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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Patriots Earn Top All-Conference Honors

5 Patriots named to All-SEC team, Tristan Helms Co-POY, Jeff Hewitt Co-COY

– All season long, Jeff Hewitt stressed how close the Southeastern Conference baseball teams were in talent.

Hewitt, who just completed his 16th year guiding the Pinecrest baseball program, never wavered from his view of the strength of the six-team league.

That strength and equality proved out when it came to selecting the league’s player of the year.

“All season long the coaches talked about how the teams were so equal,” Hewitt said Friday. “It was a tough conference, good pitching versus good hitting. It was a rat race until the end, with us having to flip a coin against Lumberton to decide who was second (behind league-leader Richmond Senior).

“When it came to choosing the player of the year, there was talent across the board. Lumberton put up Daniel Oxendine, the Richmond coach put up Nick Bullard and we put Tristan Helms’ name out there. When the votes came back it was 2-2-2 with each player getting two votes.” READ MORE.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pinecrest Falls to J.H. Rose in Second Round

NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs - Second Round: J.H. Rose 6, Pinecrest 3

– The Pinecrest baseball season ended Saturday in the second round of the state 4-A playoffs with a 6-3 loss to Greenville Rose.

For eight Patriot seniors it was their last game wearing the Pinecrest uniform.

After the game Pinecrest head coach Hewitt stated that it had been a joy to watch the group of seniors develop their skills. He said he had flashbacks of them playing as freshmen on the summer league team and watching the maturation process of how they have grown both physically and mentally.

He said there have been times at the end of the season where “you just want to take a deep breath and say let’s regroup for next year, but I would love to take this group and go play tomorrow.”

The seniors, a core group of this year’s team that finished 20-6 for the year, didn’t go down easy against the Ramparts. READ MORE.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Patriots Edge Eagles in First Round Thriller

NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs - First Round: Pinecrest 7, Ashley 6 (9 innings)

– Hard work, combined with timely hits from Jackson Maples and Michael Jacobs, helped lead Pinecrest to a dramatic 7-6 nine-inning win Tuesday over visiting Ashley in the first round of the state 4-A baseball playoffs.

Maples struck a mighty blow for the Patriots went he sent a two-out, two-strike pitch over the fence for a grand slam homer that tied the game at 6-all in the bottom of the sixth. Jacobs provided the game-winning hit when he knocked in pinch runner Hunter Phillips in the bottom of the ninth.

It was the first varsity game of the season for Jacobs, who was called up from the junior varsity squad for the playoffs.

“We literally used every man,” said Patriot coach Jeff Hewitt. “We had a jayvee shortstop (Michael Jacobs) win a game for us. Jackson Maples had a clutch hit — all and all, the only way I can sum it up is we have never worked so hard to win a baseball game.

“I mean every man worked their fanny off tonight to get this victory.”

The Patriots, now 20-5 for the season, also got some solid work from three pitchers, including ace left-hander Tristan Helms, Culley Bayless and freshman Seth Caddell. READ MORE.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Raiders Knocks Off Pats for SEC Tourney Title

SEC Tournament - Championship: Richmond County 7, Pinecrest 2

– Pinecrest fell 7-2 to Richmond Senior Friday in the championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Raider Field.

For the second time in 12 days the Raiders (17-6) rode the lively arm of southpaw pitcher Nic Bullard to deal the visiting Patriots (18-5) a loss in an important game in Rockingham.

Bullard tossed 98 pitches to go the distance. He allowed two earned runs, six hits, two walks and fanned eight Patriot batters in the contest.

“We dug ourselves a hole and when you are facing a quality pitcher like Nic Bullard it’s tough to come back,” Pinecrest head coach Jeff Hewitt said.

Freshman Seth Caddell got the nod on the mound for second-seeded Pinecrest and was credited with the loss. His pitching line for the night included 2 2/3 innings pitched, four runs allowed (one earned), four hits, four walks and one strikeout.

The Raider lineup tallied eight hits, including five doubles and a triple, to help give Bullard all the run support he would need. READ MORE.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014
  Pinecrest 3
(20 – 6)
  J.H. Rose 6
(22 – 2)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Pinecrest 0 0 1 2 0 0 0   3 4 2
J.H. Rose 0 1 1 2 0 2 x   6 7 3
WP–Keen    LP–Phillips    SV–Clark
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2014 Southeastern 4A Standings
  Overall Conf.
Team W L W L
Richmond County 249 82
Pinecrest 206 73
Lumberton 1510 73
Scotland County 911 46
Purnell Swett 147 46
Hoke County 614 010
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Team Leaders
2014 Season Statistical Leaders
Final Statistics (26 Games)
Batting Leaders
Avg Tristan Helms .400
H Tristan Helms 34
R Austin Embler 30
Rbi D. Wallace/S. Caddell 20
Hr Dylan Wallace 3
Bb Austin Embler 17
Pitching Leaders
Era Joe Lewis 1.15
So Tristan Helms 55
W Tristan Helms 8
Ip Tristan Helms 62.2
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