Top-seeded Princeton continued to produce runs in its final at bat and moved on in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A state softball playoffs with a 2-1 win over East Carteret Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs (19-1) will host Perquimans (21-2) in a fourth round game later this week, either Friday or Saturday.
Wednesday’s win was the second consecutive game the Bulldogs have put up the game-winning run in its last at bat. Princeton scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the seventh in a second-round win over East Columbus.
Senior pitcher Hailey Wood got the winning run home for Princeton on Wednesday night with a double in the bottom of the sixth inning to score fellow senior Taylor Carroll for a 2-1 lead.
East Carteret had tied the game in the top of the fifth inning on Avery Taylor’s two-out single that scored Emily McGee.
Wood had a hand in the Bulldogs’ first run, walking and then scoring on Emily Ricks double in the bottom of the second inning.
Carroll went 2-for-3 in the win. Six Princeton players had hits in the contest.
Wood limited the Mariners to four hits on the night, striking out 12 and issuing four walks.
East Carteret did threaten a little in the top of the seventh inning when Taylor singled with two outs but Wood got the next batter to fly out to center, ending the game and sending the Bulldogs on into the fourth round.