WHS hits three homers in win over East Meck
The defending 3A state champion Weddington Warriors used the long ball three times to hold off scrappy host East Mecklenburg, 10-8, on Monday.
After starting the season 1-4, the Warriors (9-4) extended their winning-streak to eight games with five runs on three homers over the fifth and sixth innings against the Eagles (8-5).
The Eagles cut the lead to one on UNCC signee Logan Sherer's two-run blast to left-center with two outs in the top of the fifth.
But the Warriors answered right back when UNCC signee Jeremy Schellhorn lifted a very high fly into left that carried just over the outstretched glove of the Eagle left fielder for a solo home run.
Chris Simpson drew a walk followed by Virginia commit Sean Collins' two-run shot to left field for an 8-4 lead.
East Meck answered right back with two more runs in the sixth with Ryan Sapp and Austin Parker scoring on a Ben Adams single to make the score 8-6.
Weddington starting pitcher Landon Kay's day came to an end after the single. Kay went five and two-thirds innings and gave up eight hits and six runs while walking two and striking out three.
Clemson signee Alex Bostic had the gam-winning hit when crushed a two-run homer to right-center after Daniel Calabretta's lead off single.
Bostic leads Union County with six home runs on the year.
The final home run was essential as the Eagles would put up one last rally in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Cameron Smetak came in for the final inning on the mound.
David Marvin led off with a single, followed by Sherer's double to left. One out later, Webster lined a double to center to score Marvin and Sherer to cut the lead to two again with one out, but the Eagles couldn't get another hit with two straight ground outs ending the game.
"The one thing that these kids won't do is quit; they go hard for seven innings and that's always a positive," Warriors coach Travis Poole said. "We just got some pitches to hit, got them up a little bit and the ball carried for us. ... We have to make better pitches when we're supposed to."
The Warriors have won their last two games against teams from the Southwestern 4A Conference after opening the season 1-2 against that league.
"It's a real good test and I think it's a great tournament. Anytime you can play teams from the Southwestern 4A opponents, it's always a good test for our guys," Poole said. "Especially for us at the end of the season and into the playoffs."
The Warriors were back in action Tuesday night against Hopewell in the tourney at East Meck.