Fairmont, St. Pauls facing familiar opponents in 3rd round

By: By Rodd Baxley - rbaxley@civitasmedia.com

The NCHSAA state baseball playoffs continue for two of Robeson County’s teams on Tuesday, with Fairmont and St. Pauls facing familiar opponents as they battle for a spot in the 2A East regional semifinals.

The No. 3 Golden Tornadoes (22-6) are the highest seed remaining in the East, looking to advance to the regional semifinals in back-to-back seasons. Fairmont hosts No. 11 North Brunswick (15-10) at 7 p.m. tonight in a rematch of last season’s second-round game. The Golden Tornadoes earned a 6-4 comeback win over the Scorpions last year.

The winner will play No. 10 South Lenoir or defending 2A champion No. 15 South Granville on Friday.

Tyler Musselwhite no-hit Greene Central in an impressive 8-0 win for Fairmont in the second round, with Seth Thorndyke logging three RBIs to lead the charge at the plate. The Golden Tornadoes scored four runs in the first and third innings en route to the win.

The Scorpions squeaked by Bartlett Yancey, 2-1, in the first round, before claiming a 9-2 win over conference rival No. 6 Croatan, using a four-run second inning en route to the second-round win.

Trey Parrish went 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and earned the win on the mound for North Brunswick.

In the other playoff matchup on Tuesday, No. 24 St. Pauls looks to continue its impressive playoff run as it travels to Tabor City for a meeting of Three Rivers Conference foes at No. 17 South Columbus.

The Bulldogs (15-12) lost a pair of close games to the Stallions (17-9) in the regular season, dropping a 6-5 road game on March 21 and a 6-4 contest at home on April 22.

The winner will play No. 4 Edenton Holmes or No. 28 Currituck County in the regional semifinals.

St. Pauls, led by J.J. Oxendine, Ted McNeill and Aaron Revels, earned a dominant 10-4 upset win at No. 8 North Pitt in the second round to advance. McNeill picked up the win on the mound and went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored. Oxendine had four RBIs and Revels added three RBIs.

South Columbus beat No. 32 Dixon, 4-3, on a walk-off hit by Chase Gore in the 10th inning to earn a spot in the third round.

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By Rodd Baxley

rbaxley@civitasmedia.com

Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.

Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.