North Johnston jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning and made it hold up the rest of the way in a 4-2 victory over Pasquotank in the first round of the 2A playoffs Wednesday night at Doug Parnell Field.
North senior Michael Stott held Pasquotank to six hits and scoreless until the sixth. He struck out eight batters and issues just one walk in a complete-game win.
The Panthers (18-4) had just four hits on the night, but made the most of them. Dylan Radford and Rusty Renfrow (on a triple) drove in runs for North and had hits. Dallas Krob and Blake McLean had the other two Panther hits.
South wins at West Brunswick: It’s another year in the 3A baseball playoffs and South Johnston is still winning tight, big games. The Trojans downed West Brunswick 4-1 in Shallotte Tuesday night behind the familiar weapon that is Joe Johnson.
Johnson homered for the Trojans and earned the win on the mound. The Trojans held West to six hits and recorded eight strikeouts as they started another run in the playoffs after last year’s trip to the eastern regional finals.
Manteo rallies by Princeton: Manteo scored four runs in the final two innings of play to down Princeton 4-2 in the 1A baseball playoffs on Wednesday night.
Taylor Featherstone held the Bulldogs to two hits in the night and struck out 11, while only issuing one walk. Nick Phillips and Tyler Beasley had Princeton’s hits.
Beasley’s hit came in the seventh with two outs and brought the potential game-tying run to the plate, but Featherstone struck out the next batter.
Princeton’s runs scored on a passed ball in the first and an error in the third.