By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, April 28, 2013 —
The final night of the regular season for the baseball teams of Stanly County saw the renewal of one long-standing baseball old rivalry and the completion of a regular-season conference rivalry that will not be in the conference next season as Albemarle travelled to South Stanly and North Stanly hosted West Stanly.
South Stanly 4
The cliche is true for rivalry games like Albemarle and South Stanly’s baseball teams that you can throw the records out the window when the two teams meet on the diamond.
Friday night saw the Bulldogs, with an overall winning percentage under .500 overall this season, taking on the 20-win Rebel Bulls ranked fourth in the final Impact Baseball poll for the regular season released on April 15.
An intensely played game between the two squads saw the visitors lose a four-run lead then rally in the later innings for a 7-4 road win.
A 121 001 2 7 8 2
SS 000 310 0 4 4 1
WP – Bryan Blanton (3.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, 3 BB, 5 K).
LP – Easton Horton (2.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, 0 BB, 4 K).
Leading Hitters: SD – Paul Cagle 3-4, 3B, RBI; Zac Brafford 2-4, RBI; T.J. Howard 1-2, RBI. SS – Chase Poplin 1-4, 3B; Vance Deese 1-2, RBI.
West Stanly 1
North Stanly 0
In a battle for third place in the Rocky River Conference and the No. 3 seed in the 2A state playoffs, West Stanly went on the road Friday and earned a 1-0 win over North Stanly.
The Colts host CATA Tuesday at 7 p.m. while North Stanly hosts Forest Hills in the opening round of the RRC tournament.
West Stanly will host the conference semifinals on Thursday starting at 5 p.m. and the finals on Friday night.
For more, see Sunday's print edition.