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Was This The Season Finale?
BHS SOUTHPAW ETHAN WATKINS

WILSON -- Nobody was quite sure what to expect when Bunn tangled with Wilson Hunt two Fridays ago in a non-conference baseball game at Wilson's historic Fleming Stadium.

One day earlier, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced that all events were being suspended until early April. That date has now been pushed back to mid-May due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

So players from both teams did not know what the future held for the 2020 prep baseball campaign.

Would the season eventually be re-started? Or was this the final game of the year for the respective teams -- and the final game for each squad's seniors.

Not taking anything to chance, Wilson Hunt's seniors even posed for a picture following the contest.

The outcome was almost unimportant as the Warriors roared to an 11-1 decision over the Wildcats.

The setback pushed Bunn's record to 1-3. The Wildcats had defeated rival Franklinton the day before under the direction of veteran head coach Patrick Warren.

Players maybe had more hope two weeks ago, but not they have the ponder the potential of no more games being played the remainder of the spring in all NCHSAA sports.

The outing might have been the final career game for a trio of long-time Bunn standouts -- Ethan Watkins, Jaylen Perry and D.J. Daniel.

Two other senior Wildcats opted to transfer during the school year and are not on the Bunn roster this spring.

Against Hunt, the Wildcats were never able to recover from a slow start. The Warriors delivered three runs in the bottom of the first before tacking on eight more tallies in the bottom of the second stanza of action to all but seal the victory.

Aidan McKeithan and Daniel chipped in with two hits apiece for Bunn. McKeithan drove in Daniel for the Wildcats' lone marker during the non-league diamond showdown.

The Wildcats were able to get eight base knocks for the game, but left several men on base.

Now comes the great unknown as the only game that will be played in the state is the waiting games.

Classes and school events have been postponed, and students are not allowed to use any part ot the school campus.

Expect an announcement soon on whether the North Carolina High School Athletic Association will opt to try to salvage its spring sports season.


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