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Highland Techs Defeats East Wilkes

5/8/24

By:

Parker Hatch

Playoff Pressure Doesn't Affect Grayson Lunsford

Highland Tech (12-12) showcased their playoff readiness in the first round of the 1A NCHSAA playoffs by delivering a commanding 7-0 shutout against the East Wilkes Cardinals (14-10). Their pitcher displayed exceptional skill, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 12 batters. This victory adds to Highland Tech's impressive tally of 8 wins by a margin of 7 runs or more this season.


Freshman Grayson Lunsford's stellar performance on the mound was pivotal in securing the shutout.While only being a Freshman, Lunsford has racked up some impressive stats with a fielding percentage of .984, an on base percentage of .295, and a batting average of .169.



Contributions on the offensive front were equally noteworthy, with 4 players notching at least 1 hit. Including junior, Kendell Hale, going 1-for-2, crossed the plate for a run, while freshman Coleman Schafer, had a 1-for-4 performance, and scored twice.


Highland Tech has been riding a wave of success lately, winning 3 of their last four games, which has boosted their season record to 12-12. Meanwhile, East Wilkes suffered their second consecutive loss, dropping their season record to 14-10.



Looking ahead, Highland Tech faces Mount Airy on the road on Friday. Mount Airy comes into the matchup seeking their 23rd consecutive victory, promising a challenging contest. As for East Wilkes, unfortunately their season has came to an end.

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