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Eagles ambush Aces, advance to 1A East Regional Final series

Rosewood 14 John A. Holmes 6

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Edenton-John A. Holmes' Jake Tynch pitched 4 1/3 innings against Rosewood in the fourth round of the NCHSAA Class 1A baseball state playoff game, Friday, May 17, 2019 at Rosewood High School.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Sunday, May 19, 2019

GOLDSBORO — The Rosewood baseball team scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning as the Eagles cruised to a 14-6 victory over John A. Holmes in the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A state playoffs at Rosewood High School.

The Eagles (21-3) advance to the Class 1A East Regional Final series next week and will face No. 5 seed Bear Grass Charter.

As for Friday night’s contest against the No. 3 seed Aces (18-8), Edenton was beat up by the lineup of the Eagles as Rosewood sent 20 batters to the plate in the first inning.

One of the biggest hits was by leadoff batter Logan Price.

The junior sent a Ryan White offering to centerfield that cleared the outfield fence for a home run to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

White would only last eight batters as the Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead without recording an out.

Ethan Hughson would follow on the mound and the difficult inning would continue for the Aces.

Hughson, a junior, would record the first out of the frame with a strikeout of Connor Wise.

Hughson would last only 2/3 of an inning and the Eagles added eight additional runs to go up 13-0.

Jake Tynch, a sophomore, would be the Aces’ third pitcher in the frame.

He allowed a run, but was able to end the inning.

Edenton coach Robert Jordan gave credit to the Rosewood lineup.

“We couldn’t get out of that first inning,” he said. “Tip your hat to them. They can hit the ball. It wasn’t like we were kicking it around.”

The coach added that the Aces did contribute to the inning with walks.

“They were just hitting the baseball,” he said. “Teams rarely overcome a 14-run inning. I was really proud of our guys — the way they battled back. We didn’t quit. We didn’t roll over.”

Jordan noted that he told his younger players after the game to not forget how the loss to Rosewood feels.

“I hope they use it to motivate themselves to continue to work hard and get better,” he said.

Edenton scored three runs in the top of the second via a two-out rally.

With the bases loaded, Parker Clayton posted a two-run single to put the Aces on the scoreboard.

Clayton would then come home on a Chace Kelly RBI single.

On the mound, Tynch held his own as he pitched 4 1/3 innings.

He was able to escape a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the second as he struck out Carson Hatem to end the frame.

“He didn’t pitch a perfect game, but he had that mentality where he was going to battle,” Jordan said of Tynch. ”He got into some jams, but made some pitches to get out of them. I was really proud of Jake.”

The Aces added two runs in the fifth on a two-run double by Wes Privott and a run in the sixth on a bases-load walk that was forced by batter Gabriel Stulick.

Rosewood’s Will Harris pitched six innings and posted seven strikeouts.

Edenton is set two lose seniors in Kelly and Privott.

Both were members of the Aces’ 2017 NCHSAA Class 2A state championship team.

“There are so many high school baseball players that would like to experience what those two guys have been through,” Jordan said. “They’ve been to the pinnacle. They did a good job of leading this young group this year. They are part of my family and it’s sad to see them go, but I’m sure they are going on to bigger and better things.”

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