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County baseball teams sweep into round 4

West Columbus 10 Perquimans 0 at Perquimans

The combination baseball/football field at Perquimans High School has an unusual ground rule. A home run passing through the football uprights gives a team three additional runs. Not true, but you couldn’t blame the Vikings for asking! As it turned out, West Columbus did not need any help from the ground rules as it banged out 12 hits on the way to a 10-0 run-rule win over Perquimans.

All nine Viking starters had at least one hit. Eight of the nine spots in the batting order scored at least one run. The previous sentence is carefully worded to include courtesy runners (running for the pitcher and catcher) Zach Strum and Bennett Ivey.

It took 25 minutes and 48 pitches for the Vikings to score five first inning runs. West Columbus added three more in the second. A two-run fifth provided the 10-run margin that allowed the game to be called after five innings.

Shawn Tyson and Dylan Blackwell each doubled, singled and drove in two runs. Nigel Ceesay also had two hits. Cole Benton drove in two runs. Cody Benton pitched four plus innings, striking out five. Benton allowed two hits and more significantly walked no one.

West Columbus coach Jason Jones removed Benton after a leadoff single in the fifth. This wasn’t due to ineffectiveness, but to mange Benton’s pitch count. With just 55 pitches thrown, Benton will be available again on Friday. Haynes came on in relief, giving up an infield hit before retiring the final three hitters to end the game due to the 10-run rule.

West Columbus. 17-8, will now travel to Bear Grass Charter, a 7-4 winner over Edenton-Holmes, for round four.

Whiteville 16 NC School of Science and Math 0 at Whiteville

With eight runs in the first inning and six more in the third, the Whiteville High baseball team charged to a 16-0 win over North Carolina School of Science and Math Tuesday in the third round of the state 2A high school baseball playoffs.

The game was halted in the fifth inning by the 10-run rule. Whiteville pounded out 15 hits and drew seven walks. Dylan Lawson was the winning pitcher with Lincoln Ransom coming on to pitch the final two innings. NCSSM was held to two hits and went down on strikes eight times. Catcher Caleb Keaveney had both NCSSM hits.

The Unicorns closed their season with a 14-6 record.

Whiteville’s Jake Harwood and Lincoln Ransom led the Wolfpack batting attack Friday with three hits against the Durham-based NCSSM squad while Brooks Baldwin, Will Hinson, Logan Hooks and Dylan Lawson had two hits each.

WHS sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning and 10 more in the third.

Jake Inman had a two-run single for WHS. Harwood and Lawson had doubles.

Whiteville, now with a 24-1 season record and holding the No. 1 seed will play host to No. 4 seed South Granville Friday in fourth-round play. South Granville has a 21-5 record following its 12-0 third-round win over Providence Grove on Tuesday.

The winner of Fridays clash at Whiteville will take on the Randleman-North Lenoir winner in next week’s Eastern N.C. 2A Regional championship series.

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