CARY — Athens Drive rolled out the bats in the championship game and held off a battling East Wake team to take the Bobby Murray High School Invitational Baseball Tournament title 19-10 over the Warriors.
This was the third straight year East Wake reached the championship game, and coach Kerry Kincaid's team has taken home the runner-up trophy each time.
The championship game was a stark contrast from the Jaguars' first two wins in the tournament, a 1-0 win over Heritage in the opener and a 2-1 victory over Millbrook in the second round.
Also Saturday night, Fuquay-Varina went 3-0 in the tournament with a 5-4 win over Jamestown Ragsdale, Person went 3-0 with an 8-4 win over Broughton, Southwest Guilford topped Wakefield 11-4, Wake Forest-Rolesville won 3-0 over Heritage, and Millbrook stopped St. David's 10-6.
After Friday's play was postponed because of rain, the 12 teams played the second round Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. East Wake shut out St. David's 13-0, Athens topped Millbrook 2-1, Ragsdale won 17-5 over Broughton, Fuquay-Varina beat Heritage 7-3, Person County took a 6-4 win over defending champion Wakefield and Southwest Guilford edged Wake Forest-Rolesville 1-0 in eight innings.
Athens Drive scored eight runs in the top of the first on six hits, two walks, one hit batsman and one East Wake error. Patrick Mason doubled and singled in the inning, Ben Snotherly singled, Eric Berger had a two-run single, and Justin Reynolds and Matt Proctor both singled during the Jaguars' rally.
The Jags continued to score but needed the cushion because the Warriors lineup also came to life.
By the end of the game, coach Joey Bell's team had 20 hits, including six by catcher Patrick Mason, who had three doubles and a triple.
First baseman Justin Reynolds, the tournament MVP, had four hits, and center fielder Snotherly had three.
East Wake trailed 17-6 entering the bottom of the fifth but scored five runs to keep the game going. However, in the end the eight-run first inning was just too much for the Warriors to overcome.