Riverside wrapped up an undefeated run (10-0) in PAC-6 baseball games with last Thursday's 9-8 win over arch-rival Northern and headed into this week's start of the NCHSAA playoffs as the league's top seed.
Thanks to some big bats, the Pirates were able to fight their way out of an early 6-1 hole versus the Knights.
Riverside’s rally was aided by three Knight errors and culminated with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win.
Riverside (18-3 overall) was set to host Wake Forest Heritage (15-9) in the NCHSAA 4A's first round. Heritage had to win its last three games of the season to fight its way past Raleigh Wakefield and Broughton for the CAP-8’s fourth and final playoff spot.
Northern's loss Thursday, combined with a win by East Chapel Hill against Hillside, forced the Knights and Wildcats into a one-game playoff for second place in the PAC-6.
Playing Friday night at Jordan's neutral Davis Field, where the Knights had been hammered 10-4 by the Falcons three days before, East Chapel Hill claimed a 5-3 win and the No. 2 seed.
East Chapel Hill (15-7), which closed the regular season with three straight PAC-6 wins, drew a home game with Cap-8 No. 3 seed Leesville Road (16-5) for the first round. Northern (8-14) was sent on the road to face Cap-8 No. 2 Millbrook.
In the NCHSAA’s 1A classification, Voyager Academy finished undefeated in the North Central Conference and ended its regular season at 15-3 overall, 10-0 in league games.
The Vikings got a first-round game with Northwest Halifax, which managed just a 5-5 finish in the Tar Roanoke Conference.
Jordan hosts first round soccer match
After finishing undefeated in the PAC-6 at 9-0-1, Jordan has earned the East's No. 7 seed in the NCHSAA girls' soccer playoffs.
Jordan (11-4-2 overall) was scheduled to host No. 26 seed Wilmington Laney (8-6-4) on Wednesday.
In other games for Durham teams, Northern (8-8-2) was seeded No. 21 in the East and was headed for No. 12 Cape Fear Senior (17-6-1) for the first round
Riverside (6-7-2) was the last soccer team to earn a berth in the East and drew a trip to No. 1-seeded Panther Creek (18-0-1), ranked tops in the Triangle by the News & Observer.
The NCHSAA pairings were subject to change. See http://www.newsobserver.com/sports for updates and results of this week's games.