North Johnston edges Princeton in 12 innings
North Johnston’s softball team rallied from an early 3-0 deficit, held Princeton scoreless over the last nine innings of play, and grabbed a 4-3 softball victory in 12 innings Monday.
The Panthers (4-1 after the win) loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th in singles by Kaylynn Batten and Olivia Stewart and a bunt single by Meghan Sherrod with one out. Emma Turner won it with a single to right, scoring Batten.
Batten also scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to tie game and scored North’s first run in the fourth.
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Turner pitched all 12 innings for North to get the win.
Princeton built its 3-0 lead on RBI hits from Hailey Wood, Kortney Edwards and Beth Braswell (a triple).
North’s Lexi Godwin and Stewart were 2-for-6 at the plate, as were Princeton’s Braswell and Edwards.
Princeton bounced back with a 17-0 five-inning win over James Kenan on Tuesday. Braswell drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and Kasey Johnson had three RBIs and two hits in the win.
Smithfield-Selma tops West Johnston
Smithfield-Selma downed West Johnston 5-2 in baseball on Monday, taking control of the game with a three-run fourth inning.
The Spartans fell to Southern Nash on Wednesday, 12-8, dropping their record to 2-4.
Clayton tennis rolls again
Clayton’s boys tennis team recorded its fourth 9-0 victory of the season in as many outings Monday, topping East Wake.
Klein Evans won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Brooks Campbell, Naren Guha, Chris Riley, Dillon Hyde and Vance Lanier also picked up straight set singles wins.
Doubles winners were Evans and Campbell, Guha and Riley and Hyde and Lanier. Guha/Riley and Hyde/Lanier both won at love.
Corinth Holders holds off Wilson Fike
Corinth Holders outscored Wilson Fike 10-9 for a softball win Tuesday at home. Carrie Corbett was 3-for-3 in the win for the Pirates, while Kelsie Hocutt went 3-for-4. Ashlyn Beithman was 2-for-4 as well and Shanan Hester had a two-run triple.
Princeton blanks Kenan in baseball
Princeton scored in every inning and downed James Kenan 11-0 in five innings of baseball Tuesday. Tyler Ricks and Tanner Flowers drove in two runs each for the Bulldogs in the win.
North tennis squad drops South
North Johnston’s boys tennis team won five of six singles matches and grabbed a 7-2 victory over South Johnston on Tuesday.
C.J. Jackson, Jonathan Gonzalez, Tyler Jackson, Trey Motley and Hunter Moore won for the Panthers in singles play.
Corinth Holders wins pair of Two Rivers track meets
Corinth Holders won two tri-team Two Rivers 3A Conference track meets this week, downing Smithfield-Selma and Western Harnett on Tuesday and topping Triton and Smithfield-Selma on Wednesday.
The Pirate girls team scored 74.5 points against SSS and Western, edging the Spartans by 20 total points. On the boys side, Corinth Holders finished with 89.5 points. SSS was third with 31.5.
Corinth Holders rolled up 108 points in the girls meet with SSS (73) and Triton on Wednesday and scored 123 in boys’ events.
Panthers blank Neuse Charter
North Johnston took a 10-0 baseball victory over Neuse Charter on Monday behind Steven Worley’s two-hit shutout. Garrett Littleton was 2-for-3 for North in the win.
Kellen Johnson, Chad Little, Dylan Radford and Jacob Wall also had hits for the Panthers.
Tyler Hammer and Mitchell Nouse had Neuse Charter’s only hits.
Princeton soccer rolls again
Princeton dropped James Kenan 10-1 in its Carolina 1A Conference opener on Tuesday. Kassandra Velasquez had four goals, while Chelsea Hawley had a pair of goals and four assists for the Bulldogs (5-0-0 overall). Altheia Balageo added two goals for Princeton.
South falls to Northern Nash
South Johnston took a 7-6 loss in eight innings to Northern Nash on Tuesday. Zackary Bridges was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a two-run home run in the loss for South. Joseph Johnson was 2-for-4.
Rams get by Trojans
Cleveland topped South Johnston 8-1 in a Two Rivers 3A Conference tennis match on Wednesday. Dylan Betancourt, Harrison Allen, Jay Waltman, Asav Gandhi, Neils Sampson and Ethan Smith swept singles play for the Rams.
South Johnston got its win in doubles from Blake Baker and Bladen Thompson.
Pirates, Stephenson show the way in golf
Corinth Holders’ team and South Johnston’s Patrick Stephenson both rolled to easy wins in the Two Rivers 3A Conference boys golf match at the Country Club of Johnston County on Tuesday.
The Pirates posted a 330 team total, 21 shots ahead of South Johnston. Smithfield-Selma finished fifth and Cleveland was sixth.
Kellen LaBonte carded an 80 for the Pirates, while Nick Routhier and Sam Baxter both shot 83 for the winners. Matt Hayes came in at 84.
Stephenson shot an even-par 72 to win by eight shots. Smithfield-Selma’s Ethan Foulconer tied Rouither and Baxter for fourth individually and Cleveland’s Patrick Schweitz was eighth at 85.
South tennis squad tops Western Harnett
South Johnston took a 7-2 boys tennis win over Western Harnett Monday. Evan Raynor, Jesus Ceja-Ponce, Yovani Herrera, Blake Baker and Bladen Thompson won for the Trojans in singles. Doubles action saw Ceja-Ponce and Herrera and Baker and Thompson win.