Manteo High and Cape Hatteras Secondary play last baseball game in 2021 – The Coastland Times
In the last game of the baseball season, Manteo High defeated Cape Hatteras Secondary 25-0 in Buxton on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
For three seniors from Manteo and four seniors from Cape Hatteras, it was also the last game of their high school baseball careers.
The first three innings turned into competitive baseball. Manteo scored one point in the first and three in the second for a 4-0 lead.
Manteo junior Trey Pearce pitched three scoreless innings and scored three strikeouts. On the court, Manteo performed a double play in the first and a run-down between the second and the first in the second set.
Ayden Paddock was Cape Hatteras’ starting pitcher and with wide receiver Al Hodges he touched Manteo’s Caleb Bliven at home in the first inning. For three innings, Paddock faced 17 batters and struck out one.
Manteo blew the game up from the fourth. The bases remained solid for most of the round. The top 10 hitters scored points. Cape Hatteras coach Keith Durham has selected Brayan Garcia Caldera to face Manteo. Garcia struck out two strikes, but another seven points crossed the plate.
Maddox Cromwell pitched two-thirds of the fifth inning for Cape Hatteras.
For Manteo, Cal Dixon pitched the last two innings for Manteo. His handgun pitch got him two strikeouts in the fourth. Cape Hatteras left two runners on base in the fifth.
Prior to the game, four Cape Hatteras seniors were thanked for their participation in the school’s baseball program. Catcher Al Hodges III played baseball for four years. Brayan Garcia Caldera played baseball in Cape Hatteras for three years, including making the state playoffs in 2019. Chaz Mackenzie was the designated hitter in the Manteo game. He played baseball in Cape Hatteras in his senior year. Kaleb Spake, who played two years, played left field for the Hurricanes in the Manteo game.
For Manteo, three seniors played their last game on Thursday. The seniors playing for Manteo were Andy Woodson, Owen Clark and Caleb Bliven.
After the baseball game and a special seniors’ departure ceremony, the team and parents gathered at the Cape Hatteras cafeteria for pizza, cupcakes and team rewards.
Each Cape Hatteras baseball senior received a small wooden bat with name and number, a baseball from the last game, a keychain made from baseballs from the team’s 5-4 victory over Columbia and a jar with part of a baseball and dirt as a reminder of the special role that Cape Hatteras baseball has played in the lives of seniors.
The prizes were awarded as follows:
Most Valuable Player: Ayden Paddock, “the most consistent guy in every place,” said Durham.
Most Improved Player in the Game: Maddox Cromwell.
Batting Champion: Ayden Paddock, who led the team with the highest batting average and highest stroke percentage.
Golden Glove Award for Defensive Play: Cody Denton, who had the highest defensive percentage of any player.
Coach’s Award: Al Hodges, who became the Cape Hatteras field coach.
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