Fuquay-Varina will play Richmond County in a best-of-three Eastern regional championship series after both teams won fourth round games on Tuesday night. The first game in the series is scheduled for Thursday at Richmond County.
Fuquay-Varina (24-3) scored two runs in the first inning and then held on for a tough 3-2 victory over Green Hope. Richmond County pounded Garner 15-5 in a game that was stopped in the fifth inning because the Raiders led by 10 runs.
Fuquay’s victory over Green Hope was the Bengals’ third this season over the Falcons, but the games have been close. The Bengals’ scoring edge in the three games is only 10-6.
Bengal junior Brett Daniels drove in Garrett Suggs and Lucas Scott in the first inning, breaking the Fuquay-Varina single season RBI record. Daniels, who also picked up the save, now has 42 RBI. Jordan Bissette earned the win on the mound, pitching 5 1/3 innings. Scott doubled twice.
The Falcons (22-6) had the game-tying run in scoring position in the final innning, but Daniels forced a grounder back to the mound to end Green Hope’s deepest playoff run. Green Hope’s Luca Scelsi pitched a complete game, allowing just one hit and one run after the third inning.
“Every time we play Green Hope it’s like this so I wasn’t expecting anything different,” said F-V head coach Milton Senter. “Our pitching was good. The difference was we were able to get a couple of hits at the right time.”
Richmond pounds Garner: Richmond County pounded Garner 15-5 in a fourth round 4A game. The game was stopped after five innings because the Raiders had a 10-run lead.
"We picked a bad day to have a bad game,” said Garner coach Derek Goffena. “We give Richmond county all the credit in the world, but we didn’t make plays that we’ve made all season. It was far from our night."
Garner started fast and scored three runs in the first inning, but the Raiders tied the game in the first and scored in every inning. They scored seven times in the fourth inning.
The Trojans managed eight hits, but Richmond had 15, including 10 off Garner ace Brighton Hudson who came in as a reliever in the second inning. Hudson yielded nine runs, but only two earned runs. Three of the Raiders’ runs were earned as Garner made six errors.
Orange slams win: Orange’s Jon Evans hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to help the Panthers defeat Eastern Guilford 7-5 in the 3A quarterfinals. It was the first bases loaded home run of his career and his first homer of the season.
Eastern Guilford (17-12), a four seed, led 5-2 before the Panthers erupted.
Brandon Wood and Joe Vance singled and after an out, Joe Piscitelli walked to load the bases. Evans hit a 1-0 pitch that barely cleared he leftfield wall for a 6-5 lead. Nick Debo double and Andrew Tony followed with doubles to expand the lead.
“I was in the dugout praying that we’d get another chance and then God put me in the right place at the right time with the right pitch,” Evans said.
Rainout: Carrboro’s fourth round 2A game with Pittsboro Northwood was rained out and has been rescheduled for Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
Elliott Warnock and Dave Malenick contributed to this story.