ST. PAULS — It took a few innings for the Whiteville baseball team to find its offensive stride in Friday’s 12-2 win over St. Pauls, but once it clicked, it was hard to stop.
In three innings, the Wolfpack put together nine hits, seven for extra bases, and scored all 12 runs to beat the Bulldogs in five innings.
“Their mascot is perfect for that team right there because it seemed like once one guy attacked, all of them attacked,” said St. Pauls coach Kelly Chavis. “Once they started hitting, they didn’t hit it at us. They hit all the open spots.”
It was an offensive attack that the Bulldogs (0-5, 0-2) held off early. Starting pitcher Robert Hancock didn’t allow a hit until the third inning and used a bending curve to get two strikeouts in the first.
But the second time through the lineup, things clicked for Whiteville.
In his second at-bat, leadoff Turner Brown hit a one-out double to the left-center gap. After another strikeout, Connor Granger hit a two-out home run to left field, scoring Brown. The Wolfpack had a double, four walks and one batter reached on an error before Brown flied out to end the half-inning with a 5-0 lead. The half-inning itself took just as long to play as the first two innings combined.
With Ted McNeill in for relief, the Wolfpack homered again the next inning, getting a two-run shot from Zack Pait to increase the lead to 7-0. The Wolfpack had five more runs in the fifth, utilizing a triple, two singles and two doubles in a row.
“We were pleased with the win, but I thought early, we didn’t swing the bats very well but later on we got a few timely hits and a couple of home runs that got us going, so we’ll take it.”
St. Pauls only runs came in the bottom of the fifth when Addison Chavis reached on an error and Travis Weyant reached on a dropped-third strike. Both scored on a double by Justin Baker.
It was the fifth straight loss for St. Pauls, which has yet to win this season.
In other area baseball games, South Robeson beat East Columbus 4-2 and South Columbus beat Red Springs 6-3.
St. Pauls’ softball team also lost, falling 17-0 at home to Whiteville. In other area games, Red Springs lost 16-1 to South Columbus and East Columbus beat South Robeson 2-1.
3 Braves earn All-American status
CLEVELAND — Three University of North Carolina at Pembroke wrestlers gained All-American status on Friday.
Junior Daniel Ownbey advanced to the semifinals in his weight class, beating top-ranked Ryan Fillingame 8-6 in overtime. It’s the third straight year that he has earned All-American status.
Senior Justin Pencook and sophomore Blaze Shade both advanced to today’s consolation quarterfinal rounds, each becoming All-Americans for the first time.
Metzinger breaks own school record
WILMINGTON — The UNCP womens track and field team kept its school record-a-meet streak alive with junior Hana Metzinger’s 39.74-meter javelin throw on Friday in the opening day of the UNCW Seahawk Invitational.
Metzinger clinched a second place finish in the javelin as she broke her own school record from last season at the CCU Chanticleer Classic by 3.83 meters and improved on her throw by 6 meters from last year at the UNCW Invitational where she placed fourth.