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Topsail baseball now 19-1 on season; Hoggard-New Hanover showdowns too

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We were out and  about on Tuesday night. We had the sports camera at Topsail’s 10-0 win over Ashley. This was noteworthy for two reasons: Pirate pitcher Austin Baird threw a no-hitter. Topsail was able to get revenge on the only team to beat the Pirates this season. Topsail is now 19-1 on the season. The defending 3-A state champions travel to Boiling Spring Lakes on Friday to face South Brunswick…. We also had coverage on Tuesday from Hoggard’s 4-1 extra innings win over New Hanover and Hoggard’s 17-4 victory over New Hanover in boys lacrosse.


Tuesday’s High School Scoreboard

Boys Lacrosse
Hoggard 17 – New Hanover 4  **Click icon for video
Ashley 14 – Topsail 0

Girls Lacrosse
Hoggard 17 – New Hanover 0

Topsail 10 – Ashley 0 **Click icon for video
Hoggard 4 – New Hanover 1 in 11 innings  **Click icon for video
Whiteville 13 – West Columbus 2
North Brunswick 18 – SW Onslow 1
West Bladen 18 – Union 5
Midway 10 – East Bladen 0

West Bladen 25 – Union 0
Trask 7- Wallace-Rose Hill 1
East Bladen 3 – Midway 2
North Brunswick 9 – SW Onslow 0
Whiteville 13- West Columbus 0

Girls Soccer
Wallace-Rose Hill 1 – Trask 0
SW Onslow 7 – North Brunswick 0
Cape Fear Academy 1 – Fayetteville Academy 0
Hoggard 2 – New Hanover 1
Laney 5 – South Brunswick 0

Boys Tennis
Cape Fear Academy 8 – Fayetteville Academy 1



Note: Trevor Kelley is a Ashley High grad

CHAPEL HILL — Korey Dunbar and Tyler Ramirez homered as No. 18 North Carolina beat visiting Campbell 8-3 Tuesday evening at Boshamer Stadium. Skye Bolt added three hits for the Tar Heels, who improved to 25-15 ahead of Wednesday’s trip to UNCW. Trevor Kelley allowed just three hits over 4.1 scoreless innings in relief of Benton Moss for his fourth win of the season.

Campbell (25-16) opened the scoring thanks to three infield singles in the first, but the Tar Heels responded in the bottom half. Heath Bowers (6-4) issued four of his five walks in the inning, including a bases-loaded free pass to Bolt, and balked in another.

Single runs in the third and fifth gave the Camels a 3-2 lead, but Carolina exploded for five hits in a four-run fifth to take control. Dunbar’s two-run double made it 4-3 after Landon Lassiter led off the frame with a hustle double and moved to third on a Ramirez single. Two-base hits from Joe Dudek and Bolt pushed the advantage to 6-3, and Kelley handcuffed the Campbell offense the rest of the way.

The senior righty needed just 39 pitches to get the final 13 outs of the game after Moss departed with two on and two out in the fifth. It was Kelley’s NCAA-leading 29th appearance of the year, and he lowered his ERA to 2.17.

Dunbar and Ramirez added solo home runs for the final margin as the Camels mustered just three hits against Kelley.

Steven Leonard, Cedric Mullins and Sam Rector had two hits apiece to lead the Campbell attack. Bowers, who entered the game with just 13 walks all season, allowed four runs on five hits and five walks and struck out six over four-plus innings.

Hunter Williams will take the ball for Carolina Wednesday when the Tar Heels visit UNCW at 6 p.m



Note: Chance Shepard and Shane Shepard are Ashley grads, Joe O’Donnell is a Hoggard grad.

GREENVILLE, NC (NCSU) — NC State baseball suffered a heartbreaking 6-5 defeat at East Carolina on Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Wolfpack (21-17) trailed through the game after ECU (25-16) took a 1-0 lead in the third. State battled to tie the game in the fifth and sixth. Each time, the Pirates added a single run to retake command. Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, the Wolfpack began its furious comeback.

Chance Shepard’s second homer of the season, fifth career, granted NC State a 5-4 lead with one out in the ninth.Shane Shepard provided the leadoff single to make it a two-run jack, before leaving to pinch-runner Brock Deatherage.

A leadoff triple in the ECU 9th put the Wolfpack lead in jeopardy. An error on a sac fly to left put runners at first and second with nobody out. The game-winner came on an RBI single down the first base line into right, allowing the Pirates to walk off 6-5.

Logan Ratledge extended his hitting streak to 21 games, tied for third-longest all-time at NC State with Brian Wrightand Ryan Mathews. Greg Briley’s 26-game streak from 1986 represents the record. Tom Sergio’s 25-game streak from 1995 sits second. Ratledge finished the night 4-for-5, his third career four-hit game and first this season, with a double and a run.

Preston Palmeiro homered for the fourth time this year, tying the game 2-2 in the sixth, part of a 2-for-5 outing with two RBIs and a run to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Ryne Willard went 2-for-3 with a walk. Shane Shepard went 2-for-4 with a run. Joe Dunand doubled with an RBI.

Wolfpack starter Curt Britt left after four innings of work, holding the Pirates to one earned on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Tommy DeJuneas was the first pitcher out of the pen, allowing two runs, one earned in an inning.Will Gilbert pitched three no-hit innings with an earned run and two punchouts. Joe O’Donnell (5-3) took the loss on two earned in the ninth.



CHARLOTTE (AP) —   The Carolina Panthers will play on Thanksgiving for the first time ever when they visit the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 26.
The game will feature Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy against his former team. Hardy was Carolina’s franchise player last season, but missed 15 games after being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list while facing domestic abuse charges.

The Panthers chose not to re-sign Hardy and he signed a free agent contract with Dallas.

Carolina will also host primetime games in consecutive weeks, hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night Oct. 25 and the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football on Nov. 2.

Carolina is 13-20 all-time in primetime games, including 0-3 last season.

Four of Carolina’s final six games are on the road.

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