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Saturday sports recap: state titles for CFA, state playoffs for baseball/softball, a Hammerheads win + more

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- Wilmington Hammerheads FC concluded their home-and-home series versus the Charleston Battery at Legion Stadium on Saturday night. Jordan Hamilton claimed the long-awaited first goal of the season for the Hammerheads on their home turf off an assist from Steven Miller to secure the 1-0 victory.

Hammerheads midfielder Tom Parratt had the first attempt of the match with a reverse header in Battery territory that soared just over the crossbar. The first half carried a quick pace, but neither side could find the back of the net. Battery midfielder Andre Lewis came close to increasing the deficit as the half came to a close, but was deemed offsides.

The Hammerheads found their first goal of the season at Legion Stadium in the 65th minute by Toronto loanee Jordan Hamilton, his second appearance on Wilmington's home turf. Midfielder Steven Miller played the ball up the line to Hamilton who then battled with Battery defender Shawn Ferguson for the breakaway, leading to the one-on-one with goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper and the goal.

The turf became heated minutes later as a scuffle broke out midfield between both teams. Both the Hammerheads and the Battery were forced to play one player down for the remainder of the match after Ferguson and Hammerheads goalkeeper Quillan Roberts received red cards and were dismissed.

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Saturday Scoreboard - State Playoffs

Baseball
North Brunswick 3 - West Bladen 2 in 8 innings
South Central 6 - New Hanover 2
Voyager Academy 7 - West Columbus 2
Whiteville 7 - Union 0
CB Aycock 5 - West Brunswick 4

Softball
South Columbus 11 - West Bladen 4
Whiteville 3 - Wallace-Rose Hill 0
Harrells Christian Academy varsity softball team won the NCISAA 2A State Championship on Saturday. The Crusaders defeated Arendell Parrott Academy 10-3. This was a double elimination tournament that began on Friday with 4 teams. This is the second year in a row that the Lady Crusaders have won this title.

Girls Soccer
Carrboro 2 - Dixon 1
Cape Fear Academy won the NCISAA 2A state girls soccer title on Saturday in Winston-Salem with a 2-1 victory over Asheville Christian.

Tennis
Cape Fear Academy won the NCISAA 2A state tennis title on Saturday against the O'Neal School in Winston-Salem.

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RICHMOND, VA (CAA) – The field is set for the 2014 CAA Baseball Championship, which will be held May 21-24 at Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C.

The six-team, double-elimination tournament gets underway on Wednesday, May 21 as fourth-seeded Delaware (24-25, 10-10 in CAA) faces #5 Northeastern (25-27, 9-12 in CAA) at Noon, followed by #3 UNCW (28-25, 10-9 in CAA) against #6 James Madison (17-34, 8-12 in CAA) at 3:30 p.m. The losers of the first two games will meet in an elimination contest at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday, top-seeded William & Mary (32-20, 15-5 in CAA) takes on the Delaware/Northeastern winner at Noon. At 3:30, #2 College of Charleston (38-17, 15-6 in CAA) meets the UNCW/JMU winner at 3:30 p.m. An elimination game follows at 7 p.m.

Tournament action continues with three games on Friday and the CAA championship game is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.

Adult all-session tickets are $30 for chairback reserved seats and $20 for general admission. Single-day seats are $12 for chairback reserved and general admission. UNCW faculty/staff and youth (15 & under) tickets are $20 for all-session passes and $10 for a single-day pass. Students from participating CAA institutions are admitted free with a valid student ID.

Every game of the 2014 CAA Baseball Championship will be videostreamed live for free in high definition on CAA.TV and the CAA's iPad app. A free login is required to view the games via CAA.TV on a computer or using the CAA's iPad app.

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BROOKLINE, MA (UNCW) -- Jason Vosler’s RBI single in the seventh lifted Northeastern to a 5-3 win over visiting UNCW and secured a berth in next week’s Colonial Athletic Association baseball championship. The Huskies averted a sweep with the win and improved to 25-27 overall and 8-12 in the CAA. UNCW, meanwhile, saw its five-game winning streak halted with the loss and fell to 28-25 and 10-9.

Senior Chris Carmain (7-2) earned the win out of the bullpen, tossing 3.2 innings of two hit, shutout baseball.
Ricky Holden (2-2) was tagged with the loss, also coming out of the bullpen. Holden pitched out of a jam in the sixth, but allowed a run on a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings. Vosler and Cam Hanley both finished with two hits for the Huskies. Nick Fanneron extended a one-run NU lead in the eighth with his first home run of the season. Casey Golden and Corey Dick each had two hits for UNCW. Dick belted his fifth homer of the season to give UNCW a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

Up next: The Seahawks will play an opponent to be determined on May 21 in the CAA tournament.

How it happened: Northeastern broke a 3-all tie in the 7th when Jason Vosler lined a single to right that scored Connor Lyons from second. Lyons opened the inning with a walk off losing pitcher Ricky Holden (2-2). A wild pitch moved him into scoring position for Vosler.

Inside the box score: Northeastern went 3-for-9 in RBI situations … Neither team was able to score a runner from third with less than 2-out (0-2 combined) … Ryan Foster did not allow a NU leadoff hitter to reach base in six innings.

Notes: The Seahawks moved to 16-9-1 against Northeastern all-time and 7-7-1 at Friedman Diamond.

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ACC Baseball Tournament - Greenboro, NC

Tuesday
11:00am NC State vs. North Carolina

3:00pm Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest

Rest of tournament starts on Wednesday, schedule yet to be released:

POOL A – No. 1 Miami, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Clemson & No. 8 Wake Forest vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech Winner

POOL B – No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Virginia, No. 6 Maryland & No. 7 North Carolina vs. No. 10 NC State Winner

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The final score was North Brunswick 3 West bladen 2.Jared Strange scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth