Sports Briefs: May 14, 2014

May 12, 2014 

North Johnston posts pair of big wins

North Johnston’s baseball and softball teams created memorable Senior Night moments Friday with matching wins over Washington.

The Panthers’ softball team clinched its 11th consecutive conference championship in softball with a win over the Pam Pack. North finished in a three-way tie in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference at 8-2 with Washington and Wilson Beddingfield.

In baseball, North senior Tommy Jackson threw a no-hitter as the Panthers pounded Washington 13-0.

West Johnston edges Harnett Central, earns playoff bid

West Johnston simplified the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference baseball final standings with its 6-5 victory over Harnett Central on Senior Night Thursday. For the Wildcats, it assured them of a state playoff spot with a fourth place finish in the league.

West’s win also gave Clayton (13-1 conference) the conference championship outright and dropped Harnett Central into second place on the season with a 12-2 league mark. Garner finished third in the conference.

Princeton falls to Rosewood

Princeton dropped its regular-season baseball finale to rival Rosewood last week, 9-2. Matt Edwards and Johnathan Croom both went 2-for-4 for the Bulldogs in the loss. Patrick Norris and Edwards’ drove in the Bulldogs’ runs.

Spartans’ season ends

Smithfield-Selma fell to Corinth Holders 8-1 in the opening round of the Two Rivers 3A Conference baseball tournament last week, ending the Spartans’ season. Jake Lewis worked a complete-game three-hitter for the Pirates in the victory.

West grabs second place outright

West Johnston’s softball team wrapped up an outright second place finish in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference with a 6-3 victory over Harnett Central Thursday. Rachel Willis was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for West in the win. Katelyn McLamb allowed Central five hits in six innings of work and sophomore Megan Mills earned the save, striking out three batters in the seventh.

Nadia Blevins was 2-for-4 as well for West and Ashley Lauren drove in a pair of runs.

West (13-6 overall, 10-4 conference) will open the playoffs at home this week.

The Wildcats’ victory also helped Clayton clinch a top four finish in the conference and a playoff trip. The Comets wrapped up their regular-season with a win over Southeast Raleigh on Thursday.

Smithefield Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service