From the Sideline

East Wake Academy baseball, girls soccer bow out of brief postseason

May 23, 2014 

The East Wake Academy baseball and girls soccer teams each reached, but never surpassed the first round of the N.C. High School Athletics Association 1A state playoffs.

The baseball team drew a wildcard entry to face No. 1 seed Whiteville, which eased to an 18-2 triumph.

East Wake Academy finished the season 8-10 overall, 4-6 in the North Central Athletic 1A Conference.

The girls soccer team drew a No. 9 seed and went out in a 1-0 loss to No. 8 seeded Roxboro Community, a fellow NCAC team. East Wake Academy couldn’t produce a tying goal in a scoreless second half.

The Eagles put up a tougher fight against Roxboro than they had in their regular season meetings, which they lost by scores of 3-0 and 5-3 in April.

The East Wake Academy team concluded its season with a record of 8-13-1 overall, 1-10-1 in the NCAC.

Corinth Holders comes up just short: Burlington Williams survived a solid comeback bid by Corinth Holders on May 13 for a 3-2 victory in the 3A girls soccer playoffs.

The Pirates trailed 1-0 at the half and throughout the match but had a chance to pull even and force overtime when a shot just missed with less than a minute to play.

“We started out flat, but picked it up throughout the game and had many chances to score, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net,” said Corinth Holders coach Alison Vetterl. “The second half we came out with a sense of urgency, played hard, starting connecting passes more often which opened up more opportunities. We played from behind most of the game, and answered their runs as best we can. The girls played tough, and hard, and almost tied the game with about 20 seconds left.”

The Pirates finished with a 9-6 mark overall and will lose five seniors to graduation.

Gallas earns league honors: The Carolina League named Carolina Mudcats outfielder Anthony Gallas its player of the week for May 5-11. It was the first time this season a Mudcat has earned the distinction.

Gallas, 26, hit .481 over a seven game span at Lynchburg and Salem that included back-to-back three-hit outings. In that time, he had six doubles, hit his fifth home run of the season, plated four RBI and personally tallied seven runs.

He began last week as a top Carolina League player in several categories: first in doubles with 13; tied for fourth in home runs; third in batting at .342; third in hits with 41; and second in extra-base hits with 18.

Mudcats rank in top 25 in merchandise sales again: For the third straight year, the Carolina Mudcats can count themselves among the top 25 teams in Minor League Baseball for merchandise sales.

The rankings are based on wholesale sales reported in 2013. The Mudcats are one of two Carolina League teams on the list, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the other.

The combined totals of all the teams topped more than $55.4 million in retail sales.

Staff writer D. Clay Best contributed to this report.

Moody: 919-829-4806 or amoody@newsobserver.com

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