Manteo senior Jay Woodson crosses the plate in a 9-4 victory against reival First Flight.

Manteo senior Jay Woodson crosses the plate in a 9-4 victory against rival First Flight.

Postseason play looms

The 2019 baseball regular season came to an end for Manteo High School last Thursday, April 25. The Redskins ended on a high note by exacting revenge on the First Flight Nighthawks with a 9-4 victory.

Fresh off an 8-5 defeat by the Nighthawks, Manteo sent junior righthander Corbin Tillett to the mound. After a scoreless top of the first inning for Tillett, his offense jumped on First Flight by scoring three times. Jake Brown reached first, being hit by a Brentan Rowe fastball. Wolfie Schultz followed with a single before Rowe walked James Gilreath to load the bases. Andy Woodson would then earn an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk, plating Brown. Bryce Davenport promptly smacked a two run single and Manteo would not look back.

The Redskins added two more runs in the second, and four more in the fifth. Corbin Tillett got the win by allowing just two runs in his five innings on the mound. Wolfie Schultz came on in relief and nailed it shut in two innings of work. Offensively, Jay Woodson finished 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Jake Brown (two RBI, run scored) and Tripp Phillips (reached base three times, two runs scored) both made strong contributions as well.

The victory pushed the Redskins final regular season record to an even 8-8 overall. In the Albemarle 1A conference they finished 3-5, which is good for fourth place in the standings. In the Albemarle 1A Conference Tournament game played on Monday, April 29, Manteo romped over Camden with an 11-1 home field win. The Roanoke Island squad now takes on Edenton Holmes on the road later in the week. 

The First Flight Nighthawks used the final game against Manteo as an opportunity to get mound work for Brentan Rowe (3 innings), Shane Nason (1 2/3 innings) and Colin Wyant (1 1/3 innings). Junior second baseman Aidan May was 2 for 4 in the ballgame and freshman Noah Smeltzer was 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Grayson Bell and Dylan Blake each chipped in RBI's as well.

First Flight will finish off their regular season schedule this week with two huge showdowns against Currituck County. They'll look to rebound from the loss at Manteo by visiting Currituck in the first of the two matchups. Currituck will then return the favor by traveling to FFHS on Thursday for the finale. Both CCHS and FFHS finished play in the Northeastern 2A Coastal Conference with perfect 8-0 records. First Flight's overall mark was 14-5. In addition to first place in the conference, playoff seedings will be up for grabs in those contests.

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Tom Hoggard is sports director/media consultant at East Carolina Radio. He hosts the Outer Banks Sports Report on 98.1 The Score Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m.

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