NCHSAA Class 3-A West Baseball Tournament

Dream season ends abruptly

Black Bears suffer first round loss to East Gaston
By Chuck Fiebernitz | May 15, 2014
Photo by: Kelly Boone Pisgah junior Thomas Tatham fires a pitch in the fifth inning, He took a line drive off the knee in the first, and returned to the game in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s Class 3-A West first round game.

CANTON — This just wasn’t the storybook ending the Pisgah varsity baseball team was expecting at the Charles Thomas Wells Complex on Wednesday.
First, Pisgah junior starting pitcher Thomas Tatham is removed from the game in the top of the first after taking a line drive off his knee. Then the visiting Warriors score five runs off sophomore Bryce Burgess.
Tatham later returned and the Black Bears battled back to get within a run of the East Gaston lead, 5-4, going into the seventh inning.
But the Warriors scored three times in the top of the seventh to upset WNC Athletic Conference champion Pisgah, 8-4.
“It sure was not the finish we were expecting,” said Tatham. “As a junior who will return next season, I feel bad. But I feel worse for the seniors who had their high school careers end in a first round upset.
“I was experiencing a lot of pain. But all I could think about was getting back in. I would not let them put ice on the knee, although I know it needed it, because it would have made it tight. When it began to feel a little better, I started to throw in the bullpen. When the fifth started, I just went out to the mound. I didn’t ask, I didn’t tell him and I didn’t even look at Coach (Harold) Shepard. I just right to the mound and started my warm ups. But I just couldn’t hold them in the seventh.”
Burgess suffered the loss for Pisgah, which finished the season 18-3 overall.
The Warriors’ right-hander Tyler Price pitched a complete game three-hitter and struck out five Black Bears.
East Gaston will play North Buncombe today at 5 p.m in Weaverville.