LANDIS — One deadly swing by South Rowan senior Nathan Chrismon, along with his father and head coach Thad Chrismon within the third-base teaching field, gave the Raiders a monumental victory on Thursday within the South Piedmont Convention Event championship recreation performed on South’s area.
Caught trying on strikes by East Rowan’s towering N.C. State commit Probability Mako on his first two at-bats, Chrismon practically was a strikeout sufferer a 3rd time within the prime of the fourth inning with the scored tied 2-all and two teammates on the bases.
Mako acquired Chrismon in an 0-and-2 gap. A possible strike-three curveball simply missed, as did a fastball that flirted with the skin edge. However Chrismon stored preventing till he acquired a pitch he might drive. When he did, the East Carolina-bound shortstop nailed it over the left-field fence for the decisive blow in South’s 5-2 victory.
Carson Crainshaw was wonderful on the mound for the second-seeded Raiders. Each runs for East (23-4) got here on an error within the backside of the primary. Hits by Cobb Hightower and Cameron Padgett put East in place to attain.
Crainshaw (7-0) pitched 6 1/3 innings and was at his strongest within the fifth and sixth after Chrismon’s homer offered a wave of momentum for the Raiders (22-4). Crainshaw struck out 5 and whereas he hit a batter, he didn’t difficulty a single stroll.
Mako (7-1) threw 100 pitches in 5 innings, as South hitters battled him by means of lengthy at-bats.
East coach Brett Hatley turned to Logan Dyer for the sixth inning. Dyer pitched out of jams within the sixth and seventh to maintain East within the recreation.
South executed on a 3-6 double play to finish the East sixth and the Raiders would finish the sport on one other unconventional double play within the seventh.
The East seventh started in promising trend for the Mustangs, as Austin Fulk opened with a double simply out of the attain of sprinting South heart fielder Kane Kepley. Tristan Miller walked to convey the tying run to the plate. Logan Dyer made strong contact, however his flyball was the primary out.
Coach Chrismon turned to Chandler Oddie at that time. Oddie had been the profitable pitcher in Monday’s first-round recreation with Lake Norman Constitution.
The primary batter Oddie confronted was lead-off man Hightower. Hightower hit a sizzling smash to 3rd baseman Colton Fisher, who gloved the ball, tagged the bag and threw throughout the diamond to JD James to finish the game-ending 5-6 twin killing. It was the fourth save for Oddie, who’s 4-0 as South’s No. 3 pitcher.
East and South cut up their regular-season video games and shared the SPC regular-season championship, the primary one for South since 2005.
South gained the 2A Central Carolina Convention Event in 2021 as a part of their late-season run, so the Raiders now have gained back-to-back convention match championships.
Playoff seeds will probably be introduced by the NCHSAA on Monday with first-round video games on Tuesday and second-round video games on Friday. The win propelled South Rowan to No. 1 within the 3A West RPI rankings, and the Raiders must be the No. 1 seed in the complete bracket. East is No. 2 within the RPI rankings, however gained’t be seeded forward of any convention champions.
See extra particulars on the sport in Sunday’s Post.
South Rowan (#2) 101 300 0 — 5 9 1
East Rowan (#1) 200 000 0 — 2 7 1
WP — Crainshaw (7-0). LP — Mako (7-1). HR — Chrismon (2).
Main hitters — South: Chrismon 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs; Hubbard 2-for-3, RS, RBI; James 1-for-2, RS, Sac. East: Hayworth 2-for-3, RBI; Falk 1-for-1, 2B; C.Padgett 1-for-3, RS.