Uwharrie Charter repeats as 1A baseball state champion, sweeps Northside-Pinetown

Uwharrie Charter repeats as 1A baseball state champion, sweeps Northside-Pinetown

If you’re Uwharrie Charter Academy, it’s just a matter of making it to the championship series.

Once there, history repeats itself. The Eagles won a third baseball title, defeating Northside-Pinetown, 6-1, in the 1A title game at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs.

Uwharrie Charter remains undefeated (6-0) in the baseball championship series. It was the second straight 1A title for the Eagles.

Uwharrie Charter (28-6) needed a walk-off in extra innings to defeat the Panthers (22-7) Friday night. Just like game one, the Eagles fell behind to Northside-Pinetown, but unlike the opener, Uwharrie Charter didn’t waste any time getting the offense going.

In the top of third, Trey Kennedy hit his eighth home run of the season, a three-run, 324 foot shot that turned the tide of the game, putting the Eagles ahead 3-1.

Uwharrie Charter showed the ability to bend, but not break in the bottom of the third. The Eagles left three runners stranded and got out of the inning without surrendering a run, despite doing everything in their own power to put the Panthers in position to score.

The first batter, Trenton Allen, was safe after a high throw to first base. Jamie Corprew popped one up to infield for what looked like a sure out, but Troy Carver lost the ball in the sun. Holden Boykin hit a grounder to third baseman Landen Zephir, but Zephir bobbled the ball, allowing Boykin to reach first on an error. That loaded the bases with two outs for Northside-Pinetown. However, Brandon Arthur popped out to right field and the Eagles escaped the third unscratched.

Uwharrie Charter did make the Panthers pay for their errors in the top of the fifth. Wilkins got on base thanks to an error to start off the inning and Kennedy was able to do the same. Kennedy was able to make it to second, and score Wilkins, thanks to another mishap from Northside-Pinetown. Grat Dalton put an exclamation point on the inning, extending the Uwharrie Charter lead to 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

The Eagles end the season winners of 21 of their last 22 contests. Brett Smith earned the win for Uwharrie Charter, striking out three batters and surrendering four hits. After the jam in the bottom of the third, Smith didn’t give up a hit in the final four innings.

Source: highschoolot.com