No. 1 Topsail edges No. 2 Orange; Ashley tournament recap is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Topsail 3    Orange 1

In a ballgame featuring two of the top ranked 3A teams in the state, UNCW commit Clark Cota allowed just one run and struck out eight over six innings of work to help lead Topsail to a 3-1 win over Orange at the Hilltop Invitational Tournament.

Clark Cota. Photo courtesy- Colin Rice
Clark Cota. Photo courtesy Colin Rice.

The Pirates finished with seven hits as Jake Madole and Chase Thompson each went 2-for-3.

With the game tied at one in the top of the fifth, Trader Flora delivered an RBI single to put Topsail in front and Sam Luchansky fanned two in in the seventh to record the save.

Topsail improved to 11-1 overall and picked up their sixth straight win. The Pirates return to action against West Forsyth, he defending 4A state champs, on Friday.


West Brunswick 3    South Brunswick 2 


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Laney 3      Reidsville 2

With the game tied and one out in the top of the seventh, Jonathan Kuebler delivered the game-winning RBI single on a two-strike base hit to right as Laney picked up their second win in as many days with a 3-2 victory over Reidsville.

John Speight earned the result, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Hunter Gainey went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, run scored and run batted in to lead the Bucs’ lineup, while Brandon Fike came on in relief to record the save.

Jon Kuebler. Photos by Joe Catenacci
Jon Kuebler. Photos by Joe Catenacci.

The Rams had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of seventh with one out and runners in scoring position, but with the corners drawn in, Noah Johnson hit a slow roller down the first base line and Alex Farrow fired a strike to home plate for the tag out as Fike was able to leave a runner stranded at third on a fly ball to right to close out the ballgame.

Gainey hit a one-out RBI double down the right field line in the top of the second to tie the game at one-all after Reidsville scratched one across in their first at-bat of the afternoon.

The Rams made it 2-1 when Johnson came around to score an unearned run in the third, but the Bucs responded with one in the sixth and seventh.

Johnson scored a pair of runs and smacked two doubles for Reidsville.

Box score                         R H E

Laney        010  001  1     3   5  2

Reidsville  101  000  0     2   5  3

WP:  John Speight    LP: C.J. Chaparro


Southern Lee 7       Hoggard 2

Southern Lee plated three runs in the fourth inning on three hits to break a tie ballgame and Maxx Taylor drilled a three-run home run over the wall in left-center as the Cavaliers handed Hoggard a 7-2 setback in game two of the Ashley Spring Break Tournament on Thursday.

With the score level at one run apiece after three full frames, Connor Showalter worked a one-out walk and eventually came around to score on an RBI double by Marcos Collazo. Topher Grant came through with a two run-single in the next at-bat to make it 4-1 before the Vikings got one back in the fifth when Robert Wilkerson singled home Brad Pennington.

Hoggard looks to get back in the win column on Tuesday, April 7.
Hoggard looks to get back in the win column on April 7.

Pennington finished his day with a pair of doubles and one run scored. Grant had two hits and Jonathan Husk went 3-for-3 to pace the Cavaliers.

Ben Gaster earned the victory on the mound, allowing one run on three hits in four innings, while Josh Taylor surrendered one run in three innings of relief.

Trailing by three, Hoggard had an opportunity with bases loaded and one out in the sixth, but Taylor worked his way out of the jam with a popup to center and called strike three on a curve ball that crossed the inside corner.

In the bottom of the inning, Husk led off with a single and Ryan Holmes was issued a one-out walk. That set the stage for Maxx Taylor, who drilled a 3-0 pitch deep to left.

The Vikings left 10 runners on base in the game.

Box score                             R H E

Hoggard         001  010   0    2  7  0

Southern Lee  010  303  X   7  10  4

WP: Ben Gaster