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South Central players gather on the mound during a game against Jack Britt on May 14, 2019. (Molly Urbina/The Daily Reflector)

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By Laieke Abebe
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

South Central used a big sixth inning to avenge last year’s playoff elimination with a 10-3 win over Jack Britt on Tuesday in the third round of the 4-A state playoffs. The Falcons’ third-round matchup with the Buccaneers was a rematch of the 2018 East Regional final.

“It feels good,” said Falcons head coach Cotton Nicholson. “We played our most complete game of the season. It was a team effort from everyone and I thought our defense and pitching were excellent. If we get a duplication of tonight’s game, we’ll have a good shot to make it back to regionals.”

Sophomore pitcher Isabel Moore allowed two home runs against a strong Buccaneers lineup, but it never stopped the young Falcons ace.

South Central used a lot of small ball to get their advantage.

Madison Deanes and Anna Mewborn hit bunt singles to start the bottom of the third inning. That set up Marissa Roach and Amya Evans to get quality at-bats in the heart of the Falcons lineup. Roach hit an RBI single, and Evans’ had an RBI groundout that made it 2-0 South Central.

The bottom of the lineup was great for the Falcons throughout the game. Kennedy Fipps, Jessica Purcell and Sarah Ebeling played big roles in getting insurance runs.

Purcell reached on an error, scoring a run, and a Deanes RBI single made it 4-1 Falcons in the bottom of the fourth. Jack Britt answered with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to make it 4-3.

The Falcons’ offense then got hot, as they scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, using errors and wild pitches to their advantage. The biggest at-bat of the game was from freshman pinch hitter Nyla Rodgers.

She reached on an infield single due to some indecision from the Buccaneers infield. The floodgates opened, highlighted by another Deanes RBI single and Evans plating two on an error by the Buccaneers shortstop.

“That sixth inning was huge,” Nicholson said. “Everyone contributed to it, and we had some great at-bats that got us a cushion. The dugout was very enthusiastic, which gave us a lot of energy.”

South Central will host Hoggard the fourth round of the 4-A state playoffs on Friday.

D.H. Conley 5, Harnett Central 1

A gem from pitcher Lauren Wiles led D.H. Conley to the fourth round Tuesday night, as the No. 1-seeded Vikings defeated nine-seed Harnett Central at home.

“She did well,” DHC head coach Wayne Deans said of Wiles. “She hit her spots and she was locked in for the most part until the end.” 

Madison Rose (2-for-3, R, RBI), Anna Sawyer (2-for-3, R) and Alexis Phillips (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) all had strong nights for DHC. 

Wiles picked up the win, giving up just two hits to go with four walks. 

The Vikings now look to the fourth round, a spot where the team historically has struggled. The Vikings fell in the fourth round in 2018 after losing to Western Alamance. 

“This is a special moment for this senior class,” Deans said. “The past two years the fourth round has been our Achilles heel. They’re all locked in, focused and ready to play. Each round gets more difficult. Southern Alamance or Topsail, whichever we get, they are great programs. We’ve seen them both recently over the past couple of years and it’s going to be a battle.”

                                                                                                                         -Jake Keator, The Daily Reflector

BASEBALL

D.H. Conley 3, Jacksonville 0

Freshman Matthew Matthijs dominated in the Vikings’ win over Jacksonville.

He allowed just one hit and three walks over 6.1 innings, while striking out seven batters with 83 pitches. 

DHC will face three-seed Fike on Friday night.                                                                                                                                 

GIRLS SOCCER

Parrott Academy 3, Forsyth Country Day 0

APA will be heading to its first state title game since 2003 after defeating Forsyth Country Day Tuesday night. 

Annabelle Averette, Alex Melk and Megan Blair all notched goals. 

Holland Killinger and Lindsey Thomas recorded assists.

APA will host Carolina Day Saturday at 7 p.m. for the state title match. 

Parrott Academy 5, Asheville School 1 

APA secured its spot in the NCISAA 3-A final four for the third consecutive year over the weekend after defeating Asheville School. 

Kaitlyn Iannace, Melk, Averette, Giselle Cervantes and Blair all recorded goals. Ele Wooten also made 14 saves in the win. 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

J.H. Rose takes second in Apex

The J.H. Rose beach volleyball team stumbled early at the high school beach volleyball finals on Saturday in Apex, winding up in the losing side of the bracket. 

That didn’t bother the squad, however, as they fought back to battle New Bern in the tournament finals, but fell just short. 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

BASEBALL

St. Peters 16, Chocowinity 0

St. Peters won its ninth consecutive IBAC title last week, shutting out Chocowinity.

Campbell Semyour picked up the win on the mound, striking out eight batters in a one-hit outing.

Mitch Jones (1-for-1, 3 RBIs), Will D’Alonzo (2-for-3) and Perry Everleth (2-for-3) led the way from the plate.

St. Peters ended its season with a pristine 12-0, 8-0 record. 

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