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↑ Charlotte Catholic lacrosse: Boys and girls to play for N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships Saturday.
↑ Matt Ball, Providence baseball: Pitched his team out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning of a 4-3 win against rival South Mecklenburg.
↑ Ardrey Kell-Providence baseball: Mecklenburg County’s best baseball rivalry renews Friday with a berth in a regional championship series at stake. Few meetings in the series have been bigger.
↑ Myers Park-Providence boys’ soccer: One of the area’s top rivalries renews this week with a berth in the regional final at stake.
Tuesday’s Top Performers
Ben Carrick, Ardrey Kell baseball: 10 putouts for the Knights catcher in a 4-3 win against South Caldwell.
Jake Holtzapple, Providence baseball: Two-run home run in 4-3 win against arch rival South Mecklenburg. The Sabres won’t repeat as state champions.
Tara Loken, Porter Ridge softball: Two home runs and three RBIs in 8-6 loss to Northwest Guilford in N.C. 4A playoffs.
Kiana Millsaps, Alexander Central softball: 1-for-3 with three RBIs in a 4-3 win against Concord Robinson (21-1). Nationally ranked Alexander Central (30-0) got a rare close game. Millsaps threw 5 1/3 innings and struck out five.
Elizabeth Raby, Myers Park girls’ soccer: Earned the shutout in 2-0 win against Greensboro Grimsley in a third-round playoff game. Abby Givens and Emma Grace Lloyd scored for the Mustangs (21-2).
Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic girls’ lacrosse: Nine goals in a 17-3 state semifinal win against Marvin Ridge.
Ardrey Kell advances
Ardrey Kell’s baseball team won its 16th straight game, beating South Caldwell 4-3. The Knights needed two extra innings to do it.
The Knights (28-2) trailed 3-2 early but tied it with a run in the third. Ardrey Kell won the game with a run in the ninth to advance to Friday’s state quarterfinal against Providence.
In the ninth, Cole Smith led off with a bunt single. He was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a groundout. South Caldwell hit Aaron Pilkington and walked Zach Featherstone to load the bases. Next, Kollin Schrenk hit a ball of the center-field fence to score Smith, end the game and set off a huge celebration.
“I’m managed too many of these, but I can tell you this, we’ve got a special club,” Ardrey Kell coach Hal Bagwell said. “We made big pitches when we needed to and got timely hits when we needed to, and that’s what you need this time of year. Our pitching staff was outstanding. We pitched our way out of the last four innings when they were threatening.”
Bagwell said he was looking forward to a fourth meeting with arch rival Providence. He and Panthers coach Danny Hignight are long-time friends.
“It’s great to be in the fourth round and great to have a home game and we’re looking forward to the challenge,” Bagwell said. “Everybody knows what’s on the line. We’re gonna coach our kids the next two days to play as well as they can and then we’re going to try to play our rear ends off.”