Five Record teams advance to second round

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Of the 12 Record teams to make the NCHSAA state playoffs, five of them won to advance to the second round on Tuesday.

Both Midway’s baseball and softball teams won at home and will host in the second round of the 2A playoffs.

In baseball, the No. 1 seed Raiders (21-1) topped No. 32 seed SouthWest Edgecombe 7-1. Sawyer Sutton tossed a complete game, giving up one run on two hits while striking out seven. Carson Calcutt had three hits and two runs scored, and Eli Culbreth had two hits and two RBIs to lead Midway offensively. Next up, they’ll host No. 16 seed East Bladen in the second round on Friday.

In softball, the No. 5 seed Raiders (14-6) held on to beat No. 28 seed J.F. Webb 9-5. Miranda Holmes pitched the complete game, giving up four earned runs on five hits while striking out four. J.J. Sankey had three hits, an RBI and two runs, Jega Depuyan had three hits and two runs, and Rylie Williams had two hits, four RBIs and two runs to lead Midway at the plate. Next up, they’ll host No. 21 seed Providence Grove, also on Friday.

Harnett Central advanced in the 3A softball playoffs. The No. 9 seed Trojans (13-5) topped No. 24 seed Franklinton 8-5. They’ll travel to play No. 8 seed Southern Nash in the second round on Friday.

Western Harnett moved on in the 3A baseball playoffs. The No. 10 seed Eagles (18-7) edged out No. 23 seed Clayton 3-1. They’ll travel to play No. 7 seed Jacksonville on Friday.

Hobbton progressed in the 1A baseball playoffs. The No. 11 seed Wildcats (12-7) bounced No. 22 seed Southside 11-0. They’ll travel to play No. 6 seed West Columbus on Friday.

The other seven Record teams to make the playoffs all fell in the first round. Triton lost both in softball (9-6 vs Western Alamance) and baseball (10-1 at Southeast Guilford). South Johnston also lost both in softball (2-1 vs Clayton) and baseball (1-0 at Hunt). Hobbton lost both in softball (17-8 at John A. Holmes) and girls soccer (4-0 at Princeton). Overhills lost in softball (10-0 at E.A. Laney).

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