The Region 7 all-stars marched their way into a first-place showdown Sunday against Region 5. Region 7 advanced to the finals with a come-from-behind 7-5 win against Region 2 Saturday afternoon at UNC-Charlotte in the second round of the Junior/Senior High School Baseball Showcase at the North Carolina Powerade State
The teams also endured a lengthy rain delay Saturday afternoon. But it was well worth the wait for Region 7 (3-0) as it exploded for five runs in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead. Aaron Rudisill had the big blow in the frame with a two-run double. Rudisill had two hits on the night, and he was one of three players that turned in multi-hit games.
Zach Little of Lake Norman was 3-4 with three runs-batted-in and Brock Johnson of South Caldwell had another strong outing, going 2-4 with 2 RBI. Johnson is 6-12 in this tournament for a .500 batting average with six RBI. Those numbers rank him at the top or near the top in both categories.
Brandon Langford had a triple and scored a run for Region 7.
Joseph Lowder of Ashe County, who has been just as impressive, got the win in relief. He came on in the fifth inning and carries Region 7 into the seventh inning. Lowder (1-0) went 2.1 innings, he gave up an earned run on three hits with two strikeouts. Lowder, in his two appearances at the State Games, has gone 4.1 innings, giving up an earned run, on four hits with five strikeouts for a 1.70 earned-run-average.
Tom Bullock of Mooresville got the last two outs to earn his first save. Utah Jones of Watauga was 0-3 on Saturday.
Region 7 will play Region 5 in the finals Sunday at 1 p.m., at UNC-Charlotte. Region 5 (3-0) advanced to the finals by knocking off Region 6 6-4 Saturday night.
2014 High School Baseball
Friday, June 20 UNC Charlotte
Region 1 vs. Region 2, Region 2 9 - 2
Region 5 vs. Region 3, Region 5 9 - 4
Region 6 vs. Region 4, Region 4 9 - 4
Region 7 vs. Region 8, Region 7 7 - 1
Saturday, June 21 UNC Charlotte
Region 3 vs. Region 4, Region 3 11 - 2
Region 8 vs. Region 1. Region 8 6 - 1
Region 7 vs. Region 2, Region 7 7 - 5
Region 5 vs. Region 6, Region 5 6 - 4
Sunday, June 22
Hopewell High School
9:30 AM Region 6 vs. Region 1, 7th place
11:45 AM Region 4 vs. Region 8, 5th place
10:00 AM Bronze Medal Game
Region 3 vs. Region 2
1:00 PM Gold Medal Game
Region 5 vs. Region 7