Pinecrest Academy 14, Whitefield Academy 2
After three scoreless innings, the Paladins jumped on the Wolfpack with a six-run fourth, and scored at least two in every frame after that to secure a win on Thursday. Connor Ensman went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Mason Carter and Patrick O’Rourke each went 2-for-4, and O’Rourke was also effective from the mound, striking out seven and allowing four hits over his five-inning start. The Paladins improved to 10-8 overall and 9-3 in region play with the victory.
Delbarton (N.J.) 17, South Forsyth 0
The War Eagles’ second matchup of the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C. ended in a mercy rule-shortened loss to the Green Wave on Thursday. South notched just one hit, a Tyler Cowan single to right in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Delbarton tagged South pitching for 16 hits, resulting in three innings with at least four runs scored before the game was called after six completed frames. With the loss, the War Eagles fell to 8-13 overall.
Easley (S.C.) 8, Forsyth Central 1
The Bulldogs fell behind by five runs in the second inning on Thursday, and although Central was able to scratch one run across in the fourth on a Jonathan Bergmoser fielder’s choice, it wasn’t enough to jump-start a comeback. Central finished with just four hits, with two of them coming from Chase Hillenbrand. The Bulldogs dropped to 11-7 with the loss.
Fletcher (Fla.) 8, Lambert 1
The Longhorns allowed all eight of their opponents’ runs in the first three innings on Thursday, including five in the first inning. Lambert’s only run of the contest came in the sixth on a fielder’s choice, but those early runs, which were partly made possible by errors, were more than enough for Fletcher. Nate Gabbert, Garrett Hollenbeck and Will Hensley combined for Lambert’s three total hits. The Longhorns dropped to 6-19 overall.
Starr’s Mill 7, Denmark 2
Denmark trailed the Panthers 2-0 after the first inning, but cut that deficit in half in the second by way of a Gray Wilson double that scored Matthew Cassandra. Runs were hard to come by for the Danes from that point, though, with a Cassandra RBI groundout in the sixth being their only scoring play from that point. Starr’s Mill took advantage of 12 hits and four Denmark errors to earn the win. Cassandra, Nic Ferrer and Jack Kream each led the Danes with two hits each.