Orange’s run through the N.C. high school baseball playoffs has been anything but boring.
Three days after going 11 innings to get a 5-4 win at Clayton’s Cleveland High School, the Panthers went eight innings at Fayetteville Terry Sanford to upset the top-seeded Bulldogs, 2-1.
FTS ended its season at 26-3, while No. 9 seeded Orange (22-4) advanced to the NCHSAA 3A’s fourth round to take on one of Terry Sanford’s Cape Fear Valley rivals, No. 12 Lee County (16-8).
Terry Sanford pitcher Logan Hales had Orange’s number for a while Tuesday with his 89-mph fastball. He finished with 11 strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.
Doubles by Sam Zahran and Hales in the fourth gave the Bulldogs their only run.
“We put swings on the ball all night,’’ Bulldog coach Sam Guy said, praising Orange pitcher Bryse Wilson, who finished with nine strikeouts.
“That kid is good. He topped at 93 (miles per hour) and was hitting 89 to 91 all night. He threw well.”
Orange tied it in the sixth after an error and a hit batsman allowed two runners on base. They both moved up on a sacrifice, then Brad Debo’s sacrifice fly got Jonathan Flynn across the plate.
A throwing error in the eighth by Hales put Chandler Compton on first with one out. A sacrifice moved him to second, then Cameron Mehl hit a sharp grounder past Bulldog third-baseman Jacob Johnson into the outfield, and Compton scored from second to put Orange ahead 2-1.
Asked if he was surprised his team scored in the eighth, Orange coach Dean Dease said he was surprised they got on base at all against Hales.
“He had three pitches and threw them all for strikes,’’ Dease said.
Debo, who bashed a three-run homer at Corinth Holders, and Compton both ended up 1-for-2 against Terry Sanford, while Mehl was 1-3 with his RBI.
Orange’s game against Lee Senior was played too late for today’s edition of The Chapel Hill News. See www.nchsaa.org for results.
Earl Vaughn Jr. of the Fayetteville Observer contributed to this report.