Tuesday’s high school spring sports recap

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Topsail 10     Laney 5

Laney jumped out to a four-run lead before the bats came alive for Topsail as the Pirates plated four in the third and six in the fifth to pick up a 10-5 win over the Bucs on Tuesday night.

Danny Wilson. Photo courtesy- Colin Rice
Danny Wilson. Photo courtesy Colin Rice

Topsail earned its 16th straight win as the top ranked 3A team in the state.

Danny Wilson launched his fifth homer of the year to start the rally. Clark Cota also singled home Sam Luchansky in the third and Trader Flora smacked an RBI double in the gap to bring in his classmate.

The Pirates finished with 12 hits in the ballgame and took advantage of six Laney miscues.

With the Bucs leading 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Sam Hall doubled home Jake Madole and Chase Riker cleared the bases on a three-run triple to give Topsail the advantage.

Bryce Cota struck out nine in four innings of work for the Pirates, while Luchansky tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Wilson, Cota, Flora and Riker all finished with two hits apiece.

Topsail improved to 21-1 overall and 10-1 in conference. The Bucs fell to 3-9 in league play and 10-11 on the year.

Box score                  R H E

Laney   103  010  0    5   6   6

Topsail 004  060   X  10 12 1

WP: Sam Hall     LP: Trevor Dwertman


Hoggard 6     West Brunswick 3

New Hanover 15    South Brunswick 1

Dixon 8    North Brunswick 1



Laney 4    Topsail 3

Topsail rallied from a three-run deficit to send the game into extra innings before Savannah Watkins delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give Laney a 4-3 victory on Tuesday.

The Bucs jumped out to a 3-0 lead until the Pirates struck for three in the bottom of the sixth.

Laney handed Topsail its first conference loss this year as the Pirates fell to 10-1 in league play and 14-5 overall. The Bucs improved to 9-3 in conference and 14-7 on the year.

North Brunswick 10     Dixon 2



Laney 2    New Hanover 0

Haley Shand scored twice and Sydney Young made seven saves in net as Laney shutout New Hanover 2-0 on Tuesday.

Anna Rae Porcelli and Alex Butorovich each picked up an assists for the Bucs, who moved to 9-1 in conference and 14-1 overall.

Laney faces Hoggard on Thursday for a chance to share the regular season championship.

New Hanover fell to 5-4 in league play and 10-6 overall.


Hoggard 3     Ashley 0

Hoggard moved one step closer to clinching the conference title following a 3-0 result over Ashley on Tuesday.

Jess Bennion, Mary Ormsby and Aimee Darrow scored for the Vikings, who improved to 9-0 in league play and 15-2-1 overall. Sayres McKenna had two assists.

Hoggard can clinch top spot in league play with a result over Laney on Thursday.


Cape Fear Academy 3        Coastal Christian 0

Libby Moore tallied two goals and Caroline Hawthorne found the back of the net as Cape Fear Academy shutout Coastal Christian 3-0 on Tuesday.

Delaney Mitchell made four stops in net for the Hurricanes. CFA clinched the conference title for the four time in five years with the result and improved to 11-4-1 overall.


Topsail 3       West Brunswick 0

Goals: Carmen Pyrtle,  Lexi Gilley (2)



Hoggard 19    Ashley 2    (boys)

Hoggard goals: Gunner Philipp (4); Luke Frankeny (4); Magsig (3); Donovan Jones (3); Cullum Crowley; Carson Whitaker; Jake Sharbaugh; Gavin Doherty; Bryce Apel.

Assists: Gunner Philipp (2); Luke Frankeny (2); Michael Fasano (2); Cullum Crowley; Gavin Doherty; Grey Kendrick; Donovan Jones; Jake Trafton: 1; Saves: Trenton Novelli (4); Mortan Pullen (5).

Laney 14    New Hanover 3 

Laney: Goals- Hailey Sanderson (5); Tatyana Melvin (2); Rachel Smith (2); Elizabeth Peasley; Ashley Eamma (2) Wyatt Beard; Camrybn Jefferson; Assists: Hailey Sanderson (2); Tatyana Melvin; Rachel Smith; Elizabeth Peasley (2); Remy Hoelen (2); Saves: Kiara Johnson (10).

NHHS: Goals- Katie Klibourne; Elizabeth Warren; Caroline Daniel; Saves: Mina Yakubu (16).

Ashley 8    Hoggard 7   (girls)



Western Alamance 7       South Brunswick 2

Singles: No. 1 Dylan Russ (SB) def. Drew Pittard (WA) 6-4, 6-1; No. 2 De Wet Van Zyl (WA) def. Noah Pieper (SB) 7-5, 2-6, (11-9); No. 3 Dalton Rhodes (WA) def. Caleb Hemphill (SB) 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 Michael Agner (WA) def. Dalton Adams (SB) 6-4, 6-0; No. 5 Sam Geiger (WA) def. Hunter Hemphill (SB) 6-2, 6-3; No. 6 Lukas McCuiston (SB) def. Da’Ryeus Talley (WA) 7-6 (6), 5-7, (10-5).

Doubles: No. 1 Pittard/Van Zyl (WA) def. Russ/Pieper (SB) 10-4; No. 2 Rhodes/Geiger (WA) def. C. Hemphill/McCuiston (SB) 10-8; No. 3 Agner/Andrew Kaczynski (WA) def. Adams/H. Hemphill (SB) 10-7.