Spring update: Conference races heating up

Published 7:09 pm Friday, April 21, 2023

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With two weeks left in the spring sports season, some area teams are in the thick of their conference races, while others are hoping for a strong finish to claim one of the final playoff spots.

Baseball: Northside is in a heated race with Pamlico County for the Coastal Plains Conference lead. The Panthers (5-0, 13-2) hold a slight lead after a home victory over the Hurricanes Tuesday.

Senior Carson Clinkscales continues to lead the league with a .522 average. He is second with 20 runs batted in, tied for third with 25 runs scored and eighth with 11 stolen bases.

Teammate Brandon Arthur is third with a 1.70 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched. He’s tied for third with 25 runs scored, fourth with 14 stolen bases and seventh with a .435 average.

Last year’s conference pitcher of the year, Eli Huynh, tops the league with five victories, is second with 43 strikeouts in 25.1 innings and third with 16 runs batted in.

Southside needs a strong finish to make the post-season. Luke Bullock leads the Seahawks (0-5, 6-8) with a .438 average, good for sixth in the league and is tied for fourth with 39 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched. Senior Walker Hill is tied for third with 16 RBI.

Washington is fifth in the Eastern Plains 2A conference at 3-5 and 7-6.

Junior Hunter Baldree leads the EPC with 23 RBI, is second with a .489 average and fifth with 12 stolen bases.

Bryce Williams is fifth with a .417 average and eighth with 18 runs scored.

Evan Waters leads the pitchers with a 1.77 ERA good for fifth and 41 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched.

Softball: Washington leads the EPC with an 8-0 record and is 12-5 overall without a loss to a 2A school. The Pack is just ahead of SouthWest Edgecombe (14-1, 7-1) with a home and home series coming next week.

Sophomore lefthander Emma Orr leads the league with an 0.81 ERA, 115 strikeouts and six victories.

Senior shortstop Ava Mizell is third in the league with 13 stolen bases, fifth with 27 runs scored and seventh with 18 RBI.

Northside leads the CPC after a 2-1 walk off home win over Pamlico County Tuesday. The Panthers are 5-0 and 13-2 overall.

Junior Bella Boykin leads the league with four home runs, is tied for first with 19 RBI and is fifth with a .525 average. On the mound, she sports a league best 1.07 ERA and is second with nine victories and 71 strikeouts in 46 innings.

Senior Hannah Black is tied for fourth with 22 runs scored and is sixth with a .487 average.

Emaleigh Cherry is second with 25 runs scored and ninth with a .465 average.

Southside is 1-4 in the conference and 6-7 overall.

Sophomore Lily McLean is second with a .568 average, third with 21 stolen bases and eighth with 17 runs scored.

Senior Logan Dail is second with 24 stolen bases and seventh in average (.486) and runs scored (20).

Golf: Northside (342) continued its strong season with a dominant victory over Riverside (402), Mattamuskeet (429) and Columbia (469) Thursday at the Washington Yacht & Country Club.

Mattamuskeet junior Noah Stewart took medalist honors with a 78 over 18 holes, three shots ahead of Panthers senior David Wallace.

Gavin Swayer (84), Wyatt Berry (84) and Claire Holmes (93) completed the Northside scoring.