Lights out

West Carteret’s Josh Plisko was lights out in six innings of work, striking out 13 while allowing just two hits and one earned run Tuesday in the 10-5 win over Swansboro. (Zack Nally photo)

SWANSBORO — The West Carteret baseball team survived a late rally by Swansboro on Tuesday to prevail 10-5 on the road.

The Patriots (15-4 overall) led 10-1 after six innings before Swansboro (6-12) put on four runs in the seventh to trim the lead.

Josh Plisko pitched a lights-out six innings for West before being relieved. He struck out 13 and walked three while allowing just two hits and one earned run.

With the win, West stayed even with Jacksonville for the lead in the 3A Coastal Conference at 8-1. The two teams split their regular season series, with West winning 8-2 on March 29 and losing 3-2 on April 8.

West hosted Northside-Jacksonville on Thursday for senior night and its regular-season finale, winning 13-3. Look for full results of the game in the Sunday issue.

The Bucs slipped to 5-5 in league play with the loss to the Patriots.


SWANSBORO — Another 3A Coastal Conference game, another decimating performance by the West Carteret softball team.

The Patriots (16-4 overall) showed why the conference belongs to them Tuesday with an 18-1 mercy-rule win over Swansboro (6-11). They improved to 9-0 in the league with the win, their fourth five-inning victory this season. The Patriots are outscoring the rest of the Coastal a combined 108-26.

Swansboro slipped to 3-7 in conference play with the loss.

West also hosted Northside-Jacksonville on Thursday, winning 10-0. Look for full results of the game in the Sunday issue.


SWANSBORO — The West Carteret girls soccer team improved to 5-4 in 3A Coastal Conference play Tuesday with a 2-0 victory at Swansboro.

The Patriots (8-7-1 overall) scored a goal in each half to win their second straight match. It was their first contest since a 10-1 win over Havelock on April 18 before spring break.

West also hosted Northside-Jacksonville on Thursday, winning 5-1. Look for full results of the game in the Sunday issue.

The Pirates (7-9-2 overall) slipped to 4-5 in league play with the loss.


ROCKY POINT — Croatan swept the 1A/2A Coastal 8 Conference track and field championship meet for the second straight year.

The girls team won with ease Wednesday at Trask High School with 174 points. East Carteret was the runner-up with 115, followed by Lejeune with 102.5. Trask was fourth with 81, followed closely by Pender with 79. Richlands took sixth with 56.5, Southwest Onslow was seventh with 46, and Dixon rounded out the teams with 10.

The boys had a tougher time, edging Trask by six points. The Cougars put up 124, followed by the Titans with 118. Lejeune placed third with 96. Dixon totaled 83 points to outlast Pender with 80 for fourth. Richlands was sixth with 74.5, followed by Southwest Onslow with 62 and East Carteret with 47.5.


PITTSURGH — Lonnie Chisenhall hit a snag in his rehab assignment for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Newport native felt tightness in his left calf while rounding first base in a game last week and left the contest. He dealt extensively with calf issues during the past two seasons. He returned to Pittsburgh to meet the Pirates’ team physicians and undergo testing and was diagnosed this week with a mild calf strain.

On Wednesday afternoon, John Perrotto of noted that Chisenhall had been cleared to resume light baseball activities. According to, he’s not expected to join the team until at least Sunday, May 12.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – There are two ways to win in the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series. You can either ride hard to the front and storm past the competition, or you can ride a perfect race and watch those in front of you fall.

Cooper Webb needed to secure fifth-place finishes in the last two races of the season to capture his first-ever 450 class championship. Now he needs to score just three points this upcoming weekend at Las Vegas after winning his seventh race of the 17-round season on Saturday in front of 61,247 fans at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. by letting the race come to him.


PELETIER — T.J. Barron outlasted the competition in the Limited Late Model main feature of the Clash at the Coast on Saturday to score his first career victory at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.

Barron made his move late in the race, passing Brandon Clements on lap 48 in the 60-lap race and driving away for his first Carteret County Speedway win.  The victory was special for Barron.  He was able to snap a winless drought that dated back to 2013 when he last won at Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville.  After the win Saturday, he was given the winner’s trophy by his youngest son, Colton.


PELETIER — Penalties have been levied by Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway to members of two race teams following an on-track altercation at the conclusion of the Legends feature in the Clash at the Coast last Saturday.

On the final lap of the race, Brian Sullivan and Emily Day ended up in an accident while battling for the win.  After the incident, and while the track was still hot, parties affiliated with both teams entered the racing surface and were involved in a


As a result of the on-track confrontation, penalties have been issued.


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