Runner-up finish pushes Princeton to state tournament

Evan Aycock scampers to first base after making contact during the Princeton coach-pitch baseball team’s win over North Johnston last week. (Michael Held photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

SMITHFIELD—The Princeton coach-pitch baseball team (8U) had to do it the hard way but the Bulldogs advanced to the Tar Heel League state tournament after finishing in second place at the District V tournament last week in Smithfield.

After suffering a loss to a powerful Cleveland team early in the tournament, Princeton was forced to do some heavy work in the loser’s bracket in order to qualify as one of the three teams from the district to earn a berth in the state tournament to be held in Hickory from July 26-29.

To get things back on the right track, Princeton plated the maximum five runs per inning in the opening two frames of a matchup against McGees to build a 10-0 lead before cruising to the 10-1 win.

The win set up a busy night last Thursday with one win securing no worse than third place and a state tournament berth and two wins equaling a trip to the District V championship game.

Princeton put together an all-around great team performance in a big 15-5 win over Four Oaks to get the night started off well.

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