Nationally ranked High Point Wesleyan rallied to beat Charlotte Christian 8-3 Friday night in the first game of the N.C. 3A private schools’ baseball championship series.
Game 2 of the series is set for noon Saturday at Charlotte Country Day, with a third game, if needed, to follow a half-hour after the second game ends.
High Point Wesleyan swept Charlotte Christian two games to none for the 3A title a year ago, and the Trojans used a big inning Friday evening to take the lead in this year’s series.
Charlotte Christian (25-8) built a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Trojans, ranked 23rd nationally by MaxPreps, scored six times in the bottom half of the inning.
Alex Jordan had three hits and Mark McLamb drove in three runs for High Point Wesleyan (22-1). J.T. Killen slammed a home run and drove in two runs for the Knights.
Weddington wins lacrosse crown
Weddington captured its second straight boys’ 1A/2A/3A state championship Friday night, trouncing East Chapel Hill 20-6 in the title game at WakeMed Soccer Park in Raleigh.
The Warriors (19-2) jumped to a 5-1 halftime lead and expanded their margin to 11 goals in the third quarter. Ryan Goldstein got the first Weddington goal in the opening quarter, and Anthony Todaro followed with two goals before the period ended.
Todaro finished with eight goals and three assists and was named Most Valuable Player of the championship game.
Lake Norman faces Apex Middle Creek at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park for the 4A boys’ crown, after the girls’ championship game at 11 a.m. between Charlotte Catholic and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons.
Boiling Springs Crest 3, China Grove Jesse Carson 2: The top-seeded Chargers (25-2) advanced to the best-of-three 3A Western Regional finals series, rallying past Jesse Carson (24-6).
Jesse Carson built a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Luke Barringer’s single scored Brycen Holshouser. Crest tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by John Kyle Mitchell.
Owen White slammed a home run in the fifth, giving Jesse Carson a 2-1 lead, but Crest tied the game again in the bottom half of the inning, on an RBI single by Brayson Melton. The winning run scored in the sixth, on a squeeze bunt by Jack Millen.
Saturday’s state championship matches in the North Carolina team tennis playoffs have been moved indoors, to the Piedmont Tennis Center in Greensboro. The move was made because of the forecast of rain.
Myers Park faces Raleigh Enloe at 8:30 a.m. for the 4A title, and Lincoln Charter plays Raleigh Charter at 11:30 a.m. for the 1A crown.
Concord Cox Mill 7, Kings Mountain 2: The Cougars rolled into the 3A Western Regional finals, as Sarah McHale scored three goals. Hannah Dunn scored the decisive goal for Cox Mill. Lindsay Deaver got Kings Mountain’s first goal, and it was the first goal of the playoffs against Cox Mill.
Lake Norman Charter 2, Hendersonville 0: Sophomores Ayden Yates and Kasey Hahn scored goals, sending the undefeated Knights (21-0-1) into the 2A Western Regional finals. Kaela Rosenberger, a freshman, got the shutout in goal for the Knights.
Skyland Roberson 2, Weddington 1: The Warriors led 1-0 at halftime of this 3A Western Regional semifinal, but Roberson rallied with two second-half goals. The game was interrupted in the first half by a lightning delay at Roberson.
Girls’ softball playoffs
Alexander Central 1, Concord Cox Mill 0 (9 innings): Chesney Millsaps slammed a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, winning the game for the Cougars (24-5). Cox Mill (17-9) outhit Alexander Central 12-3, but Millsaps, the winning pitcher, got out of several jams. Alexander Central advances to the 3A Western Regional finals series against China Grove Jesse Carson.
China Grove Jesse Carson 8, Marvin Ridge 3: The fourth-seeded Cougars advanced to the best-of-three 3A Western Regional finals series against Alexander Central, behind the hitting of Kary Hales and Liza Simmerson. Hales hit a single and home run, driving in three runs, and Simmerson had two hits and two RBI.
Losing pitcher Gabby Baylog had three hits for Marvin Ridge, which was coming off a victory over previously unbeaten Monroe Parkwood.
Claremont Bunker Hill 2, West Stanly 1: Kailey Travis slammed an RBI double in the top of the seventh, and the Bears (16-6) knocked off top seed West Stanly (25-2) in the 2A Western Regional semifinals. Makayla Turner’s RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth gave Bunker Hill its first run.
West Stanly threatened in the bottom of the seventh, as Kailey Furr doubled and Blair Helms singled her home. But Helms was left stranded.
Franklin 4, Newton Fred T. Foard 3: Franklin remained unbeaten (22-0) and advances to the 2A Western Regional finals series against Bunker Hill.
Harrisburg Hickory Ridge 11, Providence 5: The Ragin’ Bulls (18-5) upset fourth seed Providence (22-4), building a 6-1 lead after three innings. Cori Sprinkle hit two home runs and drove in three runs, and Dakota Christie had three of Hickory Ridge’s 14 hits. This was a third-round 4A game that had been postponed twice by rain.
Hickory Ridge plays Saturday evening at top-seeded Richmond Senior in the regional semifinals.
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