|Pioneers fall in playoff opener|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Friday, 15 May 2009 17:01|
The Watauga High baseball team lost a heartbreaker on Friday night as Weddington High rallied for two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh and nudged WHS 3-2 in the opening round of the Western Playoffs at WHS-High Field.
Losing pitcher Jon Shape, who struck out eight men, struggled with his control and gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in that seventh inning rally by the Warriors. With nobody on and two outs, Shape walked catcher John Mangum, who was down to his final strike, to keep the inning alive. An infield single by Daniel Yelverton put runners on first and second with two outs.
Clay Trasher, who hit a solo home run in the first, was down to his final strike before he produced a run-scoring single that tied the game at 2. Following a walk to
The Pioneers rallied for two runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Austin Story and a suicide squeeze bunt by Phil Gordon to give WHS a brief 2-1 lead. But the Pioneers, who finish a great season at 17-8, couldn’t hang on. Weddington (12-12) advances on to the second round, where the Warriors will play Ardey Kell on Tuesday. The Knights advanced as they blasted Garinger, 13-2.
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