West wins Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Baseball Invitational

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

West Brunswick rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Southern Alamance 7-6 in a thrilling championship game of the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Invitational April 15 at West.

Jay Gause, who pitched the final four and one-third innings, ended the game with a strikeout when the tying run was on third base.

Three Trojans—Logan Tripp, Pat Kamfolt and Josh Powell—made the all-tournament team. (Hunter Allen, playing on the junior varsity, also was an all-tournament selection). West is now 14-3.

Two Trojan errors in the third allowed the Patriots to take a 4-0 lead. But West took the lead for good by scoring six runs in the fourth.

Powell led off the inning with an infield single. Gause was safe on a fielder’s choice. Tripp was hit by a pitch, giving West runners on second and first. Alex Memory then doubled to right field, driving in two runs. Blain Turner was safe on an infield error, and that allowed a run to score.

With two outs, Ryan Hill singled inside the third-base line, driving in the tying run. On a hit-and-run, Pat Kamfolt drove in the go-ahead run. Wally Kamfolt singled home another run, putting West ahead 6-4.

The Patriots scored in the fifth on a one-out single after the first two batters led off with singles. Gause ended the inning with by getting a flyout and a strikeout.

In the top of the sixth, West got the first out when shortstop Pat Kamfolt ran to the left-field line to catch a popup. Gause struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, West scored what proved to be the winning run on an error. Gause walked, and Tripp Bartholomew came in to run. Tripp was hit by a pitch. Memory then hit a high popup that was dropped, and that allowed Bartholomew to score.

In the seventh, Southern Alamance’s leadoff batter singled. Gause struck out the next batter, but another single gave the Patriots runners on third and first. Gause got the second out with a strikeout, but a wild pitch allowed the Patriots to score and cut the lead to 7-6. Gause ended the game by striking out the next batter, and the Trojans rushed to the pitcher’s mound to celebrate with Gause.

Gavin Lane started and gave up three hits and four runs, all scoring after the errors. He walked three and struck out one in two-plus innings.

In the third, two walks, an error and another walk loaded the bases for the Patriots. A run scored on an error, leaving the bases loaded. A two-run double put the Patriots ahead 3-0.

Lorenzo Pigott entered the game. With runners on third and second, he threw a wild pitch, but Powell, the catcher, recovered the ball and threw to Pigott at the plate, who tagged out the runner trying to score from third.

After a walk and a strikeout, Pigott gave up a run-scoring double, which gave the Patriots a 4-0 lead. After another walk loaded the bases, Gause entered the game. He ended the inning with a strikeout. Gause gave up two runs and six hits. He walked one and struck out eight in four and one-third innings.

Hill finished 1-for-4 with one RBI. Pat Kamfolt was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Wally Kamfolt was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Powell was 2-for-4. Memory was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Gause walked twice. Justin Cook was 1-for-4. Tripp was 1-for-2 and hit twice by pitches. Turner walked and was hit by a pitch.



The Trojans overcame some defensive problems and defeated Southern Wayne (Goldsboro) High School 9-5 April 14 to advance to the championship game in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational.

Pat Kamfolt blasted a double with one out in the first inning to get things going for the Trojans. (He also reached base on an error and scored two runs.)

Next up was Wally Kamfolt. The umpire asked to see his bat, and after a minute or so, the umpire called him out for an illegal bat. Wally argued for a few minutes then returned to the dugout. This was certainly not a Billy Martin-George Brett incident, but the home team fans were unhappy—until Josh Powell singled to right field and scored Pat Kamfolt for a 1-0 lead.

Brock Holmes was the starting pitcher for the Trojans, and after 5 2/3 innings, seven hits and three earned runs, coach Mike Alderson went to the bullpen. Holmes had four strikeouts for the game, and he kept the Goldsboro team at bay, throwing a one-hitter until the sixth inning.

After the Trojans made a couple of errors, relief pitcher Jay Gause entered the game. Gause had three strikeouts in one and one-third innings, including an inning-ending strikeout with the bases loaded in the sixth.

Ryan Hill with a single, Josh Powell with a single and Logan Tripp’s double did more damage to the Southern Wayne pitching staff in the third inning, as the Trojans advanced to the championship game.

—Bob Breen



Jahronn Johnson’s home run, which bounced off the center field scoreboard, gave Wallace-Rose Hill its 10th run in its shutout victory over the West Brunswick junior varsity April 15.

West had three hits in the five-inning game: a single by all-tournament selection Hunter Allen, a double by Jesse Simmons and a single by Josh Cortes.