Orange loses field and an away game
East Chapel Hill and Orange split two baseball games completed Friday at Wildcat Field, with the Panthers scoring three runs in the eighth inning to win the first game, 5-2, and East taking advantage of five Orange errors in the second game to win by a 5-4 score.
The first game was a continuation of a Wednesday contest, moved from Hillsborough to East Chapel Hill because of damage to Panther Field in recent storms.
Wednesday, after Sean Moore blasted a two-run homer to give East the lead, the ‘Cats almost had a win in the bag before Orange scored in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2 — just before a massive downpour caused the postponement to Friday.
The Panthers got 10 hits in the second game, with Brad Debo and Bryce Wilson each going 2-for-2 at the plate. Josh Baldwin was 2-for-4 with a double for East (3-2), while teammates Moore, John Page, Gabe Garcia and Walker Hayter each picked up a hit.
Friday’s loss was the first for Orange, which came into the afternoon at 3-0 after a 5-1 win Tuesday at 4A Northern Durham.
At Northern, Debo homered to right field in the sixth for the game’s first run, then Orange then exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh off key hits from Matt Crabtree, Chandler Compton (2 RBI), Colin Pope (RBI), and Wilson.
Miles Acosta (1-0) took the mound in the sixth to get the win. James Cunningham pitched the bottom of the seventh to get a save.
Tigers rally to top East in girls lax
Chapel Hill came back from a five-goal point deficit in Tuesday’s girls lacrosse game at East Chapel Hill to take a late 12-11 lead, but the Wildcats scored in the final minute to tie the game.
With 11.9 seconds left in regulation, Chapel Hill won possession in front of their own net and fed the ball to Paige Haskins, who took the pass, sprinted into the East zone and zipped a shot into the goal as time expired.
Haskins finished with five goals and an assist as Chapel Hill improved to 3-1. East, the defending state champion, fell to 0-2 with its second straight home loss.
Wildcats (gasp) lose a doubles match
East Chapel Hill, which routinely sweeps through its PAC-6 opponents in tennis, lost a match Tuesday as Northern Durham’s David Senerchia and Dillon Leovic won a tie-breaker for a 9-8 (6) win at No. 1 doubles.
Max Smith, Kevin Huang, Priyan DeSilva, Nicholas Rennie, Connor Lutz and Robert Bond all won their singles in straight sets. East then got doubles wins from Thomas Wang-Ondrej Drobny and DeSilva-Zach Ao to win the team match 8-1 and improve to 5-0 this season.
Pickup volleyball offered at Culbreth
The Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department hosts “drop-in” volleyball games for ages 16 and up on Tuesday and Thursdays, from 7 to 10 p.m., through May 15 at Culbreth Middle School. The cost is $3 per participant. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 919-918-7364.