Wildcats hang loss on Rockets in season finale
East Chapel Hill celebrated “Senior Day” for its softball team by erupting for 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday to complete a come-from-behind victory over Roxboro Person.
Person (11-6 overall, 9-1 PAC) entered the game undefeated in conference play and retained possession of first place in the Piedmont Athletics Conference. East Chapel Hill (11-5, 7-3 PAC) solidified its hold on a playoff spot with third place in the PAC-6 behind Northern Durham (9-7, 8-2 PAC).
East Chapel Hill is projected to play at Raleigh Millbrook (13-8) in the NCHSAA tournament’s first round.
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The Wildcats produced 19 hits against Person, paced by Elizabeth Kupec (4-5, 6 RBI), Sarah Towne (3-3, 4 RBI), Addie Agatucci (4-5, 3 runs) and Mykaela Watt (3-5, 3 runs). Sidney Levine pitched for the win that avenged an earlier, 5-0 loss at Roxboro.
Carrboro’s Lester wins Mideast 2A golf regional
Fresh from his Player-of-the-Year performance in the Mid-State Conference golf tournament, Carrboro’s Kaleb Lester won the NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regional Championship last week at Fairmont Golf Club.
Lester fired a two-under-par 70 Monday to beat out Clinton sophomore Reid Darden (71) and Reidsville freshman Brad Green, who carded an even-par 72.
Reidsville won the team championship at the Mideast Regional with a 307 total, 16 shots better than runner-up Clinton (323). Bunn (326) took third and the last team slot for this week’s state 2A championship at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines.
Carrboro (328), which won the Mid-State Conference’s team title just a week before over schools like Reidsville, was without injured Adam Alfieri and missed the team cut by two strokes.
Cho in 3A championship, Griffin out of 4A
In other regionals last week, the biggest shock of the season came at Bermuda Run Country Club outside Winston-Salem, where defending state 4A champion Benjamin Griffin of East Chapel Hill missed the cut for this week’s state tournament. His regional finish of one-under-par 71 would have held up at the 4A Mideast Regional, where East Chapel Hill traditionally competes. But the NCHSAA this year placed the Wildcats in the Midwest, where five different players shot under par in the one-day event.
The top three teams in a regional and the top three individuals not on one of those top three teams qualify to the state tournament.
Northwest Guilford (313), West Forsyth (314) and Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds (316) advanced as teams from the Midwest. East Chapel Hill (318) finished fourth.
Midwest medalist Alex Burris of Greensboro Grimsley (68), and runners-up Scott Campbell of East Forsyth (69) and Zach Lance of Southwest Guilford (69) all qualified for the state championship at Carolina Trace Golf Club as at-large players.
Griffin, already signed to play next year for the University of North Carolina, ended his high school varsity career still ranked No. 1 among the state’s junior players.
In the 3A Mideast Regional Tournament, David Cho of Chapel Hill High School qualified for the state championships with his 74 on Monday at the Country Club Whispering Pines.
William Register of Burlington Williams (70) won a two-hole playoff with Eastern Guilford’s Tristan Lough for medalist honors and led the Bulldogs to the 3A Mideast team title.
Cho finished in a tie for fifth place individually. The four other players who finished either ahead or tied with Cho played for either team runner-up Northern Guilford or third-place Rockingham County.
Cho is scheduled to tee off Monday in the 3A state championship at Foxfire Village.
Bread & Butter at top of the co-rec table
Despite losing 18-8 earlier this season to Ghost Riders, Bread & Butter has moved a half-game in front of their rivals in the Carrboro Co-Rec Softball standings.
B&B improved to 6-1 last week with an 18-6 win against the Fightin’ Squids and 22-2 over Underdogs. Ghost Riders (5-1) played just once and defeated Southern Rail 15-3.
Hickory Tavern is another half-game back at 5-2 after a pair of wins – 12-9 against Main Street rival Southern Rail and 14-2 over the Power of 2.
W.E. Warnock, CHN Sports Editor