Crest and South Point go extras in Big South 3A baseball


BELMONT – Ensuring the visitors’ dugout at South Point’s Raider Field was cleaner than his team found it, a quick look back then brought a fresh perspective to the first-team coach year of Crest, Adam McFarland.

“It can’t really be 15 minutes to 11 p.m.,” he said shortly after the Chargers escaped Belmont with a 9-7 victory in eight innings. “Tomorrow will surely come fast for all of us.”

Less than 24 hours after taking the field for the first of a two-game series this week, the teams will wrap things up Wednesday in Boiling Springs due to wet weather forecast for Thursday. This season, Big South 3A ditched a one-game rotation for a two-game series format.

Big South 3A, as well as Southern Piedmont 1A/2A are using the type of programming this season. It was a welcome change for McFarland, based on the belief that baseball and the series format tend to go hand in hand.

“I think you’re going to see more of what guys have deep down on the mound,” he said. “I think you’ll see more (series splits) this season from a lot of teams because you won’t see their ace every time. We can’t do that to somebody and nobody can do that to us. that, and you’ll sort of see who has depth on the mound.

“It prepares them more for college and what lies ahead. We have a lot of good players and good teams, so it should make for some interesting battles.

McFarland’s hunch proved correct on Tuesday, sending five different pitchers to the mound in his team’s extra innings affair at South Point. Down 7-2 at one point, the Red Raiders came back into the game with runs in five straight innings, tying it at 7-all in seventh.

Along with playing the scoreboard, McFarland also had to work against pitch count and the potential limitations that come with it.

“Obviously we would like to have tomorrow, but (Wednesday) could be a bullpen day for us. We chose to get this one,” McFarland said. “(Colby Humphries) was going to be our starter on Wednesday. saw some time at the pitcher and behind the plate at the catcher, and there are also other guys available who pitched tonight who will be tired, so it will be interesting to see how things go.

After pitching ace Jake Beaty didn’t have his usual business on Tuesday, South Point called in three pitchers to take the mound. Along with Beaty, Talon McConnell and Wyatt Triplett are unavailable for Wednesday’s contest due to court limitations imposed by the NCHSAA.

“Falling behind really took us away from the things we wanted to do. The most important thing Crest did right was field the first runner,” said South Point baseball coach Jason Lineberger. “We just didn’t play well. We didn’t throw well enough, hit well enough. We’re going to have to play better to get a different result.

The two left feeling their best foot was not the one put forward, however.

With just two hits under their belt, a double by Humphries in the eighth inning instantly put Crest in business. The Chargers would eventually load the bases, with the runners coming home on wild pitch and passing the ball.

Ryan Ropp finally ended a match that lasted over three hours, knocking out Wyatt Triplett for the match finale.

For Crest, Cole Drewery finished with a hit and two RBIs, while Javari Green’s RBI double in the first scored a run. Justin Smith was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for South Point, with Matthew Walker (2 for 4, two RBI) and Ezra Taylor (2 for 3, triple, RBI) also earning multiple hits.

Tuesday’s results


Burn 7, Cherryville 2: Burns improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in Southern Piedmont 1A/2A with a win over Cherryville. Joseph Webb struck out 12 in 5.2 innings of work, with Colby Putnam, Zach Howington, Ashton Parker and Josh Powell each earning multiple hits. Putnam’s four hits paved the way for the Bulldogs, who are now 9-1 overall and 5-0 in Southern Piedmont 1A/2A.

Landon Hahn was 2 for 4 for Cherryville, with Will Fowler adding a solo home run.

Davidson Community School 14, Mountain Island Charter 3: Evan Borman had multiple hits for Mountain Island Charter, but the Raptors lost their third straight game.

East Gaston 15, Highland Tech 4: Aiden Cloninger was 2 for 4 with a double, Dylan Howell was 2 for 4 with a double, triple and an RBI, Daniel McClellan was also 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and four RBIs in an East Gaston win .

Liam Fulbright was 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs for Highland Tech, with Kendell Hale going 2 for 2 with a double in a losing effort.

East Lincoln 12, North Iredell 5: Garrett Michel was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and two runs scored, with Graham Smiley going 2 for 3 with a three-run homer and five RBIs in a win at East Lincoln. Isaac Armstrong also went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the contest, while Nathan Borchardy also went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Kings Mountain 7, Forestview 0: Jacob Hamrick went 2 for 3 with a brace, two RBIs and two runs scored, with Maddox Brown adding two hits and an RBI by himself in a win over Forestview. Zane Brockman pitched five innings, striking out eight and allowing no runs on three hits. Wyatt Davis then struck out six batters in two innings of relief.

Collegiate Legion 4, Gaston Christian 3: Stephen Stroupe had a brace, an RBI and a run scored in a losing effort for the Eagles.

Lincolnton 7, West Lincoln 3: Will Blackburn was 3-for-4 with a brace, an RBI and two runs scored, while Gavin Jimenez was 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored in a win over West Lincoln. Sam Carpenter allowed three runs on four hits and struck out nine for Wolves in 6.2 innings of work.

Zander Harrelson went 2 for 3 with a brace in a West Lincoln loss.

North Gaston 11, Ashbrook 1: Austin Wood was 3 for 5 with two runs scored, with Ashton Pope 2 for 5 with a double, four RBIs and two runs scored in a North Gaston victory. Kandan Zollo was 2 for 4 with two RBIs with Wyatt McSwain adding his own hits for the Wildcats.

North Lincoln 18, West Iredell 1: Matt Heavner was 4 for 5 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored in a rout of West Iredell. Maddux Walker (3 for 4, RBI, run), Landon Reeves (2 for 3, RBI, two runs), Jack Wuerdeman (2 for 3, run) and Reece Moody (2 for 2) each finished the contest with multiple hits sure.

Pine Lake Prep 12, Lincoln Charter 8: Lincoln Charter had 11 hits, but four errors were key to Pine Lake Prep scoring in six of seven innings Tuesday night. Mason Smith, Matt Cipriano, Dylan Verdi and Ty Ross each had multiple hit games for the Eagles.

Stuart Cramer 13, Hunter Huss 0

Shelby 12, Thomas Jefferson 1: Ryan McCracken went the distance, striking out 11 and allowing one run on two hits. Daylin Lee had three hits for Shelby, Luke Williams adding two of his own as the Golden Lions improved to 6-5 overall, 4-3 in Southern Piedmont 1A/2A.

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Externat du Calvaire 15, Gaston Christian 4: Shankel Carey was 2-2 with a brace, but it wasn’t enough in a loss to Calvary Day.

Cherryville 7, Burns 6 (9 innings): Landyn McBride was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, while Taylor Digh, Laila Davis and Alexie McSwain had two hits apiece as Cherryville outlasted Burns in a key Southern Piedmont 1A/2A game. Maura Pendleton was 3 for 6 with a stolen base for Burns, with Sayge Strange hitting a two-run homer and adding another RBI.

Ridge 3, Forestview 0: Aidan Ledbetter allowed no runs on two hits and struck out nine in a win over Forestview. Sara Rose Warlick had two hits, including a solo home run. Jaylan Ledbetter added two hits, with Jourdan Martin and Mackenzie Clark each contributing one hit.

East Gaston 21, Highland Tech 2: Jordan McCorkle was 4 for 4 with a grand slam and two more RBIs to lead East Gaston to a big win over Highland Tech. Maddison York went 3 for 5 with an RBI and three RBIs, with Riley Pickler going 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs for the Lady Warriors. Emma Ghorley hit a home run for Highland Tech in a losing cause.

East Lincoln 10, North Iredell 0: Leah Correll allowed no runs on three hits as East Lincoln went 10-0, 6-0 in Western Foothills 3A. Taniyah Thomas had two hits, including a brace and four runs scored. Taliyah Thomas finished with two hits and three RBIs, with a solo home run being part of the effort. Betsy Eatmon finished with three hits and three RBIs for the Lady Mustangs in a winning cause.

Lincoln Charter 5, Pine Lake Prep 0

Mountain Island Charter at Davidson Community School: No scores reported.

North Gaston 15, Hunter Hus 0: Gracie Nichols hit a 3-run homer for the Lady Wildcats in a win over Hunter Huss.

North Lincoln 16, West Iredell 0

Piedmont Community Charter 23, Langtree Charter 7: Abigale Harris was 3-for-4 with a double and a homer, adding four RBIs and scoring four runs in a Piedmont Community Charter rout. Grace East was also 3-for-4 with a brace, two RBIs and four runs, with Madison Clark going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Ashton Kenna was 2 for 4 with a home run, while Suzie Rhodes was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

South Point 17, Ashbrook 4: Ashleigh Burns was 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs, while Kendall Martin also had two hits and an RBI in a win at South Point.

West Lincoln 15, Lincolnton 2: Farrah Richardson was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, Addisyn Robinson was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, while Etta Godfrey was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI in a win over Lincolnton.

Ashley Antonio was 2 for 3 with a double, while Brooke Johnson was 2 for 2 with an RBI in a losing effort.

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Bunker Hill in West Lincoln: No scores reported.

Burns 7, Cherryville 0

Calvary Day 4, Gaston Christian 1

Clover 6, Boiling Springs (SC) 0

Alliance Day 7, Gaston 0

Ridge 3, Forestview 1: Madison Setzer, Cadence Setzer and Cadence Walker each scored a goal as Crest picked up a win over Forestview.

East Gaston 1, Highland Tech 0: Abigail Jessen scored the game’s only goal on an assist from Lydia Walls to earn a win at Highland Tech.

Kings Mountain to Stuart Cramer: No scores reported.

Lincolnton 6, Bandys 2

North Gaston 7, Hunter Hus 0

North Lincoln to West Iredell

South Point 9, Ashbrook 0

Thomas Jefferson 4, Shelby 2

You can reach Joe Hughes at 704-914-8138, email [email protected] and follow @JoeLHughesII on Twitter.


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