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UPDATED: Morganton Wins District Title PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 06:56

It was a much better effort, but Watauga National fell short in its quest of winning a district championship.

A week ago, the Nationals were celebrating, rightfully so, as they rallied to beat Morganton at Catawba Meadows. The win moved Watauga National into the 11-12-year-old District 7 championship game. unfortunately, the dream of advancing to the state tournament vanished in just two short days.
Following a 16-4 thumping Monday night at the Optomist Park, Watuaga National dropped a wild 12-10 decision in seven innings to Morganton in the district finals Tuesday night at Catawba Meadows. The loss ends Watuaga's season; the win gives Morganton the District 7 title and a trip to the state tournament in Forest City, NC.
Andy Zuber had an RBI double and Case Taylor belted a three-run homer in the first inning that staked Watauga National to an early 4-0 lead. After Morganton rallied for an 8-6 lead, Watauga regained the lead with a three-run outburst in the fifth. Evan Suggs, Hamilton Castle, Sam Marlett, Andrew Nenow and August Sauls fueled the rally that gave Watauga National a 9-8 advantage.
But with one out in the sixth, Tripp Causby doubled. Alek Thomas came on as a courtesy runner and moved to third on a passed ball. He scored the tying run on Alex Whisnant's run-scoring, ground-ball out. Philip Pieto added the finishing touch in the seventh.
Pieto, who homered twice, belted a two-run shot in the top of the seventh that gave Morganton a 12-9 lead. Watauga rallied with a run in the bottom of the seventh on consecutuive hits by August Sauls and Joey Watson, but the comeback fell short.
Morganton won its fourth consecutive district title; Morganton, which scored 91 runs in six tournament games, outscored every team they played (except Watauga) 55-2.




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