Forget that No. 21 seed in the East. Millbrook is making another run in the state 4A baseball playoffs.
Reid Herring went five-plus innings, allowing a pair of runs on five hits and striking out four against five walks as the Wildcats topped host No. 13 seed Garner 5-2 in the third round before a packed house on Tuesday night.
The victory sent the Wildcats (17-9), who played for the Eastern championship last season, into Friday’s game at Southwest Wake 4A rival Leesville Road.
Millbrook got two hits each from senior Spencer Williams and junior Scott McKeon, and Herring – a junior who has committed to play quarterback at East Carolina – helped his cause with a two-run single in the four-run fifth inning.
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Kameron Harris led Garner (16-7) with two hits and an RBI, and Jack Elliott added an RBI hit.
Garner starter Nick Phillips lasted 4 2/3, giving up five runs – none earned – on seven hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
Andrew Strickland struck out three in two innings to get the save.
The Trojans scored first with a two-out rally in the first inning. Cody Jones singled up the middle before Grayson Lee followed with a double off the left-field wall. Harris then scored Jones with an infield single.
Millbrook responded with a run in the second. With one out, McKeon singled to left. After Herring walked, Zach Abdou singled to left with McKeon coming home on an error.
The Wildcats took control in the fifth. Bryce Carnevale hit a one-out single to left and advanced on a wild pitch before Williams singled to left. One run scored on an error at short, and McKeon followed with a two-out RBI single past short. After Tyler Eckert was hit by a pitch, Phillips left the mound for Shane Ward, who was greeted with a two-run Herring single.
Garner scored again in the sixth as Herring walked Nick Gallogly, followed by a single from Jeff Yokley and a walk to Logan Torruella to bring on Strickland. Elliott’s one-out RBI single to left completed the scoring.
Tyler Gillespy had a one-out single and Gallogly walked in the Garner seventh before Strickland retired the side.