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3A playoffs

No. 17 Topsail 2    No. 16 Terry Sanford 1 

Chase Riker. Photo courtesy- Bonnie Emmertz.
Chase Riker. Photo courtesy- Bonnie Emmertz.

The Topsail baseball team rode another strong outing from Payton Rice on Tuesday night as the senior allowed just one run on two hits in a complete game effort as the No. 17 Pirates grabbed a 2-1 road win at No. 16 Terry Sanford to open the 3A state playoffs.

Rice improved to 8-1 on the mound this season. Topsail earned its third straight result to move to 18-7 overall.

The pitchers’ duel between the big righty from Hampstead and Logan Brown kept the game scoreless until the top of the sixth when the Pirates plated two runs on three hits and one error. With one out, Chase Riker collected his second single of the contest and Garrett Myrka followed with a base knock to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt by Aaron Beach and ensuing throwing error by Brown allowed Riker to score for the 1-0 lead. Colby Emmertz drove in Beach later in the frame with an RBI double.

Rice had a no-hitter intact until Christian Jayne laid down a bunt single with one out in the fourth. The ace of the staff finished with seven strikeouts.

Terry Sanford was able to break up the shutout in the bottom of the sixth when William Rosser picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly. A lead-off single by James Jordan started the inning and sacrifice bunt moved him to second. After a wild pitch put Jordan on third, Rosser drove in his teammate with a fly ball to left field.

Riker and Shane Nolan both had multi-hit games to pace Topsail, while Sam Hall doubled in a 1-for-4 night at the plate. Rice retired the side in order in four of his seven innings pitched. Of the 98 pitches thrown, 72 were strikes. He also threw 20 first pitch strikes to get ahead of the Terry Sanford hitters, with seven ground ball outs and seven fly outs.

No. 17 Topsail will be back on the road later this week to face top-seeded Cleveland in the second round of the 3A playoffs. No. 1 Cleveland defeated No. 32 Western Alamance 3-1 in their playoff opener on Tuesday.

Box score                                    R  H  E

Topsail                000  002  0        2   8   0

Terry Sanford    000  001  0         1    2   1

WP: Payton Rice (8-1)     LP: Logan Brown


No. 29 South Brunswick 2 at No. 4 C.B. Aycock 6

South Brunswick saw its turnaround season come to a close in the opening round of the 3A playoffs on Wednesday night. No. 4 C.B. Aycock jumped on the board early and kept the bats going to hand No. 29 South Brunswick (12-9) a 6-2 defeat.

Cameron Kornegay grabbed a two-run extra base hit in the bottom of the first to give C.B. Aycock (16-4) a 2-0 lead. South Brunswick had the bases loaded in the top of the second and scratched one across to cut the deficit, but Kyle Davis smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the frame to regain a 3-1 advantage.

Chandler Gentry added to the cushion for C.B. Aycock with a pair of runs batted in the third and the home team tacked one more on the board in the fourth.

Davis struck out six in six innings of work for C.B. Aycock. Kris Keller had a couple of hits for South Brunswick, while Mason Phillips picked up 2 RBI’s.

S. Brunswick 010  001  0  – 2

C.B. Aycock   212   100    –   6

2A playoffs

No. 11 North Brunswick 2     No. 22 Barlett-Yancey 1

With the game tied at one in the bottom of the seventh,Cameron Fields picked up the decisive run batted in as No. 11 North Brunswick edged No. 22 Barlett-Yancey 2-1 in a walk-off win on Wednesday night.

Cameron Fields. Photo courtesy- Cape Fear Photography.
Cameron Fields. Photo courtesy- Cape Fear Photography.

The Scorpions moved to 14-10 overall and travel to No. 6 Croatan for the second round of the 2A playoffs. North Brunswick dropped both regular season matchups against their East Central Conference counterparts.

After Barlett-Yancey jumped in front after their first at-bat, Landen Wright posted zeros on the board to keep the Scorpions in the game. After allowing back-to-back singles in the fifth, Wright wiggled out of trouble to keep it a one-run deficit before North Brunswick tied the game.

Trey Parrish came on in relief and got a huge strikeout to end the top of the seventh as Bartlett-Yancey left a pair of runners stranded to set up the dramatic finish. A couple of walks to start the bottom of the inning set the stage for Fields, who hit a sacrifice fly to plate the game-winning run.

Bartlett-Yancey  100  000  0 –  1

N. Brunswick     000  010  1  – 2



3A playoffs

The Topsail softball team won by forfeit on Wednesday night to advance into the second round of the 3A playoffs.

The Pirates (21-3) have a three-seed in the bracket and play a home game against No. 14 Morehead at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

2A playoffs

No. 17 Beddingfield 8    No. 16 North Brunswick 7




4A playoffs

No. 28 Holly Springs 4   No. 5 Laney  2

Laney saw its playoff hopes put to rest early in the 4A state tournament as the Bucs suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Holly Springs on Tuesday.

Haley Shand.
Haley Shand.

Sierra Raynor tallied twice within a 10-minute span just after the midway point of the first half, while Sarah Frost finished a header off a perfect ball from Kelli Hays to give the visitors a three-goal advantage. Sydney Romeo also found the scoring sheet just before the break to put Holly Springs in front by four in a forgettable first 40 minutes of action for Laney.

The Bucs were able to find the scoring sheet twice late in the match, but it was too little too late for fifth-seeded Laney. The Bucs dropped to 16-2-3 overall in the season-ending setback.

With the result, No. 28 Holly Spring moved to 10-8-4 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

No. 22 Sanderson 1   No. 11 Hoggard 0 

No. 22 Sanderson converted a corner kick late in the match to break a scoreless contest to upset No. 11 Hoggard 1-nil at Scott Braswell Stadium on Wednesday night. The Vikings ended the spring 15-2-6 overall.

No. 6 Green Hope 3  No. 27 Ashley 2 (OT)

No. 27 Ashley tallied a pair of unanswered goals with under 10 minutes left in regulation to force overtime against No. 6 Green Hope on Wednesday night.

After both teams failed to scored in the pair of 10-minute extra periods, the match went to a five-minute golden goal scenario before penalties would have decided the match, but Grace Wagner notched 30 seconds in to give Green Hope a 3-2 victory.

Anna Bevan gave the Falcons a 1-0 advantage in the first half and tallied her second score of the night in the 51st minute to put Green Hope in the driver’s seat. Ashley stormed back in the late stages of the second half as Carly Higgins found the back of the net twice to keep the season alive before suffering the heartbreaking finish.

 3A playoffs

No. 25 Eastern Alamance 2  No. 8 South Brunswick 0