HOLLY SPRINGS CAPTURES NCHSAA 4-A BASEBALL CROWN OVER T.C. ROBERSON
ZEBULON — Holly Springs exploded for 11 runs in two middle innings and the Golden Hawks rolled past Asheville T.C. Roberson 11-5 on Saturday in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
Holly Springs swept the best of three series and ended the season 27-2 in its first trip to the NCHSAA state championships.
Carlos Rodon was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. He was one for four in the second game and had an RBI, but fired a two-hit shutout while also collecting two hits in three at-bats in the first game as Holly Springs blanked Roberson 4-0.
Roberson had taken a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring double by Aaron Wright, which scored Grant Petty, but that was all the Rams got even though the bases were loaded with one out.
The Golden Hawks put the game away with back-to-back big innings, with a five-run explosion in the fourth and then six in the fifth. A pair of two-run singles, by Joey Roach and Justin Manning, were key blows for the Golden Hawks in the fourth. In the fifth, Jesse Sykes had an RBI-double while Kyle Byrd and Mitch Hines knocked in runs with base hits for Holly Springs.
Byrd finished the day with three hits while Manning and Roach each had two. Manning had three runs batted in.
Aaron Wright had three hits in four trips while Corey Hargus and James Nevant each had two hits for T.C. Roberson, which finished with a 25-7 record.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau are serving as host city sponsors for this championship series. Wendy’s is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports program.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE 4-A BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES—GAME TWO
Five County Stadium, Zebulon
Holly Springs 0 0 0 5 6 0 0—11 13 1
T.C. Roberson 1 0 0 1 1 0 2— 5 10 0
WP— Justin Manning (9-1). LP--Parker Johnson. (1-1).