High school recap: softball, baseball, soccer, tennis and lacrosse

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 Topsail 2   Hoggard 0

Appalachian State commit Keri White delivered a two-out two-run double in the bottom of the third and Topsail used a big effort from Victoria Elder on the stripe to grab a 2-0 victory over Hoggard in the Mideastern Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday.

White was ahead in the count two balls and no strikes when she lined an extra base hit to right field, scoring Christine McLean and Hunter Bizzell. The senior third baseman was 1-for-3 at the plate, while Bizzell, McLean, Alyssa Randall and Hayley Grizzle each added one base knock.

Keri White. Photo courtesy- Erik Holley
Keri White. Photo courtesy- Erik Holley

Elder issued six walks and scattered four hits, with 13 strikeouts in the shutout. Morgan Mathis was saddled with the tough luck loss, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings of work.

Danielle Parks walked to start the decisive frame and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Kyla Boyles, the number eight hitter in the Topsail lineup. McLean hit a hard grounder to the right side of the infield to put runners on first and third with just one out, but the Vikings were up to task defensively as Parks was caught stealing home. McLean moved to third on the play and Bizzell walked to keep the inning alive.

Hoggard left the bases loaded in the top of the first after Elder was able to record a strikeout for the final out of the inning. The right-handed hurler struck out the side in the fourth and fanned eight through four innings of work.

Mathis sat down the first six hitters she faced, but Hoggard was unable to get the big hit after leaving at least one runner on base through the first three innings of play.

With two on and two out in the top of the seventh, Elder got Aleah Thompson to fly out deep to left field for the final out of the of the ballgame. Hoggard finished with 10 runners stranded.

Box score

Hoggard   000  000  0     0 4 0

Topsail     002  000  X    2 6  0

WP: Victoria Elder    LP: Morgan Mathis

2B: Keri White


West Brunswick 5   New Hanover 3

Laney 7   Freedom Christian 0

Kirstie Langley went 3-for-4 with one double and two runs scored as Laney shut out Freedom Christian 7-0 on Tuesday.

Sophomore Sailor Funai struck out 12 for the Bucs, while Alleigh Clayter added two hits and two runs. Tristen Horrell also smacked a triple and finished with two runs batted in.

Freedom   000 000 0  2 6

Laney        120  220  7  9  0

Ashley 6    South Brunswick 1



West Brunswick 11   Socastee 9

 Despite committing five errors in the ball game, West Brunswick scored six runs in the bottom of the third to grab a lead it would not surrender as the Trojans outlasted Socastee 11-9 at home on Tuesday night.

Zach Johnson went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Tyler Stanley had two hits, two walks and two RBI’s.

After the Trojans jumped out to an two-run lead, Socastee plated five runs in the second and extended their advantage 8-4 when West Brunswick sent 11 hitters to the plate to get back in front.

The teams totaled 18 hits in the game, with four lead changes. Jonathan Carlyle bulldogged through six innings, with 11 strikeouts and no walks. He gave up eight runs – one earned – on nine hits. Hunter Ashburn recorded the save after recording the final three outs of the ballgame.

Socastee  053  000 1     9  10  2

West       226   100 X   11  8   5

Hoggard 10    Dixon 1

Hoggard erupted for 10 runs on Tuesday night as seven players finished with multi-hit games in a 10-1 win over Dixon. Connor Simpson led the way with three hits and four runs batted in. Cam Godfrey earned his second win of the year, with nine strikeouts over five innings on the mound.

New Hanover 13   Pender 3

Fulton Hill launched a two-run home run as New Hanover defeated Pender 13-3 in the Wildcats home opener on Tuesday night.

New Hanover put up five in the first and three runs in the second to take an early 8-0 lead. Hill finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Adam Pecoraro added three hits, with two doubles and three RBI’s.

Cape Fear 6    Ashley 1

Ashley committed five errors in the ball game as Cape Fear used a four-run fifth inning to hand the Screaming Eagles a 6-1 setback.

Hunter Mintz struck out 10 over five innings for Ashley, while Evan Laverick finished with a triple and run scored.

 Cape Fear   100 040 1    6  5  1

Ashley        000  001 0   1  3  5

North Brunswick 6   Wallace-Rose Hill 2

Trey Parrish picked up the win on the mound and Jayln Perkins led North Brunswick at the plate in a 6-2 win against Wallace-Rose Hill.

Topsail 10    Havelock 4 

Epiphany Academy 6   Coastal Christian 5

Jacob Mintz and Bradley Adams both hit a double for Coastal Christian, while Connor Radford drove in three runs.

Hoggard cruised to a 5-0 win on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Hoggard cruised to a 5-0 win on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams



Laney 10   South Brunswick 1

Anna Rae Porcelli and Haley Shand each had a hat trick as Laney cruised to a 10-1 result on Tuesday. Alex Butorovich added one goal and two assists, while Courtney Dwertman tallied twice.

Hoggard 5   Fayetteville Academy 0

Siara Southerland and Emily Accattato found the back of the net twice in the 5-0 victory. Tara Poteat also scored for the Vikings, while Southerland and Jess Bennion had two assists. Hannah Wagner and Blair Barefoot also made one save apiece to preserve the shutout.

Lumberton 1   New Hanover 0

Emily Leister had four saves in net for the Wildcats.

New Bern 2   Ashley 1

Carly Higgins notched the lone goal for Ashley in the 2-1 setback.



 Hoggard 9, Laney 0

The Vikings opened Mideastern Conference play with a road victory to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Freshman Holland Baynard didn’t drop a game at No. 4 singles. He then teamed with Miles Hirchak for an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Singles: No. 1 Eddie Janosko (H) def. Zack Taffer 6-2, 6-1; 2. Dom Scialabba (H) def. Tim Daley 6-2, 7-6(5); 3. Miles Hirchak (H) def. Jalen Moore 6-2, 6-2; 4. Holland Baynard (H) def. Luke Durham 6-0, 6-0; 5. Tim Dixon (H) def. Thomas Pirkey 6-1, 6-4; 6. Jake Ferner (H) def. Brandon McNeill 7-6(2), 6-2.

 Doubles: No. 1 Janosko/Scialabba (H) def. Taffer/McNeill 8-1; 2. Hirchak/Baynard (H) def. Moore/Durham 8-1; 3. Dixon/Ferner (H) def. Pirkey/Nathan Bastain  8-3.



Hoggard 16   Topsail 2  (boys)

Hoggard Goals: Gunner Philipp: 6; Luke Frankeny: 2; Donovan Jones: 3; Evan Fersinger: 2; Skyler Magsig: 2; Matt Stevens: 1

Assists: Gunner Philipp: 3; Luke Frankeny: 2; Donovan Jones: 2; Carson Whitaker: 3; Andy Kotz: 2; Tucker Brown: 1

Saves: Trenton Novelli: 7; Morgan Pullen: 1


Ashley 14 South Brunswick 2  (boys) 

Ashley: Carson Conklin 5 Goals 5 Assists; Fletcher Steveson 4 Goals 2 Assists; Hunter Smith 2 Goals 1 Assist; Tyler Tranchon 2 Assists; Kieran Stokes, JC Crawford, and Max Hunt with 1 Goal each

Saves: Colton Smith 2; Kyle Weakley 1; Kaleb Giles 4
Ashley 18   South Brunswick 0 (girls)
Ashley Goals: Averee Gerold 4, Corisa Alkins 2, Bellamy Tyson 2, Katie Houston 2, Meagan Trout 1, Layne Spencer 1, Ashley Merritt 1, Brianna Hawks 1, Abigail Efting 1, Kaley Smith 1,
Assists: Corisa Alkins 7, Bellany Tyson 2, Averee Gerold 1, Katie Houston 1,