ASHEVILLE — The Watauga baseball team suffered a 7-2 loss at A.C. Reynolds in the first round of the state 3-A playoffs.
Watauga (10-15) finished with six hits, including two from Rivers Gore, who had a seventh-inning double. But it was not enough to keep the Rockets from breaking open a 3-2 game.
A.C. Reynolds’ defense turned two double plays and Watauga failed to score after putting runners on second and first base in the fifth with one out. Leading 3-2, A.C. Reynolds added five runs the rest of the game.
A.C. Reynolds (13-9) faced an early problem when a hard-hit line drive by Jake Watson hit Rockets starter Parker Kanupp in the face. Kanupp left the game, and relief pitcher Zach Bohn allowed just one run on five hits and a walk the rest of the game. Bohn also struck out three.
Both Alex Dye and Watson each drove in a run for the Pioneers.
Watauga pitcher Andrew Dye went the first 52/3 innings on the mound. Dye gave up five runs; three earned, scattered eight hits walked two, hit another batter with a pitch and struck out five.
A.C. Reynolds got off to a fast start by scoring three runs in the first inning, but Watauga coach Seth Freeman said the Lenoir-Rhyne bound senior started to pitch better as the game went on.
“It was a good game,” Freeman said. “They came out kind of fast and scored three runs in the first inning, but then Andrew settled down and we scored a run in the second and a run in the third.”
Watauga lost its final five games of the season after a 4-3 upset win over South Caldwell on April 17.