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Baseball teams tumble out of state playoffs

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Baseball season ended for high school teams in Alamance County last week, barely making any traction in the state playoffs.

That included a loss by The Burlington School, ending a two-year reign as state champion in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class 2-A.

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Teams in the North Carolina High School Association bowed out as well.

No team from the county won more than one postseason game. Here’s a rundown:

 

NCISAA Class 2-A

After a first-round bye, TBS edged visiting Hickory Christian Academy 4-3 at Eastern Guilford.

Then the Spartans went on the road for Saturday’s third round, falling 6-5 at Rocky Mount Academy. It marked coach Chad Holland’s final game with the team.

TBS (13-10) faced deficits of 4-0 and 6-1, but it couldn’t complete a comeback. Patrick Sawyer and Trisian Reives both had two hits, and Davis Phillips scored two runs for the Spartans. Cooper Kelly took the loss.

  • Burlington Christian Academy also was eliminated by a one-run loss, losing 3-2 to Greenfield on Saturday at Wilson.

Both teams scored two first-inning runs, with Greenfield going ahead in the fourth off J.D. Mace. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six.

At the plate, Mace had three of BCA’s nine hits. Cohen Payne and Nathan Rose drove in runs for the Royals (17-6-1).

Earlier in the week, Mark Primm drove in seven runs as BCA opened the playoffs with a 15-3 round pounding of host Wayne Christian. Primm homered among his three hits, while Mace knocked in three runs, and Lofton Gonzales, Caleb Pollard, and winning pitcher Anthony Valdez all scored three runs.

 

NCHSAA Class 3-A

Eastern Alamance’s season ended with a 19-1 loss in 4½ innings to No. 12 seed Orange on Friday night. That came three nights after a stunning first-round upset of Southern Alamance, which had shared first place with Orange in the Central 3-A Conference.

The No. 28 seed Eagles (9-16) lost for the third time in 11 nights to the Panthers. Eastern gave up seven first-inning runs then got its lone run on Kasen McGinnis’ home run in the second.

  • No. 13 seed Williams was bounced 19-3 in 4½ innings at fourth-seeded Fayetteville Sanford on Friday night, ending the first season under coach Brent Haynes.

Williams (18-6) led 3-1 until Fayetteville Sanford’s eight runs in the third and 10 runs in the fourth. Aiden Pulliam had a double and drove in two Williams runs and teammate Dan Mahan posted two hits.

Two nights earlier, Tate Jones threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks as Williams blanked 20th-seeded Southern Wayne 4-0 at Elon University’s Latham Park in a game postponed one night because of field conditions. The Bulldogs scored all their runs in the fifth inning with Dylan Brooks and Angel Mora each driving in a run. Mahan had three hits.

 

NCHSAA Class 1-A

No. 19 seed Oxford Webb scored four seventh-inning runs to knock off No. 14 seed Clover Garden 8-7 in a first-round game at Eastern Alamance after the game was postponed one day because of field conditions. The Grizzlies ended the season with a 15-6 record.

 

North Carolina Christian School Association

Alamance Christian School reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before losing 10-3 to Bethel Christian last week. ACS began the playoffs with a 6-3 decision against Cramerton Christian. ACS finished the season with a 9-5 record.

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