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January 2012

  • USA Baseball Honors PHS's Hewitt

    Jeff Hewitt has been honored as USA Baseball’s 2011 Developmental Coach of the Year.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com

February 2012

  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Preseason

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Preseason (02-10-12)

    Friday, February 10, 2012 | By Andy Partin | IMPACTBaseball.com
  • Learning Curve: Maples Soaking up Experiences

    CHICAGO -- When Dillon Maples started his first pro game in the Cubs' instructional league last fall in Mesa, Ariz., he cruised and struck out five batters over two innings.

    Friday, February 10, 2012 | By Carrie Muskat | MLB.com
  • Next Level: FSU's Scales Gets National NCAA Honor

    Pinecrest graduate and Fayetteville State defensive back Josh Scales has been recognized by the NCAA for leading Division II in interceptions per game.

    Friday, February 17, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Patriot Trio Heads to Spring Training

    A day before leaving for Mesa, Ariz., and the training base of the Chicago Cubs, Dillon Maples stopped at a familiar spot: the field house at Pinecrest High School.

    Sunday, February 26, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Patriots Open With Union Pines Wednesday

    The Pinecrest baseball team went into last season’s mega-opener against private school power Forsyth Country Day ready to conquer the world.

    Sunday, February 26, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com

March 2012

  • Pats Survive Slugfest Against Vikes

    Going into the bottom of the second inning of Wednesday’s baseball game between Pinecrest and Union Pines, the visiting Vikings had already smacked three home runs and held a 4-2 lead.

    Friday, March 2, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Patriots Go Extra for Win

    Hits and runs had been hard to come by as the Pinecrest and Sanderson baseball teams went into extra innings at John W. Williams Field Friday night.

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Vikes Baseball Rallies Past Patriots

    The Union Pines Vikings baseball team scored nine runs in their final three at bats to overcome a six-run deficit and rally past Pinecrest, 10-9.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | From Staff Reports | ThePilot.com
  • Epley Leads Patriots Past Cavs

    Pinecrest’s Matt Epley combined with two relievers to shut out Southern Lee 4-0 on a chilly Tuesday evening for baseball at John Williams Stadium.

    Friday, March 9, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Pinecrest Jumps on Yellow Jacket Miscues

    Pinecrest completed a sweep of Lee County this week on the baseball diamond, following up a win at home over Southern Lee on Tuesday evening with a 14-5 win at Lee County Thursday evening.

    Friday, March 9, 2012 | By Andrew Giermak | SanfordHerald.com
  • Patriots Knock Off Yellow Jackets

    The Pinecrest baseball team topped off a busy week by defeating Lee County 14-5 in Sanford Thursday evening.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Local Roundup: Blue Comets Fall to Pinecrest in Varsity Baseball

    Asheboro High School was defeated by host Pinecrest 10-7 Monday in varsity baseball.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 | From Staff Reports | Courier-Tribune.com
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 1

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 1 (03-12-12)

    Monday, March 12, 2012 | By Andy Partin | IMPACTBaseball.com
  • Patriots Hold Off Blue Comets

    As were all but one of the Pinecrest baseball team’s early season successes, Monday’s 10-7 victory over Asheboro was anything but an easy ride.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Eddy's Blast Propels Patriots Past Gibbons

    The Pinecrest baseball team improved its record to 6-1 Wednesday with a 10-5 victory over Cardinal Gibbons.

    Friday, March 16, 2012 | From Staff Reports | ThePilot.com
  • Errors Doom Pirates in Loss

    LUMBERTON — Sooner or later, according to Lumberton baseball coach Paul Hodges, his team will have to avoid errors that lead to big innings.

    Friday, March 16, 2012 | From Staff Reports | Robesonian.com
  • Patriots Stop Pirates in Conference Opener

    The Pinecrest baseball team began Southeastern Conference play Friday with a big 3-1 victory at Lumberton.

    Saturday, March 17, 2012 | From Staff Reports | ThePilot.com
  • PHS Falls in Baseball

    Curt Britt pitched a five-hitter, and reached base all four times he went to the plate, as Scotland High snapped Pinecrest’s five-game winning streak 8-1 in Laurinburg Tuesday evening.

    Friday, March 23, 2012 | From Staff Reports | ThePilot.com
  • Patriots Get Wild Win Over Swett

    Dalton Bullard was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Pinecrest a 12-11 victory over Purnell Swett, ending a wild and wacky Friday evening of baseball.

    Saturday, March 24, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 2

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 2 (03-25-12)

    Sunday, March 25, 2012 | By Andy Partin | IMPACTBaseball.com
  • Rams Upbeat Despite 5-Game Skid

    PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett coach Kelly Chavis had a closed-door meeting with his baseball team Thursday afternoon to address the drop in confidence during a four-game losing streak.

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | By Brad Crawford | Robesonian.com
  • Helms Leads Pinecrest Past Richmond

    SOUTHERN PINES — Tristian Helms hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to account for the contest’s only run as Pinecrest knocked off Richmond Senior in a Southeastern Conference clash Tuesday night.

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | By Shawn Stinson | YourDailyJournal.com
  • Helms' Blast Lifts Pats Over Richmond

    A pitching gem by Weston Phillips, combined with some nifty plays in the field and one big fly, carried Pinecrest to a 1-0 home victory over Richmond Senior Tuesday evening.

    Friday, March 30, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Rain Halts Game With Pats Leading

    Pinecrest was leading Hoke County 4-0 in a baseball game played in Raeford Friday evening when lightning and rain brought the proceedings to a halt.

    Saturday, March 31, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com

April 2012

  • Patriots Blast Cavs

    Some of the steadiest mound work of the season combined with a big night at the plate by Matt Eddy carried Pinecrest to a 12-2 victory at Southern Lee Monday evening.

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Jackets Turn Tables On Pinecrest

    Lee County reversed a 14-5 loss to Pinecrest from earlier this season, getting a 6-2 victory in a non-conference baseball tilt at Pinecrest Tuesday night.

    Thursday, April 5, 2012 | From Staff Reports | SanfordHerald.com
  • Jackets Shackle Patriots in Baseball

    Pinecrest was just plain overmatched by Lee County pitcher Nick Durazo at John Williams Field Tuesday evening.

    Friday, April 6, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Patriots Face Busy Last Two Weeks

    The suspension of Thursday night’s baseball game against Lumberton because of the weather leaves Pinecrest with a daunting conference schedule over the last two weeks of the regular season.

    Saturday, April 7, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 3

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 3 (04-08-12)

    Sunday, April 8, 2012 | By Andy Partin | IMPACTBaseball.com
  • Next Level: D'Ostroph Earns Big South Recognition

    Charleston Southern junior Amanda D’Ostroph has been named Big South Conference Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Pats, Vikes Ready for Chatlee Tourney

    The Union Pines and Pinecrest baseball teams will be participating in the Chatlee Boat and Marine Invitational starting on Thursday.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | By F.W. Manning II | ThePilot.com
  • Pinecrest Nine Beat Bulldogs; Face Union Pines Friday

    Pinecrest and Union Pines are set to meet for the third time this season at 7 p.m. Friday evening in one of the semi-final games of the Chatlee Boat and Marine Easter Invitational baseball tournament.

    Thursday, April 12, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Union Pines, Pinecrest Advance in Baseball Tourney

    CAMERON - Pinecrest (11-3) romped to a 19-7 win over Terry Sanford (12-5) in the first round of the Chatlee Boat and Marine Easter Invitational baseball tournament at Union Pines on Thursday.

    Friday, April 13, 2012 | From Staff Reports | SanfordHerald.com
  • Vikes Victorious; Top Pats to Reach Final

    A long and rewarding Friday for the Union Pines baseball team ended with a 6-4 victory over Pinecrest and a berth in Saturday’s championship game of the Chatlee Boat and Marine Easter Invitational.

    Sunday, April 15, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Vikings Finish Second in Tourney

    A final inning rally came up short as Union Pines was outlasted 11-9 by 4-A Richmond Senior in Saturday’s championship game of the Chatlee Boat and Marine Easter Invitational.

    Sunday, April 15, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Patriots Stumble Against Scots

    With ace Curt Britt on the mound for visiting Scotland High Tuesday evening, Pinecrest had little margin for error.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • JV Scots Battle Back Against Pinecrest to Keep Hot Streak Going

    According to JV Fighting Scots coach Michael Sellers, a back-and-forth game like Tuesday’s home-field battle with Pinecrest is exactly what his team needed.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | By Jason Chisari | LaurinburgExchange.com
  • Fighting Scots Rained Out Again, Take Out Patriots

    The Fighting Scots and Purnell Swett Rams just can’t seem to catch a break.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | By Jason Chisari | LaurinburgExchange.com
  • Errors Plague Pirates in Loss to Patriots

    SOUTHERN PINES — The Lumberton baseball team’s seven-game win streak came to a screeching halt with an 8-1 setback to Pinecrest.

    Thursday, April 19, 2012 | From Staff Reports | Robesonian.com
  • Patriots Get Back on Track Against Pirates

    Pinecrest shook off a three-game losing streak and got back on track in the Southeastern Conference race by defeating Lumberton 8-1 at home Wednesday evening.

    Thursday, April 19, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Richmond, Pinecrest to Wear Pink to Battle Breast Cancer

    ROCKINGHAM — At first glance, the Southeastern Conference clash between Richmond Senior and Pinecrest on Tuesday will be a battle for second place in the league.

    Friday, April 20, 2012 | By Shawn Stinson | YourDailyJournal.com
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 4

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 4 (04-22-12)

    Sunday, April 22, 2012 | By Andy Partin | IMPACTBaseball.com
  • Maness Keeps on Doing What Comes Naturally

    Seth Maness is using the same formula as a pitcher in the farm system of the St. Louis Cardinals as he did as a star at Pinecrest and East Carolina.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Pinecrest Subdues Purnell Swett

    The Pinecrest baseball team took advantage of seven walks and a hit batter to score nine runs in the third inning at Purnell Swett Friday evening.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Raiders Extend Streak to 9

    ROCKINGHAM — With two outs in the top of the second, Mikey Steele made a long run after Alan Watson’s fly ball down the right-field line but just missed making the catch.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | By Shawn Stinson | YourDailyJournal.com
  • Raiders Shut Down Patriots

    A bid by the Pinecrest baseball team to gain sole possession of second place in the Southeastern Conference was denied by streaking Richmond Senior in Rockingham Tuesday evening.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Coin Flip: Patriots Get Second in League Baseball

    Everything fell into place for the Pinecrest baseball team on Thursday’s final day of the regular season.

    Friday, April 27, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Richmond Loses Coin Flip, Takes No. 3 seed

    ROCKINGHAM — The coin flip didn’t work out the way Richmond Senior baseball coach Ricky Young wanted.

    Saturday, April 28, 2012 | By Shawn Stinson | YourDailyJournal.com

May 2012

  • Richmond Advances to SEC Title Game

    SOUTHERN PINES — Mikey Steele had an RBI-groundout to put Richmond Senior ahead for good and Adam Sweatt added a run-scoring single in the 11th to give the Raiders a 10-8 victory over Pinecrest in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | By Shawn Stinson | YourDailyJournal.com
  • Richmond Beats Pinecrest in 11 Innings

    It took 11 innings to settle Tuesday’s high stakes battle between Pinecrest and Richmond Senior in a one of the semifinal games of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 5

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 5 (05-06-12)

    Sunday, May 6, 2012 | By Andy Partin | IMPACTBaseball.com
  • Playoff Games for Softball, Baseball Announced

    All three local public high schools have teams in both the baseball and softball state playoffs.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | From Staff Reports | ThePilot.com
  • Wildcats Eliminate Patriots

    Misplays and missed opportunities brought the curtain down on the season for the Pinecrest baseball team at Raleigh Millbrook Friday night.

    Saturday, May 12, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Maness Shines in Double A Pitching Debut

    Seth Maness barely had time to set his feet on the ground after traveling from Palm Beach, Fla., when he pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning for the Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals Monday night.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Patriots Receive Honors in Baseball

    One of the most impressive seasons with the bat in the Jeff Hewitt era of baseball at Pinecrest earned all-conference and team MVP honors for senior first baseman Matt Eddy.

    Thursday, May 31, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com

June 2012

July 2012

  • Next Level: Baldwin Watches James III in Indiana

    The last time former Pinecrest and major league pitcher James Baldwin was in Coveleski Stadium was in 1992 as a member of the city’s South Bend (Ind.) White Sox.

    Sunday, July 1, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Maness Lights Up the Fourth

    In front of a Independence Day crowd that was the Springfield Cardinal’s 10th largest for a regular-season game in its history, Seth Maness made sure visiting Midland batters didn’t provide any of the fireworks.

    Saturday, July 7, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com
  • Former Pinecrest High, East Carolina Star Seth Maness Excels in Minor Leagues

    Not too long ago, Bryan Eversgerd, the pitching coach for the Class AA Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals had to sit down with righthander Seth Maness to have a talk.

    Thursday, July 19, 2012 | By Stephen Schramm | FayObserver.com

August 2012

  • Maples Makes Debut in Rookie League

    Maples was the 14th round draft choice of the Cubs in June 2011. He opted to sign a $2.5 million contract with the Cubs rather than play football and baseball at UNC.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com

September 2012

  • Next Level: MLB Prospects Abound

    The minor league baseball seasons didn’t go exactly as planned for former Pinecrest teammates James Baldwin III of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dillon Maples of the Chicago Cubs.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | By Charlie Bergmann | ThePilot.com

December 2012

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