Play continued Friday in the Tar Heel Leagues state baseball tournaments in Hickory. In 8-and-under (Coach pitch), Benson defeated Caldwell County, 17-2, before falling to Cleveland, 13-2. Benson plays Garner in an elimination game today at 10 a.m. In 12-and-under Little League, Hickory downed South Johnston, 14-2, before South edged Garner, 5-4, in an elimination game. South faces Jamesville today at noon. In the 15-and-under Junior League bracket, Johnston County won a pair of elimination games, 15-0, against Shelby and 16-3 against Watauga County. Western Harnett was dealt an 11-1 loss by Northside before staying alive with a 14-2 win over Angier. Western plays Johnston County today at 10 a.m. … Dunn Area Sports received its 40,000th view since Feb. 4 on Friday. Thank you! … The Buies Creek Astros were rained out of their Carolina League baseball game at Wilmington (Del.) on Friday night.