Garner rolled up a six-run frame and held off Cardinal Gibbons for a 7-5 victory in the 4A softball playoffs on Tuesday night at Trojan Park.
The Crusaders trailed 7-0 before closing within two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Garner moved to 20-3 with the victory and into a second round game against Wilmington Hoggard.
West Johnston tops league rival: West Johnston turned back a familiar opponent in the opening round of the 4A softball playoffs on Tuesday, stopping Rolesville 10-2. It was the third meeting of the season between the two Greater Neuse River 4A Conference rivals.
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West pitcher Megan Mills struck out 15 Ram batters on the night, while allowing four hits and three walks. None of the Rolesville runs scored were earned.
West Johnston moved to 19-4 with the victory.
Cleveland rolls Byrd in softball: Cleveland drilled Fayetteville Douglas Byrd 15-0 in the first round of the 3A softball playoffs Tuesday night. The Rams (16-6) blew the game open with a 10-run third inning.
The Rams moved into a second round game at West Carteret with the win.
West Carteret gets by Cleveland: West Carteret rolled by Cleveand 7-1 in the 3A girls soccer playoffs. The Rams finished the season 8-10-1.
Sophomore Anna Ford had Cleveland’s only goal on an assist sfrom Kendall Lamm.
Bree Mason and Kelsey Russell scored twice each for West Carteret.
Cleveland losses five of its 19 players to graduation: Briele Cochran, Sarah Ginn, Stefanie Pedrozo, Monica Willis and Hannah Evans.
Fuquay-Varina stops West Johnston: Fuquay-Varina ended West Johnston’s girls soccer season with a 7-1 victory in the NCHSAA 4A playoffs on Wednesday night.
Brittany Greene and Megan Greene had two goals each for the Bengals (17-4-1). Robin Pollard scored West’s only goal of the night.
The Wildcats finished the year 12-6-3 and Pollard, a junior, totaled 59 goals on the season. West loses three seniors to graduation: Emily Rentz, Elizabeth Carver and MacKenzie Barber.
Tough night for 4A baseball squads: Clayton, Garner and West Johnston all fell in the opening round of the 4A baseball playoffs on Tuesday night.
Holly Springs downed Clayton 10-0 as Ethan Miles and Jake Isbell had two hits each. Isbell held the Comets to two hits in four innings of work, while Matt Lusuriello worked two innings of hitless relief in a six-inning game.
The Comets finished the season 15-9.
Green Hope topped Garner 8-1. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Jack Elliott RBI, but the Falcons responded with seven runs in the next two innings.
The Trojans finished the season at 12-13 and lose five seniors to graduation: Trevor Blalock, Jack Elliott, Cody Jones, J.D. Kennovin and Colin Pippin.
Top-seeded Rams move on: Cleveland made a three-run inning stand up over all seven frames and downed Western Alamance 3-1 in the opening round of the 3A baseball playoffs on Tuesday night.
Senior left-hander Ryan Flores got the complete-game win, striking out six without a walk. He gave up one earned run and five hits.
Cleveland put together its offense in the bottom of the fourth when an RBI single by Dylan Lee and a two-run single by Flores.
Tyler Keenan went 2-for-2 with a walk in the win for the Rams, who are the No. 1 seed in the eastern regional and stand 22-3 entering the second round.
Two Rivers entries advance to state championships: Cleveland’s Dylan Betancourt and the Corinth Holders’ doubles duo of Grayson Adams and Brady Best advanced to the NCHSAA 3A state individual championships with their performances in the regionals last week.
Betancourt, the Two Rivers 3A singles champ, will make his second straight appearance in the singles state finals.
Best and Adams were Two Rivers 3A doubles champs and are in the state finals in their first year of playing tennis.
Fike eliminates Cleveland: Wilson Fike downed Cleveland 5-1 Tuesday in the second round of the NCHSAA 3A dual boys tennis playoffs. Betancourt had the Rams’ only win of the match, turning back Shivraj Sandhu, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.
Cleveland finished the season with a 12-5 dual record.