Sports Briefs - March 16, 2014

March 14, 2014 

Comets top Corinth Holders in final inning

Clayton rallied to down Corinth Holders in softball 5-4 on Tuesday.

The Comets trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh but put the potential game-winning runs on base when Katelyn Davis and Lindsay Hodge singled. An untimely Pirate infield error in the frame later allowed both runners to score, giving Clayton the win.

The Comets led 1-0 early on Mindy North’s RBI bunt single, then Corinth Holders tied the score in the second on Summer Long’s RBI double.

Clayton went back on top in the third. Kortnie Blanchard singled in a run in the frame and another run scored on a Pirate error.

Corinth Holders went ahead in the sixth loading the bases on two hits by Kayla Narron and Aiyana Campbell and having Helsie Hocutt reach after being hit by a pitch. Holly Price singled in the first run, then Jessica Kronz earned a bases-loaded walk to tie the game. A Clayton error allowed Campbell to score for a 4-3 Pirate lead.

Hodge was 3-for-4 for the Comets, while Kayla Meares had two hits for Corinth Holders. Bailey Purdue got the win for Clayton.

Rams down Princeton

Cleveland topped Princeton in softball 4-1 Wednesday despite totaling just three hits on the afternoon.

Taylor Drayton drove in a run and scored a run for the Rams in the win. She picked up the win on the mound with a complete-game four-hitter.

Taylor Carroll had two hits for Princeton in the losss. The Bulldogs totaled six errors on the afternoon.

Comets tennis team is 5-0

Clayton’s boys tennis team is off to a fast 5-0 start with wins over Garner, Rolesville and Knightdale in the past week. The Comets downed Rolesville and Knightdale by matching 9-0 counts on Monday and Tuesday.

Clayton beat Garner 8-1 on March 5.

All six Clayton singles players were unbeaten in the three dual matches: Klein Evans, Brooks Campbell, Naren Guha, Ian Bliss, Noah Depriest and Vance Lanier.

Bats, Jackson carry Cleveland to big win

Cleveland reeled off a 10-run third inning and rolled by Princeton in baseball 12-0 Wednesday afternoon. The Rams totaled 10 hits on the afternoon.

Trevor Poole, Avery Dean, Chris Bjorling, Alan Stephenson and Alan-Michael Hales all had two-hit days for Cleveland in the win. Stephenson and Hales both doubled twice.

Chase Jackson gave up just one hit in the complete-game, five-inning win.

Mudcats National Anthem signing tryouts

The Carolina Mudcats will host tryouts for National Anthem signing on March 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Five County Stadium. All performers, including solo and groups, wanting to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" before a Mudcats’ home game must tryout on this date, including those who have sung in years past. All auditions must be sung a cappella. Singers will sing the National Anthem on the field as if it were a real game. For info, visit or call 919-269-2287.

Wake Tech basketball team headed to nationals

Wake Tech’s men’s basketball team won the NJCAA Region X Division II tournament championship on March 9 and will play in the NJCAA in Danville, Ill. beginning Tuesday. Wake Tech meets Potomac State at 11 a.m. in its opening game of the 16-team event.

Eagles’ coach Joe Mitchell was the region coach of the year and Josh Mellette was named the region player of the year. Garner graduate Emanuel McClain plays for Wake Tech, along with three other Wake County natives.

Hobbs twins play in USTA event

Clayton twins Jefferson and Jillian Hobbs played in the Icy Hot USTA Southern Level 2 Championships in Macon, Ga. earlier this month. Jillian, playing doubles with Emma Navarro, advanced to the doubles semifinals before bowing out. Jefferson Hobbs went 1-2 in singles play during the tournament.

Bond is Big Ten freshman of the week

Clayton graduate Nicole Bond was named the Big Ten freshman of the week in softball for March 10. Bond tossed a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over Western Michigan on March 8 as part of the USF Under Armour Showcase in Florida. She threw just 77 pitches in the contest.

Bond has made three appearances and two starts for the Wildcats who are 15-5 and begin Big Ten Conference play against Wisconsin on March 21.

Bulldogs sweep Goldsboro

Princeton swept Goldsboro in a baseball doubleheader on March 10. The Bulldogs took the opener, 9-1, behind Matthew Edwards’ four-RBI game. Edwards was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

Princeton jumped out to a 5-0 lead but held on for a 5-4 win in the nightcap. Matt Daughtry, Tyler Ricks and Edwards drove in runs for the Bulldogs.

Princeton sets reverse drawing

Princeton High School will hold the 21st annual Bulldog Reverse Drawing for $5,000 on Saturday, April 5, at the school. Tickets, which include one steak dinner, are $50 with the chance to win the $5,000 top prize. Additional dinner tickets are $15.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The drawing begins at 7.

Contact Marty Gurganus at 919-936-6431 or for more info.

Princeton rolls by Southern Wayne

Princeton topped Southern Wayne in five innings Tuesday with a 12-2 softball victory. Charley Cox scored two runs and drove in two runs for the Bulldogs, while Savanna Massengill went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Kelsey Peedin, Taylor Carroll, Hailey Wood and Beth Braswell also had RBIs.

Trojans top Beddingfield

South Johnston pitcher Lauren Higgins struck out 12 batters in a 4-1 softball victory over Wilson Beddingfield on Tuesday. Krista Collins was 2-for-4 for South in the win, while Kayla Allen and Madison Byrd both doubled.

Higgins limited Beddingfield to three hits, including Natalie Boykin’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Princeton soccer gets first win

Princeton downed Goldsboro 5-1 in girls soccer on Tuesday for its first win of the season. Kassandra Velasquez scored twice and assisted on two other goals for the Bulldogs. Jessica Brush, Peyton Whitley and Emily Woodard also scored.

West Johnston second in GNRC golf match

Harnett Central topped the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference boys golf teams in a nine-hole match at Wendell Country Club on Tuesday. Central finished at 167, two strokes ahead of West Johnston.

Ben Lacombe led West with a 40, while David Chavis added a 41 and Brice Connors added a 42.

Garner, benefitting from the 4-over round of 40 by Matteo Ceyrolles, was third at 173. Nick Barbare and Jaylon Lynn shot 44s for Garner.

Clayton finished fourth at 177. Alex Owens carded a 40 for the Comets.

Rolesville's Blake McShea was the individual medalist with a round of 38. The Rams finished at 195 and Knightdale was at 203. Southeast Raleigh and East Wake both shot 222.

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