Bandys finishes second at Causby Classic;
E. Lincoln picks up third beach victory
Freedom High is one win away from its best baseball season in nearly 2 ½ decades after winning its final game in the Tony Causby Classic on Wednesday at Patton.
The Patriots grabbed a 12-2 victory over Draughn in five innings, improving to 14-9 to match their best win total since in records dating back to 1997 (14-8 in 1999 and 14-12 in 2000).
The chance at win No. 15 comes Tuesday in the opening round of the Northwestern 3A-4A tournament. Official pairings are due out Saturday and Freedom should be the No. 4 seed and playing the No. 5 – McDowell or Hickory – and McDowell should be No. 5 because it went 1-1 against second-place Alexander Central and Hickory was 0-2 against Alexander Central.
Freedom will be at home for the conference tournament opener.
The Patriots scored seven runs in the first three innings against Draughn (4-18), which lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Freedom added five runs in the fifth inning and had six batters hit by a pitch.
Lyle Holland and Dylan Shelton each went 2-for-3 for the Patriots as they beat the Wildcats for the third time this season.
Colton Singleton had two hits for Draughn, which next plays in the Northwestern Foothills 2A tournament as the No. 6 seed.
Draughn goes to third-seeded Patton for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday.
R-S Central 4, Bandys 2
The Hilltoppers won the Causby Classic title despite being outhit 10-3 by the Trojans, who made four errors.
Bandys (13-7), down 4-0, scored twice in the sixth inning.
Ivan Huffman led the Trojans, going 4-for-4, Elec Yount had two hits and an RBI and Cy Spencer also had an RBI.
Bandys, vying for its first back-to-back winning seasons since 2012 and 2013, will be the No. 4 seed in the South Fork 2A tournament that begins Tuesday. The Trojans are at home against fifth-seeded Lake Norman Charter at 7 p.m.
Chase 6, West Caldwell 1
Chase took third place in the Causby Classic with a win that left the Warriors at 5-16 overall.
Luke Vines had two hit for West Caldwell and Jaiden Harper took a loss after going 4 1/3 innings.
Harper allowedfive hits, four runs (all earned), walked five and struck out one.
West Caldwell will be the No. 8 seed in the Northwestern 3A-4A tournament, which starts on Tuesday.
The Warriors will meet top-seeded South Caldwell in Hudson, their third game of the year (South Caldwell won 11-1 in five innings and 5-0).
Patton 12, East Burke 7
The Panthers (10-12) gained seventh place in the Causby Classic, using a five-run fifth inning to help subdue the Cavs (1-20).
Caleb Taylor had two hits for Patton, and Peyton Smith and Kalen Byrd combined to keep East Burke in check.
Ryan Isbell had three hits for East Burke, which has lost 13 straight games.
East Burke will be the seventh seed in the Northwestern Foothills 2A tournament, starting Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game at No. 2 Hibriten.
Patton is the No. 3 seed and starts the tournament at home against No. 6 Draughn on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Maiden 8, South Columbus 3
The Blue Devils moved above .500 (10-9) with a victory at the Beach Diamond Invitational at West Brunswick.
The loss dropped South Columbus to 9-10.
Maiden came in on a two-game losing streak – falling to West Brunswick and Eden Morehead – and had lost six of its previous seven games.
The Blue Devils are the No. 3 seed for the South Fork 2A tournament, facing No. 6 East Lincoln at Maiden on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
East Lincoln 5, Elyria (Ohio) 0
The Mustangs (10-10) had nine hits and scored two runs in the fifth inning to go ahead to win a third game this week in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Graham Smiley had two hits, one a double, and Gabe Duncan had two hits and drove in a run for
The shutout was the third of the year for the Mustangs, the No. 6 seed in the South Fork 2A tournament. They go to No. 3 Maiden on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a first round game.
Wesleyan Christian 10, Watauga 0, 5 inn.
Jacob Cozart went 2-for-3, hit a home run and drove in three runs, sparking Wesleyan Christian’s win at First National Bank Stadium in Greensboro.
Luke Barrow threw five innings, allowing two hits with one walk and five strikeouts to deal the Pioneers (10-11) third loss by shutout this season.
Wesleyan Christian scored seven runs in the fifth inning.
Watauga plays Rockingham County at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Greensboro.
Lake Norman Charter 3, Providence 2 (Wednesday)
The Knights won a non-league match on the road.
Freshman Haven Stanley opened the scoring with an assist from Brianna Hatch but the Knights were down 2-1 about 10 minutes into play.
Kasey Hahn scored a tying goal for Lake Norman Charter on an assist by Hatch.
The third Knights goal was by Kristen Brady.
Kaela Rasenberger made 15 saves for Lake Norman Charter.
Lake Norman Charter 22, Community School of Davidson 4 (Tuesday)
The Knights won a home on Senior Night, boosting their record to 7-6 overall.
Seniors Maddy Hlewicki and Morgan Bordeaux and freshman Bryn Shepler each scored six goals.
Senior Emily Gunter added a goal, her first of the year, and Mary Sorvillo, Morgan Thomas and Mackenzie Crawford each added one goal.
- Information for the roundup includes reports by: Catherine Hart and Kerry Rasenberger, Lake Norman Charter girls’ lacrosse.