Randolph County baseball team advance in state baseball playoffs

UCA’s Logan Sawyer right, high fives Caleb McDaniel after hitting an inside the park home run in the bottom of the first inning against Chatham Charter in the first round of the 1A east NCHSAA baseball playoffs at Uwharrie Charter Baseball field in Asheboro on June 15th, 2021 (PJ WARD-BROWN/North State Journal)

ASHEBORO — Four county teams entered the first round of the N.C. State baseball playoffs and three advanced the next round. Asheboro, Randleman, and Uwharrie Charter each vanquished first round opponents while Providence Grove exited the playoffs with a loss to North Lenoir in the 2A playoffs.

Asheboro, the highest state seed with their sixth position in the state 3A playoffs, walked off with a 5-4 win over Orange County. The Blue Comets were tied with the Panthers at 4-4 going into the final inning. Tanner Marsh knocked in the winning run for Asheboro with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh and final inning. Asheboro hosted Orange County in the friendly confines of McCrary park but will travel down east to face D.H. Conley in Greenville on Thursday.

Uwharrie Charter also hosted their tournament opener and took an 11-0 mercy rule win over Chatham Academy. The Eagles will play host to Murphy on Thursday.

The Randleman Tigers, on the road against 7 seed Reidsville, crushed the Rams with a lopsided 17-0 win that saw the Tigers pitcher take a no-hitter into the final inning of the mercy-rule win. The Tigers win and 2-seed North Johnston’s loss to 15-seed SW Onslow means the 10-seed Tigers will host SW Onslow Thursday in Randleman.