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Wilson City Little League can clinch its seventh North Carolina Little League Baseball championship with one more victory in the Ages 11-12 state tournament. In order to do that, Wilson must do what it’s already done — defeat Lake Norman Little League.
Lake Norman, the District 3 champion, stopped district rival East Surry 7-0 in the losers bracket final Wednesday evening at Clements Field in Kernersville. East Surry, the District 3 runner-up and tournament host, earned its shot at Lake Norman by defeating Greenville Tar Heel 6-5 on Tuesday. Greenville Tar Heel spilled Wilson in the Ages 10-11 state championship last summer at Gillette Baseball Complex.
Lake Norman’s win set up a Thursday rematch with Wilson, which downed Lake Norman 9-1 in Tuesday’s winners bracket final. District 6 champion Wilson, now 3-0 in the state tournament, is 6-0 in the postseason and would have to lose twice to Lake Norman to be denied its second state title at the highest level of Little League.
A victory either Thursday or in Friday’s “if necessary” game would send Wilson back to Warner Robins, Georgia, the site of the Southeast Regional tournament. Wilson went 0-2 there in 2015.