Photo by Matt Roth/The American Legion
Through the first three games Thursday at The American Legion World Series, the designated home team lost each game.
North Carolina had the bulk of the crowd backing them in Game 4, but as the designated visitors, they kept the “road” success going with a 6-3 win over New Jersey in the nightcap at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C.
The team from Randolph County, about two hours away, blistered New Jersey (39-9) for five runs on six hits in the top of the first inning. North Carolina (39-8) would go up 6-0 after Dawson Painter doubled home Jaxon Snider in the top of the fourth.
Cam Cane singled in Nick Psomaras in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-1. But with runners on first and second, Ryan Hill struck Josh deDufour out swinging to end the inning.
In the fifth, Sam Margulis’ sacrifice bunt put Chase Fleming and Will Karp into scoring position. Luke Blair’s groundout scored Fleming to make it 6-2, but Hill ended the inning with another strikeout, this time of Chris DeClerico.
New Jersey would add a run in the bottom of the ninth when Fleming’s single scored Andy Blake, and New Jersey had the bases loaded with two outs, but North Carolina’s big first inning proved too much to overcome.
Hill picked up the win after allowing just two runs on nine hits over seven innings. He struck out five.
Both teams are off on Friday. New Jersey will face Arkansas in Game 7 Saturday morning while North Carolina faces Idaho in Game 8.