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Pirates prepare for first trip to state title series

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A championship series features two schools, Corinth Holders and Mooresville, that will each be competing in the final round for the first time. 

Mooresville was established in the 1930s, while this is just the ninth school year for Corinth Holders. The two teams will meet at UNC Greensboro for a three-game series this weekend. The first game will be Friday at 5 p.m., with the second contest set for Saturday at 11 a.m. If necessary, the third and deciding game will be Saturday at 5.

The Pirates (23-6) won the Northern Athletic Conference to earn the No. 3 seed in the East. Corinth Holders was the higher seed in every round of the playoffs with the exception of the fourth round, where it defeated No. 2 Durham Jordan, 3-0. Corinth Holders required all three games before battling past No. 4 Holly Springs in the East finals. 

The Blue Devils (22-9) shared the I-Meck Conference championship, but fell to the No. 11 seed  after losing a tiebreaker to Cornelius Hough. Mooresville’s run to the state championship series includes a win over No. 2 Charlotte Providence in the fourth round. The Blue Devils then swept No. 8 Pfafftown Ronald Reagan in the West finals.

Corinth Holders averages about eight runs a game, while Mooresville averages a little over seven runs. The Pirates give up over three runs a game and the Blue Devils give up a little less than three runs. It’s unknown if junior Landon Ginn, the top hitter and pitcher for Corinth Holders, will be available because of a back injury that he’s been addressing in the past month. Mooresville’s top pitcher, senior Justin Poris and sophomore Nick Merriman, both have been dominant. Poris has only allowed eight runs all season and Merriman has allowed 14.