HPCA bags two wins at the beach
MINGO BAY TOURNAMENT
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — High Point Christian Academy enjoyed a double dose of winning fun in the sun on Saturday at the Mingo Bay tournament.
The Cougar defeated Wilson Hall (S.C.) 4-1, then thrashed Williamsburg Academy (S.C.) 12-2 in five innings.
Due to rainy weather throughout the week, all teams in the 92-team field played four games but champions were not crowned.
HPCA’s Luke Gesell tossed seven innings of three-hit ball with 11 strikeouts in the opener. Boston New went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run, while Jarred Bergsma was 1-for-2 with an RBI and run.
In the second game, HPCA’s Chris Corbett finished 1-for-1 with three RBIs, while Tanner Harris went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Steven Hemrick was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Brian Young got the win with one inning of solid relief work. Starter Ben White (three innings), Young and New (one inning) combined for a two-hitter with seven strikeouts.
HPCA plays host to the Forsyth Home School on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
WESLEYAN DROPS PAIR TO S.C. POWERS
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. — Wesleyan Christian Academy fell to a pair of Palmetto State powers in the final day of the South Carolina Diamond Invitational hosted by Blythewood High School on Saturday.
The Trojans fell 8-7 to Wren, then lost 9-6 to host Blythewood. Wren and Blythewood rank among the top two teams in S.C. in their respective classifications.
In the opener, Wesleyan’s Hayden Manuel went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Greg White finished 2-for-4 and Johnny Rollins was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Ryan Clinch (0-1) took the loss.
In game two, Manuel finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Jake Moebius was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Rollins was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lane Kowalski (1-1) took the loss.
Wesleyan stands 9-3 on the season.
East baseball blasts Ledford, 10-0
Braxton Shetley and Avery Bowles combined on a two-hit shutout, with each striking out five batters, as East Davidson blanked Ledford 10-0 in six innings late Saturday night.
Ryan McIntyre drilled a two-run walk-off homer in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule for the Golden Eagles (12-2). Nick Williams went 1-for-1 with three RBIs for East. Chaz Shields and Randy Norwood each went 1-for-2 for the Panthers (7-6).
Fred T. Foard tops Ledford softball, 7-4
Fred T. Foard, the state’s top-ranked 3A team, downed Ledford 7-4 late Saturday night in Newton. Mackenzie Cranford went 2-for-3 with a double for the Panthers (7-6), while Destiny DeBerry finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and Erin Crotts was 1-for-2 for Ledford. Meg Everhart started and went one inning to take the loss. She left with a minor injury. Ledford visits Asheboro on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Ragsdale baseball splits two in Cary
Ragsdale baseball went 1-1 in action in the Bobby Murray Invitational at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary on Saturday.
Broughton nipped Ragsdale 4-3 in 11 innings. The Tigers regrouped to rip Wake Forest-Rolesville 11-5. The Tigers stand 9-7 on the year.
In the opener, Ragsdale’s Avery Hodges went 3-for-4 and teammate Bryson Harrald was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
In the nightcap, Ragsdale coach Donnie Maness picked up his 300th career win as the Tigers made the most of eight hits. Connor Burrows (1-0) tossed five solid innings to get the win. Corey Brandenburg worked two innings for the save. Hodges went 2-for-2 with a double, walk and RBI, while Niko Orfanedes was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs and Ben Fischer was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run. Ragsdale plays host to East Forsyth on Tuesday at 7 p.m.