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Equip Sports 9u advances to quarterfinals of WNC Cal Ripken State Tournament with two Saturday wins

By David Rogers. BOONE, N.C. — High Country-based Equip Sports’ 9-and-under baseball team opened the June 24-25 Western North Carolina Cal Ripken 9U Minors State Tournament with a flourish, winning both Saturday games in dominating fashion at the Watauga High School facilities.

BONUS PHOTOS AT BOTTOM

Playing in back to back games, Equip defeated Davidson County, 19-1, in the mid-afternoon opener, then came right back to upend South Park, 13-3, in the nightcap.

Eauip Sports 9u runner takes off for second base on June 24. Photographic image by David Rogers
Eauip Sports 9u runner takes off for second base on June 24. Photographic image by David Rogers

At 2-0, Equip Sports leads the State Tournament’s 3-team Central Division. As the No. 3 seed, they will face No. 6 Matthews at 2 p.m. June 25.

In an early Sunday morning tilt, No. 9 South Charlotte defeated No. 10 Davidson County, 10-7. in a consolation contest.

The final tournament bracket of teams vying for the championship include the following June 25 games:

QUARTERFINALS

  • B1 – 12:00 – No. 1 Sandhills vs. No. 8 Park Sharon @ Watauga High School
  • B2 – 12:00 – No. 7 South Park vs. No. 2 Surry County @ Equip Optimist Park
  • B3 – 2 p.m. – No. 3 UC Waxhaw vs. No. 5 Alexander County @ Watauga High School
  • B4 – 2 p.m. – No. 6 Matthews vs. No. 3 Equip Sports # Equip Optimist Park

SEMIFINALS

  • B5 – 4 p.m. – B1 Winner vs. B2 Winner
  • B6 – 4 p.m. – B3 Winner vs. B4 Winner

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 6 p.m. – B5 Winner vs. B6 Winner

Game statistics were not available as this story was going to press, but we were able to capture a moments during the Equip Sports vs. South Park matchup of teams.

BONUS PHOTOS

Equip Sports is in the semifinals of the WNC Cal Ripken State Tournament after winning both Saturday games.
An Equip Sports runner slides head first into home plate after a wild pitch sent the South Park catcher to the backstop to retrieve the ball on June 24. Photographic image by David Rogers
Eauip Sports 9u runner takes off for second base on June 24. Photographic image by David Rogers
Eauip Sports 9u runner takes off for second base on June 24. Photographic image by David Rogers

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