Bishop deals for New Hanover win; Ashley joins crosstown rivals in tourney semifinals is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Junior southpaw Caleb Bishop tossed seven scoreless innings to guide the New Hanover baseball team in a 2-0 win over Patriot High School in the first round of the 2016 Ashley High School Spring Break Tournament.

New Hanover grabbed a bounce back win on Monday. Photo courtesy- Matt Treppel.
New Hanover grabbed a bounce back win on Monday. Photo courtesy- Matt Treppel.

Burke Estes and Adam Pecoraro each provided a spark for the Wildcats’ offense in the bottom of the third. Estes led off the frame with a single and found his way home on a Fulton Hill sacrifice fly to right-center field. Estes got into scoring position following a Pecoraro single.

“Caleb is just a guy who totally expects to throw seven innings once a week,” said New Hanover Coach Richard Foy.

The team is led by seniors, Foy said, who are “always in the young guys’ ears” to show them the ropes and help step up their game.

New Hanover added a big insurance run in the bottom of the fourth when freshman catcher Kyle Smith laced a two-out RBI single on a 1-2 count to bring in Brett Kemp.

Caleb Bishop struck out 10, scattering two hits and two walks. The Pioneers had ample scoring chances, but couldn’t manage to get a run across the board, stranding seven runners on base.

The Wildcats moved to 7-1 overall and take on Ashley in the tournament semifinals on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Patriot takes on Robert E. Lee in the loser’s bracket at 1:30 p.m.

Ashley 16    Robert E. Lee 0

Kevin Mintz. Photo courtesy- Trent Brinkley
Kevin Mintz. Photo courtesy- Trent Brinkley

Ashley finished a perfect day for the high school baseball teams across New Hanover County as the Screaming Eagles solidified an all-Wilmington semifinal bracket at this year’s spring break tournament following a 16-0 result over Robert E. Lee High School (Springfield, Virginia).

Junior lefty Kevin Mintz made quick work in the team’s first round match-up as the Screaming Eagles improved to 3-5.

Ashley jumped out to an early (1-0) lead in the bottom of the first inning when Evan Laverick crossed home on senior catcher Reggie Reagan’s sacrifice fly. Laverick got into scoring position following two steals after he drew off a walk to start the half inning.

A second inning rally proved to be the difference. Head Coach Brian Stewart got contributions from junior Christian Tafoya (two-run RBI single), sophomore Len Fentress (RBI single), and junior Alex Brooks (RBI single). The rally consisted of a 13-hit, seven-run frame for the Screaming Eagles.

Ashley faces (5-1) Hoggard High School (5-1) in the semifinals of the spring break tournament on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 pm.