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Sports Briefs: April 9, 2014

Comets sweep West Johnston in tennis

Clayton continued its unbeaten season in boys tennis with matching wins over West Johnston and a win over Southeast Raleigh last week. The Comets are 12-0 overall and 11-0 in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference.

The Comets beat West by an 8-1 count on April 1, then downed Southeast by the same score on April 9. West took two matches from Clayton in a 7-2 Comet triumph on April 3.

Klein Evans, Naren Guha, Brooks Campbell, Ian Bliss and Duncan Hales won for Clayton in singles in that match. West’s John Simon was a 7-5, 6-0 winner over Vance Lanier at No. 5 singles.

Clayton’s Evans and Guha won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles over Marcus Juarez and Ryne Turner. Campbell and Bliss were also 8-1 winners at No. 2 doubles, downing Robert Manion and John Simon. The Wildcats won at No. 3 doubles.

Pirates’ offense shines against SSS

Corinth Holders topped Smithfield-Selma 10-2 in softball Friday night, jumping out to the lead early with a four-run third inning. The Pirates piled up 19 hits on the night.

Kelsie Hocutt doubled three times and drove in three runs for Corinth Holders. The Pirates’ Holly Price went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a double, while McKenzie Latham was 3-for-4 and Brandy Davis was 3-for-5.

Kayla Narron struck out 12 Spartan batters in the victory and allowed four hits. The Spartans scored their two runs in the fifth inning to cut the Pirate lead to 7-2.

Princeton rolls by Rosewood

Princeton kept its perfect mark in Carolina 1A Conference softball play with a 9-0 thumping of rival Rosewood Friday night.

Tori Paul got the complete-game victory for the Bulldogs (8-4, 6-0), limiting Rosewood to two hits. She struck out 13 batters and issued four walks.

Charley Cox drove in two runs and doubled in the win, while Kelsey Peedin went 2-for-3 at the plate.

North Johnston splits pair with ranked teams

North Johnston split a pair of softball games between teams ranked in the N.C. Softball Coaches Association 2A Top 10 poll last week. The Panthers bounced seventh-ranked North Pitt 12-3 on April 1 before falling to eighth-ranked Washington 6-1 on Friday night. Kaylynn Batten accounted for the only Panthers’ score of the night with a solo home run in the sixth inning.

North Johnston was ranked ninth in the poll. A fourth Eastern Plains 2A Conference member, Wilson Beddingfield, is sixth in the poll.

Washington also topped North Johnston in baseball Friday night, 6-2.

Princeton continues to roll in soccer

Princeton moved to 6-0 in girls soccer in the Carolina 1A Conference with a 3-1 victory over Rosewood Friday night. Jessica Brush scored twice for the Bulldogs in the win; Amber Johnson had two assists.

McKenzie Smale accounted for Princeton’s first goal, with an assist from Emily Woodward.

Eagles holds off Bulldogs in baseball

Rosewood built a five-run lead and then held on to top Princeton 7-5 in Carolina 1A Conference baseball Friday. Alex Harmon was 4-for-4 in the loss for the Bulldogs and Matthew Edwards drove in two runs.