Two WCLL teams survive first weekend of District 6 play

From staff reports
Posted 6/23/19

A 3-1 record among the three competing age groups Sunday enabled the Wilson City Little League All-Stars to send a pair of age groups into Monday play at the 2019 North Carolina Little League …

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Two WCLL teams survive first weekend of District 6 play

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A 3-1 record among the three competing age groups Sunday enabled the Wilson City Little League All-Stars to send a pair of age groups into Monday play at the 2019 North Carolina Little League District 6 championships, held at Gillette Baseball Complex.

The WCLL Ages 8-9 All-Stars, after losing their opening game to South Durham, won two games in the losers bracket over the weekend to advance to a Monday championship game against South Durham at 5:30 p.m. in Southern Bank Stadium. Should Wilson be able to avenge a 13-0 loss that opened tournament play, a winner-take-all contest will be forced Tuesday.

After a riveting 4-3 loss to South Durham on Saturday, Wilson’s Ages 8-10 team beat Wilmington 14-2 on the strength of a one-hitter to move into a Monday rematch against East Chatham on Gillette Field No. 2 at 7:30. Wilson blanked East Chatham in its District 6 opener, 13-0, and still must win two contests to reach to the championship round.

In the Ages 7-8 machine-pitch division, Wilson salvaged its weekend with a 16-5 victory over Bull City Red. However, Wilson did not advance out of pool play with a 1-3 record after losing two games Saturday and splitting Sunday.

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Much like it did in its District 6 opener, Wilson’s bats came to life the latter innings as its pitching continued to hold the line.

Holding a 2-1 lead after three innings, Wilson pushed across three runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and five more in the sixth.

T.J. Coleman drew the start and stymied the Wilmington bats through five innings, only allowing one hit and an unearned run in the second.

Peyton Gardner’s two-run double staked Wilson, serving as the visiting team, to a 2-0 lead in the first.

In the fourth, Angel Saldana extended Wilson’s lead with an RBI double and later darted home on a wild pitch. Camden Efird, who finished 2 for 4 with four runs batted in, had two-run singles to spark the outbursts in the fifth and sixth. 

Saldana and Mack Wiggins scored three runs each as Wilson doubled up Wilmington in hits by an 8-4 margin. Kaden Falls was tagged with the loss for Wilmington, while Colin Kilcommons drove in two runs with an inside-the-park homer in the sixth.

A thrilling finish sent Wilson to the losers bracket Saturday. In the fifth, Landon High’s RBI single plated Stone Masey to give Wilson the lead. However, South Durham took the lead in the sixth by scoring on an error and having Hudson Kelly dart home on a wild pitch.

Wilson loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with no one out. Efird reached on an error, Mack Wiggins reached on a bunt single and Saldana drew a walk. But Stone Massey’s fly ball to left field couldn’t score Efird, and with two outs, Efird was caught stealing at home to end it.

Massey took the loss in relief for Wilson, allowing one hit over 1 1/3 innings. Luke Samples struck out three over two innings in winning in relief for South Durham.

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Scoring in every inning at the plate but the third, Wilson required just two hits to move into the championship game with a 13-3, four-inning win over Bull City.

Wilson scored a pair of runs in the second off bases-loaded walks, with Elliott Wheeler and Chase Twiddy coaxing out free bases. Jordan Creech-Jones came home on a wild pitch as Wilson, which overcame six errors, capitalized on five miscues from Bull City.

Bryson Hayes started and threw 1 1/3 innings to get the win, not allowing a hit and only giving up one earned run. Wheeler had a run-scoring single as part of Wilson’s six-run fourth. Creech-Jones also singled.

Dylan Haswell took the loss for Bull City, giving up three runs without recording a first-inning out. Only one was earned.

Against East Chatham, Wilson separated with three runs Saturday in the top of the sixth. During that span, Wheeler, who was 3 for 4, drove in courtesy runner Nathan Skinner. Greyson Crocker scored on a wild pitch and Wheeler came home on a sacrifice fly to left by Creech-Jones. Landon Ange doubled.

Bennett Bailey won in relief for Wilson, allowing two hits over 2 1/3 innings. Bailey struck out three without a walk.

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Chasen Bridgers had a pair of inside-the-park home runs to lift Wilson to a 16-5 victory over Bull City Red for its sole victory of District 6 play.

Wilson took control with six runs in the first and scored in every inning but the fourth. Batten Joyner and Patrick Williams each doubled and had three hits.

South Durham Orange and Clayton each jumped on Wilson for seven runs in the top of the first inning, as Wilson lost 12-2 to Clayton on Sunday and 19-5 to South Durham Orange on Saturday.

Versus Clayton, Bowman Smith and Landon Carlone each had two hits. Carlone doubled and added a 3-for-3 showing with a double against South Durham. Jacob Pridgen, Grayden Foster, Colton High and Thomas Taylor all tallied two hits.

No information was available on Wilson’s opening game of the tournament, an 11-1 loss to Person County. 

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Score by innings:

Wilson 200 345 14

Wilmington 010 002 2

WP-T.J. Coleman 5 IP, 1  H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO. LP-Kaden Falls 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Camden Efird 2-4, 4 RBI, Angel Saldana 2-2, 2B, RBI, Peyton Gardner 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Wilmington: Matthew Wood 1-3, 2B, Colin Kilcommons 1-3, 2 RBI.


Score by innings:

South Durham 000 022 4

Wilson 020 010 3

WP-Luke Samples 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Stone Massey 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — South Durham: Matthew Beaulieu 2-3, 2B, Eli Doucette 1-3, 2B, RBI; Wilson: Landon High 1-3, RBI, Charlie Scott 1-2, RBI.

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Score by innings:

Wilson 340 6 13

Bull City 111 0 3

WP-Bryson Hayes 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. LP-Dylan Haswell 0 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Elliott Wheeler 1-2, 2 RBI, Jordan Creech-Jones 1-1, RBI; Bull City: Bennett Britt 1-2, John Luke Harper 1-3, 3B, RBI, Callum Page 1-2.


Score by innings:

Wilson 012 023 8

East Chatham 201 010 0 4

WP-Bennett Bailey 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. LP-Phineas Thurber 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Elliott Wheeler 3-4, RBI, Chase Twiddy 1-4, Lawson Boykin 1-4, Landon Ange 1-2, 2B, Bennett Bailey 1-2; East Chatham: Xander Seawell 2-2, 2B, Culvin Britt 1-3, 2B.

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Score by innings:

Wilson 000 20 2

Clayton 701 13 12

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson: Bowman Smith 2-2, RBI, Landon Carlone 2-3, 2B, Grayden Foster 1-3, 2B, Tucker Webb 1-2, 2B, Colton Simmons 1-2, 2B, Patrick Williams 1-1; Clayton: Bensyn Holliday 2-2, 2B, 3 RBI, Joshua Mullen 2-3, 3 RBI, P.D. Cash 2-2, 2B, RBI, Ethan Oravits 2-3, Cody Correia 2-3, RBI, Wesley Greiner 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI.

Score by innings:

Wilson 653 02 16

Bull City Red 030 2x 5

LEADING HITTERS — Chasen Bridgers 4-4, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, Batten Joyner 3-3, 2B, RBI, Patrick Williams 3-4, 2B, Jacob Pridgen 2-3, Thomas Taylor 2-3, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, Landon Carlone 2-2, 2 RBI, Bowman Smith 1-2, RBI, Colton Simmons 1-3, Connor Samson 2-2, 2B, RBI, Grayden Foster 2-2, 2B, RBI, Tucker Webb 1-2, 3B, RBI; Bull City Red: Lateef Obaydi 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI.


Score by innings:

South Durham 750 205 19

Wilson 010 400 5

LEADING HITTERS — South Durham: John Kindem 4-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, Samuel Thomas 4-4, 2B, 4 RBI, Cole Kieffer 2-3, HR, 5 RBI, Mason Caims 4-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Wilson: Landon Carlone 3-3, 2B, Jacob Pridgen 2-2, Grayden Foster 2-3, Colton High 2-2, RBI, Thomas Taylor 2-2, 2 RBI, Tucker Webb 1-2, Batten Joyner 1-3, Connor Samson 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI.