Lindsay Kubrick of Ragsdale and Andrew Gullickson of Southwest Guilford represented their high schools on last time for the West on Tuesday at UNCG.
Many of the basketball players on the court knew of each other, but few of them had played together before.
Cameron Nieters of Bishop McGuinness scored 13 points to lead area performers, who also included Southwest Guilford's Briana Burgins and Ragsdale's James Stepp.
Three early runs were enough for Bryce Lance, who pitched a complete-game shutout, as the Post 87 HiToms beat Post 55 3-0 and lead the Area III championship series 2-0.
HiToms defeated Winston-Salem 10-8 to lead Area III championship 1-0.
The 6-foot-6 swingman arrived this summer to help fill the Tar Heels' need for backcourt depth and bolster UNC's defense on the perimeter, where opponents blistered the Tar Heels in last season's final two games.
Thursday's regional roundup
The HiToms scored five runs in the first inning and expanded their lead throughout the game in beating Mooresville Post 66 13-5 on Monday at Finch Field in the third game of the Area III semifinals. They lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
The HiToms scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 9-8 on Thursday at Finch Field and cap an incredible comeback to beat Kernersville Post 36 in the second round of the Area III playoffs three games to two.
David Carrier has plenty of experience at independent schools across the state. He knows the ins and outs better than a lot of people.