Northside girls still dancing

Published 7:45 am Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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The Northside girls are the only county team left after the third round of the state baseball and softball tournament.

The #11 Panthers (20-4) came back from Perquimans HS with a 7-2 victory over the third-seeded Pirates and will travel to #10 East Columbus (25-2) for Friday’s fourth round contest.

The Northside baseball season is over after a 4-0 loss to #3 Voyager Academy in Durham. The sixth-seeded Panthers trailed 1-0 through five innings, then allowed three runs in the sixth for the final margin. They finished 19-5.

Washington’s softball season ended at home with a 5-3 loss to #6 North Johnston, The third-seeded Pam Pack (18-6) scored in the first when leadoff batter Ava Mizell reached on an infield hit, stole second and scored on a throwing error.

North Johnston (15-4) answered with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth for a 5-1 advantage before the Pack came back with a pair in the sixth.

Emma Harris singled, Emma Orr doubled, then Addison Miller brought them both home with a base hit to center field.

Washington had the tying run at the plate with one out in the seventh after Mizell tripled to right field, but couldn’t come any closer.

“North Johnston is a very good team and we couldn’t adjust to their pitcher,” coach Brad Horton said. “She kept us off balance all night and we couldn’t square the ball up for solid contact. I’m proud of the way we fought back and tried to win the game, but they made more plays than we did.”