High school roundup: Raleigh Charter tennis reaches NCHSAA 1A finals

tstevens@newsobserver.comMay 16, 2014 

Raleigh Charter defeated Durham Voyager for the third time this season on Friday to earn a berth in Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A state dual-team tennis championships in Burlington.

Charter (12-0) topped Voyager 5-2 in the semifinal match after winning 5-4 and 7-2 during the regular season.

Freshman Ababichiran Baskaran led the win by avenging two regular-season losses to Harrison Stone, 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Jake Satisky won a third set tiebreaker at No. 4, and senior Jimmy Sims took a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 5. Senior Austin Glass’ 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 allowed Charter to close the match with a doubles win by Satisky and junior Cole Esleeck.

“The matches were very even,” Phoenix coach Steve Efrid said. “We knew that every match would count. The guys picked each other up. We won on two courts that we had lost to Voyager before, but won on a couple that we had lost.”

Wakefield topped Cap Eight rival Millbrook 5-1 to gain its 4A finals berth against Winston-Salem Reynolds at 12:30 on Saturday in Burlington.

Cary Academy advanced to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championship match with a 6-3 victory over rival Durham Academy. The Chargers will play for the title at home at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Cary Academy’s Alex Yang lost to Justin Warren at No. 1, 6-1, 4-6, 8-10, but the Chargers’ Calvin Ma, Grant Goettel, Patrick Mulqueen and Zack Saklad won at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6. Cary Academy clinched the win with victories at No. 2 and 3 doubles.

Girls soccer: Cardinal Gibbons (21-1-2) recorded its 19th shutout of the season and its seventh straight with a 2-0 NCHSAA 3A second-round win over Pittsboro Northwood. The Crusaders have allowed one goal in their last 10 games.

Cleveland’s Emily Truelove scored her 36th and 37th goals of the season in a 4-2 win over Eastern Alamance in 3A. The Rams allowed a goal in the first 75 seconds, but led 4-1 at the half. Freshman Cassidy McNierney added a pair of goals.

“The first two minutes we were caught sleeping a little bit back there,” Cleveland coach Marissa DiMarco said. “We rebounded and that’s exactly the response I want from my girls. When we went down, we didn’t put our heads down and instead we played harder.”

Cailyn Boch scored in the closing seconds as Millbrook reached the third round with a 1-0 4A win over Durham Jordan. Leesville Road shut out New Bern 4-0, and Northern Durham topped Wilmington Ashley 2-0.

Fuquay-Varina lost to Wilmington Hoggard, falling on penalty kicks 1-0 (3-2).

Baseball: Millbrook’s Alex Royalty threw a complete game as the Wildcats knocked off Green Hope 4-2. Green Hope, which finished 21-4, was No. 1 in The N&O rankings. Millbrook (17-8) advances to face the winner of Saturday’s Apex-Leesville Road contest, moved from Friday because of a rain-soaked field.

Royalty allowed just a single run in the second and sixth innings and retired the side in order in the fourth, fifth and seventh frames. He struck out five batters.

The Wildcats offense supported Royalty with a four-run third, keyed by Alex Richards’ two-run single in the right field gap. Royalty helped his own cause with an RBI single and Spencer Williams drew a bases-loaded walk.

Panther Creek’s Jake Wilson threw 6 1/3 innings to lead the Catamounts to a 4-1 win over Sanderson. Heritage defeated Harnett Central 6-5.

South Johnston advanced, helped by Joseph Johnson’s grand slam, with a 7-3 win over Western Alamance.

Softball: Fuquay-Varina and Middle Creek, a pair of Southwest Wake Athletic 4A teams, advanced to the third round of the 4A playoffs with wins. Middle Creek shut out Millbrook 4-0 while Fuquay stopped Panther Creek, another SWAC team, 12-2 in five innings.

Fuquay pitcher Cassidy Keith struck out seven, and Aleya Evans and Hayden Parker each had home runs. Kaitlin Smith drove in four runs.

Elizabeth City Northeastern held off a late rally to eliminate North Johnston 3-2 in 2A.

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