 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 -- 3 8 0
East Forsyth 0 1 2 0 1 0 x-- 4 9 0
WP--Pete Schultz (9-2). LP--Mike Hilla (4-3). HR: Laney--Luke Tendler, solo in 4th; East Forysth--Jacob Watts, 2-run HR in 3rd; Evan Orenstein, solo in 5th.
The Coach's Corner will have extensive coverage on Sunday morning at 11:30 on WWAY on every game Laney plays in Raleigh. The Cape Fear Sports Report will feature Laney's trip to Raleigh as well. That's noon on Sunday on WWAY.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau are serving as host city sponsors for this championship series. Wendy’s is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.