2014 NCHE Athletic Commission State Baseball Championships

21 Jun 2014

The 2014 NCHEAC State Championship was claimed by the Wake Warriors. In the first semi-final, the Forsyth Hawks jumped out to an early 5 run lead before the Cabarrus Stallions, on the strength of a 5 run 5th inning, squeaked out a 7-6 win. The second semi-final saw the Wake Warriors win against the Asheville Trailblazers 2-0 on the strength of a 3 hit shut-out by Jonathan Gardner. The Asheville Trailblazers then overcame a 3-0 deficit to win over the Forsyth Hawks, 12-3. The championship game was a tight contest with neither Cabarrus nor Wake being able to develop a dominant lead in this pitcher’s duel. Wake took a 2 run lead in the top of the fifth, mainly on station to station hitting with Cabarrus countering with 1 run in the bottom of the same frame to set-up a 3-2 Warriors lead. The Cabarrus Stallions then tied the score at 3-3 on an infield hit in the bottom of the 6th. Matthew Smyth of the Warriors scored the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th followed by 4 more insurance runs. Josh Holt pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Stallions, and Jordan Paxton pitched 5 innings and was relieved by Drew Boyd for the final 2 innings with runners aboard and no one out in the bottom of the 6th. The Wake Warriors won on a final score of 8-3. 

All-Tournament Team
Wake Warriors -- Champions
Jordan Paxton
Matthew Smyth 
Jonathan Gardner
Len Gardner

Cabarrus Stallions – Runner-ups
Hunter Shepherd
Dalton Lankford
Sawyer Strickland

Asheville Trailblazers – Consolation Winners
Turner Warren
Ian Fleming

Forsyth Hawks – 4th Place
Tyler Cox