North Stokes 12u/70 won the Cal Ripken Area 2 tournament last week in Maiden, N.C. by going 5-1 over a four day stretch. The Vikings extended their play into the western state tournament in Clemmons over the weekend, but were eliminated after suffering losses on Saturday and Sunday.
“I thought we played stellar defense and had some timely hitting combined with excellent pitching during the area 2 tournament,” said Viking coach Richard Pell. “During the state tournament, our defense was good, but we had some uncharacteristic play at times. Our offense sputtered through the weekend and didn’t get the timely hitting that we got during the area 2 tournament.”
North won their first three games in district play over East Catawba, Waxhaw, and Bunker Hill and advanced to the championship series with the best two-out-of-three games. Bunker Hill overcame a Viking lead in extra innings with a three-run walker off homerun and won 4-2. The Vikings extinguished Bunker in game two 14-4 in fiving innings and then Will Greer had a three hit, six strikeout performance as the Vikings won 9-0 to advance to the western state tournament.
In game one of state play, North overcame a three run deficit and beat Davidson County 6-3 on Friday. On Saturday, North continued round robin play and faced a familiar opponent in game two against Waxhaw. The Vikings jumped out 3-0 and held an advantage until the fifth inning. Waxhaw scored six runs off of walks, errors and won 6-4.
The last game on Saturday was against another top seed, Equipment Sports. They jumped out 10-2 only to see the Vikings score six runs in one inning and cut the deficit to 10-8 before the home team tacked on four more runs and won 14-8.
On Sunday, during single elimination, North dropped their final game 10-8 against South Buncombe despite Justin Rogers three-run homerun and Carson White’s two-run homer.
“This team has made history being the first team from North Stokes to win our district and advance to the second round of the state playoffs,” Pell said. “These boys should have caught a glimpse of what can be accomplished when a team comes together. Baseball is a hard game and you have to play smart and make adjustments quickly. I hope they will look back on these games and realize their accomplishments and what could have been.”
Members of the team are: Thomas Pell, Jackson Lester, Paxton Lawson, Michael Frye, William Tilley, Carl Hylton, Matthew Edwards, Carson White, Justin Rogers, Will Greer, Jamison McBride, Caleb Reid, and Brandon Shemo. Coaches Mike Frye, Richard Pell, Travis Lester, and Matt Edwards.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.