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Behind a one-hit shutout by Jacob Flowers and Luke Bedford, North Carolina Baseball Museum blasted Greenlight 12-0 in four innings Friday night to return to the Wilson City Little League’s Major League championship game.
Top-seeded N.C. Baseball Museum, the defending champion, will face No. 3 Breakfast Optimist, an 8-1 victor over EB Sports in Friday’s second semifinal, in Monday’s championship game at Southern Bank Stadium at Gillette Baseball Complex.
Flowers gave up a first-inning single to Simon Quinn for No. 5 Greenlight’s only hit. Bedford led NCBM’s nine-hit assault with a 3-for-3 showing that including five RBIs. Flowers and Eldon Bass each went 2 for 3 and drove in a run. Malachi Griffin and Blake Strickland also had an RBI each.
N.C. Baseball Museum struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning with Flowers rapping an RBI double and scoring in Bedford’s single. Bass then tripled in Bedford.
Bedford’s three-run home run was the big hit in NCBM’s seven-run third inning. He then retired the side in order in the bottom of the fourth to end the contest via the mercy rule.
Greenlight hurt its chances with three errors while N.C. Baseball Museum did not commit a miscue.
Breakfast Optimist struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning against No. 7 EB Sports, which upset No. 2 BB&T in the first round.
Thomas Daniel and Jackson Scott had RBI singles before Seth Scott delivered two more runs with a double.
Hunter Lewis had an RBI double in the second before EB Sports scored its only run in the top of the third. Ashton Batten, who walked to lead off the inning, scored on an infield error by Breakfast Optimist.
Daniel tripled to start the bottom of the third and would score on an EB Sports error.
Breakfast Optimist tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth when Lewis led off with a single and scored on Seth Evans’ double. Daniel then doubled in Evans.
Evans started an pitched five innings to get the win. He gave up three hits and an unearned run.
Daniel was 3 for 3 to lead Breakfast Optimist while Daniel Holloman and Lewis each had two hits.
EB Sports’ hits came from Ashton Batten, Nathan Matthews, Bryan Sherrod and Connor Spencer.