Lake Norman’s performance in a Florida tournament this week will do nothing to hurt the team’s national stature in high school baseball.
The Wildcats, ranked 16th nationally earlier in the week by USA Today, won three of four games in the IMG Academy National Classic in Bradenton, Fla.
They finished the week Friday with a 10-7 triumph over Scott County (Tenn.). Earlier in the tournament, the Wildcats topped teams from Ohio and California. Their only loss was to Florida power Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest.
Lake Norman (14-2) got a three-run double from Carson Arnold and two RBI from Vance Anderson in Friday’s game. Five Wildcats had two hits.
Lake Norman returns to I-Meck 4A action Tuesday at home against Vance. The Wildcats also have a tough nonconference game at home Wednesday against Alexander Central (13-2).
Mingo Bay Classic
All but one of the Charlotte-area teams competing in the 90-school event in the Grand Strand area completed play Friday.
Rock Hill faces Charles Town (W. Va.) Washington on Saturday morning at Aynor High School for the championship of the Danny Isaac Bracket in the tournament.
Here’s how area teams fared Friday:
Brockport (NY) 2, Waxhaw Cuthbertson 1: Cuthbertson pitchers held Brockport to three hits but issued eight walks. J.P. Haggarty drove in the only run for Cuthbertson, which was held to four hits.
East Rutherford 5, Lakewood (SC) 4: The Cavaliers built an early 5-2 lead and held on.
Egg Harbor (NJ) 8, Rocky River 2: The Ravens were held to four hits, and Egg Harbor broke it open with five runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Elyria (OH) 4, McBee (SC) 3: Elyria scored the winning run in the top of the seventh.
North Lincoln 4, Plattsburgh (NY) 0: Josh Allen pitched 6.2 innings for the Knights, allowing just five hits and fanning 13. Nick Solomita finished in relief. David Borges and Matty Jorgensen each had three hits.
Pageland (SC) Central 9, Beekmantown (NY) 0
Rock Hill 8, Aynor (SC) 4
Tallwood (Va) 9, Indian Trail Metrolina Christian 7 (8 innings): Metrolina led 5-3 after six innings, but Tallwood scored three times in the top of the seventh, and after Metrolina tied the game, Tallwood added three more in the eighth.
Southlake Christian 10, Gaston Day 0 (6 innings): Colin Belvin went 3-for-4, driving in three runs, and Bailey Jones and Joshua Harvey each had two RBI for Southlake.
CENTRAL CAROLINA 2A
North Davidson 12, South Rowan 3
Concord Cannon School 4, Cary Academy 3: Cannon School improved to 7-1, as Rohan Handac fired a three hitter and struck out 18. Brandon Meeks had three of Cannon School’s six hits.
Fort Mill 10, Carolina Royals 5: Logan Stone and Bartow Keller each had three hits and three RBI for the victorious Yellow Jackets.
Greensboro Day 8, Gaston Christian 2: Nate Ledford had two of the Eagles’ three hits in the loss.
Indian Land (SC) 10, Charlotte Stampede 3: Nolan Bolt’s two hits and three RBI led Indian Land, and Justin Cope added three hits. Travis Brumfield and James Goodwin each had a pair of hits for the Stampede.
Mooresville Pine Lake Prep 15, Concord First Assembly 5 (5 innings): Grant Phillips and Sam Brochetti each had two hits for the victorious Pride.
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