Whiteville girls soccer advance to East semi-final

Logan Schultz’s goal 10 minutes into the second half was the only goal needed as Whiteville shut out Manteo 1- 0. Olivia Smith was credited with the assist. Cailin Baldwin had four saves in goal for Whiteville.

Whiteville will travel to top-seeded Franklin Academy Saturday to play for a spot in the Eastern finals. Game time is 6 p.m.

Tuesday 3rd round playoff results

Heartbreak, elation, disappointment and business as usual characterized Tuesday’s third round softball and baseball playoff action.

Taylor Turbeville’s homer pulled South Columbus into a tie with top-seed South Granville in the top of the seventh inning only to have the Vikings answer with a walk-off single and 5-4 win in the 2A softball playoffs. South Granville had jumped out to a quick 3-0 first inning lead before the Stallions battled back to tie the score.

East Columbus softball may wish the NCHSAA had let sleeping Wolves lie! Whiteville and East Columbus had agreed to play their third round game on Wednesday after Whiteville’s 500+ mile round trip to Camden County on Monday evening resulted in a victory. The NCHSAA stepped in and negated that decision, saying the game would be played on Tuesday. Kourtney Grainger picked up where she left off at Camden (ninth inning home run) with a first inning two-run homer to give Whiteville a lead they would not relinquish. Sage McLelland’s three-run dinger sparked a four-run second and Whiteville went on to an 11-1  win.

It is often said in sports that it is difficult to beat a good team three times. East Columbus had won both regular season softball contests between the two schools. Whiteville will travel to Princeton Friday for fourth round action beginning at 6 p.m.

Whiteville baseball advanced to the fourth round by defeating Riverside 5-0. The game featured two Whiteville runners put out at home and two Riverside runners out trying to advance to third base. Cameron Cartrette and Dylan Hamilton had two hits and one RBI each. Will Hinson also drove in a run with a single and had a key defensive play. Dylan Lawson started on the mound and pitched into the fifth, allowing just three hits, one walk while striking out two. Mackenzie Gore came on in relief, striking out five to earn the save.

Whiteville will return to the Williamston area Friday to take on top-seeded Bear Grass Charter at 7 p.m.

Whiteville at East Columbus softball moved to tonight (Tuesday)

After the East Columbus athletic department had agreed to host Whiteville in third round 1A East softball playoff action on Wednesday, the NCHSAA stepped in and said the game would be played on Tuesday.

The NCHSAA handbook states third round games are to be played by today (Tuesday). The handbook allows for games to take place earlier by mutual consent, but apparently not later unless there are “extenuating” circumstances. The athletic directors from Whiteville and East Columbus had reached an agreement their third round game would be played on Wednesday to give the Wolfpack an opportunity to recover from the 500+ mile round trip to Camden County. Whiteville took a 5-4 win in nine innings. The Whiteville team arrived home approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Game time is 7 p.m. at East Columbus.

Wolfpack edge Bruins in extras

In softball, the only score that matters is when the final out is recorded. For eight innings, the Whiteville softball team either trailed or was tied with the Camden County Bruins. Kourtney Grainger’s home run, leading off the ninth, gave the visiting Wolfpack its first lead. Whiteville kept the Bruins off the board in the bottom of the ninth to bring home a 5-4 second round 1A East playoff win.

Grainger singled and Sage McLelland double in the top of the first for Whiteville, but were stranded. A Bruin single and double provided the home team a 1-0 advantage after one frame. A Raeganne Sholar, error and Santana Best single went for naught in the Wolfpack second. Camden increased the lead to 2-0 in the fourth with a two-out triple following a single.

Grainger was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fifth. Sage McLelland followed with a home run to left field, tying the score at two. A Camden two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth moved the Bruins back in front 4-2.

Bre Tolley walked to open the Whiteville sixth. Tolley was forced at second on Sholar’s grounder. Gabby Hayes singled. Santana Best’s single scored Sholar. Laura Thompson’s single scored Elizabeth Wyatt (running for Gabby Hayes) to tie the score at four apiece.

Pitcher Ivy Hayes and the Whiteville defense retired 12 of the final 13 Camden batters. It was truly a team effort as Hayes recorded just one strikeout during the game, but induced 17 fly ball outs.

Grainger led off the Wolfpack ninth. She connected on the first pitch from Bruin reliever Brittany Mansfield for a solo home run to left, giving Whiteville its first lead at 5-4. Whiteville catcher Lauren Hilbourn wiped out a lead off walk with an accurate throw on a steal attempt for the first out in the bottom of the ninth. A pop up and ground out ended the contest, sending Whiteville into the third round.

Sage McLelland had three hits for Whiteville. Laura Thompson, Santana Best and Kourtney Grainger contributed two hits. Ivy Hayes, Raeganne Sholar and Gabby Hayes added one.

Whiteville (19-5) faced East Columbus (19-3) for the third time this season Wednesday. The Gators won the two regular season meetings 11-10 and 6-2.

Weekend playoff results

It wasn’t perfect, but four of six isn’t bad. That is, four of six Columbus County teams playing Friday or Saturday won playoff games to advance to the third round. The percentage could improve with Whiteville traveling to Camden County Monday for their second round softball game.

West Columbus and South Columbus both fell in second round baseball road games.

The Vikings ran into a hot-hitting West Montgomery team and fell 13-3. The Vikings jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Warriors scored five first inning runs and tacked on eight more in the second. Cody Benton and Nigel Ceesay had two hits for West Columbus. C.J. Coleman, Gage Hammonds, Dawson Elliott and Tanner Hinson contributed one hit apiece.

South Columbus fell to Randleman 6-1 in round two of the 2A East baseball playoffs.

Whiteville received no-hit pitching from a trio of pitchers and two triples from Brooks Baldwin in a 7-1 win over Lakewood. Whiteville will travel to Williamston and take on Riverside, Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game can be heard on WZCO 89.9 FM and online at ccsnaudio.net.

Mackenzie Gore, Jake Harwood and Brooks Baldwin combined on what officially (the home scorebook is the official record) was a no-hitter. Unofficially, some scored Chandler Ray’s chopper down the third base line with one out in the fourth as a hit, not an error. Gore pitcher four innings (54 pitches),struck out seven and hit one batter. Harwood struck out two in two innings. Lakewood scored its only run in the seventh on two walks and a throwing error.

Baldwin drove in three runs with his two triples and added a single. Harwood had an RBI bunt single. Gore and Lincoln Ransom added doubles. Dylan Lawson singled and Dylan Hamilton drove in a run with a ground out.

East Columbus softball banged out 15 hits in route to a 12-2 win over Southside. Southside scored twice in the first, but the Gators plated eight runs in the second to take command. Four more East Columbus runs scored in the bottom of the fifth to end the game due to the 10-run rule.

East Columbus now waits to face the winner of Monday’s Whiteville at Camden County contest. A Wolfpack win would have the Gators hosting Whiteville. A Camden win would mean a third round road trip. East Columbus defeated Whiteville twice in the regular season to earn the TRC #1 1A seed.

Despite being outhit 11 to 6, South Columbus softball found a way to defeat Greene Central in second round 2A East action. The Stallions await the winner of Monday’s game between top-seed and undefeated South Granville and Bartlett-Yancey.

Anna Caroline Suggs made the pitches when needed. Greene Central collected 11 hits and two walks, but stranded 10 base runners.

A first inning double gave Greene Central 2-0 lead. In the Stallion second, Madison Spencer walked and AC Suggs singled. Spencer scored when Suggs single was misplayed by the centerfielder. Morgan Nye (running for Suggs) scored on Mattie Johnson’s base hit to tie the score at two each.

Carson Powell and Hailey Sarvis scored runs on singles by Alex Chestnutt and AC Suggs in the third to put South up 4-2. Greene Central tied the scored in the fourth on a walk, two singles and a  RBI ground out.

The Stallions took the lead for good in the sixth. AC Suggs and Taylor Turbeville walked. Alexis Suggs singled to drive in the go-ahead run. Callie Sumner’s single increases the margin to 6-4.

A double, wild pitch and infield single in the top of the seventh closed the gap to 6-5 with one out. Two more singles loaded the bases. Suggs recorded a strike out for out two and pop fly to short ended the game.

Anna Caroline Suggs had two hits for South Columbus. Callie Sumner, Alex Chestnutt, Mattie Jonson and Alexis Suggs each singled. Each of the five drove in one run with a hit.

Whiteville girls soccer advanced to the third round for the sixth consecutive season with a 3-1 win over Voyager Academy. The Wolfpack will host Manteo, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Lauren DiMuziio scored twice and Grace Nance once for Whiteville. Cailin Baldwin had four saves in goal. Olivia Smith and Lexi Gore were credited with assists. Whiteville led 2-0 at intermission. Voyager scored a second-half goal to close to 2-1, but Whiteville scored with approximately 10 minutes remaining to reassume a two goal advantage.

South Columbus’ Mason Hewett and the East Columbus doubles team of Octavio Palacios and Marco Borja lost in the opening round of the 2A singles and 1A doubles state championships, respectively.

We will have a list of athletes qualifying for the state Track and Field meet to be held next weekend later today.

Night and day results in girls soccer, softball

You don’t have a choice, the bad news is first. East Columbus, West Columbus and South Columbus were all eliminated in the first round of the girls soccer playoffs, by a combined score of 17-0. However, East Columbus and Whiteville did claim first round softball wins Wednesday.

The West Columbus girls soccer loss was likely the most painful. the Vikings had earned a home match against Neuse Charter. If there is one thing the 1A division has learned about charter schools it is that you usually have no idea about the level of competition you are going to face. The Neuse goalie made a fabulous save on a Viking penalty kick early in the match and a West Columbus goal was disallowed due to a contested offside call. Neuse Charter found the back of the net twice in the second half for a 2-0 victory. The Vikings finish the season with a 13-6 record.

East Columbus dropped a road contest to Trask 6-0. South Columbus had to travel 320+ miles to take on a typically very good first flight squad. the Hawks handed the Stallions a 9-0 loss.

East Columbus softball had no problem with first round opponent Jones Senior. The Gators took a five-inning, 13-0 win. the Gators will host Southside Friday at 6 p.m.

Whiteville defeated Bear Grass Charter in round one, but it was closer than expected. Bre Tolley doubled to open the Wolfpack second. She scored the game’s first run later in the frame on Santana Best’s RBI ground out. Kourtney Grainger doubled to start the Pack’s third. A passed ball and Laura Thompson’s ground out plated Grainger for a 2-0 lead.

Bear Grass collected two of the three hits it managed off Ivy Hayes in the fifth along with Whiteville’s only error to cut the lead to 2-1. Gabby Hayes ended the scoring with a home run leading off the bottom of the fourth.   Whiteville will need to be ready for another “Bear” Monday as they travel to Camden County to take on the Camden County HS Bears in a second round game beginning at 5 p.m.

Vikings assure no 1A repeat

West Columbus baseball in 2017 has been like a Whitman Sampler, you don’t know what you’re getting until you bite into it or in baseball terms, you get into the game. The defending state 1A champion, Cherryville, found they had taken a bite of the very good team the Vikings can be as West Columbus dominated the Ironmen from start to finish in a 6-0 victory.

Viking senior hurler, C.J. Coleman, allowed just four base runners on two singles and two walks. None of the four ever reached second base safely. Coleman only struck out one batter, but the Viking defense played flawlessly. A 4-6-3 double play in the bottom of the second provided a big momentum boost. Dawson Elliott made a number of good plays in the outfield.

West Columbus took a 1-0 lead in the first. Coleman singled and eventually scored on Elliott’s RBI single. Jerry Locklear doubled to start the Viking second. Locklear scored on Tanner Hinson’s base hit to increase the lead to 2-0.

The Vikings had a chance to expand the lead in the third. Hunter Norris reached on an error and Gage Hammonds doubled. After an Ironmen pitching change, a strikeout and two infield ground outs kept West from adding to the lead.

In the top of the fifth Hunter Norris walked. Gage Hammonds bunt became a fielder’s choice as Norris was forced at second. Elliott walked and Cody Benton’s base hit loaded the bases. With two outs, a wild pitch allowed Hammonds to score making it 3-0.

Coleman helped himself with a good defensive play on a Cherryville bunt attempt leading off the sixth. The Vikings bought some insurance, three runs worth, in the seventh. Hammonds doubled, Elliott was intentionally walked before Cody Benton’s bunt forced Hammonds at third. After  a fly out and wild pitch, Tanner Hinson doubled scoring Elliott and Cody Benton, increasing the lead to 5-0. Cole Benton’s single scored Hinson for a 6-0 lead.

Elliott’s good catch in center provided the bottom of the seventh’s first out. Two ground balls after Coleman’s second walk ended the game.

Tanner Hinson collected two hits and drove in three runs. Gage Hammonds contributed two doubles. Elliott singled and walked twice. Jerry Locklear doubled, Cole Benton had an RBI single and Cody Benton and C.J Coleman also had  hits.

West Columbus (12-12) travels to West Montgomery (16-7) for a second round game Friday at 6 p.m. Three of West Montgomery’s losses have come to Richmond County (4-2 and 5-4) and Pinecrest (8-7).


Tuesday playoff results

Gavin McPherson serves for Whiteville.

The score remained the same in the third meeting between the Whiteville and East Columbus Boys Tennis teams. This meeting win the second round of the 1A East playoffs. The teams had split regular season matches by scores of 5-4. 5-4 was the final tally from Tuesday with Whiteville taking the win to advance to the third round.

Gavin McPherson, Tanner Hester, and Bridger Warlick took singles victories for the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack doubles teams of Antoine Gamble/ Logan Hester and Tyler Floyd/Tanner Hester earned wins to clinch the match for Whiteville.

Whiteville will face top-seeded Raleigh Charter (17-0) Monday in round three.

Logan Schultz (1) scored thrice for the Wolfpack.

Whiteville Girls Soccer defeated Pender 7-0 in first round action. Logan Schultz collected three goals for Whiteville. Jennifer Stocks added two scores. Lauren DiMuzio and Olivia Smith scored one goal each. Alexis Gore contributed two assists. DiMuzio, Olivia Smith and Riley Lanier added one assist apiece.

Whiteville will host Voyager Academy in round two.  The date and time are to be determined.

South Columbus traveled to Bunn and came away with a 7-4 first round 2A baseball win. Jay Wright had three hits including a solo home run. Riley Wilson contributed a two-run single.Robby Spencer’s two-run double in the seventh gave the Stallions some breathing room after Bunn had closed to 5-4 after six innings. Jacob Gore had two hits and one run batted in. Mason Miller contributed two hits. Devan Penny pitched six innings to earn the win. Landon Stocks pitched the seventh for South and struck out two batters.

The Stallions will next face the winner of  the Greene Central at Randleman game.

East Columbus gave Riverside a battle but eventually fell 7-3. The Gators led 3-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, but Riverside scored three runs in the fifth and two more unearned runs in the sixth to take the win. Kaleb Coleman had two hits for East Columbus and one RBI. Cyrus Jacobs singled and drove in two runs. jam eon Brown double and scored. Kenji Bowen walked twice and scored twice for East.

Cameron Cartrette beats the throw to second base.

Jake Harwood doubled twice and tripled to lead Whiteville’s offense in a 13-0 win over Cape Hatteras in first round 1A baseball action. Three Whiteville pitchers, Brooks Baldwin, Dylan Lawson and Lincoln Ransom combined on a five inning no-hitter, facing the minimum 15 batters. A first inning walk was erased by a double play.

Whiteville awaits the winner of the game between Lakewood and Camden County.

South Columbus softball trailed Roanoke Rapids 2-0 entering the bottom the fifth inning. The Stallions exploded for five runs. they added two more in the sixth for a 7-2 win. Hailey Sarvis and Taylor Turbeville each had two-run singles in the Stallion fifth. Madison Spencer also contributed a RBI base hit. Carson Powell had two hits for South. Anna Caroline Suggs allowed one hit and struck out five to earn the win.

South Columbus will host the winner of Wednesday’s Franklinton at Greene Central game in round two.

Softball and Baseball brackets set

The only change from preliminary bracketing was in baseball. West Columbus avoided a five plus hour bus trip to Rosman (286 miles). The reward, a first round date with the defending state 1A champion Cherryville Ironmen.

Here are the first round pairings for Columbus County teams with game times, if known.

Softball (first seed #is in entire East region, second is when split into East/Mideast, mileage is one-way)

#22, #12E, Bear Grass Charter (10-8) at #11, #6ME, Whiteville (17-5), May 10, 6 pm., 182 miles

#31, #15E, Jones Senior (5-13) at #5, #2ME, East Columbus (17-3), May 10, 6 pm., 104 miles

#21, #12E, Roanoke Rapids (12-8) at #7, #5ME, South Columbus (14-6), May 9, 6 pm., 202 miles

Baseball (same as softball, but West Columbus is in the West)

#30, #15E, Cape Hatteras (9-13) at #5, #2ME, Whiteville (17-5), May 9, 7 pm., 332 miles

#26, #14ME, East Columbus (9-10) at #3, #3E, Riverside (20-2), May 9, 6 pm., 154 miles

#22, #11MW, West Columbus (11-11) at #11, #6W, Cherryville (20-2), May 10, 7pm., 192 miles

#23, #11ME, South Columbus (10-8) at #12, #6E Bunn (17-5), May 9, 6 pm., 164 miles


Girls Soccer playoff brackets finalized, 3 pm update

The finalized bracket was not final as apparently a “deserving” team was “left out”. Here is the latest.

Whiteville and West Columbus will host first round Girls Soccer playoff contests. East Columbus and South Columbus will travel in the first round.

1A First Round contests are as follows.

Whiteville (13-6, TRC Champions)) received a #4 East seed and the #3 Mideast seed. The Wolfpack will host Pender (3-11). One-way trip is 51 miles.

West Columbus (13-5, wild card) received a #11 East seed and the #7 Mideast seed. The Vikings will host Neuse Charter (4-13-1). Neuse Charter is located in Smithfield. One-way trip is 110 miles.

East Columbus (2-9-1) is #28 East seed and the #14 Mideast seed. The Gators will travel to Trask (9-9). Gators get lucky (from travel cost standpoint) with a 45 mile trip to a familiar place.

The 2A First Round contest is as follows.

South Columbus (8-8-1) received the #23 East seed and the #13 Mideast seed. The Stallions get an opportunity for a history lesson as they travel to First Flight High School (15-4-1) at Kitty Hawk. The Wright Brothers Monument can be seen from the First Flight athletic fields. 315 miles from Vinegar Hill to Kitty Hawk.