Jordan falls to Southern Alamance in Hilltop National Division finale

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

Southern Alamance capitalized on a couple of Jordan errors for a 15-7 win to emerge as National Division champions in the Hilltop Invitational on Saturday.

“Back-to-back. We did it last year, too,” Southern Alamance coach Jason Smith said.

Jordan erupted for five runs in the second inning. Rahim Winston started the rally with a single that drove in a run, and Wood Myers doubled to bring in a couple more. Carter Dillard’s single brought two more runners across the plate.

“We started out halfway decent,” Jordan coach Devy Bell said. “We put the bat on the ball a little bit against what I think was a pretty good pitcher.”
Things began unraveling for Jordan in the fifth inning after a critical walk and a dropped fly ball.

“They took off from there,” Bell said. “Two costly mistakes right there, and we didn’t pitch as well as we wanted to.”

Southern Alamance in the fifth inning roughed up Jordan’s pitchers. Will Atkins took the mound with no outs and runners on second and third. He wound up loading the bases. The Patriots had him in trouble and he’d give up more damaging runs, one on a balk.

Smith said he wasn’t shaken by Jordan’s hot start.

“Seven-inning game. I knew eventually our bats would come alive,” Smith said. “We didn’t make any errors. We always try to preach that if we can win the error battle, we can win the game.”

HILLTOP INVITATIONAL
Final Round Games
National Division
S. Alamance 15, Jordan 7
Championship Game
S. Alamance 004 073 1—15 13 0
Jordan 050 200 0—7 8 3

Batteries — S. Alamance, Jacob Wolfe, Dylan Isley (3rd, W), Dairyon Matkins (6th) and Ryan Hamilton. Jordan, Nick Piccillo, Patrick Long (3rd, L), Will Atkins (5th), Steven Oakley (7th) and Ben Skeen.
Leading hitters — S. Alamance, Johnathan Lloyd 2-4 (2 RBI), Ryan Hamilton 3-5 (3B, 3 RBI). Jordan, Wood Myers 3-5 (3B, 2B, 2 RBI), Kerry Walker 2-4.
Records— Southern Alamance 14-2, Jordan 9-5.

W. Forsyth 7, South Granville 6
3rd/4th Place
West Forsyth 032 200 0—7 8 1
South Granville 010 410 0—6 7 2

Batteries — West Forsyth, Bequette, Sonafrank (4th, W) and French. South Granville, Daniel Washburn, Matt McCutcheon (3rd, L 0-1), Ethan Bowen (5th) and Cord Michalina.
Leading hitters — West Forsyth, Pennington 2-3 (RBI), Shelton 1-2 (2 RBI). South Granville, Daniel Washburn 3-4, Matt McCutcheon 1-2 (RBI), Shawn Montren 2-4 (RBI), Cord Michalina 1-4 (2 RBI).
Records — Clemmons West Forsyth 10-5, South Granville 7-4-1.

Cedar Ridge 16, Panther Creek 6
(Mercy rule, 6 innings)
7th/8th Place
Cedar Ridge 201 562—16 14 1
Panther Creek 100 041—6 9 2

Batteries — Cedar Ridge, Josh Kiehle (W, 2-3), Elliott Orlowski (7th) and Perry Christian. Panther Creek, Austin Bellostrato (L), Taylor Seagroves (2nd), Jordan Coatney (4th), Jordan Hockaday (4th), Trevor Howard (5th) and Austin Clayton.
Leading hitters — Cedar Ridge, Kiehle 2-3 (HR, 2B, 5 RBI), Barry Alston 2-3 (4 RBI), Perry Christian 2-4 (RBI), Chris Smith-Burks 2-4, Michael Burroughs 2-3. Panther Creek, Ross Moreau 2-4, Wilson Jolly 2-4 (RBI), Jordan Hockaday 2-2.
Records — Cedar Ridge 3-9, Cary Panther Creek 5-9.  

American Division
Orange 4, East Chapel Hill 0
Championship
ECH 000 000 0—0 3 1
Orange 101 020 x—4 6 0

Batteries — East Chapel Hill, Connor Stough (L, 0-2), Ian Breakfield (6th) and Josh Baldwin. Orange, Bryse Wilson (W, 6-0), Jonah Neville (7th) and Brad Debo.
Leading hitters — East Chapel Hill, Grant Neal 1-2, Connor Stough 1-3, Josh Baldwin 1-3. Orange, Andrew Toney 3-3 (2 2B, RBI), Brad Debo 1-2 (2B, RBI), Collin Pope (1-2), Nick Debo 1-3 (HR, 2 RBI).
Records — East Chapel Hill 7-6, Orange 12-1.

Northern 14, Chapel Hill 11
3rd/4th Place
Chapel Hill 001 600 3—11 9 4
Northern 443 012 x—14 11 3

Batteries — Chapel Hill, Coby Fisher (L), Andrew Miller (2nd), Collins (4th) and Kevin Elefante. Northern, John Roberts (W, 2-1), Griffin Baker (4th), Josh Helm (7th) and Pete Vurnakes.
Leading hitters — Chapel Hill, Nick Hebert 2-4 (RBI), Ian Templeton 2-4 (RBI), Luke Ciocca 2-5 (2B, 3 RBI). Northern, Zack Garrison 2-4 (2 2B, RBI), A.J. Bumpass 3-4 (3 RBI), Jordan Fate 2-4 (3 RBI), Dillon Roberts 1-5 (HR, RBI).
Records — Chapel Hill 5-8, Northern 6-8.