Forced to play on short rest, fourth-seeded Voyager Academy lost 1-0 Saturday at No. 1 Whiteville in the state semifinals of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A baseball playoffs.
Mackenzie Gore threw a one-hitter for the Wolfpack, striking out 17 Vikings and walking none.
A bases loaded walk by Hunter Cartrette drove in the game’s only run as Whiteville bumped Voyager from the playoffs for the second time in three years.
The Vikings finished up their year at 17-4, having won eight straight before the weekend’s loss on the road.
Whiteville (24-3) will move on to face No. 7 East Carteret (18-7) in this week’s East region championship.
Voyager’s fourth-round game with Gates County was postponed three times due to weather before the Vikings won 11-0 in a five-inning game Friday evening at Duke’s Combs Field.
Viking coach Pete Shankle the Vikings had no choice but to board a team bus the next morning for Whiteville, given that the NCHSAA required all fourth-round games to be completed Saturday.
“It really had noting to do with the outcome,” Shankle said. “Whiteville has won the (1A) state championship three of the past four years. ... Their pitcher (Gore) is probably the best in North Carolina.”