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WILLIAMSTON — The Granville Central baseball program’s season ended after a 6-2 defeat to the Riverside Knights on May 14. Riverside picked up the win and advanced to play Bear Grass Charter, which defeated Falls Lake Academy on the same day.
The Panthers played it smart in the first inning and watched the pitches closely. Wyatt Laws drew a walk as did Joe Delossantos. The Panthers again picked on the pitcher and stole bases with Laws scoring, but Delossantos was stranded on third.
Granville Central had a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the third inning when the Knight erupted with four runs off of four singles, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly ball.
Granville Central responded with one run in the top of the fourth inning. Delossantos led off with a double and scored on a Caleb Underwood single. The Panthers trimmed the lead to 4-2 after four innings.
Both teams went quietly in the fifth inning, but Granville Central started to make some noise in the top of the sixth inning with Delossantos leading off with a double, but the Panthers left him stranded.
Riverside picked up runs from Cody Stalls and Jevoughn Leavelle to extend its advantage to 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Granville Central needed to work some Panther magic in order to rally in the seventh inning. Devon Padgett singled with two outs to give Granville Central hope. Billy Blevins singled to move Padgett to second, but the road to the title ended with the third out.
Granville Central finished the season with a 15-9 overall record.