Of the five Record teams to advance to the second round of the NCHSAA state playoffs in baseball and softball, four of them failed to advance.
Midway had a pair of heartbreaking losses at home. The baseball team, seeded No. 1 in the 2A bracket, lost to No. 16 East Bladen 4-2 in eight innings. The Raiders finished their season at 21-2, the most wins since 2015, when they made it all the way to the regional final. The softball team, seeded No. 5, fell 6-4 to Providence Grove and finished their season at 14-7. Both teams won the East Central Conference Championship this year. It marked the third straight title for baseball and second straight for softball.
Western Harnett baseball, seeded No. 10 in the 3A bracket, lost 4-1 on the road at No. 7 Jacksonville. The game was tight throughout. Jacksonville scored one in the first and held that lead until the sixth, when Western scored to tie it up 1-1. But Jacksonville rallied for three runs in the bottom half to pull ahead for good. The Eagles ended their season at 18-8, the most wins in a season in Dalton Hardee’s five seasons as head coach, and the second most in school history. After starting hot, Western struggled a bit early in conference play. But the Eagles ended on a high note, winning the Tri-County Conference Tournament.
Hobbton baseball, seeded No. 11 in 1A, fell 14-1 at No. 6 West Columbus. The Wildcats ended their season at 12-8 and finished second in the Carolina Conference in Timmy Daughtry’s first year as head coach. It’s the most wins Hobbton has had in a season since 2016. The Wildcats will return all but one player next season: senior captain Jackson McLamb, who missed most of the season due to injury. With almost everyone back, they’ll have a decent chance at making a run at the conference championship next season.