Scots head to Greenville for second round


Take on No. 1 J.H. Rose on Saturday at 6 p.m.

By Amber Hatten - ahatten@civitasmedia.com



Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots pitching coach Greg Wrape, left, and head coach Chad Hill, middle, watch from the dugout during Tuesday’s first round game against Wake Forest. The Scots will travel to Greenville on Saturday to take on No. 1 J.H. Rose at 6 p.m. for the second round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.


LAURINBURG — The second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A baseball and softball playoffs are set. Teams will play tonight and Saturday, depending on what the two teams decide.

The Fighting Scots discovered they will play the No. 1 seed in the East — J.H. Rose on Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in Greenville. J.H. Rose faced off with No. 32 South View in the first round and walked off the field with a 4-1 victory.

On the mound for the Rampants was junior Hunter Christopher, who threw all seven innings allowing one run off three hits with one walk, one error and six strikeouts. Christopher will most likely be ineligible to pitch against the Scots one Saturday given the NCHSAA pitch count rules — unless Christopher threw less than 76 pitches. Under the new rules if the Rampants pitcher threw more than 76 pitches in Wednesday’s game he is required to have four days of rest before he can pitch again and Saturday would only be three days.

The Scots pitching staff will be full rested for Saturday’s second-round game. With junior Matthew Hyatt out for the rest of the season, Scots head coach Chad Hill still has a good number of pitchers at his disposal. Junior Daly Marcano has started for the Scots in their last two games. Marcano threw five innings on Tuesday allowing two runs off seven hits with two strikeouts. In recent games, the Scots have put several freshman on the mound — Jackson Purcell, Michael Johnson and lefty Matthew Sellers — along with juniors Grant Burleson and Austin Norton and senior Justin Bowers.

Heading into the game, J.H. Rose has a 21-3 overall record and is the No. 2 team in the state according to MaxPreps while the Scots are sporting a respectable 19-7 overall record and are ranked 59th in the state.

The Scots and No. 9 Pinecrest are the only two Southeastern conference schools to advance to the second round of the 4A baseball playoffs.

On the softball diamond, the SEC has three teams advancing to the second round, No. 22 Hoke County, No. 9 Lumberton and No. 2 Richmond. Hoke and Lumberton will meet for the fifth time tonight at 6 p.m. on the East side of the bracket while Richmond hosts No. 14 Providence at 6 p.m. tonight in the West.

4A BASEBALL

EAST

No. 1 J.H. Rose vs. No. 14 Scotland

No. 10 Heritage vs. No. 25 Millbrook

No. 6 Garner Magnet vs. No. 11 Cardinal Gibbons

No. 15 South Central vs. No. 4 Holly Springs

No. 3 Jordan vs. No. 16 Fuquay – Varina

MID-EAST

No. 9 Pinecrest vs. No. 7 Leesville Road

No. 5 Cape Fear vs. No. 19 Jack Britt

No. 12 Middle Creek vs. No. 2 New Hanover

WEST

No. 1 T.C. Roberson vs. No. 15 Alexander Central

No. 7 Hough vs. No. 10 North Davidson

No. 5 Providence vs. No. 13 A.L. Brown

No. 12 Myers Park vs. No. 4 Southwest Guilford

MID-WEST

No. 3 Southeast Guilford vs. No. 14 Ardrey Kell

No. 11 East Forsyth vs. No. 6 South Caldwell

No. 27 Mooresville vs. No. 9 David W. Butler

No. 16 Ronald Reagan vs. No. 2 Lake Norman

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4A SOFTBALL

EAST

No. 1 Cape Fear vs. No. 15 South View

No. 22 Hoke County vs. No. 9 Lumberton

No. 3 South Central vs. No. 12 Apex

No. 14 West Johnston vs. No. 7 Holly Springs

MID-EAST

No. 4 Southern Alamance vs. No. 18 Green Hope

No. 11 Panther Creek vs. No. 5 Garnder Magnet

No. 29 Middle Creek vs. No. 10 D.H. Conley

No. 13 East Chapel Hill vs. No. 2 Heritage

WEST

No. 1 Alexander Central vs. No. 17 Southeast Guilford

No. 23 West Forsyth vs. No. 5 Southwest Guilford

No. 7 South Caldwell vs. No. 20 Hopewell

No. 21 Page vs. No. 3 North Davidson

MID-WEST

No. 2 Richmond vs. No. 14 Providence

No. 11 Davie vs. No. 8 David W. Butler

No. 4 A.L. Brown vs. No. 10 Mooresville

No. 19 Hough vs. No. 6 Charlotte Catholic

Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.

Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots pitching coach Greg Wrape, left, and head coach Chad Hill, middle, watch from the dugout during Tuesday’s first round game against Wake Forest. The Scots will travel to Greenville on Saturday to take on No. 1 J.H. Rose at 6 p.m. for the second round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.
http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_9493.jpgAmber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots pitching coach Greg Wrape, left, and head coach Chad Hill, middle, watch from the dugout during Tuesday’s first round game against Wake Forest. The Scots will travel to Greenville on Saturday to take on No. 1 J.H. Rose at 6 p.m. for the second round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.
Take on No. 1 J.H. Rose on Saturday at 6 p.m.

By Amber Hatten

ahatten@civitasmedia.com

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