Prep Baseball Playoffs: East Davidson advances in rout of Huss
The East Davidson Golden Eagles continued their torrid offensive streak in the third round of the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs Tuesday and hit their way to a 10-3 victory over Hunter Huss to advance.
Eagles’ starter Nick Williams threw a complete game, allowing three runs – two earned – on three hits and one walk while striking out four. He attacked the plate after his teammates backed him with three runs in the first inning and three more in the second.
“I was very grateful for those runs,” said Williams. “The coaching staff teaches us how to pitch with a lead, so I was just focused on throwing strikes, keeping the ball down and let my defense do work behind me.”
His confidence brimming, Williams made quick work of the Husky hitters until minor hiccups in the fourth and fifth innings cost him a trio of runs. After striking a batter with the first pitch of the fourth, Williams saw the second batter reach on an error before surrendering a two-run double to Huss pitcher Austin Enlow.
He would allow two more runs in the fifth, prompting a lengthy meeting at the mound with Eagles coach Dan Tricarico. The runs did little to affect the outcome of the game, however, as his team already had an 8-0 run at that point.
East (18-6) will host West Stanly on Friday in a fourth round matchup. The Huskies finish the season at 7-17.
“I was pleased with the way we played,” Tricarico said. “Overall, I’ve been pleased with our approach [at the plate] and I’m excited about getting to the next round and getting a shot at West Stanly. We’ve just got to keep working hard and stay after it.”
The Eagles ousted Enlow after just 1 1/3 innings, tagging him with six runs. RBI doubles by Toby Craven and Ryan McIntire, as well as run-scoring singles from Williams, Nathan Campbell and Kelvin Pena set the pace of the game in those first two innings.
Kolton Hawks and Tyler Rhodes both drove in one run each with an RBI single and sacrifice fly, respectively, to give East an 8-0 advantage after three innings. In three postseason games thus far, the team has 24 combined runs.
“We’ve still got to hit the ball,” Williams said of Friday’s challenge. “We need to be the first on the scoreboard, come back and play great defense like we did tonight to come away with a win.”