State playoffs start today for baseball & softball

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The high school state playoffs start on Tuesday night for high school baseball and softball. Soccer playoffs start later this week. State playoff lacrosse action is already into the second week of play. We’ve posted matchups for teams from our region below.

Baseball State Playoffs
1A: Pinetown Northside at West Columbus 6:00 Tuesday
1A: Princeton at Trask 6:00 Wednesday
1A: Eake Wake Academy at Whiteville 6:00 Wednesday

Baseball State Playoffs
2A: Red Springs at North Brunswick 6:00 Tuesday
2A: South Columbus at Croatan 7:00 Wednesday
2A: Reidsville at West Bladen 7:00 Wednesday

Baseball State Playoffs
3A: South Brunswick at Northern Nash 6:00 Tuesday
3A: West Carteret at Topsail 7:00 Tuesday
3A: Swansboro at West Brunswick 6:00 Wednesday

Baseball State Playoffs
4A: New Bern vs New Hanover 6:00 Tuesday (Will be held at UNCW’s Brooks Field)
4A: Lumberton at Hoggard 6:00 Tuesday
4A: Ashley at Pinecrest 7:00 Tuesday

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Softball State Playoffs
1A: East Carteret at East Columbus 6:00 Tuesday
1A: SE Halifax at Whiteville 6:00 Wednesday
1A: South Robeson at Pender 6:00 Wednesday
1A: Bear Grass Charter at Trask 6:00 Wednesday

Softball State Playoffs
2A: Graham at East Bladen 6:00 Tuesday
2A: Red Springs at North Brunswick 6:00 Tuesday
2A: Midway at South Columbus 6:00 Wednesday
2A: Dixon at West Bladen 7:00 Wednesday

Softball State Playoffs
3A: South Brunswick at Southern Nash 6:00 Tuesday
3A: West Craven at West Brunswick 6:00 Wednesday
3A: Richlands at Topsail 6:00 Wednesday

Softball State Playoffs
4A: Harnett Central at Ashley 6:00 Tuesday
4A: Hoggard at Pinecrest 6:00 Tuesday
4A: Scotland County at Laney 6:00 Wednesday

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Soccer State Playoffs
1A: Whiteville – first round bye
1A: Chatham Central at East Columbus TBA
1A: Pender at Tarboro 6:00 Wednesday
1A: Spring Creek at Trask 6:00 Wednesday
1A: Kestrel Heights at West Columbus TBA

Soccer State Playoffs
2A: Kinston at South Columbus TBA

Soccer State Playoffs
3A: West Carteret at Topsail 5:00 Tuesday
3A: West Brunswick at Cardinal Gibbons TBA

4A: Laney at Jordan 6:00 Tuesday
4A: Millbrook at New Hanover 7pm Tuesday
4A: Ashley at Lumberton 6:30 Wednesday
4A: Broughton at Hoggard TBA

Private Schools
Burlington Christian at Cape Fear Academy 4:30 Tuesday

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Lacrosse State Playoffs – Girls
4A: Wakefield at Hoggard 7:00 Tuesday

Lacrosse State Playoffs – Boys
Private Schools
Cape Fear Academy at Charlotte Latin 5:45 Tuesday
3A: Jacksonville at Topsail

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Private School Tennis Playoffs
Westchester at Cape Fear Academy 4:00 Tuesday

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MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WWAY) — The Southeastern Community College lost on Monday night 9-2 in the championship game of the Region 10 Tournament against Pasco Hernando. The SCC Rams would have advance to the JUCO National Baseball Tournament with a win. Instead, Pasco will be advancing. The season is now over for Southeastern.


RALEIGH, NC (NC STATE) — NC State baseball clawed back from a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to force extras before falling 8-5 to Wake Forest in a wild 10th inning on Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack (29-21, 11-16 ACC) scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Patrick Peterson worked perfectly through the first three innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth. Wake Forest (27-24, 13-14) scored twice in the sixth to make it 2-1. State rallied to tie the game 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Jake Fincher’s RBI single. Wake scored six in the top of the 10th to take an 8-2 lead. The Pack trimmed that lead in half on Trea Turner’s three-run homer to set the final at 8-5.

Patrick Peterson retired the first 10 batters of the game on his way to a season-long six innings of work, holding Wake to two earned on three hits and a walk while striking out four. Eric Peterson (4-3) took the loss after shutting out the Deacons for the next three innings, then allowing four earned in extras on three hits. Cody Beckman and Jon Olczak combined to pitch the final 2/3.

Turner went 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, three RBIs, and two runs. In possibly his final plate appearance at Doak Field at Dail Park, Turner cranked his eighth home run of the year to cut Wake’s lead in half. Andrew Knizner went 2-for-5 with an RBI, driving in Turner for the 11th time in the last eight contests. Fincher went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and the game-tying RBI in the ninth in what could be his final at-bat at Doak Field at Dail Park.

Jake Armstrong went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Logan Ratledge reached base three times on a trio of walks with one run scored and a stolen base.

NC State struck first during a first inning rally started by Turner’s leadoff double down the left field line. Turner advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on Knizner’s RBI single through the left side with one away. Wake scored twice in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead.

In the ninth, Ratledge led off with a walk and stole second. Brett Austin was intentionally walked with one out, and both runners stayed put after a pop fly to third for the second out. Fincher lined the first pitch he saw into center to score Ratledge and tie the game 2-2.

The Deacons poured on six runs in the top of the 10th to take an 8-2 lead, but the Pack wasn’t finished fighting. Armstrong singled to short as the lead off, and Nathan Hood drew a pinch-hit walk behind him. Turner pasted a full count pitch down the left field line for his three-run jack to chop the lead in half, but the Wolfpack couldn’t muster the finishing kick to come back again.


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — 2009 New Hanover High graduate Jermaine Jones didn’t receive a scholarship offer from St. Augustine’s for his play on the gridiron. He had to walk-on. Jones eventually earned a scholarship, and then some.

Jones was not selected by any of the NFL teams in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the New York Jets invited Jones to rookie mini-camp. That’ll take place later this week. “After the draft ended on my way to get something to eat I got a call from my agent. Make sure your phone is on and you’re not on it,” Jones said. “A couple minutes later the New York Jets called. They made an offer for me to come to rookie mini-camp this upcoming weekend.” Just like that the disappointment turned to jubilation. “I’m just thankful for this opportunity.” In an opportunity for Jones mainly due to his speed. He is one of the fastest sprinters in the nation. “My fastest time in the 40 is 4.35, fastest time in the 100 is 10.23, fastest time in the 200 was 20.57.”

Those times may sound like random numbers, but they’re not. They’re blazing fast. We’ve posted more information below from St. Augustine’s.

Click the icon above to see WWAY’s interview with Jermaine Jones and his reaction on heading to New York.

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