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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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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pinecrest Knocks Off Scotland in Tourney Semis

SEC Tournament - Semifinals: Pinecrest 3, Scotland County 1

– A streaking Pinecrest baseball team defeated Scotland 3-1 in Laurinburg on Thursday to earn the right to host Friday’s Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game.

The Patriots (18-8) will meet a Purnell Swett squad (18-6) that upset regular-season conference champion Richmond 10-1 in Thursday’s other semifinal contest. The battle between the third and fourth seeds is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. at John W. Williams Field.

The Patriots rode the pitching arm of Nik Pry, flawless play in the field and produced just enough offense to gain their sixth win in a row. Pry improved to 8-1 on the season, allowing five hits and striking out five batters while walking one. Trent McKay accounted for two of the Patriots’ four hits, including a double.

“I feel that in all the big games this year we’ve come out and played our best,” Pry said afterward. “I felt real confident coming in that we were going to win for sure. Now we are going to be back at home playing Purnell Swett.” 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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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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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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