Bonesville: The Authoritative Independent Voice of East Carolina
Daily News & Features from East Carolina, Conference USA and Beyond

Mobile Alpha Roundup Daily Beat Recruiting The Seasons Multimedia Historical Data Pirate Time Machine SportByte™ Weather

Sponsor BRIAN BAILEY'S From The Anchor Desk and put
your message in front of thousands of hard-core Pirate fans!

Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports


From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Area's baseball pipeline as bountiful as ever


Other Baseball Stories
Super Regionals: Day Four
Pipeline to ECU keeps flowing
Super Regionals: Day Three
Super Regionals: Day Two
Super Regionals: Day One
Ex-Pirate ramrods playoffs
Bailey: Yearning for February
Pirates' future looks promising
Atlanta Regional Summary
Sunday recaps: All regionals
Saturday recaps: All regionals
Friday recaps: All regionals
Atlanta: A town for 'believers
Soul food fuels trek to Atlanta

Audio: Coach Randy Mazey

Audio: Pitcher Will Brinson

All not pleased with ECU bid
16 regions & 1st day pairings
Bingo! A season extended
ECU's bubble doesn't burst
Pirate baseball nation on edge
Hattiesburg, Wilson make cut
Field of 64 and team notes
C-USA Tournament summary

ECU season game-by-game
Pirate Baseball Super Page

East Carolina baseball recruit Mike Flye understood what was at stake.

And when the winningest coach in North Carolina high school history tells you to go get them with a fastball, that’s exactly what you do.

Greenville Rose coach Ronald Vincent got his point across, Flye got the out, and the future Pirate had locked up the Most Outstanding Player Award in the State 4A playoffs.

The Rampants' 6-4 win at Zebulon's Five County Stadium over Charlotte Myers Park just added more luster to a rich heritage.

East Carolina has a long tradition of baseball excellence, and its cross-town neighbor, J.H. Rose High School, also has had an eye-popping success rate in baseball under the direction of Vincent.

“It was awesome,” Flye said of the state championship win. “High school baseball is so big in Greenville, and we really wanted to win this title.”

Next year, Flye brings his right arm to ECU for Randy Mazey's second season as the Pirates' coach. Mazey will need some arms, and Flye’s will be a valuable one.

There are endless connections between East Carolina and Rose. There have been several success stories, but there have also been a couple of bumps in the road between the two programs.

It’s an obvious marriage, though. Rose High School is the perfect feeder program for the Pirates.

Coach Vincent’s squads are loaded with talent. The Rampants' second team would have finished second or third in the Big East 4A.

It says an awful lot about the Greenville-Pitt County area that Ayden-Grifton went all the way to the State Finals in 1A before losing. If you are a baseball fan, this is the place to be.

And it’s only going to get better. Several schools feature outstanding young coaches. South Central is Pitt County’s newest school, and Peanut Langston is regarded as one of the best around.

The Pirates' feeder programs may expand in Pitt County over the next several years.

Thinking back

My assignment for the upcoming second edition of Bonesville Magazine is to take a look back at several top ten lists.

The idea is for me to sketch out thumbnails on my top ten favorite East Carolina athletes, my top ten favorite coaches/administrators, and my top ten favorite games during my broadcasting career covering the Pirates.

Many of you have followed ECU as long as I have or longer. Think about this assignment, because it’s not an easy one.

There are some easy choices. And there are some that are not so easy. Come to think of it, the task gets very difficult when it comes to the final paring of each list down to ten.

There have been so many games, so many coaches, so many memorable Pirates. It’s really given me a chance to think back, to shake up the cobwebs. It’s been a lot of fun just to look back.

The problem, though, is that you’re always going to leave something out. That’s just the nature of the beast. However, I like the challenge of the assignment, and I hope you’ll like what we come up with later this summer.

If you have a compelling suggestion to help me clarify my thoughts for a fun by difficult assignment, your input would be welcomed.

Send an e-mail message to Brian Bailey.

Click here to dig into Brian Bailey's Bonesville archives.

02/23/2007 01:26:12 AM

©2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013 All rights reserved.
Articles, logos, graphics, photos, audio files, video files and other content originated on this site are the proprietary property of
None of the articles, logos, graphics, photos, audio files, video files or other content originated on this site may be reproduced without written permission.
This site is not affiliated with East Carolina University. View's Privacy Policy. Advertising contact: 252-349-3280; Editorial contact:; 252-444-1905.