Piedmont lefty pitcher Corey Sikes helped his baseball team win 14 playoff games over the last 13 months, and his success on the diamond is a lengthy list. A lesser-know fact about Sikes: He never missed a day of school from kindergarten through his graduation on June 12.
Piedmont tried to rally, scoring three runs on David Nash's bases-loaded double with two outs in the seventh inning, but Topsail held on for a 5-4 win on Saturday. The victory gave the Pirates a series sweep and their first-ever state championship in baseball.
Sun Valley's softball team won Game 2 of the 3A state championship series 6-4 Saturday morning, completing a sweep of Aycock in their best-of-3 series. The Spartans delivered the second softball state championship in the school's 54-year history, and the first in 17 years.
Freshman Courtney Dean knocked in the winning run with a triple, helping Sun Valley defeat Aycock 6-5 in the opener of their best-of-3 state championship series on Friday night.
UNC commit Chad Cota knocked in two runs with a two-out single in the sixth inning, giving Topsail a 5-3 win over Piedmont in Game 1 of the 3A state championship series on Friday night.
Sun Valley softball coach Rob Enloe says his team has been motivated this season by a perceived lack of respect. If the Spartans beat Aycock in the 3A state title series this weekend, they will cement their place as one of the best softball teams in Union County history.