SAC-8 teams make exit from baseball tourney

By: By Amber Hatten-Staley - Sports editor

LAURINBURG — The Sandhills Athletic Conference has been eliminated from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state baseball playoffs following second-round action.

No. 4 Pinecrest lost to No. 13 West Forsyth on Friday, at home, 5-4 to end the Patriots season. No. 13 Richmond lost their bid for the state title in Kernersville with a 5-2 loss to No. 2 East Forsyth.

The SAC-8 began the playoffs with four teams but Scotland and Jack Britt were knocked out in their postseason openers while Richmond picked up a win and Pinecrest enjoyed a first-round bye.

The No. 19 Fighting Scots lost 11-1 in six innings to No. 14 South Mecklenburg while No. 11 Jack Britt lost to No. 22 Riverside-Durham, 6-2.

The third round of the NCHSAA playoffs begins today and the regional semi-finals will be held on Friday, May 18. The regional finals will be held on May 22 and the state championship will take place on June 1.

4A baseball third round pairings

East

No. 17 Middle Creek vs. No. 9 Fuquay-Varina

No. 12 Sanderson vs. No. 4 Jordan

No. 14 Garner vs. No. 6 New Bern

No. 7 Pine Forest vs. No. 15 Apex

West

No. 1 Providence vs. No. 8 Ardrey Kell

No. 5 South Caldwell vs. No. 13 West Forsyth

No. 14 South Mecklenburg vs. No. 11 Reagan

No. 10 Hickory Ridge vs. No. 2 East Forsyth

Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]

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By Amber Hatten-Staley

Sports editor