The two-day layoff fit West Johnston just fine. After plans to play Wilmington Laney on Thursday were washed out, West returned to the Buccaneers’ home Saturday evening and moved into the third round of the NCHSAA 4A softball playoffs on Megan Mills’ no-hitter in a 3-0 victory.
Mills, who struck out 15 batters in a first-round win, struck out nine batters on the afternoon and issued two walks.
West (20-4) put together a three-run fourth inning to take control of the game.
Nadia Blevins scored on Lorin Lesnicky’s RBI single with nobody out in the fourth. Kassidy Wood doubled to put two runners on base.
Later in the frame, with one out, Mills singled in two runs.
The Wildcats, who play at Greenville Conley this week in the third round, had just four hits in total on the evening.
Cleveland keeps winning: Cleveland turned back West Carteret 5-3 in the second round of the 3A playoffs on Saturday afternoon in Morehead City. The Rams (17-7) will meet Lee County in the third round this week.
Panthers move on in 2A softball: North Johnston moved into the third round of the 2A softball playoffs with a 6-3 win over West Bladen Friday night at George Daniels Field. The Panthers (17-7) never trailed after opening the scoring with a three-run second inning.
North had nine hits on the night, while Panther pitchers held West to just four hits.
The Panthers will meet Siler City Jordan-Matthews in a third round game this week.
Corinth Holders wins again on the road: Corinth Holders scored early and often in an 8-2 NCHSAA 3A softball playoff win over West Brunswick on Friday night. The Pirates jumped ahead with a four-run second inning and led 6-0 before the Trojans ever scored.
The Pirates (13-10) moved into a third round game with Pittsboro Northwood this week.
It was Corinth Holders’ second consecutive road playoff victory in the playoffs.
Princeton softball rallies in seventh: Top-seeded Princeton pulled off a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to down East Columbus 3-2 in the second round of the NCHSAA 1A softball playoffs on Saturday afternoon.
Princeton (18-1) will meet either East Carteret (18-3) in the third round this week.
Down 2-0 after Lennon’s RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh upped East Columbus’ lead, Princeton’s Kelsey Peedin and Megan Bryant kick started the rally with a walk and a double, respectively, to start the bottom of the seventh inning.
Brianna Myers followed with an RBI single to score Peedin with nobody out and move Bryant to third. After East picked Bryant off at third, Taylor Carroll doubled to center field to score Myers, tying the game with one out.
Hailey Wood added an infield single, moving Carroll to third and setting up Beth Braswell with a chance to win the game.
“We made contact with the ball all game, it just wasn’t as solid as we would have liked it to be,” said Princeton coach Terry Braswell. “Our never-give-up determination came through for us in the bottom of the seventh when we strung together a walk and three hits.”
Braswell hit a ball to first base that the East Columbus defense elected to try to get Carroll breaking for home on the hit ball. But Carroll beat the throw, giving Princeton the win.
Princeton couldn’t score until the seventh despite outhitting East 7-5 on the day, drawing four walks in the first six innings and benefitting from four errors.
Wood, an Appalachian State recruit, got the complete-game win with one earned run allowed, five hits allowed, four strikeouts and three walks issued.
Four of the Bulldogs’ seven hits were doubles. Bryant was 2-for-4 and Wood went 2-for-4.
Betancourt falls in 3A tennis championships: Cleveland senior Dylan Betancourt bowed out of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 3A State Boys Tennis Singles Championships in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. Betancourt, a multi-time Two Rivers 3A Conference champ, wad defeated by Asheville’s Zach Theodossiou 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Betancourt beat Brandon Caldwell of North Forsyth, 6-1, 6-1, in the round of 16.
Corinth Holders’ doubles team of Grayson Adams and Brady Best fell to Marvin Ridge’s John Hatala and Avanish Madhavaram, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round on Friday morning.
Bulldog pitchers rule again: Princeton continued its streak of great pitching and moved on to the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A baseball playoffs with a 5-1 victory over Pamlico County Friday night.
Tanner Flowers got the win with six innings of work, allowing an unearned run and striking out nine with only three hits and two walks allowed. Matthew Daughtry worked an inning of scoreless relief.
Princeton (20-6), who will meet Carolina 1A Conference rival Spring Creek in the third round this week, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. In the first, the Bulldogs scored two runs on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Jones and Tanner Flowers doubled in a run in the two-run second.
Nick Phillips and Flowers had two hits each on the night.
The Bulldogs have given up just four runs in the month of May and have not allowed an opponent more than four runs in a game since a March 11 loss to Southern Nash.
Princeton and Spring Creek split their regular-season match-ups, with the Bulldogs winning the most recent clash.
Spring Creek tops Princeton in soccer: Spring Creek exploded for four second-half goals to turn back Carolina 1A Conference rival Princeton 5-1 in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls soccer playoffs on Thursday afternoon.
Junior Maddie Adkins scored Princeton’s goal on an assist from Chelsea Hawley.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 10-8-1 mark.
Princeton will lose five players to graduation: Amber Johnson, Emily Woodward, Peyton Whitley, Altheia Balageo and Hawley.
Hawley led Princeton with 45 points on the season (20 goals and five assists), while Woodard had nine goals.
Neuse Charter ousted: Traditional Northeastern N.C. 1A soccer power Camden County edge Neuse Charter 2-1 in the second round of the state girls soccer playoffs Friday afternoon. It was Neuse Charter’s first trip to the second round of the playoffs.
The Bruins, who have made the third round of the playoffs for each of the past three seasons, are 11-8 on the season.
The Cougars finish with a 5-15-1 record and could return its entire lineup for the 2017 season with no seniors on the roster. There were a dozen sophomores or freshmen on the NCS lineup this season.