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The Warriors (10 13) were able to take advantage of two errors to tie the game.
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"Carson's arm is fresh and we felt like he gave us the best chance today. We did a simulated bullpen last week to get his pitch count up and make sure he could do it. He pitched his way out of that sixth inning and we showed some resiliency.".
Matt Landreth) asked me if I could do it a couple weeks ago. And I said absolutely, I was all for it. There's a ton of pride (in being the last MAC team in the baseball playoffs). This conference has such a great reputation for making deep runs, and that's what we want to do."
East Gaston was the same team that eliminated WNC Athletic Conference champion Pisgah on Wednesday by an 8 4 score in Canton.
Jordan Ferrell concluded the rally with a three run double and finished with a team high four RBIs on the day. Ferrell's single in the second inning plated North Buncombe's first run.
Appalachian State recruit Carson Jones pitched a complete game in the first start of his high school career, and joined fellow senior Alex Destino by homering in a five run sixth inning.
Destino's shot to right center field was his state best 15th home run of the season, which is a school record for the South Carolina recruit.
That set the stage for Destino to lead off the bottom of the sixth with a solo homer. Two batters later, Jones went deep.
"The last time I started a game, I was 10 years old in travel ball for the Blue Ridge Bears," said Jones, who is typically the shortstop for the Mountain Athletic Conference 3 A champions.
Athletic Conference team still playing baseball, and it stayed that way with a stirring 8 3 home win over visiting East Gaston in the second round of the NCHSAA 3 A playoffs.
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and Eric Reynolds each had two hits.
Jones carried a no hitter into the sixth inning Saturday, mostly on the strength of his changeup. But then disaster struck for the Black Hawks, who were ahead 3 0 at the time.
North Buncombe (24 3) will take on either North Gaston (20 3) or Shelby Crest (14 9) in Tuesday's third round.
Pitching wise, Jones only gave up four hits and did not allow a walk. He had four strikeouts.
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