Manteo tops Hatteras in season opener

By on March 5, 2020

One day after First Flight won its baseball season opener, Manteo did the same. Hosting Cape Hatteras at Coy Tillett Memorial Field on a chilly March 3 evening, Coach Alfie Wheeler entrusted senior Andy Woodson with the start.

Woodson struck out the first two batters he faced before hitting the Hurricanes Jon Contestable with an errant pitch. Following the Contestable plunking, Woodson walked Simon Wilson before escaping by striking out Charlie Conner to end the top of the first. Manteo would put a run on the board in the bottom half of the first when Wolfie Schultz scored on a wild pitch.

After hitting a batter and walking one in the first, Woodson struggled a bit with his control again in the second when he walked leadoff hitter Jasper Morris. Following the walk, Morris stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and eventually scored on a Manteo error. Woodson would be relieved after his two innings of work, having racked up five strikeouts and allowed just one unearned run in the process.

Tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the second, Corbin Tillett singled with one out. Tillett then promptly stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Pearce Gregory drove home Tillett with an RBI single, giving Manteo a 2-1 lead.

Hayden Scott took the mound in the top of the third for Manteo and while he too struggled with his control at times, Scott was just as effective as Woodson in allowing no damage. Hatteras pitcher Jon Contestable was able to get out of the third inning unscathed while teetering on the edge of disaster. Having loaded the bases by walking two and hitting another Manteo hitter, Contestable buckled down to record a groundout, effectively ending the threat. The score remained 2-1 until the 4th inning.

Hayden Scott, still on the mound for the Redskins, walked three batters before giving up a game-tying RBI single to Contestable. With the bases still loaded, Scott struck out cleanup hitter Simon Wilson to halt the Hurricanes efforts. Tied at two each in the bottom of the fourth, Pearce Gregory drew a leadoff walk for Manteo. When Andy Woodson was hit by a pitch, Gregory advanced into scoring position. Senior James Gilreath then hit into an RBI groundout, plating Gregory and giving Manteo a 3-2 lead. One batter later, it was Wolfie Schultz’s turn as he too drove in a run via groundout.

Now 4-2 in the fifth inning, Wolfie Schultz came in to relieve Hayden Scott after Scott walked leadoff hitter Charlie Conner. Schultz retired the next three Hurricanes in order to send us to the bottom of the fifth with the score still 4-2 Manteo.

It was at this point when the bats came alive for Coach Wheeler’s team. Gavin Clark drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from Corbin Tillett. Hosea Wilson then followed suit with a single of his own. Andy Woodson kept it going when he was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored on a Gilreath single that also plated Wilson. Next up, Jake Brown collected an RBI in driving in Gilreath. Hayden Scott was next to join the hit parade as he knocked a two-run double. Having already walked and scored in the inning, Gavin Clark was called on again and singled in Scott. Bond Wilson then entered the game and reached first after being hit by a pitch. He would reach second base on a passed ball just before his twin brother Hosea ended the ball game with an RBI single.

The mercy rule was invoked, and Manteo is now 1-0 on the young season. Manteo’s next home game will be Friday, March 6 against Bertie High. Weather permitting, that game will be aired on 98.1 The Score.

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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