The Weddington baseball team had a lot of reasons to give up its quest to repeat as 3A state champions.The team got off to a 1-5 due to injuries to all-state performers Alex Bostic, Sean Collins and Jeremy Schellhorn. Then, they had a brutal nonconference schedule. But the Warriors (24-11) lived up to their nickname. Weddington held off D.H. Conley, 17-14, in the third and decisive game at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro. Junior shortstop Daniel Calabretta was the series MVP. He went 4-for-4 hitting in the series finale.“We had to overcome some tough situations this season,” said Weddington head coach Travis Poole. Weddington won game one of the championship series, 12-5, and lost game two, 7-6. “But we had a total team effort from start to finish, with everybody from the guy keeping a chart to the bullpen catcher to the guy hitting cleanup doing their part. All of these kids believe in each other, and they believe in what we do in this program. They really showed the heart of a champion.”Weddington entered the playoffs at 16-9. But the team got hot late.It won eight of their final 10 games in a playoff run including nail-biters at Charlotte Catholic (3-2 in third round), Marvin Ridge (2-1 in quarterfinals), Hickory (8-7 and 8-5 in regional final) and the final game of the season over Conley (17-14).While expected leaders like Clemson-bound Bostic (.398, 12 home runs this season); UNC Charlotte signee Schellhorn (six home runs); junior Calabretta (Duke commit, .397, 49 runs); and junior Collins (Virginia commit, .365, seven home runs); performed well, other team members also had key roles.Junior pitcher Landon Kay (7-1 this season); classmate catcher Jake Ferry; seniors Josh Islam (key pitcher), Davis Norred (.282), and Chris Simpson (.280); and freshman pitcher Tyler Penner all played well, too, Poole said.“To be honest, the fact that we repeated as state champions has not really sunk in yet,” Poole said. “We got home that Saturday (June 1) at 4 a.m. and then before I know (it), we were back at school Monday. So I haven’t had a lot of time off to think about what we actually accomplished. I think it will all be real when we have the ring ceremony.”That ceremony will likely come next fall at a Weddington home football game, Poole said.
Friday, Jun. 07, 2013
Weddington’s repeat baseball title comes amid challenges
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