WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- Whiteville High School earned a spot in next week's 2A baseball state championship best of three series. The Wolfpack won the eastern title on Friday night on the road against Northwood High School.
Game 1 Thursday
Game 2 Friday
Whiteville will face either East Rutherford or Randleman in the 2A east finals next week. Game three of the East Rutherford-Randleman series will be played on Saturday.
The UNCW baseball team also won on Friday. The Seahawks edged Delaware 3-2 to advance to the CAA Baseball Championship on Saturday. UNCW will face Delaware again on Saturday at 1pm. If UNCW wins they'll be crowned CAA Champs! If Delaware wins the 1pm game the two squads will play another game to determine the conference champion in this double elimination tournament. The CAA champ is awarded a spot in next week's NCAA Baseball Tournament. Check out UNCW's article on Friday's game below.
HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW sports release) -– Mat Batts tossed a complete game and struck out a career-high 11 batters as UNCW advanced to the championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament with a 3-2 win over Delaware on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Seahawks (37-20) will make the program’s fifth appearance in the championship game and need just one win to claim the conference title and the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Blue Hens (29-26), meanwhile, will need to beat either VCU or Hofstra Friday night to reach the championship game.
Batts (6-4) allowed two runs on 10 hits, but walked just one and recorded his second double-digit strikeout game, topping his previous high of 10 against Northeastern earlier this season.
The Blue Hens jumped on the scoreboard first when Alex Maruri connected on his third round tripper of the season to leadoff the fourth inning. He finished with three hits on the game.
Batts and UD starter Chad Kuhl (5-5) locked up in a pitcher’s duel through six innings as UD continued to hold onto that 1-0 lead.
In the seventh, the Seahawks broke through against Kuhl for a pair of unearned runs to take the lead. With one out and Drew Farber on first base, Corey Dick hit a ground ball to second, but the throw to get Farber was wide and both runners moved up to third and second, respectively. Michael Bass followed with a line drive off Kuhl that deflected to second for the out, but the tying run scored. Matt Campbell then singled through, the leftside to score Dick with the go-ahead run.
In the eighth, Hunter Ridge led off the inning with a blast to right, his fourth of the season, off UD reliever Stephen Richter. It was the first homer allowed by Richter this season and it gave UNCW a 3-1 lead.
Tyler Powell drew UD to within one, 3-2, with a two-out RBI single to center. But on the play, Andrew Cain cut down a runner going to third with a throw from center field to end the inning.
In the ninth, Batts allowed a one-out single, but a ground ball to first and a ground out to third with Campbell making a diving play and a strong throw to first ended the contest.
Tyler Molinaro and Ridge both had three hits for the Seahawks.
DJ Long added two hits for the Blue Hens. Kuhl went 6 2/3 innings, allowed five hits, walked two and struck out one.
The Wilmington Sea Dawgs lost to the Queen City Express 88-85 on Friday. This was the final home game of the 2012 regular season for the Sea Dawgs. Wilmington closes out the regular season on the road next Friday. The playoff will begin in early June.
RALEIGH,NC (NCHSAA sports release) -- Experience may make a difference in state playoffs, but for Southwest Onslow High School on Friday night, the formula was a little different.
A couple of freshmen came through to score as the Stallions beat Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 2-0 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women's soccer championship game at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.
Freshmen Taylor Marley and Amanda McCurry each tallied first-half goals for the Stallions, and then the Southwest defense made it hold up. Marley was named the championship's Most Valuable Player.
The Stallions broke on top 1-0 in the game's eighth minute on Marley's goal, assisted by Jamie Berti. Then less than six minutes before intermission, McCurry found the back of the net to put Southwest ahead 2-0.
Keeper Erika Ware recorded the shutout in goal, the 10th of the year for Southwest, and she had seven saves on the night. The Gryphons actually seven shots on goal to four for the Stallions and had four corner kicks to one for Southwest.
Southwest Onslow made its third consecutive trip to the NCHSAA women's soccer championship, winning a state title in 2010 and finishing as runner-up last year, while Thomas Jefferson was playing in its first NCHSAA team championship in any sport. The Stallions completed a 15-5-2 campaign, which included two playoff victories in overtime, while Thomas Jefferson ended the year 18-5.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as the primary host city partner for the women's soccer championship, along with the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE 1-A WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Dail Soccer Field, Cary
Thomas Jefferson 0 0 -- 0
Southwest Onslow 2 0 -- 2
8th minute SWO--Taylor Marley (Jamie Berti)
35th minute SWO--Amanda McCurry