A two-run double by Tommy Bullock of Mooresville in the fourth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and led Region 7 to a 5-1 win Sunday afternoon over Region 5 in the gold-medal game at the Junior/Senior High School Baseball Showcase at the North Carolina Powerade State Games at UNC-Charlotte.
Josh Ladowski of Lake Norman was Region 7's (4-0) leading hittier on Sunday with two hits, including a triple and a run scored. Logan Sheets of East Surry had a single and a run-batted-in; Chris Adelfio of Lake Norman, who ignited the fourth-inning rally with a lead-off single, was 1-2. Region 7 put the game out of reach with two runs in the sixth.
Brock Johnson of South Caldwell was 0-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI in Sunday's win. Johnson was 6-14 at the State Games for a .429 batting average with seven RBI. Utah Jones of Watauga was 0-2 on Sunday. Joseph Lowder of Ashe County, who was the winning pitcher on Saturday against Region 2, was 1-0 with a 1.70 earned-run-average in two appearances at the State Games. He gave up an earned run in 4.1 innings with four hits and five strikeouts.
Tyler Marion of East Surry got the start on Sunday and picked up the win. He went four innings and gave up an earned run on two hits with five strikeouts. Brady Watts of North Surry finished up and allowed one hit in three innings with two strikeouts.
"We had good balance with this team." said Region 7 coach Robert Little of Lake Norman High. "Our pitching was stingy, our defense played well and we had the timely hits. It's a great feeling to win it all. It was fun week for me, the coaching staff and the players."
Region 3 defeated Region 2 7-4 to win the bronze medal.
Sunday, June 22
Consoliation Round @ Hopewell High School
Seventh Place: Region 6-11, Region 1-1
Fifth Place: Region 4-11, Region 8-0
Bronze Medal Game
Region 3-7, Region 2-4
Gold Medal Game
Region 7-5, Region 5-1