WHS Game Reactions
Story by Dan Biser
Photos by Margaret High
It is hot, hot, here in the big Z. Beautiful weather, beautiful Mudcat water tower.
Dylan Lawson gets the WHS starting nod on the mound. Crowd filing in steadily as pre-game ceremonies are about to begin.
Let’s play ball.
Freshman reliever Jacob Allgood.
• Logan Hooks receives N.C. Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award. Well earned for the big sophomore catcher. The Wolfpack dugout sits on the third-base side, the same location the Pack sat three years ago for the 2015 state championship title.
• Lawson throwing a lot of pitches. Not looking like his strongest start. First inning begins with a strike out then a walk.
• Lawson throws 29 pitches in first inning. When was the last time WHS trailed a team 2-0? Can Wolfpack match the Panther bats? Ledford holds impressive 2-0 lead after one inning. Whiteville needs to hold the score and is headed into the second inning.
Dylan Hamilton makes a tag.
• Mood in the dugout is a little grim. This Wolfpack squad has had to rally early in previous games, but this feels different.
• LOOOOONG second inning. Pack needs to keep chin up. Nice put-out at the plate for Wolfpack on Ledford double steal. Pack needs baserunners.
• Great catch by Ledford’s Soles on a deep shot to center by Logan Hooks. The Panthers have dominated this game so far with solid defense behind a strong pitcher in Villaman.
• Infield singles by Hinson and Grubbs give WHS hope for a comeback. Pinch-hitter Matt Smith gets hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wolfpack retired with bases loaded in second. As the shadows grow in the Mudcat’s stadium, so does the Wolfpack scoring deficit.
• Ledford adds third inning run on bases-loaded wild pitch on another sacrifice bunt. Panthers continue to roll. Lots of frustration in the dugout. Not the game the Pack was hoping for.
• Reliever Jacob Allgood allows one baserunner as Ledford goes scoreless in fourth inning. At one point, Allgood allowed Ledford to steal second base while not paying attention to the batter. Other than that, the freshman has shown composure and focus.
• Lots of younger players having to bring some energy. The dugout waswhen Ledford took a large lead in three innings. The fourth inning saw a revival in the dugout with senior Will Hinson calling together the team to fill them with fire. The Wolfpack crowd remained relatively silent throughout play.
• Coach Harwood has been in tough situations before. Tomorrow he’ll bring his experience for a hoped-for better outcome. Harwood has a plan for a three-game series. Despite lots of swings-and-misses, he has been encouraging.
• Final – Ledford 10, Whiteville 0 (5 innings). Brooks Baldwin to start on mound Saturday morning in 11 a.m. Game 2.
• Rough evening, but there is still tomorrow morning, and hopefully tomorrow afternoon.
The look on this youngster’s face as he peers into the WHS dugout sums up the Wolfpack’s day.