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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Patriots Collect All-Conference, State Honors

Five Patriots named to All-SEC team, Caddell and Martinez earn all-state

– Postseason honors are rolling in for the Pinecrest baseball team, including two players that earned all-state recognition.

Zach Martinez and Seth Caddell were recently named to the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-State 4-A squad.

“Out of 32 4-A players from across the state named to the team,” said Patriot head coach Jeff Hewitt, “we had two of them. That is a pretty strong statement about the talent on our team.”

Martinez, a senior center fielder, also was the recipient of the player of the year award in the Southeastern Conference. He was joined by Caddell, a senior catcher, and fellow teammates Trent McKay, Nik Pry and Garrett Clark in getting all-conference honors. READ MORE.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bengals Rally in Seventh to Knock Out Patriots

NCHSAA 4A Playoffs - District Round: Fuquay-Varina 7, Pinecrest 6

– Pinecrest suffered a heartbreaking 7-6 loss Tuesday to Fuquay-Varina in a third-round state 4-A playoff baseball game held at John W. Williams Field in front of a large crowd.

After the visiting Bengals had pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-6 lead, the Patriots threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the frame, getting two runners on with two outs.

Pinch hitter Jack Leonard delivered a soft blooper into right field, but Tommy Vinson, trying to score from second base, got caught in a rundown before being tagged for the final out of the game.

Pinecrest Jeff Hewitt was proud of his Patriots that completed the season with a 21-7 record. It was the first time since the 2011 season that Pinecrest had reached the third round of the playoffs. READ MORE.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Pinecrest Slips Past Leesville into Third Round

NCHSAA 4A Playoffs - Second Round: Pinecrest 2, Leesville Road 1 (8 innings)

– Pinecrest claimed a dramatic 2-1 extra-inning win over Leesville Road Friday in a second-round state 4-A playoff game held in Holly Springs.

Playing at Salamander Stadium, the Patriots’ Nik Pry raced home from first base on a bunt in the top of the eighth to provide the winning run.

Pry, who had reached on a walk, scored when Dax Ingram laid down a bunt that the Pride’s pitcher Jared Leins fielded and threw over the first baseman’s head into right field.

Ingram, who came on in relief of Pry in the bottom of the seventh, would get the win after the Pride went down in the bottom of the eighth. READ MORE.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Patriots Blast Scots for SEC Tourney Title

SEC Tournament - Championship: Pinecrest 11, Scotland County 1 (6 innings)

– Pinecrest made it two in a row Friday.

With a convincing 11-1 win over Scotland County in the finals of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament, the Patriots picked up their second consecutive league tournament title.

“Back-to-back years shows where this program is and the hard work the kids have done,” said Patriot veteran head coach Jeff Hewitt. “This started back in the summer, rolls through the fall, the work we did in the weight room. We’re playing for every thing we’ve done to this point.”

And the Patriots are playing really well as they wait to find out who they face in the upcoming NCHSAA state 4-A playoffs. The pairings were announced Saturday, but were not available by press time. The Patriots are almost guaranteed a home game. Hewitt indicated that he thought the game would be played on Tuesday. READ MORE.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  Fuquay-Varina 7
(19 – 7)
  Pinecrest 6
(21 – 7)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Fuquay 0 0 2 0 2 0 3 7 7 3
Pinecrest 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 0
WP–Braswell    LP–Ingram
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2017 Southeastern 4A Standings
  Overall Conf.
Team W L W L
Purnell Swett 159 82
Pinecrest 217 73
Scotland County 198 55
Richmond County 1512 55
Lumberton 715 46
Hoke County 619 19
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Team Leaders
2017 Season Statistical Leaders
Final Statistics (28 Games)
Batting Leaders
Avg Seth Caddell .435
H Seth Caddell 30
R Nik Pry 25
Rbi S. Caddell / Z. Martinez 28
Hr S. Caddell / Z. Martinez 7
Bb Zach Martinez 20
Pitching Leaders
Era Nik Pry 1.22
So Nik Pry 84
W N. Pry / G. Clark 6
Ip Nik Pry 68.2
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