A well-armed start

Wilson posts 2 shutouts in N.C. Little League Ages 8-9 state tournament

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The Wilson City Little League Ages 8-9 All-Stars continued their blazing postseason run with a 10-0, five innings conquest of the Winston-Salem Nationals in the winners’ bracket semifinals of the North Carolina Little League State Tournament at Southern Bank Stadium on a crisp Sunday afternoon.

The Wilson team of head coach Eric Lewis and assistants Dewey Scott and Zack Wiggins earned its state opportunity with a 3-0 showing en route to the District 6 title. In the state tournament, Wilson opened with a 14-0 victory over Myers Park of Charlotte on Saturday and has outscored the opposition 24-0 in the first two games.

After an off day Monday, the Wilson All-Stars challenge Lake Norman in the winners bracket final Tuesday at Southern Bank Stadium.

Against Winston-Salem, Wilson pitchers Peyton Gardener and Stone Massey combined for a three-hit shutout.

Gardener, the starter, limited Winston-Salem to three hits and no walks while striking out four in working four innings. After issuing a lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth, Massey struck out the side.

Wilson, designated the visiting team, took command with four runs in the first inning. The victors added a run in the fourth and erupted for five in the fifth.

The contest was shortened an inning because of the mercy rule.

Landon High’s run-scoring double and Camden Efird’s single keyed the first-inning uprising. Wilson capitalized upon two errors, three walks and a pair of wild pitches.

In the fifth for Wilson, Angel Saldana, Charlie Scott and Connor Lewis each rapped a run-scoring double. Farris Carinci singled in a run. Saldana scored Wilson’s lone run in the fourth when he drew a base on balls

Scott’s 2-for-3 effort led Wilson’s eight-hit offensive. Saldana, Mack Wiggins, High, Lewis, Efird and Carinci added a hit each. Saldana, High, Lewis, Carinci and Scott all had an RBI.

Carter Huff singled twice to pace Winston-Salem. Tyson Piersol had the other hit.


Wilson opened tournament play Saturday afternoon with a 14-0 bludgeoning of Myers Park of Charlotte in three-and-a-half innings.

Cameron Efird hurled three hitless innings before Landon High finished the gem with a 1-2-3 fourth inning.

Wilson erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first inning and added eight more in the second to stun Myers Park, which committed two of its three total errors in the first.

Massey doubled and scored on Lewis’ sacrifice fly while Scott rapped an RBI single.

In the second, Lewis tripled and scored on Scott’s single to start the outburst. Angel Saldana singled in a run before Massey’s bases-loaded double cleared the sacks and made it 12-0. Massey and High would then come home on a single by Lewis.


Score by innings:

Wilson 400 15 10

Winston-Salem 000 00 0

WP-Peyton Gardener 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. LP-Carter Huff 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Charlie Scott 2-3, 2B, RBI; Farris Carinci 1-2, RBI; Angel Saldana 1-2, RBI; Landon High 1-2, 2B, RBI; Connor Lewis 1-2, 2B, RBI, Camden Efird 1-3, RBI. Winston-Salem: Carter Huff 2-2.



Score by innings:

Myers Park 000 0 14

Wilson 680 x 14

WP-Camden Efird 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO. LP-Owen Shirey 2/3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Stone Massey 2-4, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Connor Lewis 2-2, 3B, 3 RBIs; Charlie Scott 2-3, 2 RBIs; Angel Saldana 1-2, RBI.