Area scores: Union Pines wins CFVC baseball and soccer titles
Union Pines 5, Terry Sanford 4
No. 3-seeded Union Pines edged No. 1 Terry Sanford 5-4 for the Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament championship Thursday night at Southern Lee.
The Vikings (15-10) led 3-0 in the third inning, then 5-1 in the fifth inning, then held on as the Bulldogs (19-6) scored one in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth.
Junior Aaron Kennedy got the win on the mound for the Vikings. Senior Dalton Garner hit a home run.
Terry Sanford, as part of going 11-1 and winning the CFVC season title, defeated the Vikings 6-1 and 5-0 during the regular season.
After going 1-4 in the last five regular-season games, the Vikings moved through the CFVC Tournament via an 11-2 win over Douglas Byrd, a 14-6 win at Southern Lee and Thursday’s final.
Terry Sanford will be the No. 1 CFVC seed and Union Pines will be No. 2 for the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament. Southern Lee will be a No. 3 seed and Gray’s Creek will be No. 4. The state tournament first round is set for Wednesday.
Jordan-Matthews 9, Carrboro 4
The Jets (19-5) trailed the Jaguars 4-2 through four innings before rallying to win their second straight Mid-State Conference Tournament championship Thursday night at Graham.
The Jets, who are also the conference season champs, took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Ethan Cook pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win. Senior Nathan Poirier closed out the last two innings.
Poirier, after driving in seven runs in the Jets' semifinal win, went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBI. Caleb Nixon went 3 for 3 with three singles and three RBI. Drew Hinshaw scored twice and had one RBI.
The Jets will host a first round game in the NCHSAA 2A State Tournament on Wednesday.
West Montgomery 4, North Moore 2
The No. 4-seeded Warriors (10-12) beat the No. 3 Mustangs (15-10) to win the Yadkin Valley Conference East Division Tournament Thursday night at Chatham Central.
North Moore got its runs in the top of the first inning. Warrior junior Austin McKenzie came on in relief to pitch 6.1 scoreless innings and get the win.
Triton 2, Cleveland 1
After the Rams took the lead in the top of the sixth, top-seeded Triton (15-5) answered with two in the home half of the sixth to advance through the Two Rivers Conference Tournament semifinals Thursday night in Erwin.
Trent Fennell fired a four-hit complete game for the Hawks. He allowed no earned runs and three walks while striking out eight.
Brett McLamb and Austin Lee had an RBI each and Tyler Vaughn and Tyler Tyndall had the runs in the Triton sixth.
The league tournament final was played last night.
West Johnston 6, Harnett Central 5
West Johnston (14-7, 8-6) beat the visiting Trojans (15-5, 12-2) Thursday night and, combined with Clayton (17-3, 13-1) beating Southeast Raleigh, Clayton won the Greater Neuse River championships with Harnett Central finishing second.
Harnett Central will play in the first round of the NCHSAA 4A State Tournament Wednesday.
Jordan-Matthews 10, Graham 0
The Lady Jets (17-4) won the Mid-State Conference Tournament title in five innings Thursday night in Siler City, completing a 12-0 run through the Mid-State season and tourney.
Holly Clark got the pitching victory and struck out nine for the Lady Jets. Jordan-Matthews plated seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
Jordan-Matthews will host a first round game in the NCHSAA 2A State Tournament Wednesday.
North Moore 12, West Montgomery 0
The Lady Mustangs (18-3) won the Yadkin Valley Conference East Division Tournament title routing host West Montgomery (13-8) Thursday night. North Moore also won the division season championship.
North Moore will host a first round NCHSAA 1A State Tournament game Wednesday.
Cleveland 3, Triton 2
No. 3-seeded Cleveland (14-5) edged No. 2 Triton (14-8) in the Two Rivers Conference Tournament semifinals Thursday at South Johnston.
West Johnston 6, Harnett Central 3
West Johnston (13-6, 10-4) topped the Lady Trojans (10-9, 8-6) in the regular-season finale for both squads in Benson Thursday night.
Kara Goff hit a solo home run and Anna Bain had one RBI for Harnett Central.
Union Pines 4, Terry Sanford 3 - PKs
Union Pines survived a two-goal Terry Sanford rally in the last two minutes of regulation time, then overtime and seven rounds of penalty kicks to win the Cape Fear Valley Conference girls soccer tournament title, winning the penalty-kick tiebreaker 7-6 to win 4-3, Thursday night at Terry Sanford.
Union Pines (17-2-3) and Terry Sanford (14-4-1) shared the regular-season championship. A coin flip gave the Lady Bulldogs the top seed and one less round of the CFVC Tournament to navigate.
Kooba Richard’s goal gave the Lady Vikings a 1-0 lead which stood to halftime. After Terry Sanford tied the match in the 52nd minute, Sam Ring’s goal put the Lady Vikings ahead in the 71st minute. Joe Kelly scored for a 3-1 UP lead in the 77th minute. Richard assisted on both second-half goals.
Terry Sanford scored in the 79th minute and with 0:12 remaining to force overtime.
After 30 minutes of overtime didn’t decide the title, the Lady Vikings went 7 for 7 on penalty kicks. The Lady Bulldogs were 6 for 6 until Danielle Hardy saved the seventh Terry Sanford penalty kick.
Union Pines has won six straight matches and is unbeaten in 11 straight matches going into the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament which is slated to start Wednesday.
Chatham Central 2, North Moore 0
The Lady Bears avenged a 2-1 North Moore win from April 24 with a win in Robbins Wednesday evening.
East Montgomery 2, Chatham Central 0
The Lady Eagles beat the Lady Bears (4-12, 4-8) in Chatham Central's home finale Thursday evening.
North Moore 3, South Davidson 2
The Lady Mustangs (5-6-2, 5-6-1) defeated visiting South Davidson (8-7, 7-7) for a season sweep Thursday evening.
Chapel Hill 4, Northwood 1
Chapel Hill (17-1, 13-1) led 2-1 at halftime and pulled away from there as the Lady Tigers and Lady Chargers (13-6, 10-4) played their Big Eight season finales Thursday at Chapel Hill.
Northwood finishes third in the Big Eight and will play in the opening round of the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament on Wednesday.
Lumberton 2, Pinecrest 1
Lumberton (15-3) defeated the Lady Patriots for the third time in three matches this season, all three being one-goal wins, in the Southeastern Conference Tournament final at Scotland Thursday night.
Lumberton and Pinecrest (12-7-1) will play in the first round of the NCHSAA 4A State Tournament Wednesday.