Eagles blanked in playoff defeat
Warren County was eliminated, 10-0, in six innings at Farmville Central Wednesday in the first round of the 2-A state baseball playoffs.
Starter Ricky Hamill tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts for top-seeded Farmville Central (15-8).
“We just didn’t hit the ball,” said Warren County head coach Randy Martin. “They were a pretty solid team. The pitcher threw very well.”
The Jaguars advanced to face No. 2 South Granville (16-4), which knocked out No. 3 South Lenoir (13-8), 10-1, on Wednesday.
Warren County finished the season 10-9 overall after making its first appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs since 2010.
Eastern Plains Conference champion Farmville Central scored twice in the second inning to get out in front and plated four runs in the bottom of a fourth inning highlighted by a three-run homer from Hamill.
The Jaguars, who finished with nine hits, got the final run across in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch to end the game early via the 10-run mercy rule.
Hayden Sullivan got the start for the Eagles and threw four innings.
Pete Johnson and Darian Sellers had the hits for Warren County, which has six seniors on the roster to go along with the same number of underclassmen.
Martin said he hopes the playoff experience will motivate those younger players going into next season.
“We did better than last year,” said Martin. “As long as we keep making improvements, that’s the main thing."
— The Greenville Daily Reflector’s Ronnie Woodward contributed to this report.