Saturday's High Country Sports Update.... (2018-06-02 14:15:26)

1A Softball Championship: Alleghany strikes for three in the third on way to 3-0 win over Louisburg

RALEIGH – In what could largely have been described as a quiet pitcher’s duel, the Alleghany Trojans exploded for three runs in the third inning to down Louisburg 3-0 in game one of the NCHSAA 1A Softball State Championship Series.

The Trojans picked up a one-out single Kenzi Lyall on a hard-hit ball off the shortstop. A fielding error allowed Lyall to advance to second as Taylor Allen took first. Then Haley Rife slapped a ball into center field, bringing Lyall around to score the game’s first run and moving Allen all the way up to third. Rife was able to take second on the throw to third trying to nab Allen. That set up a squeeze play opportunity that saw not one, but two runs come around to score as Abby Hawks bunted into the play that would push two runs across for the Trojans and make it 3-0.

Lyall was dominant in the circle as well, throwing a complete game shutout in game one. She held the Warriors to one hit and struck out 13 batters while only issuing three walks. Outside of the third inning, Louisburg pitcher Laine Barefoot was equally dominant. The Warrior hurler struck out 11 Trojans on the night, scattering six hits and giving up two earned runs.

Louisburg fell to 21-5 on the year, snapping a seven-game winning streak coming into the night. The Trojans improved to 22-5 on the season and can wrap up the best-of-three series with a win on Saturday. Game two of the series is slated for 2:00 p.m. at NC State University’s Dail Softball Stadium.


3A Softball Championship: Alexander Central rolls to a 2-0 win over Cleveland in game 1

GREENSBORO – The Cougars of Alexander Central managed to find two runs in the fifth inning of a game where hits were terribly hard to come by as Alexander Central walked away with a 2-0 victory over Cleveland in game one of the 3A Softball Championship Series.

Alexis Walker started the two-run fifth with a single for the Cougars. Tara Chatham came on as a courtesy runner for Walker, and Chatham moved up to second as Kelsea Dejarnette reached on a throwing error as she tried to sacrifice bunt. Another error allowed the two runners to move up to second and third, with just one out.

Mattie Starnes reached first as she laid down a bunt to bring in Chatham from third and advance Dejarnette to third, giving the Cougars a 1-0. The Alexa Rash stepped in driving a sacrifice fly into center field to bring home Dejarnette and give the Cougars a 2-0 advantage.

That 2-0 lead was all Chesney Millsaps needed as the senior cruised through the game. She pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits while walking three and striking out a trio as well. Julia Wiggs was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing just a single hit in her six innings of work. She struck out three without issuing a walk.

Cleveland dropped to 20-4 on the season as the loss snapped a six-game winning streak. Alexander Central brought their record up to 27-5 as the won their seventh straight. The Cougars can close out the series with a win on Saturday in Game 2 which is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start at UNCG Softball Stadium.


4A Softball Championship: Jack Britt strikes for 3 in seventh to knock off South Caldwell 3-2 in game 1

RALEIGH, NC – The Jack Britt Bucanneers roared from behind in game one of the 4A State Championship series, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 victory over South Caldwell.

Jack Britt’s Carlie Myrtle and South Caldwell’s Jenna Pittman settled into a pitcher’s duel with both pitchers working out of jams in each of the first two innings. South Caldwell opened up the scoring in the bottom of the third as Jasmine Hall singled with one out before advancing on an error and a passed ball, before she scored the game’s first run on a ground ball to short by Ciara Hanson.

Jack Britt threatened to tie the game in the top of the fifth when Myrtle singled off the glove of the shortstop into shallow left field, pushing Skylar Owens towards the plate from second base. Owens was gunned down at the plate by Hall for the second out of the inning and keeping the score 1-0 Spartans.

South Caldwell added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Reagan Weisner singled with one out and then came around to score on a double by Addison Blair. The Spartans threatened again in the sixth, stranding runners on second and third, leaving the score 2-0.

Down to their last three outs, the Bucaneers rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to take their first lead of the game. Alyssa Norton led off the inning with a single, and Abigail Johnson attempted to sacrifice her into scoring position. Johnson reached on a throwing error, putting the tying run on the base paths.

The Bucanneers got on the board with a single by Catie McGrath, scoring Norton and pushing the pinch runner Owens to second. MacKenzie George slapped a single to right field, scoring Owens and tying the game at two. With the bases loaded and one out, Rayven Shepard grounded to third, where Graclyn Green took a force at third and threw home where McGrath slid in under the tag to put Jack Britt up 3-2.

Myrtle was the winning pitcher for Jack Britt, throwing a complete game while allowing two runs, both earned, giving up 10 hits while striking out five and walking three. Pittman took the loss for South Caldwell, throwing a complete game, allowing three runs, two earned, with nine hits, five strikeouts and two walks.

The Spartans dropped to 28-3 on the year, snapping a 25 game winning streak. Jack Britt improved to 24-5 on the season and can close out the series with a win tomorrow. Game two is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Dail Softball Stadium on the campus of NC State University.










2018 NCHSAA Baseball & Softball State Championship Series Day 2 Revised Schedule

2018 Baseball State Championship Series Schedule

Burlington Athletic Stadium

3A Championship: #1 Crest vs. #1 New Hanover

Game 1: June 1st - 5:00 PM Crest - Home Team

Game 2: June 2nd - 11:00 AM New Hanover - Home Team

Game 3: June 2nd - 5:00 PM Home Team TBD (On site Friday prior to Game 1)


1A Championship: #1 Murphy vs. #6 West Columbus

Game 1: June 2nd - 2:00 PM Murphy - Home Team

Game 2: June 2nd - 8:00 PM** West Columbus - Home Team

Game 3: TBD - TBD* Murphy - Home Team

*if necessary

**Game will be moved to 5:00PM if the 3A series at the site does not reach Game 3**


Five County Stadium, Zebulon

2A Championship: #1 Whiteville vs. #10 Ledford

Game 1: June 1st Ledford W 10-0

Game 2: June 2nd - 11:00 AM Ledford - Home Team

Game 3: June 2nd - 5:00 PM Whiteville - Home Team


4A Championship: #8 Ardrey Kell vs. #9 Fuquay-Varina

Game 1: June 1st Ardrey Kell W 3-0

Game 2: June 2nd - 2:00 PM Fuquay-Varina - Home Team

Game 3: June 2nd - 8:00 PM** Ardrey Kell - Home Team

**Game will be moved to 5:00PM if the 2A series at the site does not reach Game 3**


2018 Softball State Championship Series Schedule


Dail Softball Stadium, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

1A Championship: #2 Louisburg vs. #3 Alleghany

Game 1: June 1st Alleghany W 3-0

Game 2: June 2nd – 2:00PM Alleghany – Home Team

Game 3: June 2nd – 8:00PM** Louisburg – Home Team


4A Championship: #8 Jack Britt vs. #2 South Caldwell

Game 1: June 1st Jack Britt W 3-2

Game 2: June 2nd – 11:00AM Jack Britt – Home Team

Game 3: June 2nd – 5:00PM South Caldwell – Home Team

**Game will be moved to 5:00PM if the other series at the site does not reach Game 3.


UNC-Greensboro Softball Stadium, Greensboro, NC

2A Championship: #1 South Granville vs. #2 Franklin

Game 1: June 2nd – 2:00PM South Granville – Home Team

Game 2: June 2nd – 8:00PM** Franklin – Home Team

Game 3: TBD – TBD* South Granville – Home Team

*if necessary

**Game will be moved to 5:00PM if the other series at the site does not reach Game 3.


3A Championship: #5 Cleveland vs. #3 Alexander Central

Game 1: June 1st Alexander Central W 2-0

Game 2: June 2nd – 11:00AM Cleveland – Home Team

Game 3: June 2nd – 5:00PM Alexander Central – Home Team





The Johnny Manziel era in the Canadian Football League officially began Friday night in a preseason game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M hoping to make a comeback following his rocky stay in the National Football League, made his CFL debut with Hamilton in the second quarter of Friday night's game. Manziel, a former first-round pick (22nd pick overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft, completed 9-of-11 passes for 80 yards in a 36-18 loss.