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Mideastern Conference Softball Tournament semifinals

No. 1 Topsail 6   West Brunswick 1

Hayley Grizzle added to her RBI total, while Victoria Elder and Hunter Bizzell had two hits apiece as Topsail had a 3-1 lead when Tuesday’s contest against West Brunswick was delayed for more than one hour.

The Topsail softball team will play for the conference tournament championship on Thursday. Photo courtesy- Kim Ackermann-Gruntfest
The Topsail softball team will play for the conference tournament championship on Thursday. Photo courtesy- Kim Ackermann-Gruntfest

When play resumed in Hampstead, Elder put the finishing touches on a strong outing in the circle and the Pirates added to their cushion in a 6-1 result.

Elder was able to get ahead of the West Brunswick hitters, tossing 20 first-pitch strikes. She overcame seven walks in the ballgame and fanned nine in the complete game effort.

Topsail scored twice in the bottom of the first to grab an early 2-0 advantage before West Brunswick got one back in the third. Grizzle and Bizzell finished with two runs batted in, while Keri White added an RBI.

White and classmate Danielle Parks were also honored prior to first pitch as the two seniors were recognized for their contributions to the program heading into postseason play.

The Pirates advanced to the Mideastern Conference Tournament Finals after completing a three-game sweep against the Trojans this season.

Topsail improved to 20-3 overall heading into Thursday’s contest against the winner between Laney and Hoggard’s matchup. Their game was washed out on Tuesday due to wet field conditions in Buctown.

West Brunswick dropped to 14-9 on the spring and now await their seed for the upcoming 3A state playoffs.

No. 3 Hoggard (19-6) at No. 2 Laney (16-6)  PPD until Wednesday



Ashley 2    South Brunswick 0

Carly Higgins and Haven Lewis each found the back of the net for Ashley in a 2-0 result at South Brunswick. The match was postponed at halftime due to wet weather in the area. The Screaming Eagles moved to 7-4 in conference and 9-6-1 on the year.

Hoggard (8-0-2, 13-1-6) vs. Topsail (2-8, 8-9-3) PPD until Wednesday

Cape Fear Academy at Coastal Christian   PPD until Wednesday



South Brunswick 6   Ashley 3    PPD until Wednesday

With the game tied in the top of the fourth, South Brunswick rallied for three runs in the frame before storms in the area postponed play for the evening.

Christian Tafoya. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Christian Tafoya. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

The Cougars travel back to Monkey Junction on Wednesday to continue their conference match up against Ashley. When the game resumes, the Screaming Eagles will bat in the bottom of the fourth.

South Brunswick jumped out to a 3-0 cushion after their first at-bat, but Ashley cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the first. The Screaming Eagles tied the game at three-all in the third before the Cougars regained the lead.

Kris Keller had two hits and one RBI for South Brunswick. Christian Tafoya was working on a multi-hit game for Ashley, while Reggie Reagan had a pair of runs batted in.

South Brunswick defeated Ashley 6-2 in their first meeting this season. The Cougars are 4-6 in the division and 12-7 overall. Ashley has a 3-7 mark in conference and 8-14 overall record.


New Hanover (6-4, 13-6) at West Brunswick (9-1, 20-2) PPD until Wednesday

Hoggard (7-3, 16-4) 4W at Topsail (6-3, 13-8) PPD until Wednesday

North Brunswick at East Duplin  PPD until Wednesday