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High school notebook: Millbrook baseball takes series lead

Millbrook held on to top Richmond County 6-5 on Tuesday night in Rockingham to win the first game in a best-of-3 series in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A East baseball playoffs.

The teams next play Thursday at Millbrook.

The Wildcats (20-8) scored two runs in the top on the seventh as Brian Miller and Chris Scott delivered run-scoring doubles. Scott also had a run-scoring double in the fourth.

Millbrook’s Gunner Deal struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh but hit Bradley Brown with a pitch. James Buie delivered a run-scoring double. Deal hit Ethan Baucom, who had hit a home run in the fourth, before striking out Taylor McLean to end the game.

Deal (8-2) went the distance, striking out six. Deal and Alex Royalty (7-1), who is expected to start Thursday for the Wildcats, have thrown five consecutive complete games.

Richmond (21-7-1) and Millbrook were tied 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4 before Millbrook scored twice in the sixth. Deal retired the side in the sixth before the Raiders scored their final run in the seventh.

Slam stops South: Trader Flora hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to help Hampstead Topsail (18-8) to a 10-6 victory against South Johnston (17-10) in the first game of the 3A East baseball series.

South had fought back from a 6-1 deficit to tie the game with five runs in the sixth, helped by a two-run double by Josh Stikeleather.

Topsail’s Mason Berne hit a three-run home run in the second inning.

Six South Johnston players scored.

Topsail will make the trip to South Johnston on Thursday.

Trojans rally: South Johnston scored six runs in the seventh inning to put away C.B. Aycock 11-5 in Pikeville, N.C. in the first game of the 3A East softball championship series. South trailed early 3-1 but scored four run in the fifth.

The win stopped a 15-game winning streak by Aycock (19-3).

The series moves to South Johnston (23-3) on Wednesday.

Mustangs postponed: Middle Creek leads Fayetteville’s Cape Fear High 2-0 in the 4A East softball series when the game is resumed at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Fayetteville. The game was stopped because of lightning in the second inning.

Jets win: Siler City Jordan-Matthews won 4-2 at Northeastern High (Elizabeth City, N.C.) in 2A East softball. The Jets will be at home Thursday.

Fountain to UNC: Preyer Fountain, a junior who helped Broughton to the NCHSAA 4A golf championship, has made a verbal commitment to play golf at UNC. He was the Cap Eight player of the year.

Robinson gets post: Former Panther Creek boys basketball assistant Shawan Robinson has been named the Catamounts’ head coach. He follows L.J. Hepp, who resigned after a 22-6 season but remains the school’s athletics director.

Robinson played for his father, Darryl Robinson, at Leesville Road and helped the Pride to the 2001 state 4A championship game. He later played at Clemson, where he scored 1,176 points and was a four-time all-ACC academic selection.

Marcus to transfer: Jamal Marcus, a former football standout at Durham Hillside, will transfer after two seasons at Ohio State. He had played in 24 games during the past two seasons, according to CBS Sports.

Gatorade baseball: Asheville’s T.C. Roberson High senior Braxton Davidson was named the North Carolina Gatorade boys baseball player of the year. Davidson (6-foot-3, 215) was 4-2 with four saves and a 1.94 ERA and hit .462 with five home runs.

Tom Shanahan and Shawn Stinson contributed to this story.

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