FAYETTEVILLE — Scotland and Cape Fear clashed Tuesday night in the 2016 Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational championship game, and entering the meeting with the Colts, the Scots had tallied 21 combined runs in the first two contests of the tournament.
But Cape Fear trotted out a workhorse ace that Scotland’s previous tourney opponents didn’t feature — a 6-foot-6 right-hander by the name of Gavin Williams.
Williams, an East Carolina University commit, dominated on the bump for the Colts, pitching a complete game shutout as Cape Fear cruised past Scotland 7-0 to capture the Easter tournament title.
The junior retired the first seven Scots he faced and struck out 12 while allowing just two hits to earn the win.
Meanwhile, the Colts roughed up Scotland starting pitcher Nicolas Charleson, tagging him for six runs in 2 2/3 innings before he was pulled for Daly Marcano.
Marcano tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Scots, but the damage was already done and they could never get their bats in a groove against Williams.
Cape Fear (10-2) opened the scoring in the top of the second inning as three of the Colts’ first four batters reached base.
With the bases loaded and just one out, Charleson walked Brett Barefoot, allowing Colin Hall to score. Then, Devin Bagley beat out a throw at first base after a hit and recorded an RBI when Jackson Parker reached home.
An ensuing Scotland error at first base allowed Coley Oliver to cross the plate as well to give Cape Fear an early 3-0 advantage.
The Colts then added a trio of runs in the top of the third — Parker notched an RBI single, Oliver plated a run with a sacrifice bunt and Barefoot recorded an RBI double.
Cape Fear added its final run in the top of the seventh when Josh Krings blasted an RBI double off reliever Matthew Hyatt.
Scotland (8-4) defeated Douglas Byrd 12-2 on Saturday and followed with a 9-3 win over East Bladen on Monday to advance to the tournament final.
The Scots’ best chance to score came in the bottom of the fifth when they had runners reach second and third base with two outs, but Donta Green struck out looking to end the frame.
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