RALEIGH — Green Hope wrapped up a berth in the championship game of the Bobby Murray Chevrolet High School Invitational with a 1-0 victory Friday against Millbrook.
The Falcons opponent in the title match, South Granville, had to wait out a 9-8 Wake Forest victory against Middle Creek on Friday night to move into the championship game.
In Saturdays action at Millbrook, Person plays Wakefield at 10 a.m., followed by Broughton vs. Wake Forest at 1 p.m., Millbrook vs. Middle Creek at 4, and Green Hope and South Granville playing for the championship trophy at 7.
Green Hope junior Michael Merryman threw a 3-hit shutout and struck out six. The Falcons scored an unearned run off Millbrook senior Gunner Deal, who gave up five hits and struck out 10.
South Granville won its Thursday game 14-7 over Wake Forest and, as a 2A school, is the smallest school in the field.
In Fridays other games, Broughton beat Person 17-1 and South Granville beat Wakefield 8-5.
Middle Creek could have advanced to the championship game with a win but came up short in Fridays game, in which the two teams combined for 11 errors.
Wake Forest scored six in the top of the third to lead 9-1 going into the bottom of the inning but gave up six runs on three hits and the Cougars (6-7) contributed five errors in the inning to allow the Mustangs to cut their lead to 9-7.
Weve had some ugly games and finally we came out on top of one of them, Cougars coach Kevin Lynch said. The kids have really battled and fought, and tonight we finally caught the breaks. We needed this one.
Wake Forest had 11 hits, led by center fielder Cam Johnsons three hits. Designated hitter David Flynn and second baseman Evan Rapp had two hits each.
Our offense woke up tonight, Lynch said. Weve been hitting the ball but not putting the hits together. Tonight we combined some hits to score some runs.
Ryan McLain, Zach Bullock, and Logan Barbour pitched for the Cougars, allowing six hits. First baseman Trevor Heasley had three hits and designated hitter Justin Hagenburg had two hits for Middle Creek.