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January 2013

  • Upcoming Pitcher and Catcher Clinic Signals Spring

    It's strange while in the midst of basketball season and watching the NFL playoffs but big league pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Florida and Arizona in a little over a month.

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 | By Andrew Giermak | Sanford
  • Clinic Features Former Pros, Maness

    The first annual Winter Pitching/Catching Clinic scheduled to be held at Pinecrest High School on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3, provides an opportunity for local youth to learn from former major leaguers.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |

February 2013

  • Impressive Turnout Graces Clinic

    In spite of 30 degree temperatures last Saturday morning, 30 pitchers and 20 catchers showed up for the first day of the Youth Pitchers and Catchers Clinic held at Pinecrest High School.

    Sunday, February 10, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Taking the Mound: Maness Follows in Baldwin's Footsteps

    Before the start of the second day of the clinic for pitchers and catchers held at Pinecrest High School last Sunday, James Baldwin was reminiscing about his first big-league spring training camp.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Preseason

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Preseason (02-22-13)

    Friday, February 22, 2013 | By Andy Partin |
  • Patriots Face Vikes in Baseball Today

    On paper at least, this year’s Pinecrest baseball team doesn’t boast players of the star quality of current pros Dillon Maples and James Baldwin III that helped win conference titles in 2011 and 2010.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |

March 2013

  • Patriots Outlast Vikes in Baseball

    A 45-minute bottom of the fourth inning added up to 10 runs for Pinecrest as it opened the baseball season with a 16-6 home victory over Union Pines Wednesday evening.

    Friday, March 1, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots Put Away Cavs

    On a chilly opening night at Southern Lee, it was still close enough to spring for the start of baseball season Friday night. Pinecrest though, spoiled the evening for the Cavaliers and won its second game in three nights to open the season, beating the Cavs 5-1.

    Friday, March 1, 2013 | By Andrew Giermak |
  • Patriots Get Win Over Southern Lee

    Two games into another high school baseball season, Pinecrest is 2-0 and so is right-hander Aaron Reimer.

    Saturday, March 2, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Soccer, Baseball Games Set for Today

    The Union Pines girls' soccer team will travel to Laurinburg tonight (Thursday) to take on Scotland High. Game time is 7 p.m.

    Thursday, March 7, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Epley, Patriots Stop Millbrook

    A pitching gem by Matt Epley, and some timely hits and plays in the field, carried Pinecrest (3-0) to a 5-0 victory over Raleigh Millbrook (1-2) on a chilly Thursday evening at John W. Williams Field.

    Saturday, March 9, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots Top Lee Senior

    Tristan Helms homered for the third straight home game, and the Pinecrest bullpen pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Patriots defeat Lee Senior, 6-3, Friday night at John Williams Field.

    Saturday, March 9, 2013 | By Tom Embrey |
  • Next Level: Baseball Takes Center Stage

    Former Pinecrest and East Carolina star Seth Maness pitched an impressive 1 1/3 innings in his spring training debut for the St. Louis Cardinals last week.

    Saturday, March 9, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Cavs Open League Slate with Road Win

    Lee County jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening inning but the Patriots (4-0) held the Yellow Jackets (0-2) from there in Southern Pines Friday night.

    Sunday, March 10, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Helms' Blast Carries Pats Past Comets

    The only question about the ball hit in the top of the eighth inning by Pinecrest’s Tristan Helms at Asheboro Monday night was would it be fair or foul.

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots Improve to 6-0

    The undefeated Pinecrest baseball team sent 14 men to the plate in a nine-run bottom of the first inning against Hoke County Tuesday evening, paving the way for a 12-3 victory.

    Saturday, March 16, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Defense Sparks Patriot Nine

    A lunging catch of a foul ball after a long run by first baseman Dylan Wallace provided a fitting ending to Pinecrest’s 4-1 home victory over Lumberton Friday evening.

    Saturday, March 16, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • JV Scots Fall to Pinecrest in Extras

    The Pinecrest Patriots defeated Scotland High school’s JV baseball team 6-2 Tuesday night in nine innings. Logan Crisp singled to break up a 2-2 tie and start a four-run inning for the visiting team in extra innings.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | By Corbin Ensminger |
  • Scotland Hands Patriots First Loss

    The Scotland High Fighting Scots baseball team halted Pinecrest’s win streak Tuesday night thanks to some timely hitting and solid pitching.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | By Tom Embrey |
  • Swett Wins in Final At-Bat

    PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett baseball beat Pinecrest 5-4 Friday, winning on a walk with the bases loaded.

    Saturday, March 23, 2012 | By Scott Schlaufman |
  • Rams Rally in Seventh to Hand Pats Loss

    The Purnell Swett Rams handed the Pinecrest Patriots a heart-breaking defeat Friday night.

    Sunday, March 24, 2013 | By Tom Embrey |
  • Hoggard Suffers First Loss

    A firing squad of radar guns lined the Ashley backstop to track Hoggard pitcher Joe O’Donnell’s first outing of the season on Monday at the Ashley Spring Break Baseball Tournament, but Northwood’s Robert Straughn had the last word.

    Monday, March 25, 2013 | By Powell Latimer |
  • Ashley, Hoggard Both Lose in Tournament

    When asked what it would take to fix Ashley's fielding troubles, coach Brian Stewart suggested tryouts – and he was only half-kidding.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | By Kris Lancaster |
  • Patriots Get Win in Spring Break Tourney

    Pinecrest overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat Laney 5-3 in the first round of the Ashley Spring Break Baseball Tournament, held at Ashley High School in Wilmington on Monday.

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Ashley, Laney, Hoggard Pick Up Wins to Close Out Baseball Tournament

    Trailing 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles played small ball to move McGee into scoring position.

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | By Joe Catenacci |
  • Ashley Tops Pinecrest, Finishes 3rd in Tourney

    Ashley shook up the starting lineup, cut down on errors and took a walk-off 5-4 win against Pinecrest in the third-place game of the Ashley Spring Break Baseball Tournament on Wednesday.

    Thursday, March 28, 2013 | By Powell Latimer |
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 2

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 2 (03-31-13)

    Sunday, March 31, 2013 | By Andy Partin |
  • Next Level: Cards Assign Maness to Minor League

    Former Pinecrest and East Carolina star Seth Maness was assigned to the minor league camp of the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week after pitching in four spring training games.

    Sunday, March 31, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |

April 2013

  • Epley Powers Patriots Past Colts

    With the exception of Matt Epley, Tuesday’s baseball game between Pinecrest and West Stanly was an exercise in futility for the hitters on both sides.

    Friday, April 5, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Still Rolling: Raiders Blank Patriots to Extend Streak to 15

    ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior coach Ricky Young kept believing his team’s offense would come around.

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | By Shawn Stinson |
  • LHS Baseball, Softball Dates Changed

    LUMBERTON — Because of storms scheduled to hit the area Friday, the Lumberton baseball and softball games with Pinecrest will instead be played Thursday. Times will remain the same with varsity games starting at 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • LHS Games Moved to Tonight

    LUMBERTON — The Lumberton baseball and softball teams will play Pinecrest tonight in games that were originally scheduled for Friday. The varsity games start at 7 p.m. at Lumberton High and were moved up one day in anticipation of bad weather. The Lumberton soccer game Friday will be played as scheduled.

    Thursday, April 11, 2013 | By Scott Schlaufman |
  • Patriots Drop Two

    The Pinecrest baseball team suffered two losses this week, including a 7-0 conference setback to Richmond Senior on Tuesday.

    Sunday, April 14, 2013 | By From Staff Reports |
  • Stretch Run: Patriots Hope to Build on Win

    The characterization of a game as a “must win” may be an overused expression in sports.

    Sunday, April 14, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Maness Gets First Win on Triple A Level

    Seth Maness of the Memphis Redbirds picked up his first AAA victory in a 10-6 victory at Oklahoma City Friday night.

    Sunday, April 14, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 3

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 3 (04-15-13)

    Monday, April 15, 2013 | By Andy Partin |
  • Scotland Overpowers Pinecrest

    Coach Jamie Coleman always tells his team that situational hitting is the key to winning games, and the Scots delivered on Tuesday evening, defeating Pinecrest 9-4 at Scotland High School.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | By Corbin Ensminger |
  • Patriots Rebound from Loss to Scots

    The Pinecrest baseball team stumbled almost every step of the way in a 9-4 conference loss to Scotland High on Tuesday.

    Friday, April 19, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Pinecrest Baseball Game Moved to Saturday

    The Pinecrest home baseball game with Purnell Swett originally scheduled for tonight has been moved to Saturday at 2 p.m.

    Friday, April 19, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Lumberton, Swett Baseball Playing for Postseason Berth

    Lumberton’s postseason chances took a serious hit after a loss two weeks ago to Pinecrest, but thanks to Purnell Swett’s unexpected three-game slide down the stretch, the Pirates have new life with two games remaining in the regular season.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | By Brad Crawford |
  • Raiders Keep On Rolling

    The Richmond Senior baseball stretched its hot stretch to 19 games with a 9-4 win over Pinecrest Tuesday night. With the victory, the Raiders improve to 19-1 on the season and 9-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | By Shawn Stinson |
  • Patriots Set Up Showdown With Richmond

    Pinecrest will try to put the stop on Richmond Senior’s 18-game winning streak when the two baseball teams meet at John W. Williams Field Tuesday evening.

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Swat Swett

    Saturday afternoon the Pinecrest baseball team’s bats were alive for the second game in a row as they knocked out 13 hits in an 11-4 victory over Purnell Swett.

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • SEC Tournament Pairings

    Baseball All games at 7 p.m. Monday No. 6 Hoke County at No. 3 Purnell Swett No. 5 Lumberton at No. 4 Pinecrest Tuesday Hoke-Purnell Swett winner at No. 2 Scotland Lumberton-Pinecrest winner at No. 1 Richmond Thursday Championship at highest seed.

    Friday, April 26, 2013 | By Shawn Stinson |
  • Former Pinecrest Standout Called Up to St. Louis Cardinals

    Former Pinecrest High School standout baseball player Seth Maness has been called up by the St. Louis Cardinals to join the team's bullpen, the team announced this morning.

    Monday, April 29, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Updated SEC Tournament Schedules

    Baseball All games at 7 p.m. Tuesday No. 6 Hoke County at No. 3 Purnell Swett No. 5 Lumberton at No. 4 Pinecrest Wednesday Hoke-Purnell Swett winner at No. 2 Scotland Lumberton-Pinecrest winner at No. 1 Richmond Friday Championship at highest seed.

    Monday, April 29, 2013 | By Shawn Stinson |
  • Patriots Face Lumberton Tonight

    The Pinecrest baseball team wrapped up the regular season with an 18-7 conference victory at Hoke County on Thursday and a 5-4 non-league loss at Apex on Friday.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Rain Alters League Tournament Schedules

    That’s not out of the question this week according to Purnell Swett athletic director Jerome Hunt who said Monday that the Southeastern Conference tournament could move to a Thursday-Friday-Saturday schedule if wet weather continues to flood playing fields in the region.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | By Brad Crawford |
  • Rain Pushes Back SEC Tourney

    ROCKINGHAM — Richmond’s baseball and softball teams first step to win the Southeastern Conference tournament titles to match their regular season championships will have to wait a day. Rain in the area over the weekend forced the postponement of the first round matchups between Hoke County-Purnell Swett and Lumberton-Pinecrest in baseball as well as Hoke-Lumberton and Purnell Swett-Pinecrest in softball.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | By Shawn Stinson |

May 2013

  • Cards Call Up Maness

    Don’t bet against Seth Maness when he steps on the pitcher’s mound.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Patriots Face Raiders Tonight in Semis

    Left-hander Tristan Helms pitched a three-hit shutout, and Carson Maples hit a three-run homer, leading Pinecrest to a 5-0 home victory in Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference Tournament first-round game.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Lumberton Baseball Ends Season

    The Lumberton baseball team had faced a tough stretch in the third inning of its 5-0 loss at Pinecrest in the SEC tournament, ending the Pirates’ season.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | By Scott Schlaufman |
  • Error Propels Richmond to SEC Finals

    Ricky Young learned a valuable lesson when he was a young coach. One which helped his Richmond Senior baseball team pull out a 2-1 victory over Pinecrest in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals Wednesday night at Raider Field.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | By Shawn Stinson |
  • Raiders Bounce Patriots from Tourney

    Pinecrest’s bid to end the Richmond Senior baseball team’s 21-game winning streak ended on an errant pickoff throw to third base in Rockingham Wednesday evening.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Rising Star: Granddad Knew Seth Had What It Takes

    The big news this week about Seth Maness being called up to the major leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals made me stop and think about his late grandfather, Elmer Andrews.

    Friday, May 3, 2013 | By David Sinclair |
  • Sports Suggestion

    I read with great interest the story about Seth Maness’ promotion to the majors (“Cards Call Up Maness To the ‘Show,” May 1).

    Friday, May 3, 2013 | By Bill Newman |
  • Maness Makes Debut With Cards

    Former Pinecrest star and Southern Pines native Seth Maness made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cards Friday.

    Saturday, May 4, 2013 | By From Staff Reports |
  • Maness Records First MLB Win

    One day after making his first big league appearance, Seth Maness picked up the win in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-6 victory at Milwaukee Saturday afternoon.

    Sunday, May 5, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Maness Earns Second Big League Win

    Former Pinecrest pitcher Seth Maness benefited from some late-inning offense by his St. Louis Cardinal teammates to earn his second career win today.

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Making the Best of It: Maness Realizes His Boyhood Dream

    As the bullpen gate swung open and he ran onto the field of Miller Park in Milwaukee for his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night, Seth Maness said he was just focused on getting out to the pitcher's mound.

    Thursday, May 9, 2013 | By David Sinclair |
  • Pinecrest Faces Millbrook Tonight

    When Pinecrest and Mill-brook face off in tonight’s first-round state 4-A playoff baseball game in Raleigh, it will be the third meeting between the teams in the last 12 months.

    Friday, May 10, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Patriots Fall From Baseball Playoffs

    A five-run first inning by Millbrook put Pinecrest in a very unenviable position in Friday night’s first-round state 4-A playoff baseball opener in Raleigh.

    Sunday, May 12, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Next Level: Maness Has Quick Start

    St. Louis Dispatch sportswriter Derrick Gould had some fun describing the impressive debut by former Pinecrest star Seth Maness after he was credited with his second win in the Cardinals’ 5-4 win over the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Sunday, May 12, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Amazin' Maness Strikes Again

    Seth Maness just keeps on rolling up wins for the St. Louis Cardinals with just a little bit of effort.

    Friday, May 17, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Clutch: MacDonald Comes Through for the Phoenix

    When the Elon University website listed the possible starting pitchers for the Southern Conference baseball tournament last week, former Pinecrest star Andrew MacDonald was not among them.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Baseball Camp Begins June 10

    Pinecrest baseball coach Jeff Hewitt will direct the annual All-Star Baseball Camp for youth ages 5-12 on June 10-13 at the Pinecrest baseball field.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | From Staff Reports |

June 2013

  • Three Pats Earn All-League Baseball Honors

    Senior Matt Epley and junior Tristan Helms of Pinecrest have received All-Southeastern Conference honors in baseball for the second time by a vote of the league’s coaches.

    Sunday, June 2, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • MacDonald Gets Win for Elon in Regionals

    Former Pinecrest pitcher Andrew MacDonald got the win in relief as Elon defeated UNC-Wilmington 10-7 in an NCAA Regional first-round game held in Charlottesville, Va., Friday evening.

    Sunday, June 2, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
  • Maness Rolling Along for the Cards

    Considering the impact of injuries to the pitching staff, and the fact that a dozen rookies have seen mound action, the St. Louis Cardinals’ major league best record of 38-19 through Tuesday is quite remarkable.

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Coach, Four Local Players in State Baseball Games

    Moore County has several representatives in the State Games of North Carolina baseball tournament that starts Thursday at UNC Charlotte.

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | From Staff Reports |

July 2013

August 2013

  • Next Level: Former PHS Stars Baldwin, Maples Get Hot in Minors

    Former Pinecrest High School teammates James Baldwin III and Dillon Maples finished the month of July with a flourish for their respective minor league baseball teams.

    Friday, August 2, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Next Level: Maples Mowing 'Em Down for Boise Hawks

    “Dillon Maples was dynamite tonight,” was the way Boise Hawks’ radio play-by-play announcer Mike Safford summed up the Pinecrest High School product’s pitching performance Thursday evening.

    Saturday, August 17, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |

September 2013

  • Next Level: Former Local Stars Shine in Pros, College

    Former Pinecrest baseball and football star Dillon Maples capped a strong finish to his second season as a Chicago Cub farmhand by pitching the Boise Hawks to a 5-0 victory over Vancouver in Saturday’s opening game of the Northwest League Championship Series.

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Next Level: George Earns Southern Conference Honors

    The next relief appearance by St. Louis Cardinal rookie Seth Maness (Pinecrest) will be his 65th of the season.

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |

October 2013

November 2013

  • Patriots to Honor Maness at Friday's Football Game

    The Pinecrest Patriots will honor current major league baseball player and Pinecrest graduate Seth Maness during the second-round home football playoff game on Friday.

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | By Tom Embrey |
  • Moving On: Patriots Sign National Letters of Intent

    The Pinecrest High School media center was a busy place Nov. 14, as it was packed with family and friends to watch six Patriot student-athletes sign national letters of intent to continue their careers on the next level.

    Saturday, November 23, 2013 | By Hunter Chase |

December 2013

  • Next Level: 'Bass Pack' Member Earns Berth in Postseason

    Pinecrest graduate and N.C. State sophomore Bryce Owen is a member/officer on the “Bass Pack” fishing team, consisting of more than 50 members.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Memorable Moments in 2013 Sports

    The past year in local sports has seen a bountiful harvest of good stories.

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | From Staff Reports |
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