CARY — The school year may be over, but the opportunity for local athletes to win state championships isn’t.
The high school all-star team representing Region 7 in the High School Baseball Division of the Powerade State Games of North Carolina swept three preliminary rounds over the past three days and will play for the state championship today at 1 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Center in Cary.
The team, whose 20-man roster includes North Surry infielder Kendal Tucker, Hayden Brooks of Elkin and Jamie Sheek, Tyler Campbell and Carter Foster of Forbush, bashed its way to the finals with victories over Region 8 (10-1), Region 2 (8-6) and Region 1 (5-4), playing one game on each day leading up to today’s championship round.
Region 7 will take on Region 6, which includes the Shelby, Gastonia and Charlotte areas, in today’s Gold Medal Game. Region 6 is also unbeaten in the tournament, having downed Region 3 (10-3), Region 5 (2-0) and Region 4 (9-4) in its half of the draw. The eight regions were split into two pools of four teams each, with the teams with the best records playing Sunday for the championship. The runners-up in the two pools will play for the bronze medal at 10 a.m.
In addition to reaching the championship game, the players representing North Carolina also won state bragging rights, sweeping two games from an all-star team from South Carolina, 4-2 on Wednesday and 11-2 on Thursday.
The Region 6 team is coached by Terry Johnson of Wilkes Central as head coach, with Elkin’s Nick Tomlin, Jack Moss of Forbush and Jeff Peck of Statesville as assistants. The region includes most of northwestern North Carolina, including both Surry and Yadkin counties.
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