ZEBULON, N.C. -- Zack Pait and Hunter Harwood had run-scoring doubles in the seventh inning to lift Whiteville to a come from behind 3-2 victory over East Surry on Saturday in the third and decisive game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
Whiteville won the series two games to one. The Wolfpack had evened the series with a big 10-0 win earlier on Saturday, pounding out 15 hits and dealing East Surry its first loss of the season. East Surry won Friday night's opener with four runs in the sixth en route to a 7-4 triumph.
Freshman MacKenzie Gore, who has been outstanding in the postseason, was named the championship Most Valuable Player. He came on in the fifth inning in relief of Connor Grainger and shut the door, earning the victory, and he had two hits and the pitching win in game two.
East Surry managed only two hits for the game, but scratched out a run in the first and then scored an unearned run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Scott Meredith and Alex Wilson had the base hits for the Cards.
In the seventh, Grainger singled for the Wolfpack, scored on a double by Pait and then Harwood chased Pait home with a double. Five Whiteville players each had one hit for the winners.
The Wolfpack ran their record to 26-6 in winning their sixth NCHSAA baseball title all-time, while East Surry wound up 31-2, with the Cardinals' only losses in the championship series.
This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA. The Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau serve as host city sponsors for the championship.