A two-RBI single in the fifth inning from junior transfer Mikal Hill (Charlotte, N.C. / Mallard Creek HS / Dade CC) broke a one-all tie to propel the White squad over the Green and even the Green/White Niner World Series at one game each with a 3-1 victory Friday afternoon at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium.
The three-game series, signaling the end of the fall team practice phase for Charlotte baseball, concludes Saturday afternoon.
Like in Thursday’s contest, Green took the early lead. In the first, junior Brad Elwood, Green’s shortstop, hit a two-out double to right. After a steal of third, Elwood scored on a throwing error for the 1-0 lead.
White was able to tie the score in the third inning. Freshman left fielder Eric Eason (Wilmington, N.C. / Ashley HS) singles to leadoff the frame. Eason stole third and scored on an RBI groundout from Zach Jarrett (Hickory, N.C.) to level the score.
In the fifth, Eason got in the mix again, with a leadoff single. That was followed by a double from Jarrett, to put both runners in scoring position for Hill, who singled through the left side of the infield to drive in the go-ahead and eventual winning runs.
White starter and senior Jason Harris (Austin, Texas / Barton County CC) allowed just two hits and the unearned run in six strong innings, giving him the win. Harris retired the last 14 batters he faced in a outstanding outing. Sophomore Micah Wells (Pfafftown, N.C. / Mt. Tabor HS) retired all three batters he faced in the seventh and senior Hunter May (Cornelius, N.C. / Hopewell HS / Pitt CC) tossed a scoreless eighth for the save in the scheduled eight-inning contest.
Redshirt senior Corey Roberts (Charlotte, N.C. / Olympic HS) gave up the three runs in five innings, striking out a pair. Green reliever and senior Ryan Mas (Matthews, N.C. / Butler HS) tossed two perfect innings of relief, with one strikeout in the one hour, 25-minute contest.
Eason, Hill and freshman outfielder Kenny Palmer (Matthews, N.C. / Sun Valley HS) all had two hits each of White’s eight in the contest.
Arguably, Charlotte’s top two pitchers, senior Brock Hudgens (Jamestown, N.C. / Southwest Guilford HS) and redshirt junior transfer Ryan Butler (Charlotte, N.C. / Ardrey Kell HS / NW Fla. CC) will be the starting pitchers in the series finale, which has a first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission is free to the public.