Round 2 area baseball preview | High School Sports News

There were 14 area schools that started Tuesday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association baseball tournament, but a tough night whittled that number down to six for Round 2.

The Big Four – North Lincoln, Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens and East Lincoln – who struggled all season in the Western Foothills 3A Conference, won all first round games. Bandys is the sole survivor in the 2A West region, with Draughn winning his 1A game.

All scheduled games for Friday have been postponed to tonight due to rain forecasts for Friday. The winners advance to the third round, scheduled for next Tuesday.


Plan: Third Round: Tuesday, May 17; Quarterfinals: Friday, May 20; Series West Region: 24.-28. May; State championship series: 3rd-4th June.

No. 12 Crest (17-7) in No. 5 North Lincoln (18-5), 7 p.m

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About North Lincoln (13-14 NCHSAA Playoffs, 1 state title 2019):

Western Foothills 3A Champion

Key pitchers: Landon Reeves, Sr. (8-2, 62.1 IP, 77 K, 14 BB, 2.36 ERA); Kellen Karr (5-1, 37.1 IP, 49K, 19BB, 1.50 ERA).

Key Players: Matt Heavner, Sr. (.472 average, 10 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI); Maddux Walker, Jr. (.429 avg 5 2B, 18 RBI); Reece Moody, Sr. (avg. 415, 3 2B, 2 3B, 18 RBI); Landon Reeves, Sr. (Avg. 406, 3 2B, 1 3B, 13 SB).

North Lincoln rallied with four runs in the fifth to avoid the upset in a 7-4 win over conference rivals North Iredell. Sophomore Logan Sammons went 3-for-4 and hit three times with an RBI. Josh Fox and Maddux Walker each knocked out in twos. Five different players doubled for the Knights. Landon Reeves pitched six innings, allowing three runs with eight hits and knocking out seven.

Via Crest (37-23 NCHSAA playoffs, 1 state title 1966):

Big South 3A Conference runners-up

No player statistics made available

After an unbeaten season exploded in the first round of 2021, the Chargers moved forward late, defeating Rockingham County 11-4 on Tuesday. Before that loss — and the cancellation of the 2020 COVID season — Crest had four straight quarterfinal rounds graduated and was twice 3A runner-up.

Next up: No. 13 Fred T. Foard (17-6) or No. 4 West Henderson (20-3)

No. 13 Fred T. Foard (17-6) in No. 4 West Henderson (20-3), 7 p.m

About Foard (17-18 NCHSAA Playoffs):

Western Foothills 3A tournament winner

Key Pitchers: Josh Swink, Jr. (5-1, 1 save, 39.1 IP, 62K, 21 BB, 1.78 ERA); Lane Essary, Sr. (4-3, 30.1 IP, 62 K, 21 BB, 1.85 ERA); Zac Martin (2-0, 3 saves, 18.1 IP, 34K, 18 BB, 3.05 ERA)

Key hitters: Braxton Tramel, So. (.508 avg, 36 runs, 9 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 12 SB); Hayden Tabor (.321 avg, 24 runs, 4 2B, 17 RBI, 18 SB); Connor Peschel, Sr. (.288 avg. 3 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI), Lane Essary, Sr. (.345, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 23 RBI).

Trailing 1-0 early, the Tigers scored the next six and advanced with an 8-2 win over North Davidson in Round 2 on Tuesday. Lane Essary allowed a two-hit, three-walk run with eight strikeouts over five innings. He helped his cause with a perfect night at the plate that included a solo homer. Connor Peschel added a two-run homer. The win avenged a loss to the Black Knights that ended the Tigers’ 2019 season. The game against West Henderson will be Foard’s ninth straight game against a state playoff team (5-3). In the last three games, Foard has beaten his opponents 28-6.

About West Henderson (31-26 NCHSAA Playoffs, 1 state title 1992):

Mountain 7 3A Conference Champion

No player statistics made available

Jordan Whitaker struck six and threw a full game with four hits to lead the Falcons to a 4-1 win over Asheboro. The win was a ninth straight for West Henderson, who had scored eight or more runs in their last six games before Tuesday’s game.

Series History: The last game between these two came in the first round of the 2011 playoffs when Foard won 5-3.

Next up: No. 12 Crest (17-7) or No. 5 North Lincoln (18-5)

No. 10 St. Stephens (20-6) in No. 7 Parkwood (21-6), 7 p.m

About St. Stephens (13-20 NCHSAA playoffs, 3 state titles 1971, 1972, 1973):

Key pitcher: Julien Peissel, Sr. (6 wins)

Key Hitters Silas Isenhour Sr.; Julien Peißel, Sr.

St. Stephens scored twice in sixth and edged Central Davidson 5-3 on Tuesday. Josh Barkley’s two-run blast was the night’s big hit, with James Tate and Silas Isenhour each providing RBI doubles in the game. Peyton Young pitched the first six innings for the Indians before Julien Peissel delivered a scoreless seventh set for the save. A win on Thursday returns St Stephens to the round of 16 for the second straight season.

About Parkwood (19-15 NCHSAA Playoffs):

Rocky River 2A/3A Conference Winner, Tournament Winner

Key pitchers: Ashton Plyler, Sr. (8-1, 56 IP, 110 K, 9 BB, 0.62 ERA); Thomas Whelan, Jr. (3-3, 32 IP, 48 K, 16 BB, 2.62 ERA); Jackson Nash, Jr. (4-2, 34.1 IP, 46K, 21 BB, 3.06 ERA)

Key Players: Carter Starnes, Sr. (.328, 3 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 19 SB); Mason McCarver, P. (.286, 6 2B, 18 RBI); Ashton Plyler, Sr. (.288, 3 2B, 12 RBI, 21 SB)

After losing three out of four towards the end of April, the Wolf Pack has won four straight games, including two in its conference tournament, by a 26-6 lead. On Tuesday, Parkwood scored seven goals in the first and drove to a 10-0 win over Hickory. Trevor Horne had two hits, with Ashten Hansley and Mason McCarver each delivering a double. Ashton Plyler and Thomas Whelan combined for a one-hitter and hit eight for their team’s ninth shutout. Since Plyler only throws 57 pitches, he could be available for the Wolf Pack.

Next up: No. 18 NW Cabarrus (15-8) or No. 2 Ledford (19-3)

No. 11 East Lincoln (17-6) in No. 6 Eastern Guilford (24-3), 6:30 p.m

About East Lincoln (20-24 NCHSAA Playoffs):

Key pitchers: Carson Dahle, So. (3-2, 1 save, 32.2 IP, 48K, 8 BB, 3.43 ERA); Seth Haigler, Sr. (4-1, 22 IP, 24 K, 7 BB, 3.50); Logan Palmer, Sr. (1-2, 18K, 9BB, 3.39 ERA)

Key Players: Garrett Michel, Sr. (.554 avg, 40 runs, 8 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR, 46 RBI, 13 SB); Gavin Houser, Sr. (.429 avg 7 2B, 4 HR, 24 RBI); Evan Matile, Fr. (.385 avg, 8 2B, 1 HR, 26 RBI, 10 SB).

The Mustangs opened a tight game with five in the fifth to defeat Forestview 8-0. Isaac Armstrong allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings and hit 11 for the win. He homed the plate and had three runs. Trey Spees had three hits and two RBIs for East Lincoln. The win ended a two-game losing streak. It was the 14th game in which East Lincoln scored eight runs or more. The Mustangs want to reach the round of 16 for the second year in a row.

About Eastern Guilford (8-11 NCHSAA Playoffs):

Midstate 3A Conference Champion, Tournament Winner

No player statistics made available

After posting a 2-12 record in 2021, the Wildcats went on to have seven straight wins with a 7-3 win over Franklin on Tuesday. It was their first postseason win since 2015 and they will finish with a winning record for the first time since 2016. During their current winning streak, Eastern Guilford has beaten their opponents 80-10.

Next up: No. 14 Jesse Carson (17-10) or No. 3 Kings Mountain (18-5)

#25 Mount Pleasant (11-10) at #6 Bandys (21-7), 7 p.m

About Bandys (13-19 NCHSAA Playoffs):

Catawba Valley Athletic 2A Conference Champion, CVAC Tournament Champion

Key pitchers: Cade Spencer, Jr. (9-1, 54.1 IP, 77K, 7 BB, 1.80 ERA, 4 shutouts, 1 no-hitter); Terick Bumgarner, Sr. (7-2, 84K, 19BB, 1.24 ERA, 4 shutouts, 1 no-hitter).

Key hitters: Nolan Jones, Jr. (.465 average, 6 2B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 12 SB); Parker DeHart, Sr. (avg. 348, 3 2B, 4 3B, 13 RBI, 12 SB); Terick Bumgarner, Sr. (.369 avg 9 2B, 2 HR, 27 RBI); Parker Styborski, Sr. (.529 avg 7 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 44 RBI); Zach Barnett, Sr. (.407 avg. 12 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 36 RBI)

A seven-car third inning provided the final lead in the Trojans’ 10-1 win over Shelby on Tuesday. Sophomore Colby Edwards singled, doubled and drove four to lead the attack. Zach Barnett and Terick Bumgarner also had two hits each. On the mound, Bumgarner allowed the lone four-hit run and knocked out 10 over 4 2/3 innings. The postseason win is Bandys’ first since defeating North Lincoln in 2013.

About Mount Pleasant (20-18 NCHSAA Playoffs):

Yadkin Valley 1A/2A Conference Tournament Winner

No player statistics made available

The Tigers pulled off one of the big upsets in round one, beating No. 8 West Stanly 3-2. Mt. Pleasant had just two hits but used four penalties to win. Broc Overcash and Jack Pruitt both had RBI doubles to explain the hits. It was the first postseason win for Mt. Pleasant since 2018, which was also the last time the team reached the Round of 16.

Next up: No. 16 East Gaston (20-6) or No. 1 Randleman (26-1)

No. 18 Uwharrie Charter (8-14) at No. 2 Draughn (20-3), 7pm

About Draughn (4-6 NCHSAA Playoffs):

Western Highlands 1A/2A Conference Champion

Key pitchers: Tate Jensen, Fr. (8-1, 56.2 IP, 86 K, 23 BB, 1.24 ERA); Trey Jensen, Jr. (5-0, 39.2 IP, 37 K, 18 BB, 2.65 ERA).

Key Players: Brayden Schutt, Sr. (.371 average, 1 2B, 1 3B, 15 RBI, 14 SB); Tate Jensen, Fr. (0.377 avg 6 2B, 1 HR, 16 RBI); Trey Jensen, Jr. (Avg. .314 (3 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 10 SB); Jacob Mull, Fr. (Avg. .309, 2 2B, 3 HR, 23 RBI)

After winning just 15 games overall since their last playoff appearance in 2017, the Wildcats reached the 20-win plateau for the first time by beating Highland Tech 10-0 on Tuesday. Draughn put the game down with seven runs in the third. Trey Jensen and John Robert Abernathy each hit a homer with Jensen’s three-run blast. The Wildcats were wild on the bases and stole 10 on the night. Draughn now wants to reach the round of 16 for the first time. Jensen had 11 strikeouts for a full two-goal game.

About Uwharrie Charter (16-4 NCHSAA Playoffs, 1 state title 2019):

No player statistics made available

The Eagles started the season 4-13 but are one win away from making the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season. Uwharrie Charter opened the playoffs with a 13-3 win at North Stokes on Tuesday.

Next up: #23 Eastern Randolph (8-16) or #7 Bradford Prep (11-11)

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