A pitchers’ duel between two of the area’s top athletes was among the highlights Wednesday on the first big day of high school playoff baseball in North Carolina.
Alexander Central sophomore Bryson Hammer topped Sun Valley junior Sam Howell, as the Cougars scored a 1-0 victory in the first round of the 3A playoffs.
Hammer went six innings, allowing only two hits and striking out 10. Howell, a junior and a Florida State commit in football, scattered six hits and fanned eight in his six innings.
The Cougars got their run in the fourth inning, when Jeremy Hubbard’s single drove in Dawson Hubbard.
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Wednesday’s top performers
Player (school): accomplishments
Robbie Cowie (Lincolnton): Cowie pitched a one-hitter, striking out 12, as the Wolves edged North Surry 1-0 in a 2A first-round game.
Andy Duran (Queens Grant): Duran smacked four hits and scored four times as his team beat Andrews 10-8 in the 1A playoffs.
Mikey McRorie (Mountain Island Charter): McRorie hit a double and a home run, driving in five runs, in the Raptors’ 10-8 first-round 1A victory over Rosman.
Owen White (China Grove Jesse Carson): White fired a two-hitter and struck out 12 as his team downed West Rowan 2-1 in the 3A playoffs.
Wednesday’s other results
Harrisburg Hickory Ridge 13, Jamestown Ragsdale 6: Jose Vargas drove in three runs and R.J. Coard had three hits for the Ragin’ Bulls.
Pfafftown Reagan 4, Mooresville 2: Quin Ferguson and Justin Poris each had two hits for the Blue Devils, but Reagan scored three times in the bottom of the first inning and made it hold up.
Asheville Reynolds 11, North Iredell 1
Boiling Springs Crest 10, Greensboro Dudley 0: The Chargers broke it open with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Riley Cheek fired a one-hitter for Crest.
China Grove Jesse Carson 2, West Rowan 1: Clayton Gilmore had two hits and an RBI for Carson.
Concord Jay M. Robinson 4, Concord Cox Mill 0: Jason White pitched a two-hitter, striking out eight, and Charles Botello drove in two runs for the Bulldogs.
East Rowan 5, Waynesville Tuscola 4 (8 innings): Bryson Wagner drove in the winning run in the eighth inning. Wayne Mize slammed a homer for the Mustangs.
Eden Morehead 6, Gastonia Forestview 1
North Gaston 4, Waxhaw Cuthbertson 1: Austin Mitchell pitched North Gaston to a win.
Northwest Cabarrus 3, Asheville 1: Michael Gracer homered for the Trojans, and pitcher Carson Bost entered in the fourth inning, finished the game, and got the victory.
Southwest Guilford 11, Hickory 1: Hickory trailed 8-0 after two innings.
Weddington 8, Cramerton Stuart Cramer 2: The Warriors scored four times in the bottom of the fifth, expanding their 4-2 lead. Cooper McKeehan was the winning pitcher.
Winston-Salem Mount Tabor 3, Hickory St. Stephens 2 (8 innings): This game was tied 0-0 after seven innings.
Belmont South Point 7, Canton Pisgah 6: Jordan Lathe’s walk-off single in the seventh inning drove in the decisive run.
East Bend Forbush 3, West Lincoln 1: Forbush pitcher Tallon Flynn fired a six-hitter and struck out 10.
Lenoir Hibriten 4, Claremont Bunker Hill 1: The Panthers pulled a mild upset, as Luke Absher pitched a two-hitter.
Lincolnton 1, North Surry 0: Winning pitcher Robbie Cowie scored the Wolves’ run, and Lane Hoover had two hits.
North Lincoln 7, North Wilkes 2: The Knights scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning. Reed McRorie led the victors with two hits and three RBI.
R-S Central 11, West Iredell 4: Starter Marty Barrella got the victory for the Hilltoppers.
Salisbury 5, Catawba Bandys 2: The Hornets scored four times in the top of the seventh. Jack Fisher had two RBI for Salisbury. Mac Beam had two hits for Bandys.
West Stanly 9, East Gaston 0
Cherryville 6, South Stokes 3: Jared Emory had three hits and three RBI for the Ironmen.
Mountain Island Charter 6, Rosman 5: Tyler Driggers had three hits and scored twice for the Raptors.
North Stokes 7, Gastonia Highland Tech 0
Queens Grant 10, Andrews 8: Bryce Gorospe had two hits and two RBI for the Stallions.
Seneca 3, Indian Land 0: Indian Land’s season came to an end in the Upper State finals, as Seneca’s Ryan Moore tossed a shutout. Seneca faces Daniel Island Bishop England in a best-of-three state championship series, starting Saturday. Bishop England beat Seneca for the 3A crown last spring.
Lamar 10, McBee 8
McBee 8, Lamar 5: McBee captured the Upper State title and advances to the state championship series starting Saturday.
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