Wildcat Baseball 2011 - 3rd Round: My Site News: Wildcats and Jaguars both win tournament openers

Sunday, May 15
Wildcats and Jaguars both win tournament openers

— ELLIOTT WARNOCK
Wildcats 12, Broughton 3
In Raleigh, Parker Tew's homer run in the climactic seventh highlighted a 10-run inning Thursday for East Chapel Hill that brought down Broughton in a 12-3 Wildcat win.

It marked East Chapel Hill's first baseball playoff win since the school moved up to the NCHSAA's 4-A classification.

East Chapel Hill (15-10) rallied on the road from a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth to make it 3-2 in the top of the sixth.

A 30-minute delay for lightning seemed to deflate any momentum the (12-12) Caps might have still had.

"You could see the air just kind of come right out of them and pump us up," East Chapel Hill coach Phil Woodell said.

Tew also had a double to end the night 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Henry Branson, Alex Moore Moore and Taylor West (double) all batted 2-for-3 with at least one RBI. Phillip Morales went 2-5 with a double and an RBI, and Rickie Clarke was 2-4.

Moore, who relieved starter Max Hoffman in the sixth, picked up the win on the mound.

"Max always gives us a chance. He kept them from doing much of anything," Woodell said. "Rickie came in and threw strikes and kept ahead of most of the batters."

Next up: the Wildcats will either play at Tri-Nine No. 2 seed Raleigh Athens Drive (14-6-1) or host Cap-8 No. 4 seed Wake Forest-Rolesville on Tuesday.

Carrboro 7, Fairmont 5

At Fairmont, Carrboro upset the Golden Tornadoes, the top-ranked 2-A team from the Three Rivers Conference, by a 7-5 score in a NCHSAA first-round game Thursday.

The Jaguars were the No. 4 seed from the Carolina-10 after losing a third-place tiebreaker with Cedar Ridge.

Drew Hunter (6-3) out-dueled Fairmont ace Kyle Britt with a seven-hit complete game performance, striking out eight and walking only two.

"Spencer Brown was sensational behind the plate, coach Nat Tyndall said, noting he caught several foul-tips for third strikes and threw out two of three would-be base stealers for Fairmont.

Stewart Powell ripped a 2-1 pitch by Britt over the left-field wall to drive in Jared Lennon and Kit Mook for a 3-0 Jaguar lead in the second. The Golden Tornadoes (15-7) answered with two runs in their half of the second to make the score 3-2.

After each team added one to make it 4-3, Brown led off the Carrboro sixth with a double to the left centerfield gap, and Jared followed with a walk. Both moved up on a ball in the dirt to Stewart Powell. With Britt in the full wind-up, Powell was given the take sign and Brown was given the steal sign. As Brown barreled towards the plate, the ball ticked off catcher Cain Wilkerson's glove and went to the backstop. Lennon alertly rounded third and slid into home.

Powell walked, and went to third on a single to center by Calvin Wagner. Wagner was signaled to take a big lead and get into a rundown between first and second, allowing Powell to scored ahead of the tagout for a 7-3 Jaguar lead.

This is the second consecutive year that Carrboro has beaten a No. 1 seed after finishing tied for third and receiving a 4-seed from the Carolina-10.

Last year, Carrboro took a 2-hour bus ride to Kenly to defeat North Johnston, the champions of the Northern Carolina conference, 8-5.

Elsewhere for Carolina-10 teams, No. 2 seed Northwood was upset 8-6 in Pittsboro by under-rated Roanoke Rapids. The Chargers finished their year at 17-6.

Next up: Carrboro (12-12) plays its second-round game on Tuesday night against either Eastern Randolph (16-6) or Trinity (15-8).