GREENSBORO—West Forsyth erupted for four runs in the fifth inning to rally to a 6-4 victory over Richmond Senior on Friday in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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Alex Vanderstok, West Forsyth's leading hitter on the season, led the way for the Titans with three hits in four at bats and also drove home a run. Designated hitter Brett Saunders was two for four for the winners.
Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Titans put together two singles, two walks, including a bases loaded walk to Nick Adams to force in a run, and then a throwing error on a hard-hit ground ball that allowed three runs to score.
Bradley Brown, who entered the game hitting .371 for Richmond, had three singles and a double in four trips to the plate and drove home two runs for the Raiders.
Michael Bates went the distance on the mound for West to get the win, striking out eight. Nick Bullard got the loss.
West Forsyth is now 28-5 on the year while Richmond slipped to 23-8-1.
Game two of the best-of-three is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. This is the 98th year for baseball championships in the NCHSAA.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Class 4-A: Game One
Richmond Senior 0 0 3 0 1 0 0—4 9 3
West Forsyth 0 2 0 0 4 0 x – 6 9 0
WP—Michael Bates (13-2). LP—Nick Bullard (9-3).