Holly Springs’ baseball and softball teams kept their seasons alive Friday with a pair of wins in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.
The softball team erupted offensively in the fifth inning to take an 11-1, 10-run rule win over West Johnston. The baseball team rode the outstanding pitching of sophomore Matt Willadsen to a 3-0 win over South Central from Pitt County.
In round three, scheduled for Tuesday, the boys will host another local team, Cardinal Gibbons, and the softball team will hit the road to face South Central’s softball team, an 8-1 winner over Apex.
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Willadsen was the story for coach Rod Whitesell’s baseball crew. He teams with senior Camden Munise to give the 21-5 Golden Hawks a formidable one-two starting pitching punch.
In Friday’s win he threw just 65 pitches and struck out six in the shutout. He is 6-3 on the season.
“Matt was on, really dominated the game,” Whitesell said. “He’s had losses where he’s pitched well, we just didn’t score runs for him. Our pitching and defense have been good all year. We just need to hit a little bit.”
The Hawks hit just enough Friday. Munise, playing left field, hit a solo homer in the second for one run. In the fourth, catcher Tyler Babin doubled in Willadsen who had singled and in the sixth Munise walked, got to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon George.