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Prep roundup: Fuquay-Varina, Millbrook, Leesville Road advance in 4A baseball

Fuquay-Varina, Millbrook and Leesville Road roared into the fourth round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs with victories on Tuesday night.

Fuquay-Varina shut out Fayetteville Pine Forest 9-0 behind six innings by Caleb Bissette. The Bengals banged out 11 hits as Justin Shelton drove in three runs and Jake Baize, Brycen Braswell and Kyle Jackson each had multiple-hit games.

Leesville Road took a 5-2 victory at top-seeded Southeast Guilford as Andrew Papp threw a complete game.

Millbrook topped Garner 5-2.

3A baseball: Cardinal Gibbons, the No. 1 team in the N&O poll, was ousted from the NCHSAA 3A playoffs with a 3-1 loss to Wilson Fike. The Demons will play the winner of Pikeville Aycock at Hampstead Topsail, which was postponed until Wednesday.

Lee County defeated Northern Guilford 2-1 and will play at Orange, a 2-1 winner in eight innings against top-seeded Fayetteville Terry Sanford.

Caps girls advance: Emma Willard scored two first half-goals to help Broughton to a 3-0 victory over top-seeded Winterville Conley in the third round of the NCHSAA girls’ soccer playoffs.

Julia Stevens scored on a header in the second minute and Willard helped stretch the lead while Broughton’s defense shut out the Vikings.

The Caps will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Holly Springs and Wilmington Hoggard. Leesville Road will play at Panther Creek and Southern Alamance will be at Fuquay-Varina in third-round games Wednesday.

2A baseball: South Granville topped North Lenoir 4-1 and will be at home against Croatan, a 9-4 winner against West Bladen.

1A baseball: Durham Voyager was eliminated by Spring Creek, 14-4.

4A softball: Apex will travel to South Central Pitt for a fourth-round game in the NCHSAA 4A softball tournament.

Apex defeated Panther Creek 7-0. Bailey Hathaway with a triple and drove in three runs. Apex sealed the win with a four-run surge in the fourth inning.

“I think we’re definitely getting stronger every game,” Apex coach Bonnie Hodge said. “The girls are focused; they’re out here playing to win.”

South Central blanked Fuquay-Varina 3-0.

Winterville Conley will play the winner of Wake Forest Heritage at Fayetteville Cape Fear, which was postponed until Wednesday. Conley escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to take a 5-4 win against Harnett Central.

3A softball: Pikeville Aycock took a 2-1 victory over South Johnston in the third round of the NCHSAA 3A softball tournament. Junior left-hander Allie Phillips pitched a two-hitter, settling down after allowing both hits and a run in the second. The left-hander retired the final 15 batters.

Aycock (14-8) will play the winner of Wednesday night’s game between Erwin Triton at Hampstead Topsail.

Lee County eliminated Swansboro 8-1 amd Northern Guilford beat Southwestern Randolph in other 3A East games.

2A softball: Emma Watson threw a two-hitter and drove in two runs in North Johnston’s 6-2 victory over South Lenoir. Kaylynn Batten had three hits and Jada Santiago added a run-scoring triple.

The Panthers will play at South Granville, which upset top-seeded Siler City Jordan-Matthews 4-2.

Bunn advanced with a 7-0 victory over Currituck. Erica Davis pitched a two-hitter, striking out 13.

Freshman wins Gatorade: Durham Jordan freshman midfielder Brianna Pinto has been named the North Carolina Gatorade girls’ soccer player of the year. She scored 21 goals and had nine assists for the 14-4-1 Falcons.

She is ranked among the top freshmen players in the country by some recruiting services. She is committed to North Carolina.

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