Kim wins DiSantis girls’ championship
Gina Kim brought home the thing her family reportedly wanted most on Mother’s Day: a first-place trophy from the 11th Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship golf tournament.
Kim, a Chapel Hill High School junior who’s committed to play at Duke, started Sunday’s round at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte in a tie with Kathryn Carson of nearby Mooresville. Both had shot 73s in Saturday’s first round. Kim duplicated her 73 Sunday for a winning 146 total, while Carson faded.
“I thought I had it from the beginning. I was pretty relaxed from the start,” said Kim, the 2014 N.C. Junior Girls’ Player of the Year and the 2015 N.C. high school 3A champion. “I wasn’t worried about a score, just playing my game.”
Kim bogeyed two of her opening three holes Sunday, but steadied her game with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 fourth hole. Tap-in birdies on holes 5 and 7 got Kim to one-under through nine holes and gave her a three-shot lead. Carson narrowed Kim’s lead to two shots after a birdie on hole 14, but a double bogey on the 16th took her out of contention. She finished with a five-over 77, tied for fourth at 150 with Northern Durham senior Jessica Spicer and three others.
Kim bogeyed two of the first three holes after the turn, but again produced a birdie on the back nine’s first par-3 and cruised to a three-stroke victory over runners-up Callista Rice and Kathleen Sumner, who carded the tournament’s only sub-par rounds, both getting a 71 on Sunday
“I just knew if I did my routine well and stayed consistent, it would be enough for me to win,” said Kim.
Northwood clinches Big-8 baseball’s No. 2 seed
Northwood used strong pitching and key hitting to power past Chapel Hill 4-1 Saturday night to earn the Big-8’s No. 2 seed in the upcoming N.C. High School Athletics Association tournament. The Tigers are the No. 3 seed.
“It means a lot,” Northwood coach Rick Parks said. “It means we could have two home games if we keep winning, and that makes a difference.”
Northwood starting pitcher Patrick Szczypinksi went five innings Saturday, and allowed no runs and seven hits.
After scoring a run in the first inning, the Chargers (18-6, 9-3) held a 1-0 lead until the fourth.
Chapel Hill junior right hand pitcher Jackson Pettee gave up a hard-hit single down the right-field line to Max Hundley, loading the bases. Logan Crabtree’s long sacrifice fly to center field brought in Beasley, and back-to-back hits by Conner Leinbach and Matt Oldham gave Northwood a commanding 4-0 lead.
With two outs in the seventh, the Tigers avoided a with senior Connor Stough’s sacrifice fly that brought home outfielder Nick Hebert.
The Tigers (20-6, 9-3) left 11 men on base, twice with the bases loaded, including the seventh inning.
Chargers finish atop Big-8 softball
With the Big-8 softball “championship” on the line, N&O No. 2 Northwood defeated No. 1 Orange 5-3 behind a four-run fourth inning and a gutsy outing from senior pitcher Anna Jasper.
The Chargers took a 4-run lead to the bottom of the seventh inning and, despite giving up two runs in the final frame, Jasper stayed composed and got Orange freshman first baseman Allisha Pettiford to fly out with the bases loaded to end the game.
The Northwood (19-2, 10-2) win was the first by a visiting team at Orange (21-3, 10-2) in 2016, which made it all the more rewarding, according to Jasper.
“We never really beat them at their home,” Jasper said. “We usually beat them at our place, so it’s definitely awesome.”
The game, rescheduled twice due to bad weather, served as a de facto Big-8 tournament final after rain forced a semifinal cancellation. While both teams officially share the Big-8 title, Northwood clinched the conference’s top seed in the state playoffs.
Despite trailing 1-0 after the first three innings, Northwood rallied in the fourth and got four runs off of Orange junior pitcher Kristina Givens as the Chargers hit five consecutive singles.
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