ZEBULON — Junior righthander Rookie Davis of Dixon
pitched a no-hitter in a bizarre opening game of the North Carolina
High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship
series at Five County Stadium on Friday.
Davis (11-3) kept West Wilkes at bay with his no-
hit efforts, striking out eight, but he walked 13 and his team made a
couple of errors to keep it close until Dixon exploded for four runs
in the seventh to win a three-hour marathon, 8-3.
West Wilkes pitcher Scott Gambill (11-2) got the
loss, but he probably deserved a little better fate as he fanned 12
and limited Dixon to four hits, but he walked nine and West committed
Dixon took a 3-0 lead in the fourth, with a wild
pitch scoring one, an infield out plating another, and a run-scoring
double by Rodman Young.
West knotted the score in its half of the fifth,
all after two outs, aided by a dropped third strike, a balk and a
couple of errors.
But the victorious Bulldogs stretched a 4-3 lead
with four runs in the seventh, with the key blow a two-run two-bagger
by Matt Rouse. Young, Rouse, Patrick Batchelor and Caleb Lanier had
the hits for the winners, in the finals for the first time since 1977.
Dixon is now 25-5 overall.
The Blackhawks fell to 21-12.
Game two in the best-of-three 1-A series is set for Saturday morning
at eleven o’clock.