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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nik Pry Named 2016 SEC Player of the Year

Seth Caddell, Jack Carpenter and Nik Pry earn All-SEC recognition

– The Pinecrest baseball team celebrated a 2016 season that included 20 wins and a Southeastern Conference tournament title at a banquet held Monday in Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church of Pinehurst.

The Patriots finished 20-9 after a season that ended 10 days ago with a second-round state 4-A playoff loss to North Davidson that broke an eight-game Patriot winning streak.

Sophomore Nik Pry was named conference player of the year. Teammates Jack Carpenter and Seth Caddell were also selected for the all-conference honor squad. Ricky Young of regular-season conference champion Richmond Senior was named coach of the year.

Patriot head coach Jeff Hewitt talked all season about the chemistry that helped a team that struggled early play its best baseball at the end of the season. READ MORE.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Pinecrest's Season Ends in Loss to North Davidson

NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs - 2nd Round: North Davidson 12, Pinecrest 2 (6 innings)

– It was only the third pitch of the game, but North Davidson center fielder EP Reese sent a message to Southern Pines Pinecrest. After taking two fastballs on the inside, Reese sent a line-drive home run to right-center field.

It was the spark in the No. 3 Black Knights’ 12-2 victory in six innings over the No. 14 Patriots in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 4-A baseball playoffs.

The ball popped off Reese’s bat, but it had the appearance of a solid double after never getting more than 20 feet off the ground.

“I thought I had a line drive, but it just kept carrying,” Reese said. “I’m glad it did.” READ MORE.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Patriots Top Cougars, Advance to Second Round

NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs - 1st Round: Pinecrest 5, Charlotte Catholic 3

– Strong pitching, timely hitting and a rash of miscues by the Charlotte Catholic infield helped Pinecrest advance to the second round of the state 4-A baseball playoffs with a 5-3 victory at John W. Williams Field Wednesday evening.

Patriot ace Nik Pry took a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning before the Cougars pushed across their three runs. Kodey Talbott came on in the seventh to record the save. The two runs that Zach Martinez singled home in the fifth inning provided the margin of victory.

The Patriots (20-8) take an eight-game winning streak into tonight's (Friday) 7 p.m. contest against North Davidson (23-1) in Lexington.

“It was a good team effort and that’s what we strive for,” Patriot catcher Seth Caddell said afterward. “It’s good to get hot late. Let’s keep it rolling.” READ MORE.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Pats Defeat Rams For SEC Tourney Championship

SEC Tournament - Championship: Pinecrest 4, Purnell Swett 3

– With rain falling, and the runner representing the tying run moving toward third base, Pinecrest shortstop Tommy Vinson carefully read the bounce of a ground ball hit toward him by Purnell Swett’s Lucas Oxendine.

The junior grabbed it on a friendly hop, took his time and fired a strike to first baseman Davis Byrd for the final out of the game. Friday’s 4-3 victory made the Patriots’ three games in three nights quest for the Southeastern Conference Tournament title a very rewarding one.

“I’m telling you this is one of the happiest times,” Coach Jeff Hewitt said after Hoke County Athletic Director Gary Brigman presented the tournament trophy in behalf of the conference. “We always knew we had a good team. We pride ourselves in never having a bad practice and we’ve really worked our butts off. Every kid in this program is doing what we want them to do. It’s been unbelievable.”

The Patriots overcame an early 1-0 deficit by scoring four times in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Rams fought back in the final two frames to make it an excruciatingly tense finish for the home fans. READ MORE.

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Friday, May 13, 2016
  Pinecrest 2
(20 – 9)
  North Davidson 12
(24 – 1)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pinecrest 0 0 0 1 1 0 x 2 5 1
N.Davidson 2 0 2 1 1 6 x 12 8 0
WP–Johnson    LP–McKay
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2016 Southeastern 4A Standings
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Team W L W L
Richmond County 208 82
Scotland County 168 73
Pinecrest 209 64
Purnell Swett 188 64
Lumberton 1013 37
Hoke County 219 010
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Team Leaders
2016 Season Statistical Leaders
Stats Through 05/11/2016 (28 Games)
Batting Leaders
Avg Seth Caddell .360
H Nik Pry 32
R Nik Pry 26
Rbi Seth Caddell 23
Hr Seth Caddell 4
Bb Seth Caddell 13
Pitching Leaders
Era Kodey Talbott 1.18
So Nik Pry 93
W Nik Pry 9
Ip Nik Pry 71.0
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