High School Sports

Two Rivers 3A Conference tournaments canceled, playoff seeds set

With rain falling on four out of five weekdays, the Two Rivers 3A Conference’s baseball and softball tournaments never had much of a chance.

The events were canceled Friday after the semifinal games (originally set to be played Tuesday) were washed out for a third straight day.

With the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs beginning on May 11 in baseball, softball and girls soccer and the playoff entry reporting deadline looming on May 9, conference officials made the decision to cancel the tournaments.

Cleveland enters the state playoffs as the league’s No. 1 seed in baseball with South Johnston as the No. 2 qualifier and Corinth Holders taking the No. 3 spot. Triton finished in a tie for third with Corinth Holders, but its tournament loss to Western Harnett dropped the Hawks out of the running for an automatic bid. Triton, with a 15-8 record, will be in the running for an at large playoff bid.

South Johnston (13-8 overall) is the top seed in softball with Cleveland (15-6) earning the No. 2 seed with a four-run bottom of the seventh inning rally to beat Triton in a tournament semifinal game on Wednesday. The Hawks are the No. 3 seed. Corinth Holders (11-10) and Western Harnett (13-12) will be hoping for an at large bid.

Corinth Holders went unbeaten in the girls soccer conference race and carries a 17-3-1 record into the state playoffs. Cleveland (8-9-1) is the No. 2 seed from the Two Rivers, while Triton (7-11-3) gets the No. 3 seed.

Smithfield-Selma finished a half-game behind Triton for third and has a 9-11-0 record on the season. The Spartans could receive an at large bid as well.

D. Clay Best: 919-524-8895, @dclaybest

Final Standings

Baseball

Team

Conf.

Overall

Cleveland

9-1

21-3

South Johnston

7-3

14-8

Corinth Holders

6-4

14-7

Triton

6-4

15-8

Western Harnett

1-9

7-17

Smithfield-Selma

1-9

4-20

Girls Soccer

Team

Conf.

Overall

Corinth Holders

10-0-0

17-3-1

Cleveland

6-4-0

8-9-1

Triton

5-4-1

7-11-3

Smithfield-Selma

5-5-0

9-11-0

Western Harnett

1-7-1

2-13-2

Smithfield-Selma

0-7-2

4-9-3

Softball

Team

Conf.

Overall

South Johnston

8-2

13-8

Cleveland

7-3

15-6

Triton

7-3

11-11

Corinth Holders

6-4

11-10

Western Harnett

2-8

13-12

Smithfield-Selma

0-10

3-20

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