Time to play ball again for Wilson City Little League

Opening Day ceremony launches 13th season for WCLL

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Saturday morning started out damp and a bit chilly but there were plenty of smiles to brighten up Gillette Baseball Complex as Wilson City Little League celebrated its 13th Opening Day.

From the Parade of Teams that started the festivities at Southern Bank Stadium, it was clear that everyone was excited that baseball was back. Players from 35 Little League baseball teams and two Wilson Parks and Recreation Department softball teams marched into Southern Bank Stadium and onto the field.

After a scintillating national anthem by Somer Bunn and the invocation from Clay Johnson, Wilson City Little League director Troy Blaser welcomed the several hundred in attendance. Robert Stokely led the Little League Pledge and Donn Holt led the Little League Parent/Volunteer Pledge before Blaser recognized the players and coaches from two WCLL All-Star teams from last summer — the Ages 8-9 team that won North Carolina Little League District 6 and state championships and the Ages 10-11 squad that won the District 6 tournament.

Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose delivered a few remarks and the ceremonial first pitch, signifying that it was finally time to play ball.

While the grounds were still too wet to hold the Home Run Derby and the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competitions, 11 games were played, much to the delight of all.


Opening Day Results 


Double-A League

Ages 7-8

Team R H 

Luncheon Lions Club 10 16

Wilson Sluggers 5 15

Leading Hitters- Luncheon Lions Club: Colton High 2-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-2B; Ayden Wooten 2-2, 2-1B, 2-RBI, Brandon Gattis 2-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-2B; Christopher Brown 2-2, 2-R, 1-1B, 1-2B, 1-RBI; Micah Jernigan 2-2, 1-R, 2-1B; Tripp Harris 1-2, 1-R, 1-2B, 1-RBI; Avery Watkins 1-2, 1-R, 1-2B, 1-RBI; Joey Cincinnati 1-2, 1-R, 1-2B, 2-RBI; Marin Chester 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Hudson Capps 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Easton Martin 1-1, 1-R, 1-1B, 2-RBI. 

Leading Hitters- Wilson Sluggers: Mason Cambra 2-2, 1-R, 2-1B; Bently Mchenry 2-2, 2-1B; James House 2-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-2B; Joseph Betancourt 2-2, 1-R, 2-1B, 1-RBI; Kai’den Kent 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Aiden Speight 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Jalen Felder 1-2, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Annabelle House 1-2, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Ethan Strickland 1-1, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Caiden Ellis 1-1, 1-1B; Claire Thomas 1-1, 1-1B. 


Team R H 

Tipsy Tomato 1 8 

Sun River Service 10 14 

Leading Hitters- Tipsy Tomato: Jacob Pittman 2-2, 1-1B, 1-3B, 1-RBI; Chasen Bridgers 1-2, 1-1B; David Royer 1-2, 1-1B; Landon Carlone 1-2, 1-2B; Angel Rivera 1-2, 1-1b; Adel Seidi 1-1, 1-R, 1-1B; William Wentz 1-1, 1-1B. 

Leading Hitters- Sun River: Wood Berry 2-3, 2-R, 1-1B, 1-2B; Chase Hawkins 2-3, 2-R, 1-1b, 1-3B, 2-RBI; Tucker Webb 2-2, 2-R, 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-RBI; Dallas Ross 2-2, 2-R, 2-1B, 1-RBI; Peyton Easterly 2-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-2B, 1-RBI; Hill Black 2-2, 1-1B, 1-2b, 3-RBI; Patrick Williams 1-3, 1-R, 1-3B, 1-RBI; Willow Webb 1-2, 1-1B. 


Team R H

KS Bank 11 18

Pizza Inn 6 9 

Leading Hitters- KS Bank: Colton Simmons 2-3, 1-R, 2-1B; Bowman Smith 2-3, 2-1B, 3-RBI; Braxton Smith 2-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-3B, 1-RBI; Bella Gibson 2-2, 2-R, 2-1B, 1-RBI; Eli Nichols 2-2, 2-R, 2-1B; Connor bohne 2-2, 2-R, 2-1B, 2-RBI; Dj Spruill 2-2, 2-1B, 2-RBI; Aiden Gibson 2-2, 1-R, 2-1-B, 1-RBI; Bryson Driver 1-3, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Maddox Patenaude 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B. 

Leading Hitters- Pizza Inn: Hayden Turner 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Landon Riley 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Thomas Taylor 1-2, 1-1B; Bryson Bass 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Julien Scott Williford 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Seth Waller 1-1, 1-R, 1-1B; Bentley Robinson 1-1, 1-1B, 2-RBI; Jackson Batts 1-1, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Mac Batts 1-1, 1-R, 1-1B; Caelan Denham 1-RBI.


Minor League

Ages 9-11

Team R H 

Golden Circle Optimist 15 8 

Stone Creek Masonry 13 3

Leading Hitters- Golden Circle Optimist: Nathan Skinner 3-3, 3-R, 2-1B, 1-2B, 3-RBI; Clark Johnson 2-3, 3-R, 1-1B,1-2B, 1-BB, 1-RBI; Dylan Morgan 1-2, 1-R, 1-2-B, 1-RBI; Davison Metts 1-2. 2-R, 1-B, 1-BB,1-RBI; Dmor Banks 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Christian Sutton 1-R, 2-BB; Brandon Near 1-R, 1-BB, 1-RBI; Lee Lovitt 1-R, 2-BB; Landon Moore 2-BB; Isaac Hooper 1-BB, 1-RBI; Riley Phillips 2-R, 2-BB. 

Leading Hitters- Stone Creek Masonry; Eli Kicklighter 2-R, 2-BB; Noah Parker 2-R, 2-BB; Joshua Simmons 2-R, 1-BB; Briley Futrell 1-R, 2-BB; Gavin Harris 1-R, 1-BB; Avery Barnes 1-R, 1-BB; Garland Robbins 1-R, 1-BB; Peyton Herring 1-R, 1-BB; Colton Ferris 1-R, 2-BB; Jim Such 1-R, 1-BB. 


Team R H

Joyners 12 8 

Jersey Mikes 7 4

Leading Hitters- Joyners: Jackson Lynch 2-3, 2-R, 2-1B, 1-BB; Zachary Beal 2-2, 2-R, 2-1B, 2-RBI; Ethan Arizpe 1-2, 1-R, 1-3B, 1-RBI; Colin Mcdermott 1-1, 1-R, 1-2B, 1-BB, 1-RBI; Samuel Herndon 1-2, 1-2B, 2-RBI; Jacarri Artis 1-1, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Braxton Hall 2-R, 2-BB; Kaden Campbell 2-R, 2-BB; Gavin Godwin 1-R, 2-BB; Alexander Herndon 1-R. 

Leading Hitters- Jersey Mikes: Nicholas Bynum 2-2, 2-R, 1-2B, 1-HR, 3-RBI; Elliot Wheeler 1-2, 1-R, 1-2B; Anthony Ellis 1-2, 1-R, 1-HR, 2-RBI; Davis Pittman 2-R, 2-BB; Juliana Jones 1-BB; Connor Samson 1-R, 1-BB; Charles Oates 1-BB; Louis Betancourt 1-BB.


Team R H

Adams Flooring 7 1

Tobs 8 5

Leading Hitters- Adams Flooring: Seth Newsome 1-1, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-BB; Michael Gay 1-R, 1-BB; Adron Edwards 2-R, 2-2B; Lawson Boykin 1-R, 1-BB; Jc Manning 2-R, 2-BB; Jaylen Foster 2-BB; Liam Hockaday 1-BB, 1-RBI; Owen Coffey 1-BB. 

Leading Hitters- Tobs: Ayden Frazier 2-2, 1-R, 2-1B, 2-RBI; John Royer 1-1, 1-R, 1-2B, 1-BB, 1-RBI; Ahmad Sellers 1-2, 1-R, 1-3B, 2-RBI; Michael Brewer 1-1, 2-R, 1-1B, 1-BB, 1-RBI; Brayden Waniorek 1-R, 1-BB; Connor Dorough 1-BB; Ethan Hurd 1-R, 1-BB; Ethan Kriger 1-R, 1-BB. 


Team R H 

Vets Pets 9 6

B&S Tire 3 1

Leading Hitters- Vets Pets: Mason Fitch 2-3, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-2B; William Lanier 2-2, 1-R, 2-2B, 1-BB, 2-RBI; Mattox Mckeel 1-1, 3-R, 1-2B, 2-BB; Austin Coughlin 1-3, 2-R, 1-1B, 2-RBI; David Worth Joyner 1-RBI; Aston Holland 1-R, 1-BB; Ty’relle Sommirs 1-BB; Elijah Kirby 1-R. 

Leading Hitters- B&S Tire: Trent Jones 1-2, 1-1B; Jacob Pridgen 1-BB; Zachary Taylor 1-R, 1-BB; Greyson Crocker 1-BB; Connor Spruill 1-R; Christopher Keeler 1-R, 1-BB.


Major League

Ages 9-12

Team R H E 

NC Baseball Museum 3 3 0

Farris & Farris 13 8 0

Leading Hitters- NCBM: Noah Warren 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Tanner Pierce 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Christopher Howard 1-1, 1-1B, 3-RBI; Spencer Bass- 1-R, 1BB. 

Leading Hitters- Farris & Farris: Michael Tyler 2-2, 3-R, 2-1B, 2-BB, 1-RBI, Colby Barnhill 2-3, 2-R, 2-1B, 1-BB, 2-RBI; Archie Davis 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-BB, 1-RBI; Joel Breiholz 1-3, 3-R, 1-1B, 2-BB; Luke Moran 1-4, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Gavin Craft 1-2, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Camden Harold 1-BB, Trevor Moore 1-R; Dillon Bunn 1-R, 2-BB; Ethan Stallings 1-R, 1-BB; Brayden Brown 1-R, 1-BB, 1-RBI. 


Team R         H         E

EB Sports 13        11        1

Breakfast Optimist 2          3          0

Leading Hitters- EB Sports: Lennon Warren 3-4, 3-R, 2-1B, 1-2B, 2-RBI; Brayden Parker 3-4, 1-R, 2-1B, 1-2B, 2-RBI; Nathan Matthews 3-3, 2-R, 3-2B; Connor Radford 2-4, 2-R, 2-2B, 3-RBI; Landon Cuddington 3-BB, 1-RBI; Cj Summerlin 1-RBI; Colton Bridgers 1-R, 1-BB; Tyler Poythress 1-R, 2-BB; Peyton Gardener 2-R, 2-BB; Talon Gardener- 1-R, 1-BB; Eli Dixon 1-BB. 

Leading Hitters- Breakfast Optimist: Jake Harris 1-2, 1-1B; Seth Evans 1-2, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Stone Massey 1-3, 1-2B, 1-RBI; Connor Todd 1-R, 1-BB; Seth Scott 1-R; Daniel Holloman 1-BB.


Team R         H         E

Creech’s Plumbing 4           7         0

Greenlight 0           3          1

Leading Hitters- Creech’s Plumbing: Carter Adams 2-3, 1-R, 2-1B; Maddox Deans 2-3, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-2B, 3-RBI; Joshua Taylor 1-3, 1-R, 1-1B; Will Doll 1-3, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Ross Hinnant 1-3, 1-1B; Ryan Bass 1-R, 1-BB. 

Leading Hitters- Greenlight: Simon Quinn 1-3, 1-2B; Deandre Sellers 1-3, 1-1B; Charlie Scott 1-2, 1-1B.


Team R         H         E

Highway 55 0          1          0

BB&T 10         7          1

Leading Hitters- Highway 55: Barnes Willoughby 1-2, 1-1B

Leading Hitters- BB&T: Joe Glover 2-3, 2-R, 1-1B, 1-HR, 4-RBI; Shea Whitley 2-3, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-2B, 2-RBI; Evan Ferrell 1-3, 1-R, 1-1B, 1-RBI; Josef Popowitch 1-1, 2-R, 1-1B, 2-BB; Landon Brown 1-2, 1-R, 1-1B; Tanner Rigsbee 1-R, Zachary Mckenzie 1-R, 1-BB; Landon Strickland 1-R, 1-BB.