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Farmville Central defeats Chatham Central to win 1-A Championship

Posted Saturday, June 4, 2005

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Raleigh - Senior rightfielder Brandon Cox did it all on Saturday with his bat, glove and arm ­ to lead FarmvilleCentral to a 3-1 triumph over Chatham Central and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship at Doak Field on the N.C. State University campus.

Farmville Central swept the best of three series after winning the opener Friday night, 5-2.

Cox was a unanimous choice as Most Valuable Player. He went three for four at the plate on Saturday and figured in all three of the Jaguar runs. He was six for eight in the two-game championship series. In addition, he made a spectacular diving catch in right field and later threw a runner out at third base from the outfield in game two.

The Jaguars opened the scoring almost immediately as leadoff batter Brad Bagley doubled, Cox singled him to third and then he scored on a fielder¹s choice.

Catcher Spencer Albritton had a run-scoring single for Farmville in the third after base hits by Cox and Craven Taylor to make it 2-0. Then in the seventh the Jags strung together four consecutive hits run-scoring blow to close the scoring.

Chatham Central had cut the margin to 2-1 in the fourth on an RBI single by Spencer Moody.

Seth Kivett, who was the losing pitcher and suffered his first defeat in 11 decisions, had two hits for the Bears while D.J. Allen also had two hits.

Taylor and Albritton aided the Jaguar cause with a pair of hits apiece. Senior Tommy Cobb was the winning pitcher with a remarkable performance considering he had Tommy John surgery last summer and had pitched only three innings this season.

Farmville finished the season 20-10 and came on strong in the latter half of the year, as the Jags were 8-7 at one point. Farmville was in postseason play for the second time in the last three years, but that after a 19-year playoff drought.

Chatham Central, in its fifth NCHSAA baseball championship appearance and first since 1997, ended the year 28-6.


Doak Field, N.C. State University, Raleigh

Farmville Central 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 -- 3 11 1
Chatham Central 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -- 1 6 1

Pitchers: FC (7). CC LP

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Farmville Central defeats Chatham Central to win 1-A Championship
The Farmville Central coach gets wet after their championship win over Chatham Central.
photo by Gene Galin

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