Pavon leads Spartans rally by Clayton
Smithfield-Selma topped Clayton in boys soccer 3-2 Tuesday night, rallying in the final 15 minutes to get the victory.
Claytons Brandon Sainz scored on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half to put the Comets up 2-1. Ten minutes later, the Spartans Kenny Pavon equalized.
A counterattack up the right flank with six minutes to go gave Smithfield-Selma the winning margin. Harrison Howell carried the ball through the Comet penalty area and to the end line before crossing the ball back. The ball was just out of reach of one SSS player but Pavon was right behind and drilled home the game-winning goal.
SSS, which also played East Wake to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday, took the early lead on a goal from Alfredo Martinez. Clayton tied the match before the half when Daniel Alioto headed home a corner from Sainz.
“Clayton kept the pressure on us with long balls in box, but our defense held it all together to the end of the game,” said Smithfield-Selma coach Renato Freitas. “Clayton had a great game, they had great chances on long balls. But we had three goals missed on one-on-ones with their goalkeeper that we should not miss that would made a big difference in the game.”
Trojans win at River Ridge
Garner won Tuesdays Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls golf match at River Ridge with a combined score of 124, eight strokes ahead of West Johnston.
Nichole Ceyrolles of Garner was the event medalist with a 38, while Lauren Ceyrolles and Emily ONeill added 43s to the winning tally.
Monika Vidlickova of West Johnston shot 40, while Preslee Honeycutt and Blair Koonce both finished at 46.
Clayton was third at 153, paced by Olivia Hall, while Knightdale shot 177 and Southeast Raleigh totaled 185. Allison Stilley led Southeast Raleighs scoring.
Mudcats finish season of individual highs, team lows
The Mudcats finished the second half with a 35-35 record, eight games behind second-half champion Salem. Thanks to an epicily bad first half, Carolina was a league worst 57-83 for the season.
Hitting was the strong suit for the Mudcats all season as they led the Carolina League in average at .266 as a team.
Jordan Smith led the league with 151 hits the Mudcats.
Carolina hurler Cody Anderson, who was named the leagues top pitcher last week, led in the league with a 2.34 earned-run average.
Francisco Lindor, Joey Wendle and Anderson were selected as honorary year-end All-Stars for the Carolina League. The Mudcats' three honorees are tied with the Potomac Nationals for the most on the 19-player list. Managers, general managers and media voted for this year's superlatives.
Lindor and Anderson were both named to the midseason All-Star team before a call-up to the Double-A Akron Aeros this summer. Wendle garnered attention for his an outstanding season in his first full year in professional baseball.
The Mudcats averaged 3,354 fans a night at Five County Stadium. Thats slightly down from the 2012 total of 3,418.
The Carolina League playoffs began Wednesday with Lynchburg taking on Potomac and Salem meeting Myrtle Beach.