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January 2009

  • Maness Collects Honors

    East Carolina pitcher Seth Maness recently picked up his fourth preseason honor when he was named Louisville Slugger third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

    Friday, January 23, 2009 | From Staff Reports |

March 2009

  • 'Band of Brothers' Set for 2009 Baseball Season

    The Pinecrest baseball team has four pitchers who combined for 12 victories returning from last year's co-conference championship squad that finished 19-5 overall. Also back are five regular position players.

    Sunday, March 1, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Weather Creates Sports Schedule Changes

    The toughest early-season opponent for all the Moore County spring sports is weather.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Some Sports Are On, PHS Baseball Changed

    The Lee County at Pinecrest varsity baseball game has been rescheduled for next Wednesday. The junior varsity game that features Pinecrest traveling to Lee County will also be played next Wednesday.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • PHS Coach Hewitt Nears Milestone Victory

    The Pinecrest baseball team has put together pitching statistics the last two years that are almost mind-boggling.

    Friday, March 6, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Pats Smoke RJ Reynolds in Baseball Opener

    Taylor MacDonald pitched like he was in mid-season form in the Pinecrest baseball team's season opener at John Williams Field on Friday night.

    Saturday, March 7, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • 'Bombs Away' Davis Earns Baseball Honor

    Methodist University outfielder Brad Davis put together a good month's work of offensive production last weekend in Winchester, Va. The performance earned the former Pinecrest player Conference USA South Player of the Week honors.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Homers Power Patriots Past UP Vikings in Second Inning

    A pair of long home runs in the second inning catapulted the Pinecrest baseball team to a 13-2 victory at Union Pines, Monday evening.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Late Inning Heroics Propel Patriots Past Lee County, 12-6

    Late contributions by Pinecrests' Zach Christian and James Baldwin went a long way toward shining a positive light on a very ugly-looking baseball game, Wednesday evening.

    Friday, March 13, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots Postpone Tonight's Baseball Game

    Tonight's scheduled varsity and junior varsity baseball games between Pinecrest and Douglas Byrd have been postponed until Monday.

    Friday, March 13, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Several Games Moved to Thursday

    Today's scheduled baseball and softball games between Pinecrest and Scotland have been postponed until Thursday.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Big Three-Game Swing for Patriot Nine

    After almost a week of weather that's been great for the ducks, but not for baseball, it's catch-up time for the Pinecrest baseball team.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • PHS Baseball Wins

    The Pinecrest baseball team began its stretch of three games in three nights with a 7-4 victory at Douglas Byrd on Wednesday.

    Friday, March 20, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriot Nine Survives Scots' Comeback

    Two-thirds of the way through three nights in a row of conference baseball, Pinecrest stills sits in the winners' bracket.

    Friday, March 20, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • SHS Baseball Loses Key M-SEC Game at Pinecrest

    SOUTHERN PINES — The Scotland High School baseball team did a lot of things right against arch Mid-Southeastern 4-A Conference rival Pinecrest on a chilly, windy and rainy Thursday night at John Williams Field.

    Friday, March 20, 2009 | By Michael Gilliland |
  • Holden, Davenport Pace Raiders to Win

    Ricky Holden showed Friday why he is regarded as the ace on the Richmond baseball team’s pitching staff.

    Saturday, March 21, 2009 | By Corey Davis |
  • Richmond Blanks Patriots

    After watching Richmond Senior pitcher Ricky Holden baffle hitters for three innings, Pinecrest coach Jeff Hewitt was searching for an answer.

    Sunday, March 22, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Fredericks' Slam Leads Pats Over Bucks

    Pinecrest's Trent Fredericks hit a grand slam home run in a five-run bottom of the first inning against Hoke County Tuesday evening.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots Survive Late Scares, Win Two

    Coming into this season, Zach Christian's name was not likely to be among the first ones mentioned when the topic of discussion was the Pinecrest pitching staff.

    Friday, March 27, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |

April 2009

  • Locals Meet in College Baseball Game

    With 15 or more local high school graduates currently playing college baseball, the former teammates or neighborhood rivals are bound to cross paths on the diamond now and then.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Blank Jack Britt

    As Andrew MacDonald warmed up for Wednesday's baseball game at Jack Britt, Pinecrest pitching coach James Baldwin just watched.

    Friday, April 3, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots No-Hit 71st in 18-0 Win Friday

    The Pinecrest baseball team capped off a week that already included two no-hit victories with an encore performance at John Williams Field, Friday night.

    Sunday, April 5, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Pats Ride MacDonald's Arm to Win

    The Pinecrest baseball team could have used a few of the 47 runs it scored in three games last week at Lumberton on Tuesday night.

    Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Douglas Byrd Ends Patriots' Baseball Win Streak at Six

    The Pinecrest baseball team's stay in sole possession of first place in the Mid-Southeastern Conference lasted just 24 hours.

    Friday, April 10, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Area College Athletes Continue Strong Spring

    Brad Davis (Pinecrest) returned to the Methodist baseball team's lineup last week after missing nine games because of a hand injury.

    Sunday, April 12, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Pats Win, Watch Former Star Shine

    Patriot pride was at a high level in Greenville on Saturday afternoon.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Tourney Raises Funds for Stadium Project

    The golf tournament to benefit funding for the Pinecrest baseball stadium project raised $15,000.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Play Chapel Hill Tonight

    The Pinecrest baseball team (12-3) travels to Chapel Hill tonight to make up a game originally scheduled for April 1.

    Thursday, April 16, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Blast Chapel Hill

    Backed by 17 hits, Pinecrest's Andrew MacDonald pitched his second five-inning no-hitter of the season in Thursday's 15-1 victory at Chapel Hill.

    Sunday, April 19, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Scots Rally Past Pats for Big M-SEC Win

    The Scotland High School baseball team broke through with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning after being no-hit through four, and senior Ryan Pierce made the lead stand up by baffling Pinecrest hitters in a dominant relief performance as the Scots took a key 3-2 Mid-Southeastern 4-A Conference win over the Patriots on Tuesday night at McCoy Field.

    Tuesday, April 21, 20009 | By Michael Gilliland |
  • Defensive Lapses Doom Patriots

    A bottom of the fifth-inning meltdown at Scotland County has put the Pinecrest baseball team in the unaccustomed position of looking up in the league standings.

    Friday, April 24, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Pinecrest Overcomes Holden’s 14 K’s

    Friday, April 24, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Dillon Maples Pitches Pats Past Raiders

    Pitching deep Pinecrest found another big-game pitcher at John Williams Field Friday night.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • No. 9 Comes Up Big For Patriot Baseball Team

    Behind Dillon Maples, on the fence in left-centerfield when he pitches for Pinecrest, is a ball with the No. 9 on it, the same number he wears.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |

May 2009

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Thanks for the nice article on Dillon Maples (April 26).

    Friday, May 1, 2009 | By Russ Pait |
  • Hoke Pitcher Womack Stymies Patriots

    Pinecrest's late season slide continued at Hoke County Tuesday evening, and Buck pitcher Ronald Womack has still not allowed an earned run this season.

    Friday, May 1, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Friday Night Highlights

    The entire expanse of the Pinecrest High School campus will be alive on a special Friday night for the varsity baseball, soccer and softball teams.

    Friday, May 1, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • What a Relief: Pats Earn Win

    A couple of guys named Joey were the big difference makers on Friday as the Pinecrest baseball team got back on track with a 4-2 home victory over Jack Britt.

    Sunday, May 3, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriot Baseball, Softball Reset for Wednesday

    Today's varsity baseball and softball games between Pinecrest and Westover in Fayetteville have been postponed until Wednesday. The junior varsity baseball game between the schools has also been moved to Wednesday at Pinecrest.

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Blank Chapel Hill in Baseball Monday

    Monday was one of those nights that Pinecrest coach Jeff Hewitt could reflect upon the depth of pitching talent he has been able to call upon this season.

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • PHS Baseball Team Cruises By Westover

    Pinecrest moved into a tie for second place as a result of Wednesday's Mid-Southeastern Conference baseball action.

    Friday, May 8, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Maness, Davis Continue to Shine for College Teams

    East Carolina pitcher Seth Maness won his fifth straight start last Saturday as the Pirates defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 3-1 in Greenville.

    Sunday, May 10, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Pats Clip Falcons, Secure 2nd Place in Conference

    The Pinecrest baseball team needed a win Friday night, and some help from elsewhere, to grab the second seed from the Mid-Southeastern Conference.

    Sunday, May 10, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots Primed to Start Baseball Playoffs

    A full week has gone by since a Pinecrest win and a Hoke County loss earned the Patriot baseball team a home game in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs.

    Thursday, May 14, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Pats Baseball Begins Playoff Push

    The Pinecrest baseball team begins its playoff push tonight.

    Friday, May 15, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Wacker Earns Big 12 All-Academic Honors

    Andy Wacker of Pinehurst has been a solid contributor to the fortunes of the University of Colorado track team in his red-shirt freshman season.

    Sunday, May 17, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • MacDonald Tosses Gem in Pats' Playoff Win

    After Dillon Maples' pitching gem against Richmond Senior three weeks ago, Pinecrest coach Jeff Hewitt called it one of the top three mound performances he'd seen as a high school coach.

    Sunday, May 17, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Maness Wins C-USA Honor

    East Carolina pitcher and Pinecrest graduate Seth Maness has been named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • J.H. Rose Clips Pats In Baseball

    Falling behind by six runs provided the Pinecrest baseball team with a pretty high mountain to climb in Greenville Tuesday evening.

    Friday, May 22, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Seth Maness Likely Starter for ECU

    Former Pinecrest star Seth Maness has been named the probable starting pitcher for East Carolina on Saturday's second day of the NCAA Greenville Regional baseball tournament.

    Friday, May 29, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Honors Caps Successful Season for PHS Baseball

    Senior Andrew MacDonald heads a quartet of Pinecrest baseball players that have earned All-Mid-Southeastern Conference honors by a vote of the league's coaches.

    Sunday, May 31, 2009 | |

July 2009

  • Two PHS Grads Join Greensboro

    Zach Pickard and Lawson Thomas will soon join the growing ranks of former Pinecrest High School athletes that are playing baseball in college.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | From Staff Reports |
  • Maples Masterful in Title Game Victory

    Sometimes being at the bottom of a big pile can be like being on top of the world. One person who can attest to that is Dillon Maples of West End.

    Friday, July 24, 2009 | By Charlie Bergmann |
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