Eagles lock up fourth, playoff bid

May. 06, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Warren County blanked Southern Vance 9-0 Tuesday at Southern and the Eagles have locked up at least fourth place in the 2-A Northern Carolina Conference — along with a postseason berth.

Warren County (10-8, 8-5) closes the regular season on Friday at South Granville.

“We’ve held almost every team close,” said Warren County head coach Randy Martin. “The pitching has been very good this year.”

The top two pitchers — ace Hayden Sullivan and Darian Sellers — worked Tuesday’s game. Sullivan started before Sellers came on to finish the final five innings, striking out five.

Sullivan and Sellers combined to allow four hits.

Hayden Harris, Dustin Brummitt and Logan Waite had the hits for the Raiders, who have four wins on the season. Waite finished 2-for-3.

Southern’s league wins came over Franklinton and Durham School of the Arts and the Raiders entered Tuesday in sixth place.

Southern has one senior, Scott Jackson, who was honored Tuesday for Senior Day.

The Raiders started three freshmen and three sophomores.

“It’s definitely a young team,” said Southern head coach Eric Faucette. “It’s definitely a rebuilding process.”

Errors have been an issue for both sides this season, but Faucette said teaching his players how to win has been at the top of his priority list.

“Some kids you have to teach how to win ballgames,” said the Southern coach. “That’s more than fielding the ball; it’s more than fundamentals. You have to teach them what it takes, the desire, the dedication, the determination.”

Southern closes the regular season Friday at N.C. School of Science and Math.

Justin Fountain led Warren County at the plate Tuesday with a 3-for-3 performance. Blake Tharrington, Pete Johnson, Thomas McCaffity, Trey Martin, and Antonio Thompson each added hits.

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