BY MICHAEL HELD
SMITHFIELD—The North Johnston little league baseball team (12U) showed a lot of fight in its opening round game in the Tar Heel Leagues District V tournament last Friday night but in the end, it couldn’t keep up with a powerful South Johnston team, losing 16-9.
A seven-run fourth inning saw North Johnston cut a nine-run deficit to 11-9 and get back in the game.
North Johnston did all its damage in the fourth with two outs.
Two consecutive walks to Carson Williams and Mark Boone were followed by a two-run double from Schyler Crocker to get things going. Jaden Carpenter drove in two more runs with a single up the middle. Cam Medlin scored Carpenter before Landon Tyndall’s two-run single drew North Johnston to within two runs.
South Johnston responded with a pair of long balls to put the game out of reach, however.
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