WILMINGTON — Colt Auman’s run to the 4A East Regional singles championship came up just short Saturday afternoon.
New Hanover’s Marshall Warren stopped Auman 6-1, 6-2 in the title match.
Earlier in the tournament, Auman opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ryan Dimartino of Cape Fear. Auman knocked off New Bern’s John Cook 6-1, 6-0 to close out Friday’s competition. On Saturday, Auman downed Patrick Ryder of Laney 6-1, 6-4.
Auman will advance to the state tournament beginning Thursday at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh. He will face the Grant Patton from South Mecklenburg, the No. 3 seed out of the West Region, in the opening round. The winner of that match will battle either Bennett Crane of R.J. Reynolds or Blake Carter of Wakefield in the quarterfinals.
This will mark Auman’s second appearance in the state tournament, but the first in singles. Two years ago as a freshman, Auman teamed with his brother, Alex, to advance in doubles. The pair was bounced out in their opening game.
Richmond’s doubles team of Andrew Balzer and Brandon Ingram were eliminated in the second round Friday. Balzer and Ingram defeated Cape Fear’s Eli West and Benjamin Leavitt 6-1, 6-3. New Hanover’s Jack Sadlin and Jack Cooper knocked out the Raiders’ duo 6-2, 6-4.
SEC tournament brackets set
ROCKINGHAM — Both of the Robeson County schools in the Southeastern Conference ended up on the wrong end of coin flips Saturday morning to break two ties in the baseball standings.
Pinecrest won the toss over Lumberton to grab the No. 2 seed and the opening round bye in the conference tournament. Lumberton will play host to Hoke 7 p.m. today with the winner traveling to Southern Pines to take on Pinecrest.
While the Patriots will be the higher seed in the tournament, the Pirates could end up with the No. 2 seed in the state 4A playoffs. This is because the tiebreaker that will be used to determine the seeding for the postseason is the team which advances the furthest in the SEC tournament.
Scotland and Purnell Swett finished with 4-6 marks in the conference and tied for fourth. The Scots won the flip and will welcome the Rams to Laurinburg tonight. Richmond will take on the victor of the contest 7 p.m. Wednesday at Raider Field.
In the softball tournament, Richmond and Pinecrest are the top two seeds and will get opening round byes after finishing one and two in the regular season.
Scotland, the No. 3 seed, will battle Hoke in the first round with the winner taking on Pinecrest Wednesday night. Lumberton and Purnell Swett finished tied at 4-6, but the Pirates swept the season series with their in-county foe to win the tiebreaker and the No. 4 seed. Richmond will face either Lumberton or Purnell Swett Wednesday at home.
The championship games will be played at the site of the higher seed Friday night.
Richmond golfers compete at regional
FAYETTEVILLE — Three members of the Richmond Senior boys golf team participated in Monday’s 4A East Regional golf tournament at Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville.
Matt Howard just missed qualifying for the state tournament by two shots. Howard carded a 79 in his round. Logan Parris shot an 84 and Drew Norton had an 87.
The Southeastern Conference sent three teams to the event, but only Pinecrest will advance to next week’s state tournament at Carolina Trace Country Club’s Lake Course in Sanford. Pinecrest’s team won the regional and golfers Josh Stockwell and Josh Martin were the medalist and runner-up.
Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.