West athletes place in state track championships
West Johnston’s Kyle Christ made his way to a fifth place finish at the NCHSAA 4A State Track and Field Championships Saturday in Greensboro. Christ was fifth in the 3,200 meters in 9 minutes, 29.03 seconds.
West standouts and sisters Tori and Teri Strickland both grabbed seventh place finishes in the state. Tori Strickand’s came in the triple jump (36-7) and Teri Strickland was seventh in the 200. Tori Strickland added an 11th place finish in the long jump. Both Stricklands ran on the Wildcats’ 12th place 400 relay team with Zaria Denning and Tennay Smith.
Clayton’s Kennedy Thorne was fourth in the girls 300 hurdles.
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South Johnston jumps ahead early, rolls in third round
South Johnston jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning and never looked back in a 6-1 victory over Southwest Randolph Saturday afternoon. Madison Byrd, Kristi Collins and Alexis Massengill had two hits each for the Trojans in the victory. Byrd tripled on one of her hits.
Lauren Higgins held Southwest to seven hits and South didn’t make an error in the field, earning a home game in the third round.
West Johnston dominates Heritage
West Johnston rode big performances at the plate from Jordan Hunt, Nadia Blevins and Lauren LeClerc and stellar pitching from Megan Mills to a 9-1 victory over Heritage in the second round of the 4A softball playoffs Saturday.
Hunt was 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, while LeClerc went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Blevins drove in two runs as well.
Mills gave up just three hits, striking out 15 and issuing two walks.
Louisburg rallies by Princeton in 1A baseball
Louisburg scratched out three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to top Princeton 3-1 in the second round of the 1A baseball playoffs Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs, who were looking for their second straight road playoff win, finished with a 12-14 record.
Matt Edwards’ sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth put Princeton on top 1-0, scoring Jordan Craft who had opened the inning with a single.
The Bulldogs did get the potential game-tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh after Patrick Norris led off the inning with a single but two ground ball outs and a strikeout got Louisburg out of the jam.
Tanner Flowers took the tough luck pitching loss for Princeton, which had four fielding errors on the day. Flowers struck out five and didn’t issue a walk while working into the sixth inning.
Princeton moves into third round
Princeton moved into the third round of the 1A softball playoffs with a 7-4 victory over Robersonville South Creek Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs finished the afternoon with 11 hits led by Hailey Wood’s four-hit day. Wood, Tori Paul and Charley Cox all doubled in the win.
South Creek took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but Princeton responded with two in its half of the inning and never trailed again. South Creek did cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the sixth but the Bulldogs loaded the bases and scored two runs on wild pitches in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead back to three runs.
Carson Braswell and Savanna Massengill had two-hit outings for Princeton. Tori Paul got the win with relief help from Wood.
Lejeune ends Bulldogs’ run
Lejeune stopped Princeton 3-1 in the second round of the 1A girls soccer playoffs Friday. The Bulldogs finished the season at 13-3-1 and will lose just three players to graduation — Abby Rubio, Alexis Juarez and Jasmine Bombard — to from their Carolina 1A Conference championship-winning squad.