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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Helms Tosses Shut Out at Pirates

Pinecrest 3, Lumberton 0

– Missed opportunities are magnified during games pitting top teams.

When they happen against elite pitchers, it’s fatal.

Lumberton squandered its chance to move percentage points ahead of idle Richmond for first place in the Southeastern Conference on Thursday night, falling 3-0 at Pinecrest behind Tristan Helms’ complete-game performance.

Helms improved to 5-0 and held the Pirates without a run for the first time this season after escaping a pair of two-out jams including one that ended in the fifth when Bryan Carpenter was picked off first base with Daniel Oxendine at the plate.

“Pinecrest moved runners over and converted when they had chances and we didn’t,” Lumberton coach Paul Hodges said. “Our execution wasn’t there. We fell asleep on the bases and took the bat right out of (Daniel’s) hands. It’s tough to win ballgames when those kinds of things happen.” READ MORE.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pats Sweep Rams, Push League Win Streak to Four

Pinecrest 9, Purnell Swett 3

– The Purnell Swett baseball team has faced its struggles early its Southeastern Conference schedule, but a 9-3 loss to Pinecrest on Tuesday put the Rams in a precarious position.

Rather than beating the Patriots (10-3, 4-2), which would have kept both teams battling for third place in the conference with Scotland, the Rams (9-4, 2-4) dropped to fifth, leaving their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

“We’ve got to come out of it or our season’s going to be over with as far as the playoffs,” Purnell Swett coach Bryan McDonald said. “We’re backs against the wall now. We went 6-4 in the conference last year and made the playoffs, tied for second. 6-4 might not tie for second this year unless the conference beats up on itself a lot and that will require us to win our last four.

“That’s what we’ve got to fight for right now.”

The Patriots, who sit behind 4-1 Lumberton and Richmond in the conference standings, didn’t use a flashy game to beat the Rams for the second time this season, instead relying on consistency. They didn’t log an extra-base hit, finishing with 11 singles. Other key offense came on walks and hit batters, with runs coming in four innings, including a final two in the seventh. READ MORE.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Patriots Rout Bucks, Win Third Straight in SEC

Pinecrest 14, Hoke County 0 (5 innings)

– Pinecrest grabbed a big win at Hoke County Friday, defeating the Bucks 14-0 in the five-inning mercy rule game but the big winner of the night was the Catfish Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association.

The contest was a fundraising event in honor of Hoke County head coach Mike Ray, who suffers from ALS also known as Lou Gehrig Disease.

Both teams donned special jerseys for the event, as well as fans sporting team T-shirts raising awareness of the disease.

Earlier in the week, the Patriots hung a 5-4 loss on the Richmond, giving the Raiders their first Southeastern Conference loss of the season.

Including the win over Hoke, Pinecrest has now run off three league wins in a row after starting league play with an 0-2 mark. Their 3-2 league mark leaves the Patriots one game behind the Raiders and Lumberton, both 4-1, in the league standings. The Patriots are 10-3 overall. READ MORE.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pinecrest Takes Down League-Leading Richmond

Pinecrest 5, Richmond County 4

– Seth Caddell had three runs batted in, including a two-run home run, to help Pinecrest hand Richmond its first regular season Southeastern Conference loss in nearly two years.

Pinecrest pulled out a 5-4 victory over Richmond Tuesday night behind Caddell and the pitching performance of Hunter Phillips. The Patriots improved to 9-3 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. The Raiders fall to 7-3-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.

Phillips pitched into the sixth before being lifted for Culley Bayless with two outs. Bayless earned the save.

Cody Leviner was saddled with his first varsity loss for the Raiders.

Pinecrest jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. After Richmond scratched out a run in the second on Cody Mullen’s run-scoring double, Caddell helped Pinecrest pad its lead in the third with his home run and Carson Maples added a solo shot of his own. READ MORE.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
  Lumberton 0
(9 – 6, 4 – 2)
  Pinecrest 3
(12 – 3, 5 – 2)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Lumberton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 0
Pinecrest 0 0 2 1 0 0 x   3 7 0
WP–Helms    LP–Odum
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Monday, April 14, 2014
  Pinecrest Visitor
(12 – 3)
  Rocky Mount Home
(5 – 7)
Upcoming Games
Date Opponent Time
Mon. 4/14 vs. Rocky Mount 5:00 p.m.
Tue. 4/15 vs. Corinth Holders 11:00 a.m.
Wed. 4/16 vs. Ragsdale 11:00 a.m.
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2014 Southeastern 4A Standings
  Overall Conf.
Team W L W L
Richmond County 95 51
Pinecrest 123 52
Lumberton 96 42
Scotland County 66 43
Purnell Swett 95 25
Hoke County 49 07
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Team Leaders
2014 Season Statistical Leaders
Statistics Through 9 Games
Batting Leaders
Avg Austin Embler .400
H Tristan Helms 12
R Seth Caddell 13
Rbi Dylan Wallace 10
Hr 3 Players Tied 1
Bb 2 Players Tied 6
Pitching Leaders
Era Culley Bayless 0.00
So Tristan Helms 19
W Tristan Helms 3
Ip Tristan Helms 23.0
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