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Two teams that ended county teams’ seasons in the playoffs went on to win state championships over the weekend.
Nathan Hood’s run-scoring double broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning and helped propel Whiteville to a 3-1 victory over Randleman on Saturday for a sweep of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
Whiteville had beaten North Brunswick 6-0 in the fourth round of the playoffs.
The Wolfpack won a pair of close games in the best of three series. In Friday night’s opening game, Hyland Tyler went four for four and Jacob Long drove in all three runs for Whiteville as the Wolfpack edged Randleman 3-2.
Hood, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the series, gave the Wolfpack a 2-1 lead with his key hit, and the Pack added an insurance run in the seventh on a hit batsman, fielder’s choice, stolen base and sacrifice fly. He also went the distance on the mound, striking out 12, walking three and giving up six hits.
Hunter Smith, who had two hits and a pair of walks for Whiteville, drove home the game’s first run with a single in the fourth, but Randleman tied it when Zach Bach drew a bases loaded walk in the following inning.
Randleman (29-6) was the defending state 2-A champions and last year beat North Brunswick in the East regional to advance to the championship series. Whiteville improved to 26-5 and ended the season with a 16-game winning streak. Whiteville was making its first appearance in the NCHSAA baseball finals since 1998.
Beddingfield wins softball title
In softball, Wilson Beddingfield held on to post a 3-2 victory over Madison on Saturday afternoon in the second and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A softball championship series.
The win gave Beddingfield its first NCHSAA state softball title in a sweep of the series in two straight tight games, finishing a 28-4 season.
In the second round of the playoffs, Beddingfield scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning—three on a home run—and one in the seventh to beat North Brunswick 7-6.
Beddingfield had rallied to beat North Brunswick in the second round the playoffs.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring double by Jenna Pate, and then made it 2-0 in the fourth. Madison cut it to 2-1 in the fifth on a single by Hannah Anders that drove in a run, but Beddingfield answered in the home half of the frame on an RBI single by Candace Wilkins. Wilkins also had a great diving catch in the outfield that saved a run.
Jenna Pate was the winning pitcher, giving up just three hits, striking out two and walking one.
In the opening game earlier on Saturday, freshman Caroline Smith drove home Nickie Womble with the winning run to lift Beddingfield to a 1-0, 10-inning triumph.
Brooke Jones was the winning pitcher for Beddingfield, striking out 11 and limiting Madison to four hits while improving her record to 13-1. Jones was named as the Most Valuable Player of the championship series. Ashley Warren had three hits for Beddingfield in the first game and Smith had two.
Ayock swept in series
Jeremy Schellhorn drove in three runs and Alex Bostic hit a monster home run to lead Weddington to a 4-2 victory over Pikeville Charles B. Aycock and the state championship on Saturday in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
Ayock had eliminated West Brunswick in the fourth round of the playoffs, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh in a 4-3 victory.
The Warriors, in their first NCHSAA baseball championship series, swept the series in two close games. Bostic got the pitching victory on Friday night as Weddington built up a 5-0 lead and then held off a rally by the Golden Falcons to win the opener 5-3.
Bostic was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.
In the decisive game, Aycock took a 2-0 lead in the second, parlaying a single, a walk, a fielder’s choice, an error, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch into a pair of runs. But Weddington came back in the top of the to knot it at 2-2 on a two-run single by Schellhorn.
Bostic blasted a home run off the scoreboard to give his team a 3-2 lead in the fifth, and then the Warriors added an insurance run with a two-out RBI-single by Schellhorn in the seventh.
Aycock, just as it had in the Friday game, had lots of scoring opportunities but stranded a whopping 15 runners in the game.
Adam Pate and Cameron Taylor each had two hits for the Golden Falcons.
Sean Collins was the winning pitcher, striking out three and walking
Five. Bryant Stafford took the loss for the Golden Falcons.
Weddington finished 28-6 overall and Aycock finished 21-11.
South Stanly wins 1A title
Earlier in the day, it was Russ Weiker’s arm. Later on Saturday, it was his bat that helped South Stanly to a 6-1 victory over Voyager Academy to win the state championship in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
South Stanly played in the Easter tournament this year at West Brunswick High School.
Weiker, who played left field in game two, had four hits, including a triple, and four runs batted in to earn championship Most Valuable Player honors. Earlier in the day, he pitched a no-hitter and the Rowdy Rebel Bulls gave him plenty of support in a 13-0 victory over Voyager in the opening game of the series. He fanned eight and walked three in getting his 14th win.
South Stanly finished 30-4, winning its 14th straight game, and was in the state finals for the third time in the last four years.