The area’s high school baseball teams are already halfway through the season, and two county teams are definitely chasing the Western Mountain Athletic Conference.
In their last games, North Henderson and West Henderson had six big innings to claim victories. After the Knights’ victory from behind over Erwin on Wednesday, they are now 6-2 and only half a game behind league leaders TC Roberson and Asheville (5-1).
The Knights followed Erwin 5-3 but erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim the 7-5 victory. In the game, North’s main hitters were Chase Lee (2 for 4, two RBIs), Brayden Corn (2 for 2, two steps) and Nate Toney (1 for 3, doubles, RBI).
In West on Tuesday, the Falcons also had sixth inning heroics. The game was tied 1-1, with West tackling two runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the victory over North Buncombe. The Falcons are now 4-3 and just two games behind Roberson.
Nash Allen took the win after 5 2-3 innings with nine strikeouts. Truitt Manuel pitched 1 1-3 innings and had four strikeouts to get the save. The main hitter for West was Avery Simons with a 3-for-3 night and an RBI.
The Falcons will have a big challenge on Friday as they head to Asheville, who is 5-1 and shares the league lead with Roberson.
The next game for North will be a home game with Tuscola on Wednesday.
The Knights and Falcons will face off for the second time this season on Thursday, June 3 in West. In the last meeting on May 5 in North, North won 7-4.