Triton pitcher/infielder Xander Johnson is signing with Methodist today. … East Carolina signee Taylor Apple pitched her third perfect game of the playoffs for Western Alamance in a 5-0 win over visiting South Johnston in the first game of a best of three series in the NCHSAA 3-A softball East regional finals. Apple had 14 strikeouts for the Warriors, who have not allowed a run in nine games. South, which had a 24-game winning streak halted, hosts game two on Thursday at 7 p.m. … Sarah Autry pitched a 3-hitter with six strikeouts for host Midway as the Raiders took 1-0 lead in the 2-A East regional softball series on Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over North Johnston. … Eighth-seeded South Florida topped No. 1 seed East Carolina, 12-11, in 11 innings on opening day of the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament on Tuesday in Clearwater, Florida. The 15th-ranked Pirates face Cincinnati in an elimination game today (ESPN+, 3 p.m.). … The ACC baseball tournaement got underway at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday with Boston College topping Virginia Tech, 11-7, UNC defeating Georgia Tech, 11-5, and N.C. State downing Duke, 8-7, in 11 innings. Games on the ACC Network today include Pitt vs. Notre Dame at 11 a.m., Virginia vs. Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. and Clemson vs. Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. … Boston avoided a sweep in the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA playoffs with a 116-99 win at Miami as Jayson Tatum (Duke) had 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics. … The Carolina Hurricanes must win tonight at Florida to prevent a sweep in the Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs (TNT, 8 p.m.).