ZEBULON – East Rowan exploded for eight runs in the opening inning and then held on to outlast Wilson Hunt 15-10 in a marathon second game Saturday and sweep the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
Outfielder Will Sapp, who was two for four with a pair of RBI on Saturday after a big game in the opener, was named the Most Valuable Player of the series. In the first game Friday night, East erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth, aided by a three-run homer by Sapp, in a 9-3 victory. Sapp was five for eight with three RBI and scored four runs in the series.
The Mustangs, with Sapp delivering a two-run double and Nathan Fulbright a two-run single, roared to an 8-0 lead only to see Hunt counter with its first six batters in the bottom of the inning coming around to score.
But East scored four in the second, with Preston Troutman driving home two of those with a triple, and then three in the third to take command. Fulbright had three hits in five trips and three runs batted in for the game while Justin Morris also had three hits and scored three times.
Hunt collected 15 hits with the Warrior attack paced by Cody Britt, Seth Wiggs and Parker Lamm with three hits each.
East used four pitchers with Thomas Allen getting the win while Avery Harper, one of five pitchers for Hunt, was the loser.
Hunt, in its first NCHSAA championship series since 1989, finished 26-7 on the year. East Rowan, in the finals for the second time in three years, finished with a 31-2 mark.