Princeton claimed the No. 1 state playoff seed from the Carolina 1A Conference with a 3-0 victory over defending state champion North Duplin Saturday evening.
The game broke a tie between the two teams after they both finished 11-1 in the conference, splitting the two regular-season meetings.
Princeton carries a 16-1 record into the state playoffs. North Duplin will be seeded as a 16-3 No. 2 seed.
The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with a two-out rally. Kelsey Peedin and Megan Bryant both singled with two away before Brianna Myers launched a double to center field, scoring both runners.
An inning later, Beth Braswell homered over the left field fence for the game’s final run.
Princeton had eight hits on the afternoon to North Duplin’s pair of hits.
The Rebels only had four base runners in the game against Princeton senior hurler Hailey Wood, an Appalachian State University signee. Wood struck out 11 and issued a single walk in the victory.
Taylor Carroll, Brianna Myers and Beth Braswell had two hits each for Princeton in the victory.
Princeton beat Rosewood 17-1 earlier in the day to wrap up the regular season with a 13-hit attack. Megan Bryant, Taylor Carroll, Beth Braswell and Kelsey Peedin drove in two runs each in the victory. Brianna Myers was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Bulldogs as well.
Braswell got the five-inning victory, striking out six and allowing four hits.
Princeton is No. 3 baseball seed: Rosewood rallied by Princeton for a 3-2 victory Saturday night to take the No. 2 seed in the Carolina 1A Conference baseball race. The Eagles pushed across two runs in the bottom of the sixth to grab the win.
The Eagles were 11-3 in conference play, while Princeton went 10-4. Princeton was 18-6 overall and will enter the NCHSAA playoffs as the league’s No. 3 seed.
Tyler Ricks had Princeton’s only RBI of the night. Anthony Jones, Nick Phillips and Ricks had the Bulldogs’ trio of hits against Rosewood hurler Nick Neal.