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Uwharrie Charter Clinches 1A State Title in Dramatic Fashion

6/4/24

By:

Tiffany Walston

Second Consecutive State Title

Uwharrie Charter Clinches 1A State Title in Dramatic Fashion

The Uwharrie Charter Eagles (28-6) claimed their second consecutive 1A NCHSAA State Championship with a thrilling series against the Northside-Pinetown Panthers (22-8), capped by a walk-off victory and a dominant offensive display.


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Game 1: Pitcher's Duel Ends in Walk-Off

Friday night’s opener was a classic pitcher's duel. Uwharrie Charter's ace, Jake Hunter, was electric on the mound, hurling eight innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out 11 batters. The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Eagles secured a walk-off 2-1 victory, setting the tone for the series.


Game 2: Offensive Fireworks Seal the Title

Saturday's Game 2 saw a shift from pitching dominance to offensive power. The Eagles came out swinging, and by the third inning, Trey Kennedy launched a home run to give Uwharrie Charter a 3-1 lead. The Eagles continued to capitalize on Northside-Pinetown's defensive miscues in the fifth inning, with Logun Wilkins and Kennedy reaching base on errors, followed by a crucial hit from Grat Dalton that extended their lead. The Eagles never looked back, cruising to a 6-1 victory.


View from the Mound in Game 2

Pitcher Brett Smith delivered a masterful performance in Game 2, going seven strong innings while allowing just one earned run on three hits and striking out three. Impressively, Smith didn't surrender a hit over his final four innings, showcasing the Eagles' depth and consistency on the mound.




With this 2-0 series sweep, Uwharrie Charter reaffirms their dominance in 1A baseball, capturing back-to-back state titles and etching their names in high school baseball history.

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