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New Hanover 4   Laney 1

 Caleb Bishop walked one and struck out 10 in a complete game effort to lift New Hanover in a 4-1 win at Laney.

Tuesday’s contest was the conference opener for both teams. The Wildcats moved to 1-0 in division and 6-0 overall. The Bucs are now 3-3 overall and 0-1 in conference.

New Hanover put two across in the first and made it a four-run lead after two innings of play. Fulton Hill paced the Wildcats with two hits, while Adam Pecoraro hit an RBI double.

The run support for more than enough for Bishop, who gave up four hits and one unearned run.

West Brunswick 6   Hoggard 1

Jonathan Carlyle threw six strong innings for West Brunswick and hit a home run to lead the Trojans in a 6-1 road win at Hoggard.

West Brunswick carried a two-run lead into the top of the fourth when West Brunswick rallied for four runs in the frame to take a 6-0 advantage. Hunter Ashburn and Austin Turner each had two hits apiece, while Turner finished with two runs scored. Tyler Stanley picked up two stolen bases and Carlyle struck out 10.

 The Vikings finished with eight hits in the ball game, but Hoggard left runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings to fall to 0-1 in conference.

 Topsail 6   Ashley 5

 The Topsail Pirates overcame seven errors and erased an early deficit as Colby Emmertz singled home the game-winning run in a 6-5 victory over Ashley in extra innings on Tuesday night.

After going 0-for-3 with a walk, Emmertz delivered the walk-off result after Topsail was able to load the bases. Tyler Ording doubled to start the frame and following a pair of intentionally walks to Sam Hall and Josh Madole, Emmertz lined a 0-1 pitch for the win.

Madole and Cam Kimrey each finished with two hits and one run batted in. Topsail and Ashley both had 10 hits in the game.

Colby Emmertz. Photo courtesy- Harriet Rice.
Colby Emmertz. Photo courtesy- Harriet Rice.

Ashley took a 3-0 lead in the second. Sean Ross led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second on an error with nobody out.  After Ethan Walters was hit by a pitch, Kason Valentine successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt, but a second Topsail miscue scored Ross from second. The two base mistake set the table for Christian Tafoya, who hit a two-run single to give the Screaming Eagles the advantage.

Tafoya made a heads-up play on the base paths after the runs batted in. He moved to second on the throw to home plate and later scored on a third Pirates’ error in a forgettable frame for Topsail.

Trailing by four, Kimrey drove in Gavin Finley with a one-out triple to get on the board and later scored on a fielder’s choice to cut the deficit in half.

However, the seesaw contest continued as Ashley tacked on an insurance run to make it 5-2 in the third. Christian Tafoya finished 3-for-3 at the plate, with 2 RBI’s and one run scored.

Topsail pulled to within one in the bottom of the fourth and Madole tied the game five-all following an intentional walk issued to Hall. Johnny Tartaglione got his second straight win, surrendering two hits in three scoreless innings of relief, with four strikeouts.

Kevin Mintz battled his way through four innings on the mound for Ashley, allowing four runs – two earned – on just one hit, with five walks and six strikeouts. Wathers had two hits for the Screaming Eagles and Sean Ross scored two runs. Mintz also had an extra base hit.

 The Pirates are 1-0 in league play and 5-1 overall. Ashley fell to 0-1 in the division and 1-4 on the year.

Ashley  041  000  0         5 10 3

Topsail  020  201  1        6  10   7

Croatan 7    North Brunswick 4



Laney 1    New Hanover 0  

Freshman Haley Shand, left, leads Laney in goals this season. Photos by Joe Catenacci
Freshman Haley Shand, left, leads Laney in goals this season. Photos by Joe Catenacci

Haley Shand scored the lone goal of the match in the 10th minute to propel Laney to a 1-0 result against New Hanover in the conference opener for both teams at Legion Stadium on Tuesday.

The tally was Shand’s ninth score of the season as the Bucs improved to 1-0 in the division and 4-1-1 overall.

Hoggard 9    West Brunswick 0

Ashley 3   Topsail 0

Emma Catlett, Lindsay Williams and Carly Higgins each found the back of the net for Ashley in a 3-0 shutout over Topsail on Tuesday.



Topsail 3   Ashley 2

Down to their final three outs and trailing by one, Topsail rallied for the walk off 3-2 victory at home against Ashley on Tuesday to remain unbeaten on the young season.

Victoria Elder paced the Pirates with three hits and seven innings pitched. She added one run batted in and struck out seven in the circle. Hayley Grizzle added two hits and Alyssa Randall had an RBI.

 Topsail took advantage of an Ashley miscue to get on base and produced the game’s first run with an infield hit. The Pirates used their speed to steal second, moved the runner to third on a fielder’s choice and went up 1-0 in the bottom of the third on the single.

Cameron Rivenbark responded with a clutch two-out base knock in the top of the third to bring in a pair of runs as the Screaming Eagles grabbed a 2-1 lead.

The advantage held until Topsail’s final at-bat. A lead-off walk and error put runners on the corners with nobody out to set up the dramatic finish.

Morgan Mathis. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Morgan Mathis. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

The Pirates remain unbeaten this season at 3-0 in conference and 5-0 overall. Ashley dropped to 2-1 in league play and 2-4 on the year.

Hoggard 3   West Brunswick 2

The Hoggard softball team grabbed a 3-2 comeback win over West Brunswick on Tuesday night.

Aleah Thompson doubled for the Vikings, while Morgan Mathis surrendered just two runs on five hits on the stripe as Hoggard grabbed its first win in league play, improving to 1-2 in conference.

West Brunswick scored in their first at-bat, but an RBI ground out by Nia Green scored Olivia Hawkins to tie the game after one full inning of play. The Trojans responded in the second to regain the lead, but Hoggard took advantage of a huge throwing error to aid a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth.

West Brunswick fell to 0-1 in the division and 1-4 on the year.

W. Brunswick 110 000  0     2  5  3

Hoggard            100  002  X    3 6 1


Laney 11    New Hanover 0   (five innings)

 Alleigh Clayter smacked two doubles and went 3-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBI’s as Laney shutout New Hanover 11-0 in five innings on Tuesday.

Laney grabbed its second win in as many days on Tuesday.
Laney grabbed its second win in as many days on Tuesday.

Sailor Funai struck out two on the stripe for the Bucs, while Kirstie Langley added two hits and two runs scored. Laney carried a four-run lead into the fifth when the Bucs used a seven-run rally to close out the result.

Shea Jenkinson doubled for New Hanover, while Emilee Sutton hit a triple. Ryleigh Tuttle was saddled with the loss.

Laney moved to 1-1 in conference and 3-3 overall. The Wildcats dropped to 1-1 in the division and 4-3 this season.

NHHS  000  00     0-4-3

Laney   031   07   11-11-2

North Brunswick 13    Croatan 10


Hoggard 17    West Brunswick 0 (girls)

Laney 14    New Hanover 0 (girls)

Cape Fear Academy 13   South Brunswick 2  (girls)

Hoggard 18   West Brunswick 1 (boys)

Hoggard- Goals: Gunner Philipp (5); Luke Frankeny (3); Skyler Magsig (2); Tucker Brown (2); Liam Crowley; Donovan Jones; Pat Kelly; Mitch Trafton; Scout Philipp; Cameron Brown: 1

Assists: Donovan Jones (4); Gunner Philipp (4); Luke Frankeny (2); Skyler Magsig; Connor Heath; John Bennett; Evan Fersinger; Scout Philipp; Liam Crowley