Carolina Forest tops Gilbert to capture title of IP Classic

cfbase-ipteamThe Carolina Forest baseball team entered the 2016 season with high expectations. This weekend, the Panthers began realizing them.

The Panthers (4-1) captured the championship of the prestigious IP Classic on Sunday by defeating Gilbert 5-1, completing an impressive run to the title against an impressive eight-team field.

After falling to Summerville 4-1 in the opener, the Panthers rebounded to pound Greenville 10-1 on Friday and edge JL Mann 4-3 on Saturday to reach the final at Mike Johnson Park in Georgetown.

Carolina Forest starter Matthew Weatherwax (1-0) pitched six solid innings of four-hit ball, striking out five betters and walking none. Reliever Dylan Roberts came in to close out the seven frame.

Tied at 1-1 through 5 1/2 innings, Carolina Forest erupted for three runs in the bottom of the frame. Joey Lewandowski went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Ryan Gold and Hunter Baiden also went 2-for-3 with one RBI apiece.

Gold was named the tournament MVP and teammates Jared Lembcke, Patrick Orlando and Weatherwax joined him on the all-tourney team. Caleb Lindaberry made the all-academic squad.

Photo courtesy of CFHS Athletics

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