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February 2015

  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Preseason

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Preseason (02-16-15)

    Monday, February 16, 2015 | By Andy Partin |
  • Next Level: Maness Reports to Cards' Spring Training

    The pitchers and catchers of the St. Louis Cardinals were not required to report to the team’s Jupiter, Fla., spring training base until Thursday, but former Pinecrest and East Carolina star Seth Maness was one of a handful who came early to participate in voluntary workouts.

    Saturday, February 21, 2015 | By Charlie Bergmann |

March 2015

  • Patriots Top Lee Senior in Baseball Opener

    Zach Martinez had three hits and three RBI to help the Pinecrest Patriots defeat Lee Senior High School, 7-1, Wednesday, March 4, at John Williams Field in the baseball opener for both teams.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • Area Scores: Jackets, Patriots Split on the Diamonds

    On opening evening for the Patriots and Yellow Jackets, the host Patriots built up a 6-0 lead and won in Southern Pines on Wednesday.

    Thursday, March 5, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • Big Bats Help Patriots Maul Millbrook

    Junior Carson Maples and sophomores Seth Caddell and Zach Martinez each homered as the Patriots baseball team scored 10 unanswered runs to post a 14-4 win over Raleigh Millbrook Saturday at John Williams Field.

    Saturday, March 7, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • Pinecrest 7, Lee County 2

    The visiting Patriots (3-0) broke open a scoreless game with five runs in the fourth inning and went on to beat Lee County (1-2) for the second time on the young season Monday at Lee County.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • Thomas' Hot Start Sparks Patriots

    Before the baseball season began, senior Jay Thomas was penciled in as the team’s No. 7 hitter.

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 | By Tom Embrey |
  • 1st Inning Propels Pinecrest Past LHS in Conference Opener

    SOUTHERN PINES — Lumberton High School pitcher Evan Odum hit his spots during Friday’s conference-opening loss at Pinecrest, problem was that the Patriot hitters used cues from their base runners to figure out what was coming.

    Friday, March 20, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • Big First Inning Propels Patriots Past Lumberton in Baseball Conference Opener

    It didn't take the Pinecrest baseball team long to seize control of its conference opener against Lumberton.

    Friday, March 20, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Sink Pirates

    For much of the season the Pinecrest baseball team’s offense has been paced by the hitters in the top part of the batting lineup.

    Saturday, March 21, 2015 | By Tom Embrey |
  • Oportunistic Patriots Down Scots

    After posting gaudy offensive numbers in tis first seven games, the Pinecrest baseball proved against conference foe Scotland County, the can win a game with pitching, defense and clutch execution on the base paths.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 1

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 1 (03-20-15)

    Monday, March 30, 2015 | By Andy Partin |
  • Rams Hold Off Patriots

    PEMBROKE — Locked in a pitchers’ duel, it was the defense behind the mound that made the difference in Monday night’s baseball game between Purnell Swett and Pinecrest.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | By Rodd Baxley |
  • Butler Cleans Up vs. Pinecrest

    ROCKINGHAM — The Butler did it.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | By Shawn Stinson |

April 2015

  • Patriots Rally for Walk-Off Win Against Hoke

    Zach Martinez singled in pinch-runner Troy Roper with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Patriots escape with a 8-7 win over Hoke County in Southeastern Conference baseball action Thursday night.

    Thursday, April 2, 2015 | From Staff Reports |
  • Next Level: Baldwin III, Ex-PHS Star, Signs With White Sox

    A roller coaster, but interesting, week for James Baldwin III (Pinecrest) included his release after five minor league seasons in the Los Angeles Dodger organization before being signed by the Chicago White Sox.

    Saturday, April 4, 2015 | By Charlie Bergmann |
  • Packard's Grand Slam Highlights Easter Monday Baseball Action

    Bryant Packard hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 7th to lead DH Conley to a 5-1 victory over Pinecrest on day two of the annual Pitt County Classic.

    Monday, April 6, 2015 | By Brian Bailey |
  • Roundup: Wild Win for DHC

    With the bases loaded in a tie game against Pinecrest, all D.H. Conley’s baseball team needed was a wild pitch or a sacrifice fly to end the game. Bryant Packard went for something a bit flashier.

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | By Danny Stapp |
  • SEC Baseball Teams Ready to Break Out

    The Southeastern Conference has historically been competitive in baseball, but halfway through the conference schedule, there’s no clear favorite.

    Friday, April 17, 2015 | By Scott Schlaufman |
  • Odum Gets Revenge Against Pinecrest

    In Friday night’s game against the Pinecrest High School baseball team, Lumberton sophomore A.J. Brooks experienced something for the first time this season, a view from behind the plate.

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 | By Rodd Baxley |
  • SEC Chase Hits Home Stretch

    The Southeastern Conference baseball championship race remains nip and tuck atop the standings, but the SEC softball picture is becoming clearer as the stretch run of the conference slate approaches.

    Monday, April 20, 2015 | By Logan Martinez |
  • IMPACT North Carolina High School Team Rankings - Week 2

    IMPACT Baseball North Carolina High School Team Polls Week 2 (04-20-15)

    Monday, April 20, 2015 | By Andy Partin |
  • Scots Pummel Patriots

    Three teams entered Tuesday night’s action tied for first in the Southeastern Conference standings. Three victories later, and Scotland, Lumberton and Richmond all remained at the top of the heap.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Logan Martinez |
  • SEC Race Taking Shape

    The beginning of the week brought little change in the Southeastern Conference baseball and softball standings, but Thursday’s and tonight’s games could go a long way in determining the eventual conference champions.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 | By Logan Martinez |
  • Oxendine’s Gem Not Enough for Rams

    The Purnell Swett High School baseball team allowed just one run on Friday during a 1-0 loss at Pinecrest, but it cost the Rams more than just the game.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 | By Scott Schlaufman |
  • Richmond Rallies to Down Pinecrest

    Richmond Senior coach Ricky Young preaches to his players to never look ahead on the schedule and focus on the current game.

    Thursday, April 29, 2015 | By Shawn Stinson |

May 2015

  • SEC Tourney Pairings Set

    Everything came down to the final pitches and outs to determine the final Southeastern Conference regular-season standings and seedings for next week’s conference tournaments.

    Friday, May 2, 2015 | By Shawn Stinson |
  • SEC Baseball/Softball Tourneys Ready to Start

    Three of Robeson County’s four 4A teams will be in action tonight as the SEC begins its annual baseball and softball conference tournaments.

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | By Scott Schlaufman |
  • Chavis Leads Swett to SEC Semifinals

    The Purnell Swett baseball team only managed one run against Pinecrest during Tuesday’s opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, but the run was all the Rams needed in a 1-0 win.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | By Scott Schlaufman |
  • Five Raiders Snare All-SEC Honors

    There was a moment when it looked as if the Richmond Senior baseball team might not earn one of the automatic berths into the state 4A playoffs.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | By Shawn Stinson |
  • Scots Place Four on All-SEC Team

    Four Scotland baseball players were featured on the all-Southeastern Conference team that was announced this week.

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 | By Logan Martinez |
  • Patriots Announce College Choices

    During his tenure as the Pinecrest head football coach Chris Metzger has had players graduate and go on to play at schools of all levels across the country.

    Saturday, May 23, 2015 | By Tom Embrey |
  • PHS's Lewis Selects Methodist

    From the time he was a young kid, Joe Lewis has had a passion for playing and teaching the game of baseball.

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | By Tom Embrey |
  • Hodges, Odum Lead SEC Baseball Awards

    The Lumberton High School baseball team made itself noticed throughout the later part of the season, winning its last seven regular-season games in a row to earn its first conference championship since 2008 and its first conference title as part of the Southeastern Conference.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 | From Staff Reports |

September 2015

  • Next Level: They Know Seth Maness' Name Now

    Pinecrest High School baseball coach Jeff Hewitt was recalling this week a visit he made to St. Louis in 2013 when his former player Seth Maness was a Cardinals’ rookie.

    Saturday, September 5, 2015 | By Charlie Bergmann |

October 2015

  • Next Level: Weiss Grabs Golf Honor

    The past two weeks proved to be good ones for a quartet of Pinecrest High School graduates who put together career-best or near career-best performances as college golfers.

    Saturday, October 10, 2015 | By Charlie Bergmann |

December 2015

  • Pinecrest's Field Earns Baseball Honor

    In the first year of the award the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association has presented its Region 4 Field of the Year Award to Pinecrest High School.

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | By Charlie Bergmann |
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