North Moore falls to UCA in baseball championship series

HOLLY SPRINGS — Uwharrie Charter secured its second state title in four seasons with a two-game series sweep of North Moore last weekend in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A baseball championship series.

In Game 1, Uwharrie Charter edged North Moore with a 2-1 win. Eagles freshman pitcher Jake Hunter allowed just one run on eight hits, while Uwharrie Charter’s offense came alive in the third inning, with Troy Carver and Ben Medinger contributing key RBIs to secure the win.

Game 2 saw Uwharrie Charter assert their dominance, securing an 8-1 win to clinch the championship. Pitcher Brett Smith gave up only one run on five hits in a complete game effort. The Eagles’ offense erupted in the third inning, scoring four runs with contributions from Medinger, Jake Hunter and Walker Wilkins. 

Although North Moore struck first in the final game, on Bradley Mauldin’s second-inning double, Uwharrie Charter responded in the third inning. Led by Medinger, who delivered a two-run single, the Eagles surged ahead. Uwharrie Charter added runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Caleb Stickle’s two-run single in the fifth solidified the lead.

Brown’s performance earned him the series Most Valuable Player award for the Eagles. He went 3-for-4 with a triple in the championship-clinching game and 4-for-7 for the series.

Uwharrie Charter won the 2019 title but their pursuit of a repeat championship was halted by the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By North State Journal Staff

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