HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Four of the current Topsail baseball players were part of the 2014 state championship team. All four are back along with 21 other Pirates who have their sights set on the 2016 3-A state title.”I think we’ll just have to play our game,” Josh Madole told WWAY. “That is situational hitting and throwing strikes and making the routine plays.” Routine plays, these guys can handle, they also handled numerous injuries. On top of that they had to play the whole season without head coach Granville Gehris. Chris Blake is the interim head coach. “There has been a lot of stuff this year that could have caused these guys to give up,” Blake said. “Saying you know we can’t make it through, but they fought hard and come together and again they did not let the season go to waste. They’ve shown up to play to win.”
Senior Sam Hall is not afraid to give credit to Chris Blake. “He was in a Very tough spot that most people would crack under,” Hall told WWAY. “He’s done a great job so all credit to him.”
Blake Cota is one of the Topsail team captains. “We knew come playoff time it was one and done from here on out. We’ve really come together, playing baseball like we knew we could play.”
The Pirates will face Marvin Ridge High School in the best of three state championship series in Burlington on Friday if the weather cooperates the season will conclude on Saturday with another state title. If not, it’ll be the state runner-up trophy. Marvin Ridge is the defending 3-A state champion.