Daily Roundup: May 10, 2019


No. 6 Laney 2, No. 22 Fuquay-Varina 1 (8 innings)

Second round NCHSAA 4A playoffs

Toby Stone hit a two-out, walk-off single to left field to score Garrett Wolff and give the Buccaneers their first playoff victory since 2012.

Wolff led off the eighth inning with a double and advanced to third on a single from Connor Kane. After back-to-back strikeouts, Stone came through to put Laney (15-9) in the third round. Stone finished 3-for-4 with a double.

Chase Hall was fantastic on the mound, allowed an unearned run on two hits and striking out five in 7 2/3 inning. Jared Peterson struck out the only batter he faced to earn the victory.

The Buccaneers will play at No. 3 Corinth Holders on Tuesday.

No. 1 New Hanover 10, No. 16 Gray’s Creek 0 (5 innings)

Second round NCHSAA 3A playoffs

N.C. Central signee Alex Sniffen tossed a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and the Wildcats pounded out 12 hits in the mercy-rule victory.

The top four hitters in the New Hanover’s (22-1) lineup – Jac Croom, Blake Walston, Kyle Smith and Sniffen – went a combined 10-for-15 with eight RBI and six runs.

Smith blasted a two-run homer in the third inning to put the home team in front 2-0. The UNC signee finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and and two runs. Walston also went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, while Sniffen had a pair of doubles.

Next up for the defending state champions is a home game against No. 8 Southeast Guilford on Tuesday.

No. 4 Holly Springs 11, No. 13 Ashley 0 (5 innings)

Second round NCHSAA 4A playoffs

N.C. State signee Matt Willadsen and Appalachian State signee Patrick Trease combined on a no-hitter with eight strikeouts.

Ashley, which defeated Rolesville on Tuesday for its first playoff win since 2012, finished the season with a 15-10 record.

Wilmington Christian Academy 12, Greenville Christian Academy 2 (5 innings)

Semifinals NCCSA 2A playoffs at Bethel Christian Academy

Zach Burk went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run and Mason Myhand allowed only three hits in a complete game to lead the Patriots to their first championship game appearance since 2006.

WCA (15-5), which had fallen in the semifinals each of the past two seasons, scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and then busted the game open with five runs in the third.

Will Helms also went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, while Caleb Croom and Zane Bloom each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.

The Patriots will take on Wilson Christian Academy at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Christian Academy looking for their first title since 1985.


No. 4 Topsail 6, No. 20 Western Alamance 5

Second round NCHSAA 3A playoffs

The Pirates scored three runs in the third and fifth innings to build a 6-1 lead and then held on to earn the home victory and advance to the third round.

Topsail (20-3) managed only three hits, but also worked four walks. Sydney Hartgrove hit a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Pirates on top 2-1.

Addy Howard finished with 11 strikeouts in the circle to pick up the victory.

Next up for the Pirates is a home game against No. 5 Southern Alamance on Tuesday.

No. 3 Holly Springs 3, No. 14 Laney 2

Second round NCHSAA 4A playoffs

Regan Stewart went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run and Alayna Moose also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, but the Buccaneers saw their season come to a close.

Laney (15-6) also got a single and an RBI sacrifice fly from Sarah Manis.

Other scores

No. 9 Perquimans 6, No. 8 Pender 3 (Second round NCHSAA 1A playoffs)


No. 1 Hoggard 2, No. 17 Cardinal Gibbons 0

Second round NCHSAA 4A playoffs

Senior Erin Willis found the back of the net in the 67th and 76th minutes off assists from Ainsley Norr to give the Vikings the home win.

Hoggard (22-2) senior goalkeeper Blair Barefoot earned the clean sheet by stopping both shots she faced. The Vikings will host No. 8 Laney in the third round on Wednesday evening.

No. 8 Laney 6, No. 9 Wakefield 2

Second round NCHSAA 4A playoffs

The Buccaneers scored early and often to set up a rematch with rival Hoggard in the third round.

Parker Ormsby opened the scoring in the ninth minute off an assist from Taylor Chism, who found the back of the net in the 23rd minute.

Ormsby added a second goal in the 65th minute, while Courtney Dwertman had a hat trick for Laney (17-5-1).

No. 9 Chapel Hill 4, No. 8 New Hanover 0

Second round NCHSAA 3A playoffs

Junior goalkeeper Frances Coleman made 12 saves, but the Wildcats couldn’t generate any offense in the home loss.

New Hanover finished the season with an 11-9-1 record.

No. 2 Hickory Grove Christian 7, No. 7 Coastal Christian 2

Third round NCISAA 3A playoffs

Brooke Allen scored in the 35th minute and Anna Smith found the back of the net in the second half, but the Centurions were unable to pick up their second win in as many days.

Jaeden Earle assisted Smith’s goal. Coastal Christian finished the season with a 13-7 record.

Other scores

No. 2 Union Pines 3, No. 18 South Brunswick 0 (Second round NCHSAA 3A playoffs)


Topsail 12, New Hanover 11

Third round NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A playoffs

Senior Jake Volpe scored the game-winning goal with 39.3 seconds left to send the Pirates to the East final for the first time in program history.

Volpe finished with a hat trick, while Eli Copeland put home a team-best five goals. Nick Bedson added a pair of goals for Topsail (13-5). Konrad Homiak scooped up five ground balls and goalkeeper Car Sessoms made eight saves.

New Hanover (11-9) got four goals and an assist from Kyle Hatcher and Smith Anderson. John Murray chipped in a goal and three assists.

Next up for the Pirates is a home contest against Chapel Hill on Tuesday.


Cardinal Gibbons 19, Hoggard 9

Fourth round NCHSAA playoffs

Claire Witmer scored four goals and twin sister Katie chipped in three, but the Vikings weren’t able to upset the three-time defending state champions.

Hoggard (15-2) also got a goal a piece from Sydney Beckwith and Alyssa Fizer as well as eight saves from goalkeeper Madi Schoninger.


No. 2 Cape Fear Academy 5, No. 7 Coastal Christian 0

Second round NCISAA 3A playoffs

The Hurricanes swept all three doubles courts and then got 6-1, 6-0 singles victories from Hayes Gilbert (No. 2) and KJ Kernan (No. 6) to cement the win.

Cape Fear Academy (12-3) won the first set on three of the other four singles courts before play was stopped. The Hurricanes will host No. 6 Cary Christian School on Tuesday.

Coastal Christian (10-8) No. 1 singles player Jay Blue was leading his match 6-0, 5-1 when play was halted.

NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Both New Hanover doubles teams advanced to the semifinals, which will take place Saturday morning at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Defending state champions Westley Gaines and Griffith Waren didn’t drop a set in their two wins. They opened with a 6-2, 6-1 victory and then topped Chapel Hill’s Jerry Cai and Paul Tsui by a 6-3, 6-3 score.

Holland Baynard and Alan Dimock survived a pair of three setters to move on. The picked up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Marvin Ridge’s Jason and Ethan Traub in their first match and then secured a spot in the semifinals with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Dennis Perumov and Ethan Botts of Chapel Hill.

Gaines and Waren will take on Kyle Miller and Eric Zhang of Northern Guilford, while Baynard and Dimock will square off against Clayton’s Sam Jones and Foster Evans in the semifinals.

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