Excelling on mound, at plate

Croatan’s Zach Hoy gave up just three hits and struck out 11 on the mound and hit a three-run homer at the plate. (J.J. Smith photo)

OCEAN — Two days after nearly beating a county rival, the Croatan baseball team finished business Thursday.

The Cougars dropped a 6-5 contest in eight innings versus West Carteret on Tuesday but led from beginning to end in a 4-1 win over East Carteret.

Croatan ended the Mariners’ nine-game winning streak to move to 5-6 in the 1A/2A Coastal 8 Conference and 6-11 overall. East fell to 9-2 in the league and 10-5 overall. The Mariners began their impressive winning streak with a 12-1 victory over Croatan on March 19.


MOREHEAD CITY — Another challenger to West Carteret bit the dust while a low-hitting night didn’t trip up the Patriots on Thursday.

Wests (12-3 overall) improved to 7-1 in the 3A Coastal Conference with a 4-1 win over Havelock that only included six total hits. West scored two runs in the first inning and one apiece in the second and third.

Havelock slipped to 7-12 overall and 3-5 in league play with the loss.

The Patriots currently lead the league standings with Jacksonville (5-1) close behind. The two teams traded wins in conference play earlier this season.


OCEAN — The Croatan girls soccer team held off a tough Forbush club by a 1-0 score Thursday in what has become a biennial matchup with the western squad.

The Cougars pushed their winning streak to 16 games and improved to 16-2. The Falcons, who had won five of their last six, fell to 8-2-2.

The Falcons’ third spring break trip to the coast – it’s a 270-mile drive from Yadkin County – was the only one that didn’t see them come away with a win. They beat Croatan 3-0 in 2017 and 2-0 in 2015.


MOREHEAD CITY — The West Carteret girls soccer team mercy ruled Havelock 10-0 on the soccer pitch Thursday.

The Patriots (7-7-1) improved to 4-4 in the 3A Coastal Conference with the victory, which was over by halftime, thanks to the nine-goal mercy rule. West is in third place in the conference behind White Oak (6-0) and Jacksonville (6-0).


MOREHEAD CITY — The bull’s-eye on the West Carteret softball team’s back is growing larger, but that doesn’t bother its head coach.

The Patriots (15-2) improved to 8-0 in the 3A Coastal Conference Thursday with a 9-3 win over Havelock, extending their league win streak to 19 games. They are leading the conference by four games, outscoring the rest of the league by a combined 90-25.

The Patriots only put seven hits on the score sheet against the Rams (6-8 overall, 4-4 conference), but four of them went for extra bases.


OCEAN — Croatan’s lacrosse season might not be over after beating West Carteret 17-3 on Wednesday.

The Cougars are done with their regular season schedule, but they will have to wait until Monday, April 29 to learn if their 4-5 overall record will be enough to squeak into the playoffs. West slipped to 1-8 overall with the loss.

At 3-4 in the Conference 2, Croatan will hope for a wild-card berth. There are five teams in the eastern region of the 1A/2A/3A playoffs with each league guaranteed two postseason spots.


PITTSBURGH — Lonnie Chisenhall is inching closer to a rehab assignment. And it’s possible the veteran utility man could see time at a familiar position when he’s cleared for Minor League games.

According to MLB.com’s James Schmehl, the former West Carteret standout continues to make positive strides toward a return and could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis Indians this weekend, Pirates Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday.


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