Round 2 moved up for local baseball, softball teams

From staff reports
Posted 5/11/22

A colossal softball matchup between South Johnston and Triton highlights the Record area teams who saw their second-round playoff tilts moved to Thursday due to impending rain.

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Round 2 moved up for local baseball, softball teams

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Seven local teams survived the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association baseball and softball playoffs this week. 

With wet weather on the horizon Friday, most schools have decided to move their respective second-round matchups to Thursday. 

SOFTBALL 

Triton at South Johnston, 6:30 p.m.  

In a matchup of two Record area powerhouses, both teams are coming off victories in the 3A East bracket Tuesday.

No. 3 seed South (20-1) ran past No. 31 Terry Sanford, 16-0, in what was a run-rule decision. 

Lannah Price is coming off a three-hit performance in which she also tied a team high with a trio of runs. Meanwhile, Kennedy Byrd threw three hitless innings with four strikeouts. 

No. 18 Triton (16-6) had a tougher test, using a late run to top 15th-seeded West Carteret 3-2. 

Kimah Warren had a pair of hits and two RBIs to lead the Lady Hawks offense, while Aubree Bass gave up one earned run while striking out eight to get the complete-game victory. 

South won the regular-season matchup between the longtime rivals with a 5-0 shutout on March 9. 

Currituck County at Harnett Central, 5:30 p.m.

A delayed round one contest was worth the wait as No. 7 seed Central (20-6) walked it off in the seventh inning to beat No. 26 Union Pines, 6-5, Wednesday. 

Ella Mangum enjoyed her second clutch hit in as many outings, following last week's winning base knock in the All American Conference tournament final with a game-clincher against the Lady Vikings. 

Mangum, Ashley Bliven and Kacey Fulcher each had two hits as the Lady Trojans overcame a five-run deficit in the sixth to extend its win streak to five. 

Central has a quick turnaround and hosts a 10th-seeded Currituck squad who enjoyed a 12-2 victory over First Flight on Tuesday. 

 Northeast Academy at Cape Fear Christian, 4 p.m.

After wrapping up another NCISAA Sandhills Conference championship last week, topping Freedom Christian Academy 4-3 on the road, CFCA (15-4) opens its state-title run at home as the 1A's top seed. 

BASEBALL

 St. Pauls at Midway, 6 p.m. 

The fifth-seeded Raiders (14-8) had no problems with their first-round opponent, blowing out Southeastern Athletic Conference rival Clinton 10-0. 

Carson Barefoot led seven Midway batters to come away with at least a hit, scoring two base knocks and a pair of RBIs. 

Midway's next 2A East test will be against another SAC-7 foe in St. Pauls, having already beaten them twice during the regular season. 

Triton at West Carteret, 6 p.m.

The 22nd-seeded Hawks (18-7) kept its hot streak alive this week, going on the road to get a 9-4 victory at No. 11 Carrboro.

Ross Stevens, Kenneth McKoy and Wyatt Avery each had two hits in the team's ninth straight victory.

Triton will try for 10 in a row against sixth-seeded West Carteret, who enjoyed a double-digit victory to open postseason play. 

Cape Fear Christian at Oakwood, 3 p.m.

CFCA (10-6) won its first NCISAA state playoff game in over five years, downing Lee Christian 17-7 on Tuesday. 

Trevor McLamb's three hits, led a group of Eagles with multi-hit efforts. 

The bats look to stay hot against an Oakwood that enjoyed a first-round bye. 

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