Area scores: Crusaders defend CCC baseball tournament crown
Grace Christian 10, Wayne Christian 4
Grace Christian won its second straight Carolina Christian Conference baseball tournament championship Friday, winning twice Friday and three games in a little more than 24 hours, to defend its title.
Like last May, the Crusaders (16-9) were not the top seed for the CCC Tournament. No. 2-seeded Grace Christian avenged its only league loss from the season with a 10-4 victory over No. 1 Wayne Christian in the final Friday at Community Christian.
The Crusaders allowed seven runs in the three tournament games, beating Neuse Christian 15-0 on Thursday and Cape Fear Christian 14-3 earlier Friday in Wilson.
The three wins gives the Crusaders six straight going into the NCISAA 1A State Tournament. The Crusaders are 11-2 in their last 13 games versus fellow NCISAA members.
Grace Christian was ranked in the NCISAA 1A state top four going into last week. The top four teams in the 12-team state tournament get a bye, then a home quarterfinal game which is slated for May 9 or 10.
Chatham Central 3, North Moore 1
Bear senior Zack Burke (6-2) pitched a two-hitter and his fifth complete game of the season as the Bears (10-8, 7-5) claimed a regular-season sweep of the Mustangs (14-8, 10-4) in Robbins Friday night.
Luke Garner led the Bear offense going 2 for 3 with two runs. Matt Brooks went 1 for 2 with two RBI. Brandon Beal had an RBI. Burke fanned 11 and walked one.
The Yadkin Valley Conference Tournament will begin Monday.
Northwood 16, Northern Vance 1
A day after a 5-0 win over the Vikings (8-10, 5-7), the Chargers (9-10, 7-5) completed a sweep in six innings on the road Friday night. Northwood will play at Southern Durham at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Cleveland 4, Western Harnett 3 - 9 innings
Cleveland (9-11, 4-5) turned around an 8-0 Eagle win in Lillington four weeks ago with a win Friday night. Western Harnett (7-14, 3-7) has played in, but lost, three straight extra-inning games going into the Two Rivers Conference Tournament which is set to start Wednesday.
Gray's Creek 3, Union Pines 1
Gray's Creek (11-9, 7-5) beat the visiting Vikings (12-10, 7-5) in the regular-season finale for both Friday night.
Both squads will host first-round Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament games. No. 4 Gray's Creek will host No. 5 Lee County at 7 p.m. Monday. No. 3 Union Pines will host No. 6 Douglas Byrd at 7 p.m. Monday.
Harnett Central 18, Rolesville 5
The Trojans (13-4, 10-1) won in five innings over the Rams (1-16, 1-11) in a Greater Neuse River game Friday.
Cole Hart paced the Trojans with a 3 for 3 day and four runs. Daryl Johnson went 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. Trey Gledhill drove in four RBI and Tyson Messer added three RBI.
Harnett Central will play at Garner at 7 p.m. Monday.
Overhills 15, E.E. Smith 13
The Jaguars (2-15, 2-9) completed a sweep of the Golden Bulls Friday night in Fayetteville.
Overhills will play at Jack Britt in the Mid-South Athletic Conference Tournament first round at 7 p.m. Monday.
Harrells Christian 8, O'Neal 5
Harrells Christian (11-4, 7-0) remained unbeaten in Cape Fear Independent Conference play edging by the Falcons in Southern Pines Friday afternoon.
O'Neal (2-8, 2-5) tied the game, 4-4, with a four-run rally in the third. Harrells Christian regained the lead in the fourth, then added two runs of insurance in the seventh.
The Falcons will play a CFIC game at Village Christian at 4 p.m. Monday.
Grace Christian 5, Trinity Academy 2
Madison Bolen and Torie Boyte scored two goals each as the Lady Crusaders (15-1-1) advanced through the semifinals of the Carolina Christian Conference Tournament Friday at Community Christian in Wilson.
Bridgette Angeles scored one goal. The Lady Crusaders got an assist each by Charity Taylor, Katie Cook, Jazmine Urrutia, Taylor Raines and Alexis Hunt.
The Lady Crusaders will face Neuse Christian in the final match at 3 p.m. Monday. Grace Christian topped the Lady Lions 5-2 in Sanford during the regular season.
Northwood 6, Orange 0
The Lady Chargers (10-5, 7-3) won their fourth straight Big Eight Conference match at Orange (6-12, 3-8) Friday night. Northwood will play at Northern Vance at 6 p.m. Monday.
Cleveland 3, Western Harnett 1
Cleveland (11-4-1, 9-0-0) stayed perfect in Two Rivers play beating the Lady Eagles (3-10, 0-9) Friday night.
Jordan-Matthews 3, Bartlett Yancey 1
Jordan-Matthews (7-10-1, 4-3-1) won on its senior night versus conference foe Bartlett Yancey Friday night. The Lady Jets will play at Cummings at 6 p.m. Monday.
Overhills 9, E.E. Smith 0
The Lady Jaguars (5-10, 5-7) routed conference foe E.E. Smith to finish their regular season Friday night. No. 5-seeded Overhills will play at No. 4 South View in the first round of the Mid-State Athletic Conference Tournament at 6 p.m. Monday.
Gray's Creek 7, Union Pines 6
The Lady Vikings (9-7, 7-4) scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead but Gray's Creek (18-1, 12-0) completed its perfect CFVC regular season rallying for two runs in the bottom of the seventh Friday night in Hope Mills.
No. 3-seeded Union Pines will host No. 6 Terry Sanford in the first round of the CFVC Tournament at 7 p.m. Monday.
Terry Sanford 11, Southern Lee 8
Terry Sanford earned a regular-season split with the Lady Cavaliers Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville.
The Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament will begin Monday night. No. 5-seeded Southern Lee (3-15, 3-9) will play at No. 4 Douglas Byrd at 7 p.m. No. 6 Terry Sanford will play at No. 3 Union Pines at 7 p.m. No. 2 Lee County will host No. 7 Westover at 7 p.m.
Jordan-Matthews 19, Cummings 0
Jordan-Matthews 15, Cummings 0
The Lady Jets (15-4, 10-0) completed an undefeated Mid-State season championship with a doubleheader sweep Friday. Jordan-Matthews has won 11 of their last 12 overall.
North Moore 7, Chatham Central 3
North Moore (16-3, 13-1) completed a regular-season sweep of the Lady Bears (8-8, 5-8) Friday at Chatham Central.
The Lady Bears will play their regular-season finale at East Montgomery at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Harnett Central 18, Rolesville 1
The Lady Trojans (9-7, 7-4) avenged a 2-1 Rolesville win from March with an easy win at Rolesville (3-14, 3-9) Friday. Harnett Central will play at Garner at 7 p.m. Monday.
Overhills 15, E.E. Smith 3
The Lady Jaguars routed E.E. Smith (4-14, 1-10) for a Mid-South Athletic win on the road Friday.
Kelsie White was the winning pitcher while going 4 for 4 with three runs and Cassidy Ward went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for the Lady Jaguars (6-9, 5-7).
The Mid-South Athletic Conference Tournament will start Monday. The No. 5-seeded Lady Jaguars will play at No. 4 Pine Forest at 6 p.m.