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Wolfpack Optimist advance to championship play

Revised on: 07.5.2018 at 11:20 a.m.

Posted on: 07.4.2018 at 09:26 a.m.

Posted 7.04.18.

Updated 7.04.18 at 2:25pm

Check out photos from opening round play. https://newsreporterphotos.smugmug.com/DYB-Majors-at-Cerro-Gordo/

Wolfpack Optimist DYB Majors teams double their fun Tuesday evening in Cerro Gordo. The Optimist took a 12-1 win over Bladen County in the regular tournament, while the Optimist garnered a 5-0 victory over Bladen County in the supplemental portion of the District 2 tournament.

Wolfpack Optimist earned two berths with Tuesday night’s 12-1 victory over Bladen County in the DYB District 2 Majors tourney at Cerro Gordo. The win moved Wolfpack Optimist into the championship game(s) with Columbus County. The win also earned the team a spot in the NC DYB Majors State tournament in Kenansville beginning July 14. Columbus County has already clinched a State tournament berth.

Wolfpack Optimist takes on undefeated Columbus County at 10 a.m. this (Thursday) morning. An Optimist win would force a winner-take-all final game Thursday night. A Columbus County win would clinch the District 2 title.

Cody Etheridge and Grayson Creech combined to allow Bladen County just a single run in the second inning. Etheridge struck out five in the first tow frames. Creech followed with six strikeouts in his two innings of work as the game was halted after three and one-half innings due to the “run-rule”.

Wolfpack Optimist’s Etheridge was a home run short of the cycle with a single, double and triple. Todd had two hits. Frazier and Johnson added doubles.

 

In the supplemental tournament, Wolfpack Optimist broke away from Elizabethtown with four runs in the fourth inning on its way to 5-0 victory and a spot in Wednesday morning’s championship contest. Wolfpack Optimist will face Columbus County for the supplemental championship. Columbus County defeated Wolfpack Optimist 7-6 in the tournament opener. Columbus County drew the bye into the championship game after all three teams in the supplemental tournament finished with equal records after round-robin play.

 

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