Southeastern Region baseball: North Carolina defeats South Carolina

WARNER ROBINS - North Carolina (Winston-Salem) defeated South Carolina (Carolina Forest) 14-2 in a Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament pool play game Sunday.

With the victory, North Carolina (2-0) assured both itself and Georgia (2-0) a place in the semifinals on Wednesday and a national showcase on ESPN2. The two play Monday at 7 p.m. in a game that will determine which team gets the top seed in Pool B.

North Carolina's Josh Kent led off the game by hammering the second pitch he saw over the fence in center field for a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the second, Sam Lentz scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Bobby Scanlon doubled to right field to drive in another run to make it 3-0.

South Carolina scored in the bottom of the second inning on a single by Patrick Orlando to cut the lead to 3-1.

North Carolina added to its lead in the top of the third. Bo Kenan's single to right scored Laney Orr for a 4-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Aiden Stewart hit an RBI single to left field to cut the lead to 4-2.

Kent drove in another run in the top of the fourth with a single to right field, scoring Mike McHugh for a 5-2 lead. Logan Welch then singled to center field, driving home Kent to make it 6-2. After a pitching change, Orr hit a two-run home run to center field to extend the lead to 8-2.

South Carolina loaded the bases in bottom of the fourth inning, but could not drive in a run.

In the top of the fifth, Welch hit a bloop double to left that scored two runs, followed by a two-run single up the middle by Orr to make it 12-2. Ben Anstrom singled to right field to drive in another run and make it 13-2. Kenan's groundout scored another run for a 14-2 lead.

The game was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., but the first game of the day ran long and the third game went into extra innings. The game started at 8:52 p.m.

On Monday, South Carolina (0-2) plays Alabama (0-2) at 1 p.m.

For more on this game, come back to or pick up Monday's Telegraph.