Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rocky Mount wins 3-A baseball crown

Rocky Mount bounced back from a 6-2 loss in Game 2 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball championship series to defeat East Rowan 8-6 in the decisive third game Saturday in Zebulon's Five County Stadium.

Junior center fielder Brian Goodwin, who has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named the tournament MVP. It is the fifth state title and first in 28 years for the Gryphons, who won all four previous ones at the 4-A level.

Rocky Mount (27-6) took a 6-1 lead after two innings and held off East Rowan (29-5). Freshman Benton Moss earned the victory on the mound but needed help from Nick Hahula to finish it.

In other state championship series, Greenville Rose swept Charlotte Ardrey Kell in the 4-A series, also at Five County. Two of the four state titles were won by true eastern N.C. teams.

In the 2-A series, Hillsborough Orange, the East Regional king, swept East Rutherford for its first baseball state championship. Orange rallied for two runs in the seventh to pull out a 3-2 win at UNCG Baseball Stadium in Greensboro.

Cherryville was the lone West Regional king to be crowned state champion as it swept Topsail in the 1-A series, also at UNCG.

In the softball championships at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, South Central defeated Southwestern Randolph 3-0 in the 3-A final. Other finals were Charlotte Butler 5, North Davidson 3 in the 4-A classification; Central Davidson 2, South Lenoir 0 in the 2-A ranks and East Surry defeated Swain County 6-0 in the 1-A championship.

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