Charlotte Catholic avoided a big first round upset in the first round of the N.C. 4A playoffs Wednesday.
The Cougars, seeded No. 2, scored in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to beat Lake Norman 5-4. Lake Norman was seeded No. 31.
Lake Norman scored four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead, but Catholic tied the score with three runs in the bottom the third before scoring the game-winner late to improve to 25-1. Lake Norman, which got two hits from Drew Graham, finished the year 10-12.
Nationally ranked Providence wins big in postseason debut
Providence High, ranked in the top 20 nationally in several baseball polls, beat Alexander Central 9-1 Wednesday at home. Providence banged out 12 hits and got three home runs -- one each from Zach Brown, Logan Davidson and Jason Garfinkle. Brown had three RBIs. Catcher Ray Torres, a freshman, had 11 putouts and an assist. On the mound, Davidson struck out seven in four innings of work and allowed two hits.
High School Heroes
Carrie Eberle, Charlotte Catholic softball: tossed three-hitter in 5-4 win over Lake Norman to improve to 22-1 on the season.
Sam Fink, Cuthbertson girls soccer: two goals in a 5-0 first round playoff win over Lawndale Burns.
Abby Givens, Olivia Hollidge, Myers Park girls soccer: two goals each ina 9-0 win over Independence in a first round playoff Wednesday. Abby Britt and Corey Choka shared the shutout.
Gabby Moran, South Iredell girls soccer: six saves in a 4-2 first round playoff win over Fred T. Foard.
Hunter Dowdy, South Iredell baseball: double and triple in 8-4 win over Canton Pisgah in the first round of the playoffs. The lead changed hands five times in the game.
Emily Reinstadtler, Lake Norman Charter softball: 10 strikesouts in a 2-1 first round playoff loss to East Burke.
Connor Reid, Pine Lake Prep baseball: complete game shutout in 4-0 win over Queens Grant in the 1A playoffs.
Dalen Dotson, Providence basketball: Former Panthers star, who graduated in 2015, committed to N.C. A&T Wednesday. Dotson played a year of prep school ball last season.