On a day of uncertainty, Pinecrest exploded for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat West Stanly 3-2 Friday in nonconference baseball at John Williams Field.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHASS) had announced the day before that all interscholastic sports across the state would be suspended until at least April 6.
“We can’t control the break, but what we can control is what has happened and we’re 4-1 so far,” said Patriot head coach Jeff Hewitt. “It was a good night of baseball knowing that we’re going on a break. It was an exciting night and hopefully we’ll be back in three weeks ready to go.”
The seventh inning started with pinch hitter Yates Sikes lofting a fly to left that was misjudged by the West Stanly left fielder. The hustling Sikes slid into second base on the error.
“That just ignited the players and the fans,” said Hewitt.
Aiden Nix followed with a fly out to shortstop, bringing Nick DiCarlo to the plate with Sikes still at second. DiCarlo followed with 10-pitch at bat, eventually getting a walk. RJ Sales was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
With the bases loaded West Stanly brought in a new pitcher, who tried to get the pick off at first base. But the ball skidded up the right field line, allowing Sikes and DiCarlo to score and moving Sales to third.
That brought freshman Colby Wallace to the plate. He swung at the first pitch and blasted a long fly ball that brought Sales home with the winning run on the sacrifice fly.
“I told the team after the game that was one of many huge at-bats that Colby Wallace will have for Pinecrest,” said Hewitt.
Senior Logan Davidson worked six innings while fellow senior Logan Miller pitched the seventh to get the win. Hewitt said that Davidson did an “unbelievable job.”
“Logan Davidson had six innings of unbelievable pitching,” said Hewitt. “He gave up a homer in the first inning and then he just settled in like any seniors will do. He put the team on his back the rest of the way.
“Logan Miller pitched a good seventh inning. He’s another senior and we needed to see him in that spot.”
Hewitt acknowledged the uncertainly about when and if the season will resume.
“It’s tough to look your players in the eye, especially the seniors, with all the uncertainty around the season,” said Hewitt. “But we’re hoping for the best.”