Area teams wrap up softball, baseball seasons

HUNTERSVILLE – Not every baseball and softball team at East Gaston, Hopewell and West Mecklenburg High will make a splash in the postseason this year.

That fact still hasn’t stopped the six squads from seeking success on the diamond.

Here’s a look at the progress each team made in the 2013 regular season and their prospects of a playoff run.

East Gaston baseball

Record: 10-2 MEGA-7 3A/4A conference, 14-8 overall

Biggest wins: 25-0 over Garinger High (March 15) and 21-0 over Harding University (April 19)

Recap: The Warriors had no reason to worry about qualifying for the playoffs. East Gaston wrapped up the regular season ranked second in league standings, one game behind Olympic High for the MEGA-7 crown. They’ve got the potential to go several rounds in the playoffs after finding the secret to victory late in the year. The Warriors outscored opponents 31-0 in their last two conference games.

East Gaston softball

Record: 7-5 MEGA-7 3A/4A conference, 11-7 overall

Biggest wins: 18-0 over Garinger High (March 15) and 15-0 over Harding University (April 19)

Recap: East Gaston’s softball team had some of its biggest wins the same day of its baseball team. The difference, however, lies in the rest of the conference slate: The Warriors struggled against top-level competition and ended the regular season with an 8-1 loss to Gastonia Huss High on April 24.

Hopewell baseball

Record: 10-4 I-MECK 4A conference, 15-9 overall

Biggest wins: 14-0 over West Charlotte High (March 8), 13-2 over Vance High (April 16)

Recap: The Titans had high hopes before their season began, even without star pitcher Tristan Baker. Hopewell had reason to be optimistic, as a strong balance of hitting and defense helped guide the Titans to the postseason. They could make a splash there, provided Hopewell keeps up the good hitting.

Hopewell softball

Record: 10-3 I-MECK 4A conference, 13-4 overall

Biggest wins: 25-0 over West Charlotte High (April 11), 14-1 over Mallard Creek High (April 25)

Recap: You could say Hopewell’s softball team peaked at the right time. The Titans won nine of 10 games in a late-season stretch from March 21-April 25. Hopewell’s pitching and defense led the way. The Titans outscored opponents 109-24 in that run and are a playoff lock.

West Mecklenburg baseball

Record: 4-8 MEGA-7 3A/4A conference, 5-9 overall

Biggest wins: 20-5 over Harding University (March 28), 15-0 over Garinger High (April 26)

Recap: West Mecklenburg graduated much of its offense from last year, so the 2013 season was always going to be focused on rebuilding. Runs were at a premium for the Hawks all year in games against the league’s elite teams: Olympic High, East Gaston High and Charlotte Catholic.

West Mecklenburg softball

Record: 7-5 MEGA-7 3A/4A conference, 11-11 overall

Biggest wins: 24-3 over Vance High (March 16), 20-5 over East Mecklenburg High (March 13)

Recap: The Hawks were a sink-or-swim team in the 2013 regular season. Of West Mecklenburg’s 11 losses, 10 were by at least eight runs. The Hawks posted nine wins by at least 10 runs. They’re on the bubble for the playoffs.

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