50/70 All-Stars beat Weddington to claim title
The Rutherfordton/Chase 50/70 All-Stars won the North Carolina state championship Monday night but it didn’t come easy as they battled back from a five-run deficit to capture a 12-7 win over the Weddington Nationals.
In the first, Joey Daigle took the mound for Rutherfordton and recorded a strikeout and two ground outs to make quick work of the Nationals.
Then Gordon Stoffel took the hill for the Nationals. He hit Keaton Snethen with his first pitch then walked Cameron Snethen. Each advanced around the bases to score on passed balls as Adam McDowell struck out for the first out.
Joe Conner followed with a single and Levi Parks singled up the middle off the end of the bat. Next up was Jace Crowe who hit a sharp drive to center which was caught and the Nationals caught Conner at second to end the inning.
Jake Laughter took the hill in the second for Rutherfordton and gave up a quick home run to Stoffel, then consecutive base hits which ended in two more runs as the Nationals took a 3-2 lead.
Laughter went back to the mound in the third and issued a walk, which prompted Curtis Snethen to call in Cameron Snethen. After a coaches discussion it was discovered that Cameron had to rest an additional day from pitches thrown on Saturday.
So instead, Levi Parks took the hill and recorded two strikeouts but Stoffel took him yard.
The next batter singled, the next reached on a error and a homer and a walk ended the night for Parks.
Jace Crowe came in for Parks and the Nationals ended the frame with a 7-2 advantage.
Cameron Snethen led off the bottom of the third with a strikeout them Stoffel issued five straight walks then another strikeout. Those five batters all crossed the plate before C. Snethen grounded out to second to end the frame in a 7-7 tie.
Crowe retook the mound in the fourth and assumed command with two strikeouts and a groundout to blank the Nationals in the inning.
Rutherfordton came to the bottom of the fourth with Stoffel gone from the mound. Levi Parks plated himself and Conner with a two-run home run. Jace Crowe followed Parks with a solo shot out of the park.
Jacob Knox singled and scored and Wesley Smith doubled before Keaton Snethen ended the fourth with a long at-bat, then popped up to end the inning.
Rutherfordton entered the fifth leading 11-7 and Crowe continued to pitch well and never allowing a runner past second the rest of the game.
Rutherfordton added one more run with an Adam McDowell home run blast to center field to sent the team to a 12-7 win and the state title.
Rutherfordton advances to play Florida in opening pool play in the Southeast Regionals Friday at 10 a.m. in Spring Hill, Tenn. Games will be broadcast live on the web at www.TennesseeSportsNet.com and will be scored using GameChanger at gamechanger.com.