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Area athletes set to compete at State Games

Four of six area schools represented at tournaments

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Currituck's Austin Pace (18) will compete at the North Carolina State Games this week.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Multiple athletes from the area are set to compete in the North Carolina Amateur Sports State Games.

The baseball tournament is set to begin on Thursday and end Sunday, with softball taking place from June 20-21.

Both sports will be competed in Greensboro.

The finals of both tournaments will be held at the athletic facilities at North Carolina-Greensboro.

The area will have a healthy representation of players in baseball and softball.

Currituck baseball coach Justin Hill will serve as an assistant coach with Region 1.

“It’s good baseball,” he said.

For Hill, the state games is a great opportunity for local athletes to compete at the highest level of high school baseball in the state.

The baseball tournament is capped to juniors in high school.

Edenton's Jaden Bobbitt and Ben Ward along with Currituck’s Austin Pace and Manteo’s Michael Allen are set to play for Region 1 this week.

Last summer, Region 1 went 2-2 and returns a handful of players from last summer’s team.

Although Hill said that winning is important, giving all the players on the roster playing time is just as important.

The tournament is observed by college coaches and some professional scouts.

“Winning is nice and fun, but it is a showcase of their talents,” Hill said.

The week of baseball begins today as the teams from the eight regions will go through workouts at Grimsley High School in Greensboro.

The workouts will be in front of talent evaluators mainly from the college level.

The Region 1 team begins tournament play on Thursday against the Region 6 club.

For softball, Perquimans has a number of athletes on the Region 1 club as Megan Denson, McKayle Knapp and McCrae Knapp will compete in the tournament.

Currituck's Morgan Owens and Ashlyn Richards, Camden's Nicole Villardi and Hailey Bunting are on the Region 1 roster.

Owens played for Region 1 last summer.

Both clubs had success in last summer’s tournament as the Region 1 softball team finished in second place, while Region 1 baseball took fourth place.