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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bulldogs go on baseball roll


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Williams rang up a four-game baseball winning streak by mid-week with some notable recent results.

Senior pitcher Tate Jones registered his 200th career strikeout when the Bulldogs won last Friday at Eastern Alamance in a Central 3-A Conference game in a rematch from a victory earlier in the week.

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Tate Jones

The 15-0 outcome came in five innings, with Jones throwing a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and three walks. Vince Coker drove in four runs.

Then the Bulldogs won twice this week to begin play in the Asheboro ZooKeepers Classic at McCrary Park in Asheboro.

With Rockingham County runners on base, Trace Hicks recorded a game-ending strikeout in Monday’s 10-8 victory. Coker scored three runs and drove in two more. Dan Mahan also knocked in two runs, and James Cooper was the winning pitcher.

Williams followed that by defeating host Asheboro 4-1 on Tuesday with Angel Mora recording two runs batted in and Nathan Billings and William Allen providing the pitching.

The Bulldogs complete play in the event Thursday night vs. Southwestern Randolph.

When Williams returns to Central 3-A Conference competition, the Bulldogs will have games next week against Orange and former coach Jason Knapp. The teams meet Tuesday in Hillsborough and next Friday in Burlington.

• Southern Alamance ended a three-game skid by defeating Southwestern Randolph 11-1 on Tuesday in the Asheboro ZooKeepers Classic as Braxton Cain struck out four in six innings. Eli Holland came a triple shy of the cycle and Eli Gilley smacked two doubles.

A day earlier, the Patriots fell 12-1 to Uwharrie Charter Academy, which was the 2023 Class 1-A state champion.

• Western Alamance went 1-2 in last week’s Greensboro Grasshoppers Invitational at First National Bank Field.

The Warriors lost 11-3 to Greensboro Day School, defeated Northeast Guilford 13-3, and then fell to William Byrd (of Vinton, Virginia) by 8-4.

Wake Forest was the team champion in the three-day, eight-team event.

Western moves back into Central 3-A Conference play next week, going to Eastern Alamance on Tuesday followed by next Friday’s rematch at home.

• Eastern Alamance topped visiting Clover Garden 5-0 in Tuesday’s non-league game behind Jarrett Newell’s two-hitter. He struck out seven with no walks. Braxton Ballard and Christian Vieau each knocked in two runs.

• Southeast Alamance lost 9-5 and 8-5 to Bartlett Yancey in Tuesday’s Mid-Carolina Conference doubleheader.

Southern Alamance girls had mixed results in its Easter tournament last week. The Patriots defeated South Granville 12-9, lost to Richlands 11-0, and then topped High Point Christian 8-7.

Southern had a Central 3-A Conference game Tuesday, falling 5-4 to visiting Orange. That puts the Patriots at 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Most area teams were off this week because of ABSS spring break.

When play begins after spring break, one of the key matchups could come Tuesday night with Western Alamance’s visit to Southern in the Central 3-A Conference.

Girls’ soccer
Eastern Alamance’s home game vs. Western Alamance was postponed last week and moved to April 19. That means the teams will play consecutive Central 3-A Conference games against each other with a rematch slated for April 22 at Western.

Boys’ lacrosse
Eastern Alamance’s lone victory came last month against Southeast Alamance, which is also a one-win team. They meet Tuesday night at Eastern in a rematch.

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