GREENSBORO-Sean Collins had five runs batted in to lead Weddington to a convincing 12-5 victory over D.H Conley on Friday night in the first game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A baseball championship series at NewBridge Bank Park.
Collins got the Bulldogs off to a fast start with a three-run homer in the first in a game that saw Weddington bang out 14 hits and take advantage of eight walks issued by Conley pitching. He also had a pair of sacrifice flies.
Chris Simpson was a perfect three for three at the plate, including a triple, with three RBI and three runs scored, while Alex Bostic and Daniel Calabretta had two hits apiece for Weddington.
Weddington rolled up an 8-2 lead before the Vikings cut into the advantage with three in the fifth, scoring three times only one hit, a couple of walks and an error.
But then the Bulldogs put it away with three in the fifth, with Simpson getting an RBI single, Jeremy Schellhorn driving one in on a fielder’s choice and then a run scoring on an error.
Thompson Brown and Aaron Martin had two hits apiece for Conley.
Collins was actually the starting pitcher for Weddington but came out after three innings. Josh Islam, who pitched three innings in relief, got the win while Michael Fuller was the losing pitcher.
Weddington is now 23-10 overall while Conley dropped to 27-4.
Game two of the best-of-three is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. This is the 97th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.
RALEIGH— Concord Jay Robinson came from behind with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to take a 4-2 extra-inning victory over Greenville D.H. Conley on Friday night in the first game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A softball championship series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
Robinson trailed 2-1 entering the seventh, but got a run to tie and then two in the eighth to record its 29th victory against just two losses. The Bulldogs managed only three hits off losing pitcher Rachel Weidner, who fanned 15.
Sophomore pitcher Keleigh Romine threw all eight innings for Jay Robinson, fanning four and yielding three hits. Tori Zavodny, who entered the finals batting .465, had a hit and scored twice for the Bulldogs.
There were seven errors in the game, four by Conley. The Vikings, who won the 2011 NCHSAA state championship, fell to 22-6 overall.
Game two in the best of three series is set for Saturday at 11 am, with a third game if necessary Saturday afternoon.