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Weddington Upends Hickory, 8-7 PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, 25 May 2013 21:57

Any thoughts the Hickory High baseball team had of reaching the Class 3A state championship game were put on hold Saturday afternoon. Weddington, which won the Class 3A title last year, kept its season alive by knocking off Hickory 8-7 in eight innings in game two of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association western championship series.  A third and decisive game will be played at Washam Field in Hickory Monday night at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the state championship series next weekend. The winner will play eastern champion Greenville-Conley (27-3), which needed a 6-3 win in game three on Saturday over Hillsborough-Orange to advance. Conley, won 4-3 in eight innings on Thursday, and Orange played twice on Saturday. Orange won game two of that series, 1-0.
Hickory (18-11), which saw its five-game winning streak come to an end, blew a 6-2 lead on Saturday. Weddington chipped away and eventually took a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning. But Hickory tied the game with a run in the seventh. Relief pitcher Alex Bostic, who has signed with Clemson, got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the threat.
But Weddington (22-10) eventually won the game with a run in the eighth. Chris Simpson belted a walk-off single that scored junior Daniel Calabretta in the bottom of the eighth inning with the winning run. Simpson finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, though, to spark a rally by the Warriors. Calabretta went 3-for-5 for Weddington, while junior third baseman Jeff Welch was 2-for-3 with a walk.
Davis Hanvey homered to lead-off the game; Zach Jarrett had a three-run homer in a four-run third inning that gave Hickory what seemed like a commanding 6-0 lead.

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