Heading into a key week inside league play, the Topsail baseball team earned a big non-conference victory on Saturday following a 7-2 result in Hampstead.
With the win, the Pirates improved to 13-6 overall coming off the impressive performance against North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A member Middle Creek.
Freshman starter Aidan Smith delivered a strong effort on the hill, allowing two runs on seven hits, with one walk and one strikeout over five innings. William St. Ledger recorded the final six outs of the game.
The Pirates wasted no time to get on the board in the bottom of the first. Josh Madole came around to score after being hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, while three Middle Creek errors allowed Colby Emmertz, Chase Riker and Elliot Blanton to score for an early 4-0 lead.
Smith worked a perfect one-two-three inning in the second as the Mustangs left seven runners stranded in the ball game.
Middle Creek cut the deficit in half with two runs in the fifth, but Topsail added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game in check. With two outs and nobody on, Gavin Finley worked a walk. He advanced two bases on a pair of wild pitches and Layne Marcum made it 5-2 with an RBI single. A free pass issued to Cameron Kimrey kept the inning alive and Madole’s second hit of the contest loaded the bases before Bryce Cota picked up a 2 RBI base knock.
Madole went 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Topsail attack as seven different Topsail players had one run scored.
At 6-1 in the division, the Pirates remains one game back from West Brunswick heading into a road game against the Trojans on Tuesday, April 26.
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