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February 2017

March 2017

  • First Win: Pry, Caddell Lead Pats Past Pine Forest

    Pinecrest rode the right arm of Nik Pry and the stick of Seth Caddell Friday to grab its first baseball win of the season.

    Saturday, March 4, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • North Falls to Pinecrest

    North Davidson fell 6-4 to Pinecrest on Friday in Southern Pines.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Comeback Kids: Patriots Rally to Get Wins Over Millbrook, North Davidson

    Pinecrest played never-day-die baseball last week and walked away with two significant wins at John W. Williams Stadium.

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Pats Face First Conference Test

    The Pinecrest baseball team is turning its attention to the upcoming Southeastern Conference battles.

    Saturday, March 18, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Martinez Powers Pinecrest Past Lumberton

    Zach Martinez finished with two hits, including a two-run homer to lift the Pinecrest baseball team to a 6-0 win at Lumberton on Tuesday night.

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | By Rodd Baxley |
  • Patriots Stop Pirates Twice in Baseball

    Pinecrest got a strong start to its Southeastern Conference baseball slate with two wins over Lumberton last week.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Pinecrest Rides Pry’s Homer to Win Over Pirates

    Pinecrest’s Nick Pry delievered on the mound and at the plate to lift the Patriots to a 3-1 conference win over Lumberton.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Fighting Scots Baseball Ride Two-Out Rally Past Pinecrest

    A two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning propelled the Fighting Scots baseball team to a 7-2 win over Pinecrest on Tuesday.

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | By Amber Hatten |
  • Pinecrest Baseball Takes Down Lee County

    Zach Pruitt belted a three-RBI double in the fourth inning to break open a close game as Pinecrest defeated Lee County 13-6 in a nonconference baseball game on Wednesday.

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 | By Dave Malenick |
  • Patriots Down Jackets With Big Inning

    The Patriots (9-3, 2-1 Southeastern) beat visiting Lee County (8-6, 3-2 Cape Fear Valley) Wednesday evening.

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 | From Staff Reports |

April 2017

  • McKay, Pry Lead Patriots Past Scots

    Pinecrest rode the one-hit pitching of Nik Pry and a clutch hit by Trent McKay to a dramatic 1-0 win Friday over visiting Scotland High.

    Saturday, April 1, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Scots Fall to Pinecrest, Down Laney Over the Weekend

    The bats went silent on the Fighting Scots in a 1-0 loss to Pinecrest on Friday in Southern Pines. The two Southeastern conference rivals found themselves in an old-fashioned pitcher’s dual going scoreless through six and a half innings.

    Monday, April 3, 2017 | By Amber Hatten |
  • Patriots Defeat Purnell Swett in Baseball (Photo Gallery)

    The Pinecrest Patriots defeated Purnell Swett 6-5 Tuesday night in yet another comeback victory at John Williams Field to take sole possession of first place in the Southeastern 4A Conference.

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | By David Sinclair |
  • Pinecrest Takes Hold of SEC Lead With Close Win Over Rams

    The Pinecrest baseball team dug itself out of a three-run hole through five innings to take over sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference with a 6-5 win over Purnell Swett at home.

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Pinecrest Splits With Purnell Swett in Baseball

    It’s crunch time for the Pinecrest baseball team.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Rams Find Revenge

    The Purnell Swett baseball team avenged its loss to Pinecrest earlier in the week to beat the Patriots 3-0 at home on Friday night.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Richmond Senior Baseball Can't Contain Pinecrest

    The Richmond Senior baseball team was unable to contain Pinecrest on Tuesday evening, giving up 14 runs on 17 hits in the teams’ first of two meetings this week.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | By Leon Hargrove Jr. |
  • Terry Sanford Baseball Team Prepped for Tournament

    Good baseball teams have been a tradition in Terry Sanford High School’s annual Easter break tournament. But this year, Bulldog coach Sam Guy may have outdone himself.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | By Earl Vaughan Jr. |
  • Baseball, Softball Games to Catch Over Spring Break

    Cumberland County Schools is knocking on the door of Spring Break, which begins Friday and stretches through next weekend.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | By Jaclyn Shambaugh |
  • Patriots Rout Raiders (Photo Gallery)

    The Pinecrest Patriots defeated Richmond Senior 14-4 Tuesday night at John Williams Stadium in a key Southeastern 4A Conference battle.

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 | By David Sinclair |
  • Pinecrest Defeats Union Pines in Baseball (Photo Gallery)

    Pinecrest defeated Union Pines 10-7 April 8 in nonconference baseball action at Pinecrest

    Friday, April 14, 2017 | By Timothy L. Hale |
  • Richmond Senior Softball, Baseball Down Pinecrest

    The Richmond Senior baseball team played with “a lot more intensity” Thursday evening than it did earlier in the week.

    Friday, April 14, 2017 | By Leon Hargrove Jr. |
  • Terry Sanford Edges Pinecrest to Win Easter Tournament

    After the plaques and medals had been handed out, Terry Sanford coach Sam Guy looked around the Bulldogs’ home field with the requisite amount of satisfaction.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | By Patrick Obley |
  • Terry Sanford, Byrd Baseball Tournaments Deliver

    It had been a few years since the spring break baseball tournaments in town gave spectators much in the way of competition or local interest.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | By Jaclyn Shambaugh |
  • Former Pinecrest Pitcher Gets Win for Myrtle Beach

    Eddy Martinez hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs) to a 6-0 win over the Buies Creek Astros (Houston Astros) on Tuesday.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Fall in Tourney Title Game

    Pinecrest fell to Terry Sanford 3-2 in extra innings Tuesday in the championship clash of the Bulldog Easter Invitational baseball tournament.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Pinecrest Falls in Finals of Baseball Tourney (Photo Gallery)

    Pinecrest fell in extra innings to Terry Sanford Tuesday at the Bulldog Baseball Easter Invitational championship game in Fayetteville.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017 | By Timothy L. Hale |
  • Patriots Open Tournament Play

    They started slowly, but Pinecrest finally got on track to put away Hoke County 9-5 Friday in Southeastern Conference baseball action at John W. Williams Stadium.

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Patriots Beat Bucks on Senior Night (Photo Gallery)

    The Pinecrest Patriots closed out the regular season Friday night with a 9-5 victory over Hoke County at John Williams Stadium. Before the game, the Patriots honored its nine seniors on a team that went 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the Southeastern 4A Conference.

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 | By David Sinclair |

May 2017

  • Clark Leads Patriots Past Raiders, Face Scotland Friday in Title Tilt

    Garrett Clark pitched a two-hit complete game shutout in leading Pinecrest to a 1-0 win Wednesday over visiting Richmond Senior in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

    Thursday, May 4, 2017 | From Staff Reports |
  • Patriots Beat Raiders in Tournament Play (Photo Gallery)

    The Pinecrest Patriots baseball team rode a two-hit, complete game shutout by junior pitcher Garrett Clark to a 1-0 win over Richmond Senior on Wednesday night at home in the semifinals of the Southeaster 4A Conference tournament.

    Thursday, May 4, 2017 | By David Sinclair |
  • Richmond Senior Baseball Falls at Pinecrest in Semifinal

    On Wednesday evening, the Richmond Senior baseball team traveled to Pinecrest to battle for a spot in the conference tournament final.

    Thursday, May 4, 2017 | By Deon Cranford |
  • Patriots Collect Tourney Title in Baseball

    Pinecrest made it two in a row Friday.

    Saturday, May 6, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Pinecrest Wins Conference Baseball Title (Photo Gallery)

    The Pinecrest Patriots defeated Scotland County 11-1 Friday night to win the 2017 Southeastern 4A Conference tournament championship.

    Saturday, May 6, 2017 | By David Sinclair |
  • Scots Overpowered by Patriots

    Everything that could have gone wrong for the Fighting Scots during Friday’s Southeastern conference championship game against Pinecrest did — it was the perfect storm.

    Monday, May 8, 2017 | By Amber Hatten |
  • Pinecrest Clips Leesville Road Baseball in Extra Innings

    For the Leesville Road baseball team, Friday’s second round 2-1 extra inning loss to Pinecrest was a bitter end to an otherwise terrific season.

    Friday, May 12, 2017 | By Dave Malenick |
  • Patriots Face Fuquay-Varina Tuesday in Playoffs

    Pinecrest claimed a dramatic 2-1 extra-inning win over Leesville Road Friday in a second-round state 4-A playoff game held in Holly Springs.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Fuquay-Varina Baseball Rallies Again, Eliminates Pinecrest

    Fuquay-Varina first baseman Andrew Alexander said it was a play the Bengals have practiced countless times. They knew what to do on the rare time it was needed.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | By Tom Shanahan |
  • Heartbreaker: Bengals Rally to Top Patriots in Baseball

    Pinecrest suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 loss Tuesday to Fuquay-Varina in a third-round state 4-A playoff baseball game held at John W. Williams Field in front of a large crowd.

    Saturday, May 20, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Then and Now: Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat

    Nearly 38 years ago, I was on the field the night Pinecrest High School won the state 4-A baseball championship. The sheer joy and jubilation were unforgettable.

    Saturday, May 27, 2017 | By David Sinclair |

June 2017

  • Patriots Earn Postseason Baseball Honors

    Postseason honors are rolling in for the Pinecrest baseball team, including two players that earned all-state recognition.

    Saturday, June 3, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • Minor Leagues: Not Only a Bargain, It's Fun Too

    Three years ago, I was cutting backflips when the Myrtle Beach Pelicans announced that they were becoming the Advanced A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

    Saturday, June 10, 2017 | By David Sinclair |
  • Resurgence: Maples Focuses on Reaching Potential for Chicago Cubs

    Dillon Maples is starting to look like the dominant pitcher the Chicago Cubs thought they were getting with its 14th-round selection in the 2011 draft.

    Monday, June 12, 2017 | By David Sinclair |
  • Clark, Giles Selected for State Games

    Opportunity awaits Ryder Giles and Garrett Clark this week in Greensboro.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | By Hunter Chase |
  • 'Blue Collar' Jack Brown Hangs Up His Cleats

    In his true outspoken manner, Dixon baseball coach Jack Brown proclaimed that “I certainly have” the time when asked if he’s had a moment to reflect on his final season as the Bulldogs’ skipper.

    Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Chris Miller |
  • Baseball Big Part of Beach Vacation

    It appears that Dillon Maples was not my only brush with a potential future major league pitcher during a recent Myrtle Beach vacation.

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | By David Sinclair |

September 2017

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