Wildcat Baseball 2011 - 3rd Round: My Site News: Leesville too much for ECH

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Sunday, May 22
Leesville too much for ECH

BY JOE JOHNSON

RALEIGH -- A tough start was too much to overcome as East Chapel Hill lost to Raleigh Leesville Road 5-2 in the third round of the 4-A state baseball playoffs on Friday night.

Leesville Road jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and the Wildcats never were able to recover.

"The first inning was tough and we couldn't get them out," East Chapel Hill coach Phil Woodell said. "There was a play or two we should have made but we didn't. Giving up three runs in the first was tough, but we battled and kept it close."

East Chapel Hill cut the deficit to 3-1 in the top of the third, but then gave it back and then some in the bottom half as Leesville Road scored twice to make it 5-1.

The Wildcats added another run in the fifth as Tyler Klimko led off with a single over short and then he stole second. A balk advanced him to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Parker Tew to make it 5-2.

After a one-two-three home half of the fifth, it appeared East Chapel Hill had some momentum. The Wildcats hit the ball better than they did in any other inning, according to Woodell, but each time it went right to a Leesville Road defender.

Philip Morales hit a shot to the gap in left center but it was tracked down for the first out in the sixth. Henry Bronson was thrown out after hitting a sharp grounder to short. And Taylor West lined out to left.

"We struck two balls probably as hard as we did all night, and they were caught," Woodell said. "That's the game of baseball."

In their final at-bat, the Wildcats got leadoff hitter Alex Moore aboard as he was hit by a pitch. But the next three batters were unable to do more than get him to second.

East Chapel Hill finished 16-11.

"The better team, they beat us tonight," Woodell said. "But if we'd won the next five games, I wouldn't have been any prouder of them. We battled all year. Our seniors got us on a roll at the end of the year. I'm disappointed in the loss but extremely proud of our kids."