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Here’s how Crest baseball upset South Point in the NCHSAA playoffs

BELMONT – Crest Baseball hasn’t forgotten the last time it met Big South 3A rival South Point.

In mid-April, the Red Raiders made short work of Crest, defeating the Chargers 22-2 en route to an impressive two-game sweep. South Point parlayed this success into a second straight Big South 3A title, as well as the No. 4 seed in the NCHSAA 3A West playoff bracket.

None of that mattered Tuesday, as 29th-ranked Crest made the most of its third crack against an old foe.

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The Chargers are headed to the second round of the 3A West baseball playoffs after a 12-7 win over South Point.

“In those two games we did a lot of the same things that hurt them (Tuesday). They did a good job of taking advantage of these things, but we did our part to help,” said Crest baseball coach Adam McSwain. “Were young; guys are starting to figure out they can play with some people. This past week (game against Kings Mountain) helped us a lot. I thought we put together two good weeks of baseball, and once you get in, everything is 0-0 and who knows? You get the right seed, the right matchups and you never know.

Crest’s most important inning came when the batters barely lifted the bat from their shoulders. The Chargers were scoreless for three innings and scored three runs thanks to five walks and a hit batsman. They were more conventional with their scoring in the fifth, scoring six runs on three hits, five walks and two batsmen hit, and adding three more runs for good measure in the seventh.

Landry Ohmstead led Crest by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Brock Melton finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs. Caleb Costner and Zack Rayfield each had two RBIs.

Meanwhile, Crest pitcher Parker Ramsey was in control most of the evening, pitching 5 ⅓ innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on a single and striking out six.

“I didn’t feel any pressure at all. I felt pretty good,” he said. “I went there and played loose. My fastball worked pretty well and I threw it pretty hard today; my curve ball was good too.

South Point’s runs in the sixth and seventh as it was desperate to get its season started.

Gavin Gibson had a hit and two RBIs, while Zeke Pruitt, Colby Hamilton and Camden Ashe each had a hit and an RBI.

Crest continues to play No. 13 Lake Norman Charter on Friday. The Knights defeated Atkins 7-1 to advance. Although tough, McSwain said his team will be ready to go.

“We told our boys that they were ‘playing with house money; they should lose this game. There’s no reason to feel a lot of pressure,” McSwain said. “Just compete, and whatever happens, happens.”