GREENSBORO— Sophomore Alex Vanderstok had three hits in four trips and Tripp Shelton blasted a big three-run home run as West Forsyth defeated Richmond Senior 6-3 on Saturday in the decisive third game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
West Forsyth took the best of three series two games to one and won its first NCHSAA baseball title, making its second trip to the finals and first visit in 12 years. The Titans finished 29-6 on the year while Richmond wound up 24-9-1.
Vanderstok, with a single, double and triple in the game, was selected as the series Most Valuable Player. In the opening game on Friday night, Vanderstok had three hits and drove home a run to lead West to a 6-4 win as the Titans came back with four runs in the sixth inning to win.
Richmond evened the series at a game apiece earlier on Saturday, as a solo home run by Ethan Baucom tied the game in the seventh and a walk-off single by Cody Leviner won it as the Raiders prevailed, 8-7.
Shelton ripped his homer in the second inning of the decisive game to give the Titans a 4-0 lead, which mushroomed to 6-0 after four before the Raiders rallied. Richmond scored three times in the fifth, with the big blow a two-run single by James Buie, who was two for four in the game. Richmond had a chance to do more damage with three runs in, two on and only one out, but failed to score more in the frame. The Raiders left 10 men on base, including two in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Jake Mayhew was the winning pitcher and Travis Holden came on the sixth to get the save. Buie was charged with the loss. Jarrett Corder had two hits in the nine-hit Titan attack.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Class 4-A: Game Three
West Forsyth 1 3 1 1 0 0 0—6 9 1
Richmond Senior 0 0 0 0 3 0 0—3 7 2
WP-- Jake Mayhew. LP-- James Buie. HR—Tripp Shelton, (West Forsyth), 2nd with two on.