N.C. Gatorade player of the year Max Wotell was brilliant in Game 1 of the N.C. 3A state baseball series Friday night in Raleigh.
Wotell threw a one-hit shutout as Marvin Ridge beat Pikeville Aycock 2-0 at N.C. State. The best-of-3 series continues Saturday with Game 2 and Game 3, if needed.
Friday night, Wotell struck out eight, allowing only a single by Hank Smitherman in the fourth inning. Wotell is now 14-0 for the season.
Marvin Ridge, in the finals for the time in school history, got a run in the third on an error and a fielder’s choice, and then Chandler Castleberry had a run-scoring triple for the Mavericks in the fourth.
Alex Leshock of the Mavericks was the only player in the game with two hits.
Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 0 0 1 1 0 0 2—2 5 0
Pikeville Charles B. Aycock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 1 1