Corinth Holders played right with the favored Trojans (24-4) for five innings, went ahead in the sixth, only to see that lead slip away in the bottom half of the inning. Then, down to its last out, Alec Seaton, the ninth batter in the Pirate order, doubled to force extra innings.
The result leaves Corinth Holders, seeded 19th in the East field, back in the same do-or-situation it was in for the first four rounds of the playoffs: one loss from elimination. Game 2 is set for Friday at Corinth Holders High.
On Tuesday night at Princeton (21-1) in the first game of the best-of-three series, more of the same was good for the top-seeded Bulldogs as Princeton blanked the No. 7 Rebels (20-4) for the third consecutive time this season in a 1-0 victory.
The Wilkes County Schools Board of Education is joining Johnston County Schools in a pair of lawsuits against the State Retirement System, after it, too, was given a bill to help pay for the pension of its newly-retired school superintendent, which also exceeded a recently created state cap.
A Memorial Day observance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Johnston County Courthouse on Market Street in downtown Smithfield. Sherill Stevens of Selma, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, will speak.