Tyler Marion got the win and Brady Watts earned the save as Region 7 defeated Region 5 by a 5-1 score in the Gold Medal Game of the Powerade State Games in Charlotte over the weekend.
Region 7 won all four of its games and got four innings from Marion and three from Watts in the final contest.
Marion, a rising senior at East Surry, led a powerful Cardinals’ pitching staff this past season. East posted a 31-2 record and finished the Class 1A state runner-up to Whiteville.
Watts, a rising junior, was North Surry’s ace on the mound this past season. The Greyhounds went 8-14 overall.
Region 7 also featured East Surry rising senior Logan Sheets. Robert Little of Lake Norman was Region 7’s head coach. Matt Scott of Surry Central was an assistant coach, along with Terry Johnson (Wilkes Central) and Denny Kay (Forbush).
Region 7 won its three earlier games 5-4, 7-1, 7-5. Region 3 beat Region 2 for the bronze medal.
Other area players also on the Region 7 roster were Neil Hutchens of Forbush, Brett Fulk of Forbush, Jeremiah Triplett of West Wilkes and Seth Brown of Wilkes Central.
This was the 28th year for the Powerade State Games high school baseball event, which is the premier high school baseball event in North Carolina. Each year 32 high school coaches volunteer their time to hold tryouts in their regions and then select the 20 best players from the region.
State Games coaches rotate up until they are the head coach and new coaches are added to every team each year. This rotation ensures that all coaches, all schools, and all geographic areas of the state have the opportunity to participate in the Powerade State Games.