Clayton’s Nicole Bond followed perfection with near perfection Friday night as she threw a softball no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over New Bern in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.
Bond had a five-inning perfect game in Tuesday’s 16-0 victory over Knightdale in the regular-season finale.
She was almost as sharp against New Bern. She struck out 16, did not allow a hit and walked only two.
“(The no-hitter) says a lot about the defense I had behind me,” Bond said. “I tried to take it one pitch at a time and not let it get me down if I threw a bad pitch. I just didn’t want to get ahead of myself.”
Clayton coach Kelli Stephenson said Bond had command of her pitches and started fast.
Clayton was the No. 2 seed going into the playoffs from the Greater Neuse behind Garner, which advanced to the second round with a 10-0 victory over Athens Drive.
West Johnston was the third seed and the Wildcats beat Fayetteville Cape Fear 2-1. East Wake, the league’s No. 4 seed, got 11 strikeouts from Lauren Miller in a 4-0 win against Wilmington Laney.
Garner junior Lauren Marbrey worked a one-hitter, recording two strikeouts. The Jaguars hit just two balls out of the infield against Marbrey – Tanya Van Dyk’s double in the second inning and a fly ball out in the sixth.
Courtney Weathersbee doubled twice for the Trojans, including a three-run double in the fifth to push the Trojans’ lead to 7-0. Garner totaled 15 hits.
East Wake is one of only two teams to beat Garner this season.
Apex ripped 13 hits in an 8-2 win against Northern Durham; Wakefield upset Person 4-3; Richmond County eliminated Harnett Central 11-0; and West Johnston sneaked past Fayetteville Cape Fear 2-1.
In 3A, Kayla Allen drove in four runs in South Johnston’s 10-4 victory over Gray’s Creek and Cardinal Gibbons was eliminated by Eden Morehead 12-1.
In 2A, South Granville stopped Bunn 8-1.
Green Hope lacrosse: The Green Hope girls’ team advanced to the state semifinals with a 13-12 victory at Wilmington Hoggard.
McKenzie Koeller scored four goals and Maggie Auslander had two goals and three assists. Katherine Smith added three goals.
Soccer: Leesville Road shut out Holly Springs 3-0 as Mackenzie Dipper scored a pair of goals.
“Right when I hit with my left foot, it felt really good. I saw it going in right away,” Dipper said of her first goal.
Leesville coach Paul Dinkenor said the Pride has played well all season.
“To some people it feels like we’re having a really down year. I’ll take 17-4(-1),” Dinkenor said. “We’re still rolling. We’ve got some kids who have played right down to the final whistle of a state championship. Our opponents are not interested in that, but it does give you a bit of defensive toughness."
The Pride, which has 14 shutouts, will play Durham Jordan in the third round. Jordan nipped Panther Creek 1-0.
4A tennis: Middle Creek’s Nick Stachowiak will play Wakefield’s Bo Boyden in the NCHSAA 4A singles championship Saturday at 8:30 a.m., at Millbrook Exchange Park.
Stachowiak won all three of his matches in straight sets and lost only five games. Boyden, who lost last week in the regional finals to Stachowiak, had a pair of straight-set wins and then advanced to the final when Grey Hamilton of Southern Pines Pinecrest defaulted due to injury.
Millbrook’s Chris Mahan and John Karlawish will face Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds’ Jack Riazzi and Paul Yamane in the finals doubles championship.
3A tennis: Cardinal Gibbons’ Robert Kelly advanced to the semifinals of the NCHSAA 3A singles championship and the Crusaders’ Matt Galush and Noah Constantine reached the doubles semifinals.
Play is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., at the Burlington Tennis Center on Saturday, unless play is moved to the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center because of rain.
2A tennis: Carrboro’s Brian Freiburghouse will play Marshall Parker of Shelby in the singles finals at the Cary Tennis Center at 8:30 a.m.
1A tennis: Dylan Cuddington of Rosewood will play Jacob Fuqua of Hendersonville on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., for the NCHSAA 1A singles championship at the Cary Tennis Center.
1A track: Princeton’s Johnny Frazier finished second in the 100 meters in the NCHSAA 1A track and field championships in Greensboro in 10.74 seconds. Rocky Point Trask won the boys team title and Monroe won the girls.
The Durham Science & Math 4x800 relay of Benson Robles, Josh Rees-Jones, Chatham Ellwanger and Chris Panuski won the state title.
Monroe’s Reneazia Collins won the 100-meter high hurdles, the 200, the 400 and anchored the winning four by 200 relay team. Cherryville’s Trentavis Friday set state 1-A marks in winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
D. Clay Best, Keith Cramer, J. Mike Blake and Michael Held contributed.