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Bahamians shine in their state playoff games

Sweeting blasts three-run home run; Knowles scores winning run for Rabun Gap

Published: May 15, 2013

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Bahamians Theodore ‘Trae’ Sweeting and Ian Mayers helped lead their school, Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, to victory in the first round of their state playoffs. The Christ School Greenies pounded the number nine seeded Metrolina Christian High School team, 7-1, last Friday. Christ School (17-4) is seeded at number eight, and was set to meet the number one seeded team, Charlotte Christian School, in the second round of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) State playoffs yesterday, but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time.

Roanoke College signee Craig Kiley was set to start for the Greenies in that very important playoff game yesterday.

Against the Metrolina Christian Warriors, Sweeting broke the game open for the Greenies with a towering three-run shot in the sixth inning. The Greenies scored four runs in that frame. From the mound, Camrin Opp pitched a complete game, allowing just one unearned run, and striking out nine batters.

Christ School never trailed in the game. In the fifth inning, Sweeting led off with an infield single and eventually came around to score. One inning later, he had his home-run which broke the game open. Mayers, who singled earlier in the inning, was one of the three runs which scored on Sweeting’s shot.

Offensively, Sweeting finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He also had three stolen bases. Sweeting was also sharp defensively as he threw out a base runner at second base in the fifth inning.

Four Bahamians are on the Greenies roster. They are catcher Sweeting, outfielder/pitcher Mayers, and infielders Andrew Pindling and Quincy Grant. All four are from New Providence.

Also, Bahamians Perez Knowles and Lance Edwards helped lead Rabun Gap School, in Rabun County, Georgia, to a 4-3 victory over the number 11 seeded team, Greensboro Day, in their state playoff game. With the win, the number six seeded Rabun Gap team advanced to the second round of the NCISAA 3A State Playoffs. They played the number three seeded team, Providence Day, yesterday, but the result of that game was also unavailable up to press time.

In their game against Greensboro Day, Knowles actually scored the winning run on a single through a drawn in infield. From the mound, Knowles worked the final two innings to earn the win as the left-hander struck out four and gave up just one hit. Edwards finished 2-for-5 with three stolen bases for the Rabun Gap Eagles which now sports a win/loss record of 19-8. The NCISAA 3A State semi-finals and final are scheduled for May 17 and 18, at Finch Field, in Thomasville, North Carolina.

The Rabun Gap team, the five-time Carolinas Athletic Association (CAA) Conference Champions, is comprised of five Bahamians, first baseman/pitcher Knowles and shortstop/pitcher Edwards from Freeport, Grand Bahama, outfielder/pitcher Seberon Mackey also from Freeport, and outfielder Gerrio Rahming and infielder Nick Ferguson from New Providence.

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