EAST BEND — The Yadkin County 11U All Star baseball team placed second in the Cal Ripken State Championship, which was held at Fall Creek School July 6-11. Yadkin County had a tremendous tournament as it won four games before heading to the championship game.
In the first game of the tournament, Yadkin County won 21-0 over McDowell Spartans. The second game saw Yadkin County win 21-0 over Davidson County DC, while the third game was won 11-0 over MARA All Stars and the fourth game was won 8-2 over Southwest Athletics.
The championship game was a best two-out-of-three format. Yadkin County took on Southwest Athletics in the three-game series. The first two games were held on Tuesday night — both teams came away with a win. SWA took a 7-3 win in the first game as they had a strong fifth inning, scoring four runs.
The second game of the night was all about Yadkin County. The bats for the YC All Stars were on fire, as they accumulated 12 hits to win the game 17-5. In the fifth inning, Yadkin County put down on of its best performances of the weekend, as the team scored 12 runs. From there, Yadkin County was able to hold SWA to zero runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to enforce the run rule and take the win.
In the final game of the series, the teams headed back to the field on Wednesday night. Yadkin County was the home team for the final game. In the first inning, YC was able to take a 3-2 lead with a strong hit by Coy James, which scored Garret Pack and made the score 2-1. With no outs on the board, Kaden Christian stepped up and hit a line drive to right field to bring Gavin Maines and James across the plate. The hit by Christian gave YC a 3-2 lead heading into the second inning.
SWA was able to capitalize on its hits in the second inning, as SWA scored seven runs to take a 9-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Christian was once again up for YC and hit a line drive to left field to bring Maines and James in to cut the score to just four runs.
The third inning SWA added two runs to take an 11-5 lead. Yadkin County was able to battle at the plate to put down two runs with Craig McBride and Pack scoring.
As the game went on, Yadkin County tried to tie the game, but SWA had the upper hand. After six innings, SWA were able to take a 15-9 win over Yadkin County.
Next up for Yadkin County is a trip to Virginia for the South East Regionals, after that the team will play Aug. 6-13 in Jensen Beach, Florida, in the Cal Ripken World Series. The trip to Florida is one for the history books, as this is the first time a team from Yadkin County has ever played in the World Series.