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Charlie, one more correction on my post, I believe the 77' team won the conference outright. What I meant to communicate is that it hasn't been done SINCE the 85' team. That team (my team) came within 1 game of playing for a State title, losing in the Eastern Regional Championship to Southern Wayne.
Records are made to be broken. Pinecrest has a great winning tradition in baseball. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll see another Conference Title and State Championship added to the record books!
Great article Charlie!
One correction, the 79' team was Conference Co-Champions with Richmond. The only team to win the Conference outright was the 85' team.
Great to see Dillon dominating like his Father did back in 79'! What a great family.
94-96 MPH fastball and a Junior? I'm thinking a 1st round MLB draft pick next year!
UNC a powerhouse when Peppers and Curry were there?
Let's see, the Peppers and Curry era:
UNC's "long time storied football history" includes wins over such perennial powerhouse programs like The Citadel, UCONN, Georgia Southern and Furman. The last time they won their own conference was 1980.
UNC is a basketball school. It's amazing, with all the resources at their disposal, they've never gotten it together in football. UNC, doing less with more!
Another example of how you do not have to play for a 4A HS to make it to the big time.
Best of luck to Cam!!!!!!!
Thanks Charlie. Great coverage as usual!
LOL..yes, I was a pitcher. Pinecrest has had a few "wind aided" home run's this year as well. Down the lines at Pincecrest it's 290 feet!
Anyone who's played baseball at any level, which I have (4A and College), knows that in the game of baseball it's not always the best team that wins. Yes, "fluke" home runs do occur...especially at the HS level where the typical distance from home plate to center-field is about 340 feet. A good pop-up will clear that distance with a little wind. Why do you think they have a 3 game series when you reach the Eastern Divison and State Finals? Why not just play 1 game for all the marbles? Because in baseball, a series is a more adequate way to determine a true Champion.
My post was in support of the Patriots and the way they peformed the ENTIRE game. Certainly, Hoke deserves credit for winning it at the end and they deserve a "hand shake at home plate". I always did the same.
That's baseball, a fluke home run against a superior team. Patriots will still win the Conference Champsionship and make a deep run into the State playoffs.
I hope JB3 develops himself like his Dad did. Since 1969, only 1 player from Pinecrest has made it to the Major Leagues, James Baldwin. It is incredibly hard to achieve and unrealistic for 99% of all HS baseball players. There are plenty of extremely talented players that wore the green and gold through the years that never came close to what James Baldwin achieved, that is making it to "The Show".
If Dillion continues to develop, and becomes as good a pitcher as his Dad was, then he'll have to turn down a ton of money to attend UNC. I expect next year he will dominate baseball games like his Dad did when he was a senior at Pinecrest. The 11, 12 strikeout performances will turn into the 18, 19 strikeout variety.
The playoff's are tricky, especially in HS. The key, IMO, is to secure home field advantage. Even then, the most talented team still needs a little luck to make a deep run into the playoffs.
Great to see these guy's doing well!! Proud of them and the program!!
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