Smithfield: Sports

May 19, 2014

North Johnston comes up a run short at Elizabeth City Northeastern

North Johnston’s young softball team was mostly that for the first half of its season. Then, the Panthers seemed to come into their own and remember who they were: champions. A five-game winning streak capped North’s regular-season and earned it a share of its 11th consecutive conference championship. The drawing to break the three-way tie for that title wasn’t as kind to the Panthers as they drew a No. 3 seed. Still, North Johnston went right to work dominating North Lenoir in the first round of the playoffs 11-1 and battled No. 1 seed Elizabeth City Northeastern to the final strike before falling 3-2 in the second round Friday night.

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