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Mustangs Clinch 3A Title



Tiffany Walston

Talent Beyond the Field

Game 1: South Central Falcons vs. East Rowan Mustangs – A Nail-Biter

In a tightly contested Game 1 of the 3A State Championship series, the South Central Falcons and East Rowan Mustangs battled it out with the Mustangs edging a 3-2 victory. The game was a showcase of pitching prowess from both sides, keeping the scoreboard low and the tension high.

Game 2: Mustangs Dominate for the Title

Game 2 saw the East Rowan Mustangs' offense come alive. The Mustangs set the tone early, scoring four runs in the first inning. By the sixth inning, they were ready to seal the deal. Hits from Logan Dyer and Braden Shive set the stage for Harrison Ailshie, who smashed a three-run homer over the right-field wall, clinching the title for the Mustangs in Granite Quarry.

Logan Dyer's Stellar Performance

Pitcher Logan Dyer was dominant, securing 20 of 21 outs and allowing only three earned runs. Offensively, Dyer also shined, scoring three runs. His all-around performance was instrumental in the Mustangs’ championship victory.

Offensive Firepower

Braden Shive had an outstanding game, going 4-for-5 and scoring three runs. Harrison Ailshie was equally impressive, finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs and earning MVP honors for his clutch performances throughout the series, including a brilliant pitching outing in Game 1 and a walk-off walk.

Reflecting on the series, Ailshie felt that the offense really stepped up when needed stating “The biggest impact in securing our victory in game one would be us getting the job done while the bats were cold.” In game two of the series, he credited a lot of their success to the performance of the pitcher. 

Record-Breaking Season

Cameron Hightower also contributed significantly, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He scored 62 runs this season, potentially setting a new record for the NCHSAA.

A Team of Excellence

The Mustangs’ success extended beyond the field. McCall Henderson, who played first base and drove in a county-record 57 runs, was East Rowan’s valedictorian. Braden Shive, the right fielder with 51 hits and 47 runs, was the salutatorian for the Class of 2024. This blend of academic and athletic excellence underscored the Mustangs’ championship run.

Road to the Title

East Rowan faced numerous challenges throughout the season, triumphing over talented but under-seeded teams like Tuscola and South Central. Their focus and determination led them to secure their third NCHSAA state title, capping off a memorable season for the Mustangs.

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