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Perquimans shut out by visiting West Columbus in baseball state playoffs

West Columbus 10 Perquimans 0

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By Mike Wood
Correspondent

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

HERTFORD — The state baseball playoff run for Perquimans High School ended Tuesday night in the third round when the Pirates were beaten by West Columbus by a final score of 10-0.

The Vikings, of Cerro Gordo, N.C., scored five runs in the first inning, and three more in the second, and the Pirates could not mount any kind of a comeback.

Perquimans finishes with a record of 19-6, and back to back Albemarle Athletic Conference championships.

Pirate coach Justin Roberson told his team that "he was proud of them for what they had accomplished, but they should not be content with making it to the third round." He said, " Not with this program, we strive for greatness.

The message is that we have to challenge ourselves to get better, and not limit ourselves."

Pirate starting pitcher Chase Ward had some tough luck in the first inning.

The Viking leadoff hitter sliced a long fly down the right field line.

Spencer Loftis got his glove on it, but could not hold on and it resulted in a two base hit.

The next hitter reached on an infield error. After a sacrifice bunt, Ward walked the next two batters.

A sacrifice fly ball brought in a run, and the next Viking hitter lofted a pop fly into 'no mans land' in short right field.

Perquimans second baseman Mason Votava made a long run and tried to make a basket catch but the ball dropped and two runs scored.

West Columbus cashed in on the extra opportunities when their next batter launched a two run double to deep left-center.

Perquimans changed pitchers in the second inning with slightly better results.

Devin Mathis gave up three runs on four hits, a base on balls, and a hit batter.

He finally settled down and struck out the final two hitters in the inning.

West Columbus was tough all up and down their lineup, accumulating 12 base hits in five innings which included five extra base hits.

On the offensive side, the Pirates could not solve Viking pitcher Cody Benton. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound right-hander retired Perquimans in order the first three innings.

Tyler Futrell finally hit safely to lead off the fourth, but did not get farther than first base.

In the fifth, the Pirates had their best chance. Michael Brasseur and Jacob Godfrey led off the inning with solid singles to center field.

However, the next three hitters were retired and the game was over.

Perquimans coach Roberson talked about his seniors after the game at the team meeting. "Our four seniors [Votava,Sam Norman,Tyler Clark, and Mathis] provided outstanding leadership. They knew it was their job to set the example and lead the younger players and they did that all year long."

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