Northwood’s baseball team ended its season in the fourth round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A playoffs on Friday night, falling 6-3 to Northern Guilford.
“It just wasn’t in the cards for us. It’s tough. You feel like you’re right there at it, you’ve prepared all you can, but for whatever reason it just didn’t work out tonight,” Rick Parks said.
The Chargers (22-5) took a quick 2-0 lead on the Nighthawks in the first inning and increased it to 3-0 in the top of the fourth.
Northern Guilford (27-3), meanwhile, sputtered at the plate early. The Nighthawks left the bases loaded in the first, second and third innings.
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With one run in the bottom of the third, two runs in the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth, Northern rallied for the win. Pitcher John Clark Ouzts struck out 13 Northwood batters and held the Chargers to three hits.
Northwood will say goodbye to six seniors, more than half of whom have been starting for the Chargers since Day One.
“They won 11 games their freshman year, they won 15 games their second year, they won 19 games last year and they won 22 games this year and we were hoping for the Cinderella story ending,” Parks said. “You always want to end the last game of the year with a win, but when your season ends with tears – even though they were not the tears of joy we were hoping – it’s been a good time.”