Sanderson’s Daniel Dulaney threw a no-hitter Friday night in a 9-0 win over Apex in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs.
“It’s one of the coolest things ever – honestly,” Dulaney said. “It’s too cool to describe.”
Dulaney struck out five and walked three to efficiently dispose of the scrappy Cougars (10-12), who’d won five of their last six in conference play.
“We scored nine, and it was great to have a team offense that came together and put up those runs, but the way Daniel threw, we only needed one,” said Sanderson coach Todd Laughlin. “He was dominant, probably one of his strongest outings of the year. It helps when that happens in the playoffs.”
Sanderson (17-6) scored one run in each of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead before putting the game away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sanderson (17-6) will play Middle Creek (13-7) in the second round.
Middle Creek scored 12 runs in the fourth inning of a 13-0 victory over Northern Durham and Leesville Road pounded Pembroke Swett 15-6.
Millbrook pitcher Brian Nobles was in complete control in the Wildcats to an 8-0 victory over Southern Pines Pinecrest. Nobles struck out 12 and walked two. Chris Scott pitched the seventh inning.
“Brian was his normal stud self,” said Millbrook coach Austin James. “He has pitched like this all year. He has been incredible.”
Millbrook (13-10) will play Holly Springs (20-5) in the second round. Holly Springs defeated Durham Jordan 10-4 as the Hawks scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Junior Andy Wantz earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings and recording eight strikeouts.
Richmond County (24-1) had no trouble stopping Harnett Central, 9-0. The Raiders will play West Johnston, which used a bases-loaded, game-ending double play to move past Fayetteville Cape Fear, 4-3.
Heritage (12-13) lost to Durham Riverside, 4-1, in the Huskies’ first baseball playoff game ever.
Riverside (17-7) will play Green Hope (20-5), which nipped Broughton, 2-1, when the Caps walked in the winning run. Green Hope trailed going to the bottom of the seventh.
“My guess was that it would be a 2-1 game because they have a really good pitcher and we have a really good pitcher, so I expected it would be low-scoring,” said Green Hope coach Michael Miragliuolo.
Wilmington Hoggard (18-3) advanced with a 4-0 win over Fayetteville Pine Forest and will face Clayton (16-8), a 2-1 winner over Wilmington Laney on Thursday.
In 3A, Cardinal Gibbons (18-6) pounded Southern Guilford 11-2 as Stephen Scott pounded a home run and added a pair of singles in a 13-hit attack. The Crusaders will be at home on Tuesday against Eastern Guilford.
Erwin Triton (19-8) upended Southern Lee (20-7) 7-6, rallying from a 6-0 deficit. The Hawks scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after having two outs.
Jacksonville ousted Pikeville Aycock 7-6 by throwing out the potential tying run at the plate in the seventh inning.
Tim Candon and Shannon Scovel contributed to this story.