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LOUISBURG -- The seedings for the Class 1-A State Playoffs haven't been kind to the Louisburg High School Warriors in recent years -- and this spring proved to be no different.

Once again, LHS found itself with a tough draw after receiving a first-round bye -- this time with a home meeting against Edenton Holmes, which won the state baseball championship on the Class 2-A level during the 2017 campaign.

But the Warriors, after falling behind early, almost had a chance to pull off a miraculous comeback before dropping the contest last Friday evening to the Aces by a 9-8 margin.

The game was played at Louisburg College's Frazier Field.

Things certainly didn't look promising early on for the Warriors, who closed their season with an 11-9 overall record under veteran head coach Al Bolton.

The Aces scored two unearned runs in the top of the first and tacked on two more markers in the second thanks to a two-run double down the left-field line by Ben Ward.

Louisburg picked up its offense in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally that featured RBI base knocks from JyQuan Taylor and Christian Allen.

Just when it looked like the Warriors were getting back into the game, things took a drastic turn for the worse in the top of the fourth as the Aces erupted for five tallies to take what appeared to be a commanding 9-2 advantage.

The first four Aces reached in the frame, and an error later in the stanza didn't help things.

But Louisburg wasn't about to give up, despite facing what appeared to be an insurmountable seven-run deficit to an opponent with a state title pedigree.

Cale Bolton led off the fourth with a walk, and Trevor Wilder singled. After Justin Weathers reached on an error that saw one run score, another tally came across courtesy of Tyler Layton's single.

The third run of the stanza was plated off a double play from Parker Southall, but Louisburg had made a statement by drawing back to within 9-5.

LHS freshman reliever Ja'heim Brown would stifle the Aces from there, giving the Warriors a chance to make a comeback.

The Warriors would eventually work their way back to within 9-8 with a two-spot in the bottom of the sixth.

LHS had a chance in the bottom of the seventh, but a pair of strikeouts would help send the Aces on to the next round, where they would eventually be topped by Bear Grass Charter School.

Pictured (Above): A GAME OF TAG. Louisburg High School's Justin Weathers (left) makes a successful tag at second base during last Friday evening's playoff baseball game against Edenton Holmes at Frazier Field. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)


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