ZEBULON, N.C. – Logan Sheets and Weston Payne each had run-scoring singles in a four-run sixth to help lead East Surry to a 7-4 win over Whiteville on Friday in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
East Surry led 3-1 entering the sixth before Whiteville plated a pair to tie the game. But the Cards then exploded for four runs to take command and run their winning streak to 31.
Cody Ashburn led the way for the Cards with a perfect three singles in three trips while Seth Brim and Scott Meredith had two hits apiece. East Surry is now 31-0, while Whiteville is 24-6 and had a 13-game win streak of its own snapped.
Tyler Marion got the win for East Surry, posting his 13th win against no losses. He struck out eight, walked three and scattered six hits in six innings of work. Zach Pait was the losing pitcher and also led the Wolfpack at the plate with two hits, including a home run.
Game two of the best-of-three is set for Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. 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.