South Johnston scored nine runs in the top of the 10th inning to claim a 9-0 victory over Cardinal Gibbons in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A softball playoffs.
South’s Mary Ann Brown held Gibbons to three hits in the complete-game victory. She struck out two and walked three.
Gibbons’ Clare Zureich allowed two hits and struck out 13, but did not record an out in the decisive 10th, yielding one run. The big blow was Madison Byrd’s three-run home run.
The Trojans will play at Pikeville Aycock in the third round on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Erwin Triton goes to Hampstead Topsail, Swansboro is at Lee and Southwestern Randolph is at Northern Guilford.
Cary Academy wins title: The Cary Academy boys title team wrapped up a 22-1 season with a 5-2 victory over Charlotte Country Day in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association dual-team championship.
Charlotte Country Day was the No. 1 seed and Cary Academy was the No. 2.
4A baseball: Northern Durham defeated Middle Creek 6-3 to advance to the third round of the NCHSAA 4A tournament. The Knights will play at Greenville Conley in the third round.
Other third round matchups: Leesville Road at No. 1-seed Southeast Guilford, Millbrook at Garner and Fayetteville Pine Forest and Fuquay-Varina.
3A baseball: Cardinal Gibbons, the top team in the N&O rankings, scored six runs in the sixth inning en route to an 8-0 victory over South Johnston in the second round.
The Crusaders will play Wilson Fike or West Carteret in the third round. Northern Guilford will go to Lee County and Pikeville Aycock travels to Hampstead Topsail. No. 1-seed Fayetteville Sanford shut out Pittsboro Northwood 3-0 on Saturday and will be home against Orange or Corinth Holders.
4A softball: Heritage ran past Wilmington Hoggard 10-3 in the second round to earn a trip to No. 1-seeded Fayetteville Cape Fear.
Other third round games: Harnett Central at Greenville Conley, Panther Creek at Apex and Fuquay-Varina at South Central Pitt.
4A soccer: Leesville Road nipped East Chapel Hill on penalty kicks to advance to the third round. The Pride plays at Panther Creek. No. 1 seed Greenville Conley will play at Broughton. Southern Alamance is at Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs travels to Wilmington Hoggard.
3A soccer: Marissaq Kowalski scored three goals in the second half of Cardinal Gibbons’ 4-1 win against Havelock in the second round of the girls’ soccer tournament. Gibbons will be at home against Northern Guilford in the third round.
Wilson Fike ousted Pittsboro Northwood 4-0.
1A softball: Hailey Wood struck out 13 as Princeton topped East Carteret in the playoffs.
Country Day keeps title: Charlotte Country Day won its third consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association girls lacrosse championship with a 16-10 victory over Durham Academy.
East-West basketball: Garner’s Julius Barnes, the MVP of the NCHSAA 4A basketball championship, is one of four Triangle players named to the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star game. The Trojans point guard will be joined by Northern Durham’s Kentrell Barkley, Millbrook’s Rob Brown and Wildcats teammate Chris Clemons.
Duke recruit Brandon Ingram is on the East squad and North Carolina recruit Luke Maye is on the West.
The East girls team has Broughton’s Kaila Easley, Chapel Hill’s Raziyah Farrington, Durham Jordan’s Salita Greene, Athens Drive’s Grace Hunter, Durham Hillside’s Amber Richardson and Durham Hillside’s Justine Lyon.