Panthers and Pack home for the playoffs, Seahawks travel

Published 3:52 pm Monday, May 6, 2024

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The Northside baseball team drew the third seed in the 1A state tournament, while the Washington softball team is fifth in 2A, which means both begin the post-season at home.

Baseball: The Panthers (16-5) host #30 Hobbton (12-9) at 4 p.m. Tuesday and will be home for Friday’s second round against the #14 Clover Garden (15-5)-#19 Oxford Prep (14-6) winner if they win. A third home game is also possible.

“We’re in a great position regarding home games,” coach Parker Boyd said. “Our guys love to play in front of our fans, who are very loud and supportive. They know how to play the bounces in the outfield and hopefully, we’ll take full advantage of being at home.”

Senior right-hander Brandon Arthur led the Coastal Plains Conference with an .48 ERA and tied with teammate James Sawyer with 69 strikeouts. Senior center fielder Jamie Corprew finished among the league leaders with a .448 average, 22 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.

Southside (9-9) drew the 22nd seed and will travel to #11 Ocracoke (9-3). The winner plays the #6 Chatham Charter (19-2)-#27 W. Columbus (8-13) in the second round Friday.

Bear Grass (19-2) is the top seed, followed by Wilson Prep (18-2), Northside and E. Wake Academy.

CPC member Pamlico Co. is the 25th seed.

Washington’s season is over.

Softball: Washington (16-3) is the fifth seed in 2A and will host #28 W. Bladen (7-7) Tuesday. A victory puts them home Friday against the #12 Heide Trask (15-3)-#21 St. Paul’s (16-6) winner.

“We’ve played good competition and have played much better defensively in our last six games,” coach Brad Horton said. “The loss to Farmville Central probably cost us a shot at three home games, but we still have to win one at a time. Everybody’s good this time of year and we’re excited to get started.”

Sophomore outfielder Carley Woolard leads the offense with a .484 average, 31 hits, 25 runs scored and 20 runs batted in. Junior left-hander Emma Orr is among the state pitching leaders with 212 strikeouts in 116.2 innings.

Camden Co. (17-2) drew the top seed, followed by Roanoke Rapids (15-3), Midway (15-3) and Martin Co. (21-2).

EPC members Ayden-Grifton (17), West Craven (18) and Farmville Central (19) also made the 32 team field.

In 1A, Northside (15-4) is the 13th seed after losing the CPC title to #4 Pamlico Co. (19-5). The Panthers host #20 N. Moore (11-9) at 4 p.m.Tuesday and are looking at a rematch at Pamlico Friday.

N. Duplin (14-1) is the top seed, followed by Vance Charter (13-3), Bear Grass (18-5) and Pamlico.

Conference opponent Jones Sr. is #25, while East Carteret is 26th in the 2A bracket.

Southside’s season is over.