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On the eve of its North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A baseball championship series against High Point Central, Fike made final preparations in trying to win Wilson’s first baseball state title since Charles L. Coon High won the second of two straight in 1944.
This would be Fike’s first of three appearances in a state championship game in baseball.
The best-of-three series, starting May 24, 1968, would be contested at Finch Field in High Point.
The East Regional champions of head coach Gilbert Ferrell and assistant coach Ted Perry were led at the plate by right fielder Gray Gaskins with a .467 batting average while catcher Harold Wilkerson hit at a healthy .432 clip. The top two pitchers for Fike were right-hander John Wooten and lefty Bob Johnston.
The other starters for the Cyclones were Kenny Pridgen at first base, Larry Barnes at second, David Dildy at third, Lynn Daniell at shortstop, Wooten in left and John Such in center.
Aycock raps Lucama nine
PIKEVILLE — The host Charles B. Aycock High Colt League baseball team pulled out a 5-4 victory over Lucama with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Benny Pennington was 2 for 4 for CBA while Doug Evans’ 1-for-3 showing paced Lucama. Robert Cooper got the pitching win for Aycock while Lucama’s Mike Lamm was tagged with the loss.
North beats South in Edgecombe Colt League baseball
PINETOPS -— South Edgecombe didn’t utilize its home-field advantage in a 3-1 loss to county rival North Edgecombe in Colt League baseball action.
Randy Harrell’s fifth-inning double drove in the only run for South Edgecombe, which remained winless through two games.
Denny Adcox led the NE offense while Donald King got the win on the mound.
Wilson raps Red Sox 6-3
WINSTON-SALEM — Triggered by a three-run home run by catcher Frank Sands in the top of the first inning, the Wilson Tobs piled up 11 hits en route to a 6-3 Class A Carolina League win over the host Winston-Salem Red Sox.
The Tobs of manager Vern Morgan also got a homer from winning pitcher Chuck Murray while Steve Waters and Rufus Anderson each collected a pair of hits