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Destino went eight innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine while walking four.
Alex Destino watches his home run that gives North Buncombe a 4 3 lead over visiting East Gaston in state baseball playoff action Saturday.
The only scoring before Ponder's heroics came in the fourth inning. Crest (15 10) took advantage of a passed ball and wild pitch to score a pair of runs in the top half Adidas Neo Kids Shoes
Ryan Rickey went 3 for 6 at the plate for North Buncombe.
Jones, who'd pitched Saturday's playoff win, went three innings. Then Fox, who'd not pitched since early April due to an ankle injury, pitched a perfect 12th for the win.
"Everybody pitched real well today," said Ponder, Mens Black Adidas Originals Trainers
After that frame, North Buncombe starter Alex Destino teamed up with relievers Carson Jones and Fox to hold Crest's offense hitless.
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who was mobbed and dogpiled by teammates after he rounded second base. "It was just one of those games where everything we hit real hard was hit right at them.
"Both sides pitched great," North Buncombe coach Matt Landreth said. "Alex came out and did what we asked him to do Carson was going to pitch a bullpen session (today) anyway. Fox was ready to go. I didn't know how that would go, but we really rose to the occasion. I could not be more proud of the resolve, not just of our pitchers, but this entire team."
before Ponder and Dylan Fox responded with back to back RBI doubles to knot the score for North Buncombe (25 3).
"I was just trying to stay alive Adidas Neo Lite Racer Wtr (in the last at bat)," Ponder added. "When I got that hit, it felt good. It feels great to be moving on."
North Buncombe had a shot to end it in regulation after loading the bases with one out in the seventh, but Bridges induced a pop out from Carson Jones before fanning Nolan Lisenbee to end the threat.
outfield, the home team's offense finally struck back.
North Buncombe's victory overshadowed a gritty performance by Crest pitcher Matt Bridges, who delivered 4 2 3 innings of shutout ball as a reliever three days after tossing a five hitter in a win over North Gaston.
Black Hawks win 12
Nolan Lisenbee opened the bottom half of the 12th with an infield single, and Michael Ponder followed with a single to center that allowed Lisenbee to beat Luke Patrick's on target throw at the plate as the Black Hawks earned a 3 2 victory and a berth in the fourth round.
"A third round playoff game is always going to be exciting, and people definitely got their money's worth tonight," Crest coach Steven Hodge said. "Unbelievable game on both ends. Pitching was phenomenal, and both teams played pretty good defense.".
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