Garner tops Fayetteville Sanford 5-1 in 4A baseball

From staff reportsMay 18, 2013 

Garner rode the pitching of Brighton Hudson to a 5-1 victory over Fayetteville Terry Sanford in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A baseball playoffs on Friday night.

The victory sends the Trojans (24-2 and No. 1 in the N&O rankings) to Richmond County (26-1) in a quarterfinal game.

Hudson pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out five. A Trojan error in the seventh inning contributed to Terry Sanford’s only run, but he was in control throughout as Garner won its 23rd straight game.

“That’s what he’s done all year,” Garner coach Derik Goffena said of Hudson. “He’s just been solid.”

Skylar Strickland hit a towering solo homer to left-center in the fourth inning and Levin Woodall drove in runs in the third and fifth inning to pace the Trojans’ offense.

Garner tied the school record for victories in a season with its 24th win. Terry Sanford finished 26-3.

Richmond crushed Wilmington Hoggard 16-6.

In the other Eastern 4A semifinal next week, Fuquay-Varina, an 8-0 winner over Middle Creek, will face Green Hope, which slipped past Holly Springs, 3-2 , in nine innings.

The game is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m., at Fuquay-Varina.

Green Hope walks: Green Hope beat Holly Springs 3-2 with a walk off base on balls that forced in the winning run in the ninth inning. Green Hope sophomore Troy Maslowski walked on a full count, two out, bases loaded pitch.

Green Hope faced tough pitching from the Hawk’s Andy Wance and relief pitcher Andrew Elwell. Strong defense from both teams kept the score tied 2-2 at the end of the 7th inning, forcing extra innings.

Bengals get shutout: Fuquay was the top seed from the Tri-Nine 4A into the playoffs and has played like it. Five of the Bengals’ nine hits were doubles.

The Bengals (23-3) broke open a close game in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five times, batting around the order, and forcing two pitching changes in the frame.

Orange advances: Orange (24-2) dominated Gray’s Creek and survived four errors in the seventh for a 4-1 win in the 3A playoffs.

Stone leads Voyager: Loy Stone was the winning pitcher, had three hits and drove in three runs in Durham Voyager’s 5-2 win over Roxboro Community.

Northwood win: Pittsboro Northwood (22-5) beat Kill Devil Hill First Flight 5-3 in 2A.

Bill Woodard, Dave Malenick contributed

Garner rode the pitching of Brighton Hudson to a 5-1 victory over Fayetteville Terry Sanford in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A baseball playoffs on Friday night.

The victory sends the Trojans (24-2 and No. 1 in the N&O rankings) to Richmond County (26-1) in a quarterfinal game.

Hudson pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out five. A Trojan error in the seventh inning contributed to Terry Sanford’s only run, but he was in control throughout as Garner won its 23rd straight game.

“That’s what he’s done all year,” Garner coach Derik Goffena said of Hudson. “He’s just been solid. He gets stronger as the game goes on. He just tries to locate and use our defense.”

Skyler Strickland hit a towering solo homer to left-center in the fourth inning and Levin Woodall drove in runs in the third and fifth inning to pace the Trojans’ offense.

“Skylar and Levin, you can’t say enough about two seniors who have been in the program and have had their ups and downs but really came through with some huge hits tonight,” Goffena said.

Garner tied the school record for victories in a season with its 24th win. Terry Sanford, which had an 11-game winning streak, finished 26-3.

Richmond crushed Wilmington Hoggard 16-6.

In the other Eastern 4A semifinal next week, Fuquay-Varina, an 8-0 winner over Middle Creek, will face Green Hope, which slipped past Holly Springs, 3-2 , in nine innings. The game is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m., at Fuquay-Varina.

Green Hope walks: Green Hope beat Holly Springs 3-2 with a walk off base on balls that forced in the winning run in the ninth inning. Green Hope sophomore Troy Maslowski walked on a full count, two out, bases loaded pitch.

“Troy’s a real good competitor who keeps his composure, and he’s not going to get ruffled in tough situations, so I knew that he would battle,” Green Hope coach Mike Miragliuolo said.

Green Hope faced tough pitching from the Hawk’s Andy Wance and relief pitcher Andrew Elwell. Strong defense from both teams kept the score tied 2-2 at the end of the 7th inning, forcing extra innings.

Bengals get shutout: Fuquay was the top seed from the Tri-Nine 4A into the playoffs and has played like it. Five of the Bengals’ nine hits were doubles.

The Bengals (23-3) broke open a close game in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five times, batting around the order, and forcing two pitching changes in the frame.

Winning pitcher Brett Daniels tied the Bengals’ single season record for wins at 11, allowing just three Mustang base hits. Middle Creek did have runners in scoring position in the early innings but the Bengal defense came through to prevent the Mustangs from scoring. After the third, Daniels didn’t allow another Mustang to get past first base.

“Tonight we got a lot of doubles and walks and that was the difference,” said F-V head coach Milton Senter.

“Our pitching was great and our defense played very well. We’re happy with the eight runs, but when you get pitching like that you don’t really need but one. I’m happy with the way the kids are playing.”

Orange advances: Orange (24-2) dominated Gray’s Creek and survived four errors in the seventh for a 4-1 win in the 3A playoffs.

Stone leads Voyager: Loy Stone was the winning pitcher, had three hits and drove in three runs in Durham Voyager’s 5-2 win over Roxboro Community.

Northwood win: Pittsboro Northwood (22-5) beat Kill Devil Hill First Flight 5-3 in 2A.

Bill Woodard, Dave Malenick

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