Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gryphon baseballers participate in State Games

Several Rocky Mount High and area baseball players participated in the annual State Games of North Carolina last weekend.

The high school baseball games, played at UNC-Charlotte and at Hopewell High School, were divided into two categories. Graduated seniors played in a two-game series - pitting 20 players from the East against 20 from the West.

RM's Brian Goodwin and Ben Fish and Northern Nash's Tyler Joyner participated in those games - both played last Wednesday. The East fell in both, however, 6-2 and 4-1.

The other category was a round-robin tourney with rising seniors and juniors playing on teams that represented each of the eight regions of the state as set up by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

Rocky Mount is in Region 3 and on that squad were Gryphons Hobbs Johnson and Benton Moss, Kyle Shields from Southern Nash and William Prince from Wilson Fike.

Playing in games from Thursday to Saturday, Region 3 beat Region 5 6-1 (Thurs.), defeated Region 7 2-1 (Fri.) and downed Region 1 7-3 (Sat.).

Region 3 advanced to the Gold Medal game Sunday against Region 6, a team from the Charlotte area that featured members of the NCHSAA 4-A state champion Ardrey Kell team.

Region 6 prevailed 7-5.

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