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4A playoffs

No. 3 Hoggard 15    No. 14 Heritage 2

Hoggard extended its winning streak to eight straight games on Saturday night as the Vikings rolled to a 15-2 playoff victory at home against Heritage High School.

Brad Pennington tags out a runner during Saturdays victory. Photo courtesy- Mike Gans.
Brad Pennington tags out a runner during Saturdays victory. Photo courtesy- Mike Gans.

Freshman Zach Zabriskie went 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in the win. Brad Pennington and Sam Schmidt added two hits apiece, while Schmidt recorded three runs batted in.

Hoggard erased a 2-0 deficit with a five-run rally in the bottom of the third and plated 10 runs in the fourth to secure the mercy rule result. The Vikings pounded 11 total hits in the ball game. Connor Simpson and Hunter Gaylord also combined four runs batted in.

J.P. Price struck out four and allowed two runs on five hits in four innings of work. Cameron Godfrey over came two walks to pitch a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

No. 3 Hoggard grabbed its 20th win of the season and moved to 10-2 at home. The Vikings host No. 6 Sanderson in the third round of the 4A playoffs on Tuesday, May 17. Sanderson defeated No. 22 Apex 8-7 on Saturday.


3A playoffs

No. 2 West Brunswick 10    No. 15 Chapel Hill 0 

Senior center-fielder Tyler Stanley set the tone atop the order with three hits and three RBI’s as No. 2 West Brunswick collected 13 total hits in a 13-0 rout over No. 15 Chapel Hill in Shallotte on Saturday night.

With the win, the Trojans cruised through the second round of the 3A playoffs and improved to 23-3 overall. West Brunswick has outscored its two playoff opponents 20-0.

Tyler Stanley.
Tyler Stanley.

Jonathan Carlyle scattered three hits and struck out just three in six shutout innings. Owen McDowell also drove in a pair of runs for the Trojans.

West Brunswick sprinted to a 5-0 edge after the first inning and used another well balanced attack to produce runs through the rest of the ball game.

The Trojans play host to No. 7 Rockingham County in the third round of the 3A state playoffs on Tuesday, May 17. The Cougars cruised past No. 10 Northwood 7-1 in their last game.

2A playoffs

No. 11 North Brunswick 9   No. 6 Croatan 2

After dropping both regular season conference matchups to No. 6 Croatan, the North Brunswick baseball team jumped out to an early lead and continued to produce offensively throughout Saturday’s playoff contest as the No. 11 Scorpions picked up a 9-2 road win.

With a 2-1 advantage after one full inning of play, North Brunswick plated four runs in the second and tacked on one more in the third to grab a 7-1 cushion.

The Scorpions moved to 15-10 overall heading into a third round 2A playoff match up at No. 3 Fairmont.



4A playoffs

No. 10 West Johnston 3     No. 7 Laney 0 

Coming off a 104-mile drive from Benson two days back just in time for storms to roll in and postpone their 4A playoff game against Laney, No. 10 West Johnston returned to Wilmington on Saturday and handed the Bucs a 3-0 season-ending defeat.

Megan Mills tossed a no-hitter in the result as the Wildcats broke open a tie game with three runs in the fourth. West Johnston improved to 20-4 overall, advancing to the third round of the state tournament. Laney closed the spring with a 17-8 mark.

Keri White is headed to Appalachian State this fall. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Keri White is headed to Appalachian State this fall. Photo by Joe Catenacci

3A playoffs

No. 3 Topsail 10     No. 14 Morehead 0 

With prom night weighing heavy on minds of the Topsail softball team leading into Saturday morning’s second round 3A playoff contest, the Pirates made quick work of their opponents from Morehead in a 10-0 victory in Hampstead.

Junior Victoria Elder used just six pitches to record a pair of strikeouts in the top of the first and Topsail sent 11 hitters to the dish in the bottom of the frame to jump out to a 5-0 cushion. Five walks during the inning aided the Pirates effort, while Maddy Laster ripped a 2 RBI single the other way to make it a seven-run advantage with one out in the third.

Hayley Grizzle picked up a run batted in on an RBI groundout to plate Keri White in the fourth and Elder finished the shutout with eight strikeouts. In front by eight, MacKenzie Williams doubled down the line in right field and Danielle Parks tripled later in the fifth to make it a 9-0 lead.

White, Grizzle and Laster recorded multi-hit games. White smacked a double off the wall in deep center to lead off the sixth to go along with a bunt single. Grizzle finished with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Laster finished with three runs batted in.

Topsail improved to 23-3 as the No. 3 seed in the 3A state tournament. The Pirates play host to the winner of No. 6 Northern Nash in the third round of the playoffs on Tuesday, May 17. Northern Nash defeated No. 22 Havelock 4-3 on Saturday.

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 Lacrosse: 4A playoffs

No. 1 Hoggard 11    No. 2 Middle Creek 10

Gunner Philipp filled the scoring column with six goals on Saturday night to pace Hoggard’s attack on Saturday as the Vikings edged Middle Creek 11-10 to clinch a spot in the 4A East Regional.

Hoggard is 18-2 overall following the overtime result, while Middle Creek dropped to 18-4 after the setback.

Cullum Crowley notched his only score of the night in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime and Philipp hammered home the game winner during the extra frame. Crowley also recorded three assists, while Luke Frankeny twice found the back of the net. Trenton Novelli had 22 saves in goal for Hoggard.

Hoggard (18-2) takes on Cardinal Gibbons in the 4A east regional contest. The winner secures a spot in this year’s state championship.