After losing Game One of its best-of-3 N.C. 3A state championship series to Northern Guilford Friday night, Crest High School needed to win Game Two to stay alive Saturday afternoon.
The Chargers won Game Two 4-2, but in the deciding Game Three, Crest fell 2-1.
Northern Guilford won the first N.C. High School Athletic Association state baseball championship in school history.
Crest opened the scoring in the first inning of the deciding Game Three after Riley Cheek led off with a single and scored on a double from Nick Melton. But the Chargers struggled on offense after that. Northern pitcher Joe Millwee, a senior, threw 5.1 innings and allowed the one run while striking out four and alllowing six hits.
In the second inning Northern’s Logan King had a triple to score Troy Minor to tie the game. King scored on a groundout RBI from Brandon Bledsoe. And Northern Guilford made the one-run lead stand up.
In the seventh and final inning, Crest got three walks off reliever Josh Pike to bring the tying run to the third and potential winning run at second. But Pike forced a two-out fly ball to right to end the game.
Northern Guilford shortshop and leadoff hitter J.T. Jarrett was named the series M.V.P. Jarrett went 4 for 10 in the series with 4 RBIs.