By Dan Biser
Photo by Selena Gore
With their uniforms still soiled from their earlier game on Saturday, the Whiteville Wolfpack took it to the limit against Ledford in the third and deciding game of the state 2A high school baseball playoffs at Zebulon’s Five County Stadium.
In the end, the Wolfpack rallied to a 6-4 victory in the third game to land the ninth state baseball championship in school history, including its fourth in five years.
Coach Brett Harwood’s Wolfpack had bounced back from a 10-0 five-inning loss to the Ledford squad on Friday, but bounced back early Saturday morning to defeat the Panthers 8-3 and force the third game.
Jake Harwood started on the mound for the Wolfpack, getting relieved by Ransom in the fourth.
Trailing 4-2 in the fifth, the Wolfpack got key hits by series Most Valuable Player Brooks Baldwin, Ransom, Dylan Lawson and Earl Grubbs.
Ransom held the Panthers to two runs after moving from rightfield to pitcher in the final thee innings. Harwood had held the Ledford squad two runs in the first three games.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Coach Harwood amid the celebration of his fifth state championship as head coach. “Just unbelievable.”
Baldwin, Johnson and Lawson each had two hits in the win as the Wolfpack closed its season with a 29-2 record. The Ledford squad closed out at 29-5.
Ledford fans certainly thought they had the game in the bag going into the fifth inning, but Harwood’s squad was happy to disappoint.
Now Whiteville supporters will eagerly await the activity bus to pull back into Legion Stadium.