Jumping into conference play earlier than most North Carolina high school teams, Chapel Hill will visit Northwood for the season’s first 3A Big-8 game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Chapel Hill enters the contest at 1-1 after splitting home-and-away with 4A member Person – losing 3-2 last Tuesday in Roxboro but then shutting out the Rockets 9-0 Thursday at Tiger Field, with Justin Anthony throwing a one-hitter. Anthony struck out eight Rockets and walked none while going the full seven innings for Chapel Hill.
The Tigers managed nine runs in their first home game off just five hits – one apiece for Blake Rasnake, Sam Bauers, Jackson Cabell, Anthony Castellano and Tyler Hansen. Cabell and Hansen were both hit by pitches, while Nick Hebert was hit twice and walked once in his four plate appearances, getting just one at-bat.
Northwood was 2-1 last week after three games in three days. The Chargers split with Lee County – winning 5-4 Tuesday in Sanford but losing 11-3 at home Wednesday – and then winning 3-0 Thursday at Carrboro.
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Carrboro was 0-4 after losing home-and-away Friday and Saturday against East Chapel Hill.
East was 3-0 after the weekend, and will head to Hillsborough on Wednesday for a non-conference battle at 5 p.m. with 3A powerhouse Orange.
Meanwhile, Orange (2-0) won Friday at Northern Durham (0-2) Friday. (See newsobserver.com or Wednesday’s Chapel Hill News for results.)
East Chapel Hill won 11-1 at home Wednesday against 3A Cedar Ridge. The Wildcats exploded for 10 runs in the third and had 12 hits off three different Cedar Ridge pitchers by game’s end.
Sean Moore went the distance for East, scattering four hits over seven innings while striking out eight Red Wolves and walking none.
Jeb Byerely hit two doubles as he and Chris Clarke each went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in for East. Brad Rice went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Jackson Hicks also went 2-for-3 and Moore also hit a double.
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