Mid-Carolina scored an easy 13-1 win over defending state champion Gilbert in Saturday’s Region 3-2A baseball championship game in Prosperity.
Sophomore C.J. Edwards was brilliant against on the hill for the Rebels in his third outing of the season against Gilbert. Edwards limited the Tribe to two hits and struck out 12 in M-C’s 2-1 win on March 24, and allowed just four hits and fanned eight in a 3-1 loss to Gilbert in the rematch on April 17. This time, the lanky right-hander checked the potent Gilbert attack on four-hitter with 11 whiffs. In 21 innings against Edwards, the Indians managed just five runs on 10 hits and fanned 31 times.
Jake Padgett nearly matched Edwards pitch for pitch in the first two games, but was too tired to take the mound in the tie-breaking game after throwing back-to back complete game wins over Mid-Carolina and Batesburg-Leesville that gave his team a title shot.
But Adam Spires was not up to the challenge as Gilbert’s starter in the showdown, nor were a number of relievers. In the end, Indians pitchers issued 15 walks and served up 12 M-C hits. Spires had five walks in the first inning and Alex Davidson passed two m ore in the first inning alone. The wonder was the Rebels only managed four runs in the first inning. But that was more than enough run support for Edwards.
Krishawn Holley went 3-for-4 with an RBI to pace the M-C offense. Alex Bedenbaugh, Jeffrey Hentz and Bryan Cotney all had two RBIs for the Rebels.
Gilbert’s lone run came on a home run in the fourth inning by Christopher Owings. By that time, M-C had a 9-0 lead.
Mid-Carolina, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, is the top seed in the District III playoff tournament. The Rebels host Lee Central in the playoff opener on Thursday. Fifth-ranked Gilbert (16-5) opens defense of its state title as the No. 2 seed in District II on Thursday at home against Eau Claire, which finished in third place in Region 4-2A.