Varsity baseball struggles against Hillgrove Hawks


Tarleshia Jean-Pierre

Junior Trey Kirkland is up to pitch and ready to swing. Kirkland commented, “We’re up against a tough region opponent, but were putting up a good battle.”

Andrew Lubbers, Special Coverage editor, reporter

Varsity baseball saw their playoff chances come to an end on Wednesday as they fell to the Hillgrove Hawks on Senior Night, 11-5.

After a rough final home start from senior Sam Fulkerson, NC’s young bullpen proved stellar, allowing only three runs in 6.1 innings. But the Hillgrove dominance was anchored by an eight-run first inning which NC simply could not overcome.

“We have a young team and have dealt with key injuries. I think we’ll compete more next year as our players develop,” said junior catcher Will Stallings, who drove in two runs.

Senior third baseman Hunter Clark singled in a run in his final home game, and junior first baseman Alex Williams doubled in two more to lead the Warriors offensively.

“It’s been a crazy season with all the injuries, snow-outs, and makeup games,” junior second baseman Shane Wiltsey said. “This was a tough way for our seniors to go out, but I won’t forget the impact they had on all of us.”

North Cobb will wrap up the season on Friday at Hillgrove in search of one final win to improve their 9-14 record.