FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Sophomore Alex Vanderstok had three hits in four at-bats, and Tripp Shelton blasted a three-run home run as West Forsyth defeated Richmond Senior 6-3 today in the decisive third game of the NCHSAA state 4-A baseball championship series at UNC Greensboro.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that West Forsyth took the best-of-three series two games to one and won its first NCHSAA baseball title, making its second trip to the finals and first visit in 12 years.
Vanderstok, with a single, double and triple in the game, was selected as the series MVP. In the opening game on Friday night, Vanderstok had three hits and drove home a run to lead West to a 6-4 win.
Richmond evened the series at a game apiece earlier on Saturday, as a solo home run by Ethan Baucom tied the game in the seventh and a walk-off single by Cody Leviner won it as the Raiders prevailed, 8-7.
Shelton ripped his homer in the second inning of the decisive game to give the Titans a 4-0 lead, which increased to 6-0 after four before the Raiders rallied. Richmond scored three times in the fifth, with the big blow a two-run single by James Buie, who was two for four in the game. The Raiders left 10 men on base, including two in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Jake Mayhew was the winning pitcher and Travis Holden came on the sixth to get the save. Jarrett Corder had two hits for West.