GREENSBORO— A solo home run by Ethan Baucom tied the game in the seventh and a walk-off single by Cody Leviner won the game for Richmond as the Raiders edged West Forsyth 8-7 on Saturday in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The series is now even at one game apiece with the decisive game set for Saturday at 5 p.m. West Forsyth is 28-6 on the year while Richmond slipped to 24-8-1.
Richmond had scored one run in the first and five in the second to open up a 6-0 lead, but the Titans battled back with a single run in the fourth and then five in the fifth to carry a 7-6 lead into the final frame. A two-run single by Alex Saphar was a key blow in the inning.
Designated hitter Nick Bullard had three hits in four trips for the Raiders, including a two-run triple, while Baucom and James Buie had two hits each in the 12-hit Richmond attack.
Aaron Stamper was three for four for West with a double and two RBI. Joe Butler was the winning pitcher in relief for Richond while Alex Vanderstok was charged with the loss.
In the opening game on Friday night, Alex Venderstok 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.
Class 4-A: Game Two
West Forsyth 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 -- 7 9 2
Richmond Senior 1 5 0 0 0 0 2*-- 8 12 3
Two out when winning run scored.
WP—Joe Butler (2-2). LP—Alex Vanderstok. HR: Nick Baucom, Richmond, solo in 7th.