Thursday afternoon’s Clayton vs. Cleveland boys tennis match featured what may be one of the top matches of the season even though we’re only a couple of weens into the season.
Comets’ senior Klein Evans, the state runner-up in 2015, was pushed to a third set by Cleveland senior Dylan Betancourt in the No. 1 singles match of the day.
Evans took the opening set but Betancourt claimed a 7-5 win in the second set. The University of Richmond recruit came back to take the tiebreaker 10-6 and get the hard-earned win.
Clayton won the match, 7-2. It was the first time the Comets have lost individual matches this season. The Comets are 6-0 overall and 4-0 in Greater Neuse River 4A Conferene play.
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Cleveland’s Jacob White won a No. 6 singles on the afternoon, while Niels Sampson and Harrison Allen picked up a doubles win (at No. 3).
Trojans win at the coast: Garner won the South Coast Classic Invitational boys tennis tournament in Brunswick County earlier this month. The boys tennis tournament featured teams from North and South Carolina.
The Trojans beat West Brunswick 9-0 in the tournament opener, then dropped Georgetown (S.C.) 6-3 in the semifinals. Garner wrapped up the title with a 7-2 win over St. James (S.C.).
Jared Ingram, Jordan Hudson, Jason Clifford, Spencer Kieft and John Yokley were named to the all-tournament team from Garner’s roster.
South Johnston splits with Socastee: South Johnston and Socastee (S.C.) split a baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Bruce Coats Field. Socastee won the opener, 6-3; South prevailed in the night cap, 8-1.
Will Barbour, Noah Bridges and Nash Johnson all had two hits each in the South Johnston win. Johnson drive in four runs on the afternoon.
Youngblood homers: Smithfield-Selma High grad Ben Youngblood homered as Barton College swept Emmanuel College in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader.
The senior infielder was hitting .264 with 10 RBIs through 23 games this season.
Flowers Plantation youth sports: Flowers Plantation is offering T-ball and Coach-pitch baseball for ages 5-9 (as of April 2). T-ball is for ages 5-6 and is played on Saturdays with practices on Tuesdays and Fridays. Coach-pitch is for ages 7-9 and practices are three days a week and games on Saturday.
The fee is $40-50. Volunteer coaches are still needed.
A T-ball clinic will be held on Friday, March 18, at 5 p.m. and a Coach-pitch clinic is set for Wednesday, March 16, at 5 p.m. For more info or to register, go to flowersplantation.com.
Princeton softball rolling: Princeton is off to a 3-0 start in softball and has outscored its three opponents 38-1. The Bulldogs beat Southern Nash 18-0 on Friday.
Taylor Carroll, Beth Braswell and Brianna Myers all had two-hit games in the win. Hailey Wood worked a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks.