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South Lenoir softball too much for Currituck in second round

South Lenoir 13 Currituck 0

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Currituck's Layla Cartwright pitches in the second inning during the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 2A second round state playoff softball game against South Lenoir, Friday, May 11, 2018 at Currituck County High School. Currituck lost to South Lenoir 13-0.

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By Mike Wood
Correspondent

Friday, May 11, 2018

BARCO — The South Lenoir Blue Devils scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings and defeated the Currituck Lady Knights by a final score of 13-0 eliminating them from the 2A State softball playoffs Friday night at Currituck High School.

South Lenoir, from Deep Creek, came into the game with a 19-3 record, and showed why they had earned a strong state ranking.

There was no weakness in their lineup. They all put the ball in play, ran the bases very aggressively, and on defense made plays all over the field.

"It is what it is," said Currituck coach Karen Booker. "We knew we would have to play our best game to beat them, and we did not do that. We got off to a rough start, made some mental mistakes, and couldn't recover."

Currituck starting pitcher Morgan Barclay might have gotten out of the first inning unscathed, but had a little tough luck.

After walking the leadoff hitter, a two base error on a ground ball put two runners in scoring position.

The senior got the next two outs on pop flies, but three straight base hits perfectly placed continued the inning and gave South Lenoir a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first, the Lady Knights loaded the bases on a walk to Jessica Smith, and infield hit by Kylee Schojan, and another base on balls earned by Ashlyn Richards.

However, Blue Devil pitcher Logan Lucas shut the door with a pair of strikeouts.

Currituck would not have another serious scoring threat as Lucas would only give up one more hit, a solid single by Michelle Mixon in the fifth inning, but she was doubled up off first when the Lenoir second baseman made a leaping catch of a liner off the bat of Elizabeth Hewitt.

Layla Cartwright took the mound for Currituck in the second inning, but it made no, difference to Lenoir.

They scored two runs in the frame on three hits, and they added four more runs in the third inning, the big blow a three run home run by Sara Beth Stroud.

The game out of reach, the Lady Knights took the field in the top of the fifth inning and had a team meeting at the pitchers mound.

It was apparent that they were lifting each other up, playing for pride despite the situation.

The Currituck softball program has too long a history of playing hard and earning success to give less than 100 percent.

The Knights retired the side without surrendering another run, highlighted by the defensive gem of the night turned in by Lauren Gerni.

After a long run, the senior made a lunging one hand catch to rob a Blue Devil in deep centerfield.

Despite the loss, Currituck had a lot to be proud of this season.

"We had lost to graduation two top players, but we won our conference," said coach Booker. "We made it to the second round of the playoffs and we hadn't done that in a while. We can look back on these accomplishments and know that we worked very hard."

Camden 2, Manteo 1: The Lady Bruins (19-2-1) held off Albemarle Athletic Conference rival Manteo in eight innings to advance on Friday evening.

Camden, the No. 4 seed in the 1A East Regional will host either Bear Grass Charter or Pamlico County in a third-round matchup next week.

Perquimans 9, Rosewood 0: The No. 11 seed Lady Pirates (19-6) knocked off the No. 6 seed in the second round of the 1A state playoffs on Friday evening at Rosewood.

Perquimans will take on either Williamston-Riverside or Oxford Preparatory in the third round next week.

BOYS TENNIS

Northeastern's Taylor Carter and L.P. Hornthal saw their season come to an end in the first round of the NCHSAA 2A boys tennis state championship tournament on Friday.

The duo competed in the doubles tournament and lost to Carrboro's Ben Lu and Jake Twer.

The pair from Carrboro won 6-1, 6-3.

The result caps a standout season for the NHS pair that finished second at the NCHSAA East Regional in doubles on May 5 and won the Northeastern Coastal Conference title in doubles last month.

First Flight's Lucieyn Stein won two matches in the singles tournament on Friday to advance to today's semifinal.

BASEBALL

John A. Holmes 9, Louisburg 8: The No. 10 seed Aces (16-9) upset the No. 7 seed Louisburg in the second round of the NCHSAA state playoffs at Louisburg College Friday evening.

Edenton advances to the third round of the 1A state playoffs next week to face either Gates or Bear Grass Charter.

GIRLS SOCCER

Currituck 3, Trinity 1: The Lady Knights (18-4), the No. 11 seed, knocked off the No. 6 seed at Trinity on Friday evening.

Ryleigh Hammock opened scoring by intercepting a Trinity pass and cutting inside the defender and scoring a left foot shot from 16 yards.

The second goal was Annie Ammons finishing a Sarah Dover corner kick

Halftime was extended to 90 minutes due to thunderstorms moving through.

After play resumed, Cara Spry was played a perfect through ball from Ryleigh Hammock and placed the ball in the net just out of the diving Trinity goalkeeper’s reach.

With about 10 minutes to go, Trinity scored when a high arcing corner kick found the goal just out of Anna Poston’s reach.

Trinity knocked Currituck out of the playoffs in the second round last year by a score of 2-1. This year’s win was sweet revenge for the Lady Knights.

Currituck will travel to No. 3 seed Clinton for a third-round match next week.

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