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4B • SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010

SALISBURY POST

PREP BASEBALL

Playoff boxes East Rowan 5, Concord 0 CONCORD ab Pack lf 2 Todd ss 3 Brenk p 1 Smith c 3 Burris 1b 3 Jnkins 3b 2 Gdmn 2b 2 Burris rf 3 Bdsfrd cf 2

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000 000 0 — 0 Concord E. Rowan 200 021 X — 5 E — Smith, Burris. DP — East 2. LOB — Concord 6, East 6. 2B — Troutman. SB — Troutman, Sapp, Austin. CS — Sapp, LeRoy. IP H R ER BB K Concord Brenk L 6 5 5 2 6 7 East Rowan Troutman 31⁄3 1 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 0 4 Johnson W,4-0 32⁄3 WP — Brenk 3, Troutman 1. HBP — by Brenk (Fulbright), by Troutman (Brenk). PB — Smith. T — 1:46.

Carson 6, Marvin Ridge 4 (8 inns.) JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST

East’s Avery Rogers (11) and Jamey Blalock run into each other as they go for a flyball. Rogers made the catch.

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An infield flyout ended the threat, and East scored twice off the hard-throwing Brenk in its half of the first. Troutman walked, stole second and took an extended lead when Will Sapp struck out on a pitch in the dirt. Troutman headed for third when Concord’s Smith fired to first, and the throw pulled Ryan Burris off the bag. Troutman scored on Noah Holmes’ groundout. Sapp advanced to third on a passed ball and raced home on a wild pitch. The Mustangs (24-2) didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning, when they scored two unearned runs against the Spiders (14-12). “We made a few mistakes early,” said Concord assistant and former A.L. Brown standout Ryan Petty said. “You give up two runs to a team like this, you can’t afford to do that.” East’s early lead held up when Smith lined out to center with two on against Troutman in the third. Tyler Burris’ hot shot up the middle shortly after Johnson took over in the fourth had RBI potential, but the ball went directly into the lefty pitcher’s glove. “I didn’t even see the ball come at me,” Johnson said. “I just caught it and threw it to first. I just felt it in my glove.” Johnson allowed a one-out hit in the fifth and struck out the next two batters. Wesley LeRoy, East’s ninth-place hitter, started the bottom of the fifth with an infield single but was picked off. Sapp singled JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST with two away and stole second. Concord deConcord coach Derek Shoe, left, has a few things to say to cided to intentionally walk Holmes with a base open, and a walk to Luke Thomas umpire Joe Pinyan after Shoe was tossed.

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East Rowan’s Nathan Fullbright (8) slides into second as Concord’s Ryan Goodman, on ground, and Garrett Todd (10) look for the umpire’s call. loaded the bases. Andy Austin hit a grounder toward first base, and a short hop bounced away from Ryan Burris. The ball ended up near the dirt in front of first, and Sapp scored when Austin was ruled safe. Concord coach Derek Shoe objected to the call that Burris missed Austin with a tag, and Shoe was tossed while returning to the dugout. A wild pitch sent Holmes to the plate for a 4-0 lead, and Troutman doubled in the sixth to bring in LeRoy. Johnson struck out Ryan Goodman to begin the seventh and threw one pitch to each of the final two hitters. “I get pretty nervous,” Johnson said, “but after that first inning, I’m fine.” 

NOTE: East will play host to SPC No. 3 seed Hickory Ridge, an 8-0 winner over Harding, in the second round.

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110 000 04 — 6 Carson M. Ridge 020 000 02 — 4 E — Bridges, Thompson. DP — Carson 2, Marvin Ridge 1. LOB — Carson 5, Marvin Ridge 8. 2B — Hogan, Smith, Peart, Hiers. HR — Basinger (3), Hiers. SB — Howze. CS — Lax 2, Hogan. S — Zubillaga 2, Basinger, Lax. IP H R ER BB K Carson Park 6 9 2 2 0 1 2 3 2 2 3 0 Free W, 5-1 M. Ridge Peart 51⁄3 6 2 2 1 3 Hiers L 22⁄3 2 4 2 4 2 WP — Hiers. HBP — by Park (Ferguson).

South Rowan 7, Weddington 5 SOUTH ROWAN ab r h Miles ss 3 3 3 Hston cf 4 1 1 Tyler c 3 1 2 Penngr p 3 1 1 Deasn 3b 2 1 0 Fritts dh 3 0 0 Hring ph 1 0 0 Parker lf 3 0 1 Dietz 2b 4 0 1 Kwlczyk rf 3 0 1 Totals 29 7 10 S. Rowan Weddington

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E — Dietz, Knight, Honeycutt, Prillaman, Schellhorn. DP — South Rowan 2, Weddington 3. LOB — South Rowan 7, Weddington 7. 2B — Dietz, Parker, Miles, Langevin. HR — Miles 2 (9), Kersnowski (5). S — Deason. SF — Honeycutt. IP H R ER BB K S. Rowan Peninger W,4-2 7 6 5 5 5 2 Weddington Boone L,7-2 6 10 7 5 1 2 Newsome 1 0 0 0 2 0 WP — Penninger. HBP — by Penninger (Bostic, Kersnowski), by Boone (Tyler, Penninger). PB — Knight. T — 1:48.

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Salisbury 101 110 0 — 4 W. Stanly 121 020 x — 6 E — Tonseth, Van Asch, Whitley, Fuller. DP — W. Stanly 1. LOB — Salisbury 5, W. Stanly 6. 2B — Bauk, Hartsell, Ingram. 3B — Ingram. HR — Knox (4), Van der Poel (2), Van Asch, Honeycutt. SB — Knox, Cochran, Whitley, Huneycutt. CS — Forbis, Morgan, Honeycutt. SF — Whitley. IP H R ER BB K Salisbury 1 Tonseth L,4-3 4 ⁄3 7 6 4 3 0 Bauk 12⁄3 2 0 0 0 3 W. Stanly Martin W, 8-1 6 7 4 2 2 5 Huneycutt S 1 0 0 0 0 1 WP — Tonseth, Bauk. T — 1:50. JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST

East Rowan starter Preston Troutman fires toward home.

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Noah Holmes waits for a popup as the Concord runner rounds third.

Cherryville 10, North Rowan 5 NORTH

SALISBURY FROM 8B teammate Zach Huneycutt) hit a tworun homer in the second to make it 3-1. "He did like he always does," Maddox said of Tonseth, who he said has been playing with strained ligaments in his foot. “He competed and kept us in the game and battled out there.” The Hornets got a run back in the third, thanks to a double by Bauk, a walk and an error, but West Stanly countered on a triple by Demetrius Ingram (2-for-4, two runs) and a two-out

single by cleanup hitter Zach Cochran. Scott Van der Poel then led off the fourth with a solo homer to left-center. Nolan Meyerhoeffer and Spencer Carmichael followed with singles and, with no outs, Salisbury had a chance for a big inning. But a strikeout and a groundball double play off the bat of Bauk ended the inning with Knox on-deck. In the fifth. Knox led off with a bullet single off the glove of the third baseman, stole second and then came home when a routine groundball went through the legs of second baseman Jace Whitley. "(Trailing 3-1) those guys could've

CARSON FROM 8B Julio Zubillaga sacrificed him to second. An intentional walk to Gunnar Hogan followed. It made sense because Hogan had doubled home Grkman in the first, but it also fueled Patrick Bearden’s inner fire. “Coach Cauble always says I’m a fighter and we were all excited,” Bearden said. “I got two strikes on me, but then I shortened up and went to the opposite field. It felt great. It was 2-2 for like forever.” Bearden’s sharp single scored Grkman with the go-ahead run. After Tyler Freeze walked to fill the bases, a wild pitch made it 4-2. Basinger’s squeeze bunt made it 52. Snow’s infield bouncer pushed it to 6-2. It looked over. It wasn’t. Mennitt’s guys had been limited to Hunter Hiers’ two-run homer off Park in the second, but they made a heck of a run in the bottom of the

said 'oh, gosh, we're in trouble,'" Maddox said. "But they didn't. They battled and battled.” The Colts earned the decisive runs in the fifth, making it 6-4. "Every time we play Salisbury — postseason, regular-season — they’re a scrappy bunch, and more of the same tonight,” Lee said. “You don’t expect anybody to just roll over after they get behind. It was great that we were able to stay competitive too after they clawed their way back in.” Knox (2-for-3) and Ingram were the lone players to record more than one hit.

eighth. The Mavs (16-8) put together two walks and three hits to score twice and had the bases loaded before Free struck out Derek Smith to end the game. “Free scared us to death,” Park said with a laugh. “Couldn’t he have BEARDEN got that strikeout a little bit earlier?” Using a new bat, Basinger drove a high fastball out of the park in the second inning, but that was Carson’s last run until it broke loose in the eighth. Carson played great defense, especially Snow, the right fielder. He turned a liner into a double play, and a perfect relay from Snow to first baseman Kyle Bridges to Freeze cut down a run at the plate. “It was a great ballgame that lived up to the hype,” Cauble said. “It was two good teams fighting for their lives.”

Tonseth (4-3) allowed six runs — four of them earned — on seven hits. His own error did lead to the two unearned runs. Martin gave up just two earned runs on seven hits, improving to 8-1 for West Stanly, which next faces either North Lincoln or West Caldwell. The Hornets, meanwhile, return all but two seniors next year. “There’s no moral victories in the playoffs, but I know these guys will be back next year,” Maddox said. "They’ll work hard in the offseason and we’ll be back and they’ll get a chance to atone for whatever they feel like they left unfinished.”

SOUTH FROM 8B Weddington touched Penninger for a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, when he plunked a batter, yielded three hits and allowed a sacrifice fly. South made it 6-2 in the fourth when Miles doubled to right-center and scored on freshman Eric Tyler’s RBI single to center. “I definitely think that first inning shocked them a little bit,” Tyler said. “They realized they had a fight on their hands. We put them down and they never got back into it.” A pall of concern covered the Raiders an inning later when slugger Brandon Kersnowski sent a hanging curveball to the cleaners for a threerun homer that trimmed South’s lead to 6-5. “In a one-run game anything can happen,” Weddington coach Travis Poole said. “We kept hitting balls hard but right at people. Give them the credit. We’re a good team, but they were better than we were tonight.”

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No one was better than Miles. The senior with the glow-in-thedark bat provided an insurance run when he crunched his second home run — and ninth of the season — on a 1-2 pitch leading off the top of the sixth. “That was just a mistake, and he hit it,” Chrismon said. “He hits PENNINGER those balls all the time.” It all added up to a hard-to-believe victory. “It just goes to show,” Poole said. “You can be on Cloud 9 today and someone can humble you tomorrow.” 

NOTES: South will visit Mount Pleasant (16-10), a 4-3 winner against Ledford, in the second round. ... Miles went 3-for-3, reached base four times and boosted his average to .603. This marked the third time this spring he’s led off a game with a home run. ... Boone has signed to play quarterback at Duke. ... Penninger was aided by double plays in the first and third innings.


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