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FAYETTEVILLE -— Hunt High got off to a good start in Tuesday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball third-round playoff game at Terry Sanford. The Warriors, seeded No. 12 in the 3-A East Region, scratched out a couple of runs off freshman pitcher Cruise Herz, the younger brother of Bulldogs ace Davidjohn Herz, in the top of the first inning.
Then the roof fell in on the Warriors, who finished their season 18-6 with the 14-4 loss.
Terry Sanford (24-2), the No. 4 seed, scored eight runs in the bottom of the first, chasing Hunt ace Tyson Bass with just one out gone. The Warriors tried to get back in it, pushing across single runs in the second and third inning to halve the deficit to 8-4.
But the Bulldogs responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth and scored one in the bottom of the sixth to trigger the mercy rule and end Hunt’s season.
Sophomore Jarrett Aycock led Hunt, which had just five hits, with a 2-for-4 showing while Chase Waddell was 1 for 2. Sophomore Hunter Wiggins, who picked up the pitching win in relief, was 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs for the Bulldogs. Justin Ebert also drove in two runs while batting 2 for 3.
Terry Sanford will move on to play No. 1 New Hanover, a 7-1 winner over No. 8 Southeast Guilford on Tuesday, in the fourth round Friday in Wilmington.