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Mooresville wins first-ever NCHSAA state baseball championship

Mooresville wins NC 4A state title

Mooresville High beat Corinth Holders 2 games to none to win its first NCHSAA state baseball title Saturday. Video courtesy NCHSAA
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Mooresville High beat Corinth Holders 2 games to none to win its first NCHSAA state baseball title Saturday. Video courtesy NCHSAA

It’s Mooresville. Finally.

The Blue Devils from Mooresville High School won the school’s first-ever N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship in baseball Saturday.

Mooresville beat Corinth Holders High in two games to win the best-of-3 series at UNC-Greensboro. Corinth Holders (23-8) is from Wendell, N.C.

Mooresville trailed in both games but came on with big rallies.

Mooresville was down 2-0 early in each game. In Game One, Mooresville won 5-2. It took Game Two 8-2.

In the deciding Game 2, Mooresville (24-9) scored four runs in the bottom of the third and simply ran way.

John Faulkenberry and Jackson Brant both walked to open the inning. Then Trevor McHouell’s bunt loaded the bases and Cameron Clonch doubled to tie the game. Then Davis Turner singled back up the middle to score two more runs and give Mooresville a 4-2 lead they did not give up.

Pitcher Nick Merriman threw a complete game three-hitter for Mooresville in Game 2. He struck out five while allowing five walks. Game 1 starting pitcher Justin Poris, was selected as the series Most Valuable Player for his complete game win in the series opener.

Game 1 of the best-of-3 series was scheduled for Friday night but was postponed due to storms in the Greensboro area. If a third game was necessary, it would’ve been played Sunday.

In Game 1, Mooresville trailed 2-0 after the first inning, but in the third, Jackson Brandt singled and later scored on Clonch’s hit to right. Later, Davis Turner singled to right scoring Blake Burchett.

In the fifth, Mooresville scored three runs for winning pitcher Poris, who struck out five, allowed six hits in seven innings and didn’t walk a batter.

The Blue Devils entered the playoffs as a No. 11 seed and a memorable playoff run, rallying from a 5-0 deficit to beat Pinecrest 7-6 in the second round of the playoffs. In the state quarterfinals, Mooresville upset No. 2 seed and nationally ranked Providence 5-4 in Charlotte. Then it swept Pfafftown Reagan in the N.C. Western Regionals.

Mooresville built a big lead at No. 2 seed Providence and then held on for a wild win that sent the Blue Devils to the regional finals.



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