In the game of the season, we were treated to 10 innings of well played baseball. North Lincoln, the 2A State Champion from last year and Marvin Ridge a 3A runner up. The Mavericks elected to toss Furman signee Kyle McKernan, one of the top pitchers in the state in this very important matchup. Landon Reeves to the ball for the Knights of North Lincoln.

The first three innings were spotless for both pitchers. In the fourth, North Lincoln jumped on the board with a Matt Heavner double and a Wyatt Manus RBI single. Kyle Brittain added a single before Daniel Carter’s two run double made the score 3-0.

Marvin Ridge responded when Jeb Despard doubled and scored on a Max Hyman single. Sean Seale and Josh Schwartz followed with hits and an error led to 3 runs. The game see sawed back and forth, eventually leading to a 4-4 score in the seventh. In the bottom of the tenth, Marvin Ridge took advantage of deteriorating conditions as rain began to pour from the sky. A walk to Max Hyman led to a stolen base and then a wild pitch. After a short disagreement at the plate about playing conditions, the umpire said the game would go on. The Mavericks executed a perfect squeeze bunt by Tyler Cherry to take the win. Controversial due to the rain, but a classis game to watch

MVP Max Hyman

South Meck 3 Independence 2

The Sabres and Patriots locked up in a meeting of two former Southwestern 4A rivals. (what a conference that used to be – terrible decision to realign) The Sabres sent Brandon Bagwell to the mound and Indy responded with Carson Gesing. Both pitchers were effective and went five innings each. Error free defense limited scoring to two runs each and both pitchers benefited from recording 5 K’s

The Sabres runs came on hits from Owen Wilson, Eli Shenise, Casey Devine and Cooper Wilson. Indy produced runs behind Tyson Clawson, Bryson Jusko and Lucas Turner. The Sabres Owen Wilson walked to begin the seventh and after a passed ball, Eli Shenise drove in the winning run for the Sabres

MVP Eli Shenise

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South Charlotte Sports Report photo of Eli Shenise taken ten years ago

Weddington 9 Piedmont 2

The Warriors and Panthers hooked up in a Union County matchup on the second day of the Charlotte Virtual HIgh School Baseball League. Trevor Kowalski recorded the pitching win, tossing six innings, giving up only two hits with 7 Ks before leaving the game. Ethan Zuleta went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s, Dusty Mercer slammed a 2 run home run and Sam Kilinski recorded two hits and an RBI. Will Ledford also reached on three consecutive walks and scored two runs for the Warriors.

Fabian Walker pitched the first four innings for Piedmont. Chad Sikes led the team with 2 hits. Adam Quintero recorded a seventh inning triple for Piedmont.

MVP: Ethan Zuleta

Sun Valley 5 East Lincoln 4

Another walk-off game on St Patrick’s Day. Sun Valley and East Lincoln both donned the special green jerseys provided by the South Charlotte Sports Report for this one. Corey Avant, the Wingate signee came through on the mound and at the plate for Sun Valley. Avant recorded a home run and six great innings of pitching with 5 K’;s.

East Lincoln was led by multiple players; Isaac Armstrong, Garrett Michel, Graham Smiley and Ty Cobb. Cobb was also strong on the mound for East Lincoln

Nate Nygaard and Brandon Butterworth provided help for the Spartans and Jimmy Kerley came through with the walk-off single to lead Sun Valley to the win

MVP Corey Avant

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Parkwood 4 Butler 3

The Parkwood Rebels came to play on this St Patrick’s Day. Carson Starnes tossed a five hitter with 7 K’s to help lead the Rebels. Ashton Plyler and Jordan Thalacker came through with key hits in the three run fourth inning. Luke Pressler scored the fourth run of the game in the sixth inning after a single, stolen base, passed ball and then a ground ball RBI

Butler was led by todd Ziefert who went 3-4 with all three of the Bulldogs RBI’s. Ryan Wilson had two singles and Hudson Deese a double.

MVP: Carson Starnes