The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Sports

April 3, 2013

Classic kicks off today

TARBORO — The 20th Annual Tarboro Easter Classic kicks off today at 11 a.m. with four games slated to take place at historical Municipal Stadium.

The first game of the day will be between defending champion, the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers from Virginia and the Lawrence Academy Warriors who are from Merry Hill.

Both teams have pitchers who have already signed to play college baseball. The Cavaliers have a crafty lefty JR Breeden who has committed to play for Liberty University. The Warriors have two pitchers who have already committed to play college ball. Right hander Darren Armstrong has committed to play at UNC Pembroke and lefty Dallas Belch is going to play for the College of Albemarle.

Both coaches haven't said if they are going to start their aces, but if they do then the first game of the day should be a dandy of a match up.

The second game will start around 1:30 p.m. and will be between the Timber Creek Chargers from New Jersey and the Bunn Wildcats from Bunn.

Bunn is making their second trip to the classic and they are coached by an Edgecombe County native, Leonard Allen. Allen played high school baseball for the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars. He won the classic twice while playing for the Cougars and knows what it takes to win it.

Timber Creek is coming into the classic not knowing what to expect, because this will be their first game of the season. They have high expectations, but don't know how things will turn out.

Following that game at 4 p.m. the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars from Pinetops will play the Jefferson Area Falcons from Ohio.

The Cougars have an all around good team, but have struggled at times this season. Errors and timely hitting have been two weaknesses for them this year. They went on a three game winning streak, but since has gone on a downward skid and hope to bounce back during the classic.

Jefferson Area is making their classic debut. They have a deep pitching staff that they will be able to rely on during the classic. They have been unable to get much practice or game time in due to the inclement weather up north. They are excited about coming south to get some field time in with some warm and dry weather.

The last game game of opening day will be between the host Tarboro Vikings and the St. Maria Goretti Gaels from Maryland.

The Vikings and Gaels have met in the first round game for the past four years. During that time, the Gaels have struggled during the classic and hope to break out this year.

The Vikings are coming off of a big win heading into the tournament and hope they have the momentum with them to make a good showing.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Joe Miller.jpg Vikings make late comeback

    The Tarboro Vikings bats took a nap for the first five innings Thursday against the South Creek Cougars in Two Rivers Conference action until the sixth inning alarm clock woke seniors Wesley Hart and Joe Miller.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montrezl Harrell.jpg Harrell returning to Louisville

    Former North Edgecombe basketball star Montrezl Harrell tweeted Monday that he was returning to Louisville for his junior season.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Staton Dupree.jpg NORTH PITT 9, TARBORO 3

    Responsibility and focusing on defense has been the two main priorities for the Tarboro Vikings this season.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brayden Morris.jpg NORTH PITT 7, SOUTHWEST 4

    The offensive struggles continued for the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars Friday night as they managed just four hits off of four North Pitt Panthers pitchers. The Cougars also left 12 runners stranded in a 7-4 loss to Eastern Plains Conference foe.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Katie King.jpg Tarboro beats North Pitt 5-0

    Different games mean different systems for Tarboro soccer.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lexi Rhodes.jpg Wild pitches, walks doom Lady Vikings

    Using the strategy of trying to save arms for pitching a conference game today came back to haunt the Tarboro Lady Vikings Wednesday night against county rival SouthWest Edgecombe Lady Cougars.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tarboro commits 8 errors; loses battle for 1st place in TRC

    The Tarboro Vikings were denied first place in the Two Rivers Conference Tuesday when the Riverside Knights defeated them 12-3 to gain the top spot.

    April 9, 2014

  • Chandler Harrell.jpg Harrell throws no-hitter

    Tarboro freshman Chandler Harrell was able to do something no other softball pitcher has done in quite some time for the Vikings – throw a no-hitter.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trey Wells sports.jpg Wells sets tone in Tarboro win

    Relief pitching has been an issue for the Tarboro Vikings this season after they get past their No. 1 starter Jordyn Holland. Sophomore Trey Wells changed that pattern Thursday night when he manned the mound in the third inning while trailing 5-2.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sadarius Kelly.jpg Kelly earns complete game victory

    North Edgecombe Warriors coach Jason Miller saw a lot of fixable things his team needs to work on Tuesday when they overcame mental and physical mistakes to defeat the Rocky Mount Prep Jaguars, 13-8 in Two Rivers Conference action.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo