West defeats New Hanover in MEC game; Beach Diamond Invitational begins Monday

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Jay Gause hit a three-run home run in the first inning and the Trojans went on to beat New Hanover 11-5 March 31 in a conference game.

West scored twice in the second and five times in the third.

In the fourth, New Hanover had a runner on second with two outs and attempted to score on a single. But shortstop Pat Kamfolt took a throw from center fielder Ryan Hill and threw to catcher Josh Powell, who tagged out the runner to end the inning.

New Hanover scored four times in the fifth. West scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Josh Powell finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Logan Tripp doubled twice in going 3-for-4. Justin Cook was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Wally Kamfolt was 2-for-2 with one RBI. Ryan Hill finished 1-for-5. Pat Kamfolt had one RBI. Blain Turner was 1-for-3. Nick Napolitano was 1-for-4.

Brock Holmes was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings and giving up six hits and five runs, one earned. He walked four and struck out none.

Lorenzo Pigott pitched the final two innings, giving up no hits and no runs. He walked one and struck out four.



Socastee, S.C., scored three runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings in beating West 9-6 in the nonconference game April 1.

West led 4-0 entering the bottom of the third but Socastee scored three times and took the lead for good with three runs in the next inning.

For West, Ryan Hill was 3-for-4. Pat Kamfolt was 1-for-4. Wally Kamfolt was 2-for-4. Josh Powell was hit by a pitch and walked. Jay Gause was 2-for-3 and walked. Logan Tripp was 1-for-4. Justin Cook was 1-for-4 with a double. Blain Turner singled.



In a conference game March 30, the West Brunswick junior varsity routed White Oak 12-2.

Hunter Allen finished 2-for-5 with one RBI and a sacrifice fly. Timmy Powell was 2-for-4 and was hit by a pitch. Cameron Smith, who caught all seven innings, was 3-for-5. Bruce Clewis finished 1-for-3 with two walks. Trey Brown was 2-for-5.

Clay Hines pitched two innings, giving up three hits and one earned run. He walked one and struck out one. Clewis, the winning pitcher, threw three innings, facing 10 batters and striking out six. Tim Powell pitched one inning. He faced four batters and struck out one. He threw seven pitches. Allen pitched one inning. He faced four batters and threw five pitches.

“I am proud of these young men and what they have accomplished,” assistant coach Don Powell said in his last game with the team. “Larry Anderson has worked hard with the pitchers and catchers and done an exceptionally great job.”



West Brunswick lost 4-3 March 31 at New Hanover, the Trojans’ first loss of the season (8-1, 4-1 in the conference).

West scored in the first but New Hanover tied the game in the bottom of the second. West regained a one-run lead in the top of the third, but New Hanover scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Each team scored in the fifth.

For West, Hunter Allen was 1-for-3 with a double. Timmy Powell was 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. Jesse Simmons walked and had one RBI. Trey Brown had a double and one EBI. Zachary Tyree was 1-for-3 with a double. Marquise Johnson was 1-for-2.



The Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational baseball and softball tournaments are Monday through Wednesday at West Brunswick High School.

These are the first-round softball games Monday:

1 p.m.: Victor, N.Y., vs. North Brunswick

3 p.m.: West Brunswick JV vs. South Brunswick

5 p.m.: Smithfield vs. Riverside

7 p.m.: Lakewood, Ohio, vs. West Brunswick

These are the first-round baseball games Monday:

10 a.m.: Brunswick County All-Stars vs. Southern Alamance

1 p.m.: Southern Wayne vs. South Brunswick

4 p.m.: Terry Sanford vs. North Brunswick

7 p.m.: Wallace Rose Hill vs. West Brunswick

Second-round games are Tuesday and the final games are Wednesday. The championship games are 7 p.m. Wednesday.