North Davidson 7 Topsail 4
Coming off last week’s national invite at USA Baseball Complex in Cary, Topsail continued its run through high level non-conference opponents on Monday as the Pirates welcomed one of the top-ranked teams within the 4A classification among North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools.
Listed No. 1 by Maxpreps.com and third in the latest Impact Baseball 4A poll, North Davidson made the trip to Hampstead for the first of two games against Topsail over the next three days.
With the series opener tied and bases loaded in the seventh, Joe Butts smashed a clutch two-out bases clearing double for North Davidson in a 7-4 victory over Topsail.
Trailing by three, North Davidson tied the game in the fifth and went ahead 4-3 after scoring an unearned run in the sixth. Cameron Kimrey leveled the score in the bottom of the frame for the Pirates, but North Davidson scored three runs on two hits and two walks in the decisive frame to grab the result.
Both teams finished with 10 total hits, but Topsail committed three errors in the ball game, allowing two unearned runs. Tyler Ording went 3-for-4 atop the Pirates lineup, while Josh Madole and Sam Hall had two hits apiece. Aaron Beach also doubled, with one run and one run batted in.
The Pirates grabbed an early lead as Madole singled home Garret Myrka in the first. Colby Emertz hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Beach to give Topsail a two-run cushion after two full innings, while Beach walked to force in a run for a 3-0 cushion.
The Pirates fell to 8-4 overall and look to get a bounce back win against North Davidson at 2p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.
Beach Diamond Baseball Invitational
West Brunswick 2 North Brunswick 1
The West Brunswick bats were quiet for most of the night until Jonathan Carlyle belted a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth as the Trojans rallied to beat North Brunswick 2-1 on Monday night.
Scorpions starter Jalyn Perkins was on cruise control for the Scorpions and helped his own cause with an RBI single to break a scoreless game in the fifth. He scattered four hits over five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth.
Freshman Dylan Jeffries matched his counterpart on the mound in the complete game effort. He had five strikeouts in the win for the Trojans.
West Brunswick extended its win streak to nine straight games, improving to 10-1 overall. The Trojans face West Columbus in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
East Forsyth 18 South Columbus 0
East Forsyth pounded out 22 hits in their spring break debut on Monday in an 18-0 shutout over South Columbus.
Brandon Ammons went 5-for-5 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and 3 RBI’s.
The Eagles posted four runs in their first at-bat and took a 9-0 lead after two innings of play. Blake Williams added three hits in as many plate appearances, with four runs batted in. Luke Kimrey walked one and let up one hit in four innings on the mound.
East Forsyth improved to 7-3 overall. They advance to the winner’s bracket in the 2016 Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational against Pinecrest at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Pinecrest 7 East Columbus 4
West Columbus 7 Harrells Christian 1
Beach Diamond Softball Invitational
West Brunswick 9 Davie County 2
Richmond County 17 South Columbus 3
Richmond County 3 East Columbus 2