Fans of Columbus County scholastic sports teams knew one thing with 100 percent certainty, at least one local team playing Saturday would advance to the third round of the playoffs in some sport. With Whiteville hosting South Columbus in softball that was a given. Unfortunately the three local teams playing “outsiders” all came up on the short end of the scoreboard.
Ivy Hayes hit and pitched Whiteville to a 9-0 win over South Columbus. Hayes homered twice and pitched a one-hitter. Hayes also sold tickets prior to the game and popped popcorn in the concession stand between innings. Gabbi Hayes also homered for Whiteville. Santana Best and Lauren Hilbourn contributed two hits each for the Wolfpack. Whiteville will travel to #4 seed Washington (20-1) in third round action Tuesday at 6 p.m.
East Columbus softball fell to Princeton 14-5.
West Columbus Girls Soccer held Research Triangle scoreless until the 13:32 mark of the first half when the Raptors’ Mia Velazco perfectly executed a corner kick to score. Velazco’s twin, Mya, scored four minutes later to give Research Triangle a 2-0 lead it carried into halftime. The Raptors stretched the lead to 5-0 before Alexis Bowen scored a brace of goals for West Columbus. One Bowen goal was assisted by KK Horne. Research Triangle added one goal for the 6-2 final.
Whiteville made the long trip to Kitty Hawk to take on #2 seed First Flight. The Nighthawks were victorious by a 9-0 score.