On campus: Scott leads Wake Tech baseball
Alex Scott (LCHS) concluded his first year with the Wake Tech baseball team last week, leading the Eagles (20-21-2, 13-13) offensively, defensively and from the mound.
The freshman infielder played in 42 games this season, leading Wake Tech in at bats with 141 and hits with 43 while finishing third on the team in runs scored with 21 and fourth on the team in batting average with a .305. In the field, he was featured as the Eagles’ shortstop, leading the team with 87 assists while only making eight errors. He also pitched in relief in eight games. He finished on the mound with a team leading 3-0 record with one save, while also hosting the Eagles’ best ERA at 0.63 in 14 innings while striking out 15.
Teammate Connor Gaines (SLHS), also in his first season with the Eagles, pitched in eight games and finished with a 1-0 record, striking out one in 8.2 innings of work on the mound.
Wingate senior Keeley Wood (SLHS) continues to receive post-season recognition as her distinguished track and cross country career comes to a close. The long distance runner has received two All-Region nods from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The two-time SAC women’s cross country individual champion was named All-Region in the 5,000 meters (18:30.92) and the 10,000 meters (38:54.03), both races she finished second in at the SAC Championships. Wood was one of six Wingate student-athletes to earn 2014 All-Region outdoor track and field honors.
Nick Durazo (LCHS) and East Carolina (32-24, 14-13) ended their regular season by defeating High Point, 7-4, and then winning two of three games versus the University of Texas San Antonio. The Pirates won game one 3-2, dropped the second 2-1, and battled back to win the third in 10 innings 3-2. The Pirates now head into the Conference USA Tournament as the sixth seed facing third-seeded Southern Miss (32-23) on Wednesday in Hattiesburg, Miss. The five-day tournament will run through Sunday.
Jared Kehagias (SLHS), Jacobi Harris (Northwood), Kory Wood (Overhills) and N.C. Central (19-33-1, 12-12) suffered two losses to be ousted from the 2014 MEAC Baseball Tournament in Norfolk, Va., last week. The Eagles were defeated 6-1 by the Norfolk State Spartans in their opening game of the tournament, but battled back to pick up a 10-5 win over Maryland Eastern Shore in their second game. N.C. Central fell victim to Norfolk State in game three, losing to the Spartans 10-1. Wood started at center field in the first two games, finishing 0-3 at the plate but still scoring three runs. Kehagias started at second base in game two and played first base in the third game, going 1-3 at the plate and scoring one run. Wood finishes his sophomore season ranked fourth on the team in stolen bases with four, fifth in runs scored with 25 and doubles with eight, and sixth in hits with 33.