Going All Out: Aces advance to semifinal round
Edenton 2 Roanoke Rapids 1
By Craig Moyer
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
EDENTON — The Aces defeated the Roanoke Rapids Yellowjackets 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the east regional semifinals of the 2A state playoffs.
Center fielder Jaden Bobbitt got things started in a big way, both in the field and at the plate for the Aces. Bobbitt robbed the Yellowjackets’ second baseman Hunter Connell of a hit in the opening half inning with a diving grab for the second out of the inning.
In the bottom of the first, Bobbitt led things off for Edenton by driving a pitch well over the wall in left-center field to give the Aces an early 1-0 lead.
Coming in, both sides could expect a low-scoring game as neither team had allowed a run in either of their first two playoff games.
The Yellowjackets looked to tie the game in the top of the second, as Colby Warren led things off with a walk, followed by an infield single by Aaron Jackson.
Aces’ starting pitcher Dylan Patrick responded by retiring the next three batters in order to maintain the lead.
In the Aces’ half of the second, right fielder Nathaniel Stallings reached base after getting hit by a pitch, which was followed by a line drive double to the wall by Stanley White, bringing Stallings around to score and giving Edenton (23-3) a 2-0 lead.
Two runs turned out to be all the support Patrick needed, as he struck out six Yellowjackets in seven innings and only allowed one unearned run.
Roanoke Rapids (20-4) looked to get on the scoreboard in the third, as Cameron Rogerson started the inning by reaching with one out after the throw on his infield grounder was bounced to first base.
Connell followed with a single and then Marcus Allen reached on a walk to load the bases with just one out in the inning.
Patrick then struck out the Yellowjackets’ cleanup hitter Warren for the second out of the inning.
Next up was designated hitter Jackson, who was looking for a clutch hit to get his team on the board.
As Jackson stepped in to the box, Rogerson broke for home and Patrick’s throw bounced away from White behind the plate, giving Connell an attempt to score from second on the play, but White recovered and threw to Patrick to tag the sliding Connell out at the plate.
The heads up play turned out to be the difference in the game, as both teams were held scoreless for the final four innings.
Edenton will host sixth-seeded North Lenoir in the east region semifinals tonight at 7 after the Hawks defeated fourth-seeded St. Pauls 3-1 on Tuesday night.