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R-S Centrall falls to Edenton Holmes in the NCHSAA 2A baseball finals

After beating reigning state championship East Rutherford in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A playoffs, R-S Central went onto qualify for the state championship round, trying to win the school’s first state baseball championship.

But when they got there, the Hilltoppers ran into a powerhouse team from Edenton Holmes, which swept R-S Central 2-0 in a best-of-3 series.

After winning Game One 3-1 Friday night, Holme took Game Two 7-2 Saturday at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.

On Saturday, senior Mathew Benfield threw a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out six. Benfield and Holmes (28-2) won their first state championship.

After the teams exchanged runs in the first inning, Holmes got two more in the third. Ben Ward led off with a walk. then Dylan Patrick, the winning pitcher from Friday’s Game 1, had a one-out single. A throwing error allowed Ward and Patrick to score.

Holmes added three more runs in the fifth, to up 6-1 before R-S Central (25-5) got a run when Keaton Snethen scored on an RBI single from Jace Crowe.

▪ Holmes’ Patrick was named the series MVP for his pitching performance on Friday night and 1 for 3 day at the plate on Saturday with an intentional walk and run scored.