WWAY’s Monday night sports – April 7
CLINTON, NC (WWAY) — Clinton freshman basketball standout Mikayla Boykin has committed to Duke University. Boykin averaged 26 points a game for the Dark Horses.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Laney senior Tiana Edwards has committed to Winston-Salem State University.
TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — As of news time on Monday night we didn’t have confirmation yet for Kyle Hutchison to be the head football coach at South Columbus. The Columbus County School Board met in closed session on Monday night to discuss the recommendation. Hutchison is an assistant football coach at Richmond Senior.
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE
NORTHSIDE 11 – TOPSAIL 5
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ASHLEY 11 – LANEY 1
EAGLES IMPROVE TO 5-2 IN THE MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE, COLE SLOCUM & DONOVAN FRANCIS BOTH HAD 3 HITS
NEXT WEEK’S ASHLEY SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 15 THROUGH THURSDAY, APRIL 17
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL DIXON 10 – SW ONSLOW 0
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
NEW HANOVER 6 – ASHLEY 2
HARRELLS CHRISTIAN 2 – COASTAL CHRISTIAN 0
SW ONSLOW 2 – DIXON 1 IN OT
HOGGARD 6 – WEST BRUNSWICK 0 ** Click icon to see video
JACKSONVILLE 4 – RICHLANDS 0
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW senior Mat Batts was honored for the second time in as many weeks by the Colonial Athletic Association following his dominant start against William & Mary, the nation’s top offensive program, in an 8-2 win last Friday.
Batts, who picked up his first win of the season, held the Tribe in check over eight innings, allowing just two runs on four hits, a pair of walks and hit batters. Batts set a career-high with 12 strikeouts, besting his previous high of 11, done on three occasions.
The weekly honor is the sixth in Batts’ career and second this season. He was perfect through the first 4.1 innings before allowing a double. His 12 strikeouts also lifted him into fifth on UNCW’s all-time strike outs list. He enters his next start this weekend as the league’s leader with 61 strikeouts.
UNCW hosts Campbell on Tuesday and visits North Carolina Central on Wednesday. Both games are set for 6 p.m. starts. The Seahawks return to conference place on Friday with a 6 p.m. start against Hofstra in the first of a three-game set.
CLEMSON, SC (NCSU) — NC State baseball took its second-straight series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium with a 7-1 win over No. 14 Clemson (20-11, 9-5 ACC) on Monday night thanks to strong performances from several newcomers.
Wolfpack (19-12, 5-10) freshmen Nathan Hood, Garrett Suggs, and Preston Palmeiro accounted for five of the seven runs scored in the win. Joe O’Donnell (1-0) retired the first nine batters he faced in four shutout innings for his first collegiate win. Patrick Peterson claimed his first save in Wolfpack red thanks to seven strikeouts in the final three innings, at one point fanning five of six.
In the Pack’s last trip to Clemson in 2012, after dropping a 7-6 decision in 12 innings, State rebounded in similar fashion with a pair of wins to take the series. State has now won four of its last six at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Prior to that, the Pack had lost 13 of 14 at Clemson.
Hood finished 2-for-2 with two runs and a double. Suggs added a double of his own in a 1-for-3 outing with two runs. The Wolfpack improves to 5-0 with Palmeiro in the lineup, as the freshman first baseman went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Palmeiro is batting .467 (7-for-15) since last Tuesday’s win at Campbell. Freshman Andrew Knizner drove in a pair. Logan Ratledge and Jake Fincher went 2-for-4.
NC State scored in the top first for the second-straight contest as Trea Turner drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch. Knizner sent a two-out RBI single to center to drive in the game’s first run.
State stretched that margin to 3-0 in the second. Ratledge, Jake Armstrong, and Suggs reached consecutively to load the bases with nobody out. A 1-2-3 double play left runners at second and third with two down after a tapper in front of the plate. Palmeiro reached on a throwing error from short on a chopper up the middle to score both runs.
Clemson trimmed the lead to 3-1 in the bottom second when Jay Baum doubled, then took third and home on a pair of wild pitches.
The Pack reclaimed that run in the fourth to make it 4-1. Suggs knocked a one-out double to left center. Turner was ejected after a called strike three on his check swing during the next at-bat. Palmeiro singled up the middle to score Suggs next.
O’Donnell afforded State some breathing room by mowing down the first nine batters he faced, and 11 of 14 total. Hood led off the Wolfpack seventh with an infield single. Palmeiro walked and John Mangum bunted the pair over to put two in scoring position. Knizner pushed Hood home on a sac fly to left.
Peterson entered with two on and nobody out in the seventh, but held Clemson scoreless by inducing a grounder, then dealing a swinging strikeout with one away and the bases loaded. Hood made an over-the-head grab on a liner to left to end the inning without any damage. State tacked on two more for insurance in the ninth, started by Hood’s double ripped down the right field line.