South Johnston senior Grant Millay, who has signed with Charleston Southern, kept his high school career going on Tuesday night in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A baseball playoffs as the Trojans advanced with a 2-0 win at Clayton.
Millay pitched the shutout and hit a decisive two-run homer in the top of the eighth.
South, the No. 24 seed in the East, improved to 14-9, while the ninth-seeded Comets, winners of the Greater Neuse Conference, wrapped up at 12-10.
South will meet the winner of a game tonight between No. 25 Swansboro (12-7) and host West Carteret (14-8), the No. 8 seed, in the second round.
Millay allowed three hits and struck out seven without yielding a walk.
Kyle Raulerson led off the eighth with a single and stole second before Millay connected on the winning blast.
“One of the best high school games I’ve been a part of,” said South coach Aaron Parnell. “I’m as proud of Grant and this team as I could be. They showed some guts and competitiveness.”