Sports Briefs: May 11, 2014

May 12, 2014 

Garner, West Johnston both finish 12-1-1 in soccer

Garner and West Johnston both finished with 12-1-1 marks during the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls soccer regular season last week, wrapping up a shared title. Garner will enter the playoffs as the league’s No. 1 seed by virtue of its 1-0-1 record against the Wildcats this season. The Trojans beat Southeast Raleigh and Rolesville both by 9-0 counts last week. Senior Bayleigh Adams had a combined five goals in the two matches.

West Johnston (19-1-2 overall) finished off its season with a 3-0 win over Clayton on Monday and a 9-0 triumph over Harnett Central.

Senior Alaina Custer scored all three West goals in the win over Clayton. Mallory Barton, Madison Covey and Kristin Power had one assist each. Hannah Stephenson worked the shutout in goal for West.

Clayton finished 9-4-1 in conference play, a half-game ahead of Knightdale for third place. The Comets (10-6-1 overall) will advance to the playoffs as well.

Smithfield-Selma surprises Corinth Holders

Brandon Bales and Chris Parker combined on a two-hitter as Smithfield-Selma topped Corinth Holders 2-1 in baseball Monday night. Bales allowed two hits in 5 1/3 innings of work, while Parker worked the final inning and two thirds.

SSS’s Cody Simonson singled and later scored the game-winning run on an error in the fifth. The Spartans led 1-0 on Cole Pearson’s RBI single in the second but Corinth Holders pulled even on Jake Lewis’ RBI single in the third.

The Pirates, who could have finished tied for second in the Two Rivers 3A Conference with a win, had two runners on base with one out in the seventh but Parker got a pop up and a ground out to end the game.

Princeton duo combines on no-hitter

Princeton softball pitchers Kasey Johnson and Tori Paul combined on a no-hitter as the Bulldogs topped Lakewood 17-0 on Tuesday. Both pitchers struck out four batters apiece.

Paul was also 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. Kelsey Peedin and Charley Cox had three hits each.

West Johnston edges East Wake

West Johnston topped East Wake 2-0 in softball on Monday. Megan Mills worked a two-hit shutout for West with 11 strikeouts and two walks. Rachel Willis drove in a run and Nadia Blevins doubled and scored a run.

Pirates blank Spartans

Corinth Holders wrapped up its regular season softball slate with a 14-0 win over Smithfield-Selma on Monday. Kalin Mitchell and Kayla Narron had three hits each for the Pirates in the win. Summer Long, Kayla Meares and Holly Price added two-hit nights. Price homered and drove in four runs.

Princeton downs Lakewood

Princeton rode Tanner Flowers’ 10-strikeout performance on the mound and his game-winning home run in the sixth inning to a 4-3 victory over Lakewood on Tuesday in baseball. Nick Phillips and Matt Edwards had two hits each for the Bulldogs in the win.

South Johnston sets banquets

South Johnston will hold its Senior Night of Champions for senior athletes from all three sports seasons at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, in the school’s main gymnasium. There is no charge for senior athletes and their parents to attend. There will be a light meal and a guest speaker.

South’s spring athletic banquet will be at 6:30 on May 22 in the school cafeteria. Athletes are admitted free of charge and tickets for others are $10 each. Tickets are available from spring sport coaches or in the SJHS main office.

Princeton is 10th in golf regional

Princeton finished 10th in the 1A Mideast Regional boys golf at Whispering Pines Country Club. Joel Harris led the Bulldogs with a 92.

North Johnston’s Hunter Pike carded an 88 in the 2A regional at Cutter Creek Country Club. Pike shot a 37 on his front nine. Goldsboro won the regional team title.

No area 4A teams advanced from the Mideast Regional in Raleigh.

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