Wake Tech baseball team moves into top 15
The Wake Tech Community College baseball team moved up to No. 13 in the latest NJCAA Division II national top 25. The Eagles were 23-6 through their first 29 games.
Wake Tech’s pitching staff ranks seventh in the nation in earned-run average with a 2.44 rate per game.
Freshman Zack Burke, a Chatham Central grad, leads the Eagles in hitting (.359) and is 5-0 on the mound with a 2.04 ERA.
Wake Tech’s roster features local players Brandon Fox (Cleveland), Howard Lee (Clayton) and Adam Morrison (West Johnston). Former Cary High coach Christoper Kiec is the Eagles’ head coach.
Garner wins on the road
Garner downed East Wake 8-3 in a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference baseball game Friday in Wendell. The Trojans posted a 10-hit night and outscored the Warriors 8-2 over the final six innings of play.
Shane Ward got the pitching win for the Trojans, who moved to 7-1 in the conference and 8-5 overall.
Area Wolfpack Club Coaches Caravan visits May 6
The District 10 Wolfpack Club Coaches Caravan featuring football coach Dave Doeren, men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried and women’s basketball coach Wes Moore will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 6, at Wilber’s Barbeque in Goldsboro. The event will feature raffle prizes and official Wolfpack apparel will be for sale. The cost is $15 for Wolfpack Club members and $20 for non-members. Children 10 and under are $10 each. Reserve your spot by April 29. Visit wolfpackclub.com/events or contact Will Pridgen at 919-865-1461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Johnston drills Knightdale twice
West Johnston kept pace with Garner in the GNRC baseball race with a 12-2, six-inning win over Knightdale on Friday night. The Wildcats (10-4 overall) had 10 hits on the night.
West’s softball team also won via the mercy rule, taking a 11-1 decision.
Central edges Clayton in softball
Harnett Central broke a two-all tie in the sixth inning and took a 4-2 victory over Clayton Friday night in GNRC softball action. Senior Mindy North had two hits for Clayton in the loss, which dropped the Comets to 6-2 in conference play.
Princeton rolls in softball
Princeton downed James Kenan 19-0 in softball Friday night behind a two-hit shutout effort on the mound from Hailey Wood. The Bulldogs had 13 hits on the night.
Charley Cox and Taylor Carroll had three hits each, while Casey Mitchell, Emily Ricks and Wood contributed two hits. Carroll was 3-for-3 with five RBIs, a double and a triple. Mitchell and Wood also drove in two runs each as Princeton improved to 5-0 in the Carolina 1A Conference and 9-2 overall.
Comets blank Central in soccer
Clayton rolled by Harnett Central 9-0 in girls soccer Thursday night to move to 8-0 in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference. Everette Biggs led the Comet offense with two goals and two assists. Hannah Mills scored twice as well, while Janelle Reid, Holland Mills, Lauren Daniels, Kaylee Wilson and Nicole Guerrero had a goal apiece.
The shutout was a group effort with Kayli Watson, Claudia Woznichak, Lilly Uzzle and Veronica Villasuso on the back line and the Logan Haag/Skylar Tetro combination in goal.
Panthers blank Cougars
North Johnston kept itself within a game of first place in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference baseball race with a 5-0 road win over Southwest Edgecombe Friday night. The Panthers are 3-1 in the conference and 11-3 overall, tied with North Pitt and a game behind Farmville Central.
Bulldogs stop Kenan
Madison Adkins had a hat trick to help lead Princeton to another big night offensively in a 7-3 girls soccer win over James Kenan Friday night. Kassandra Velasquez scored twice for the Bulldogs (9-2 overall, 5-1 conference). Jessica Brush had two assists and a goal and Peyton Whitley added a goal and an assist.
Cleveland, SSS games to be played Wednesday
The rained out baseball, softball and girls soccer games between Cleveland and Smithfield-Selma in Smithfield will be made up on Wednesday, April 22. The previously scheduled start times for all games remain.
Princeton holds off Kenan on baseball diamond
Princeton held on for a 3-2 Carolina 1A Conference win over James Kenan Friday night in Kenansville.
The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Mason Rachels drew a bases loaded walk to plate a Princeton run. The Bulldogs’ grew their lead to 3-0 in the top of the seventh where Nick Phillips stole home to score a run.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning after a costly Bulldog fielding error, but couldn’t push the game-tying run across.
Tyler Beasley went 2-for-2 with a double for Princeton; Matt Daughtry struck out seven and didn’t allow an earned run to get the win.