#5 Whiteville (22-3) at #4 Washington (20-1). Tuesday 6 pm
Whiteville is ranked 14th and Washington 6th in MaxPreps 2A Softball. Washington has a slight edge in SOS at 2.6 to 1.9. They have one common opponent, Topsail. Topsail handed Washington its only loss, 9-8. Whiteville also lost to Topsail by a score of 9-4. Whiteville’s other two losses came to #1 4A seeded Richmond by scores of 1-0 and 4-2. Both teams have substantial margins in runs scored versus runs allowed. Whiteville’ 270-44 and Washington’s 225-28.
Washington’s batting average leader is Emma Davis with a .523 average. Watch out for Summer Campbell. She is hitting .521 with eight doubles, five triples and a homer. Mary Dixon is hitting .507 and is eight for eight in stolen bases. Kaylee Elks has a .333 average with three home runs.. Sophomore Abbi Tucker has a pitching record of 16-1 with 11 shutouts and a 1.14 ERA. In 104 innings pitched she has allowed 48 hits, 11 walks and struck out 160. Washington bats .391 as a team and has committed just 14 errors.
Whiteville is led by Kourtney Grainger’s .611 average. Grainger has 12 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 57 RBIs. Ivy Hayes bats .439 with 42 RBIs and six home runs. Liar aWilson is hitting .465 and leads in stolen bases with 11. Raeganne Sholar (.424) and Kaitlyn Gordon (.405) also have averages above .400. Ivy Hayes carries record of 16-3 into the game. she has pitched three no-hitters and has an ERA of 1.64. In 98 innings, Hayes has struck out 137 and walked 27.
Should be a great game!
#6 West Columbus (16-8) at #3 Perquimans (19-5). Tuesday 6 pm. Game audio carried on WZCO 89.9 and ccsnaudio.net, weather and internet willing!
Perquimans is the eighth-ranked team in 1A while West Columbus is ranked 17th. SOS favors Perquimans 2.2 to 0.9. The Pirates have outscored their opponents 161-54 while West Columbus has a 129-99 advantage.
Jacob Godfrey leads Pirates batters with a .386 average. Mason Votava hits .333 with two home runs. Devin Mathis has two home runs , 21 RBIs and bats .303. West Columbus will expect some combination of Mathis and Braeden Jordan on the mound. The two split time in Perquimans 2-1 win over Columbia Friday, combining to allow two hits, two walks and strike out 12. Both are eligible to see mound duty tonight.
West Columbus gets offensive production from a variety of places in its line up. Lead off hitter Shawn Tyson has been getting on base with regularity. Jagger Haynes has four hits in the Vikings fourth-round win. Cody Benton, Jerry Locklear and Cole Benton in the middle of the line up are all threats for extra base hits. Nigel Ceesay, in the nine spot, scored one and drove in the other run in the Vikings 2-1 win over Northside.
Cody Benton, Jagger Haynes and Shawn Tyson are all available for mound duty for West Columbus.
#9 NCSSM (14-5) at #1 Whiteville (23-1). Tuesday 6 pm
MaxPreps ranks NCSSM as its #49 team in 2A while Whiteville comes in at #2. The Unicorns have a weak SOS at -7.2. Whiteville’s SOS is 2.7 thanks to three games against strong opponents over Spring Break. Whiteville has outscored the opposition by a total of 239 to 41. NCSSM has a 136-54 advantage. Chase Overpeck bats .429 and has swiped 15 bases for the Unicorns. Caleb Keaveney is hitting .433 and Will Leary .333. Senior Andrew Rust carries a 5-2 record. In 40.1 innings, Rust has 86 strikeouts and 25 walks. Leary also has seen mound time for NCSSM.
Whiteville has seen production from all nine spots in the batting order. Dylan Hamilton has provided many RBI opportunities from his lead off spot and is capable of hitting the long ball. Brooks Baldwin hits for average and power in the number two spot. Jake Harwood is solid at number three and also anchors the Wolfpack defense with his play at shortstop. Lincoln Ransom, very much under the radar, packs a punch from the clean up position. Will Hinson haas been very productive with runners in scoring position. Logan Hooks joins Ransom as a sophomore whose offensive productivity hasn’t received a great amount of publicity, but has been consistent. Dylan Lawson is capable of hitting the ball out of any park during any at bat. Earl Grubbs and Jake Inman round out the order and both contribute with quality at bats and along with Ransom give the Wolfpack solid outfield play. The ability of Baldwin, Hinson, Lawson and Ransom to play multiple positions give Coach Brett Harwood lots of flexibility with defensive line ups. Seniors Matt Smith and Joey Kurtyka also provide the Wolfpack with experience off the bench and do an outstanding job on the bases as courtesy runners.
Coach Harwood knows the Wolfpack is the favorite, but in round three ANYONE is capable of winning. And not to disparage the intellect of the Wolfpack baseball players, let’s hope, in case of a tie, the tiebreaker isn[t a Calculus problem.