Connor Nordan had his first grand slam since middle school at the right time on Thursday night. It came in the Central Carolina Conference Tournament championship game, where Orange defeated Walter Williams 9-4 in Hillsborough. Nordan had a team-high 36 RBIs this season and is third on the team with 26 hits. Nordan’s grand slam in the first inning erased an early 3-0 deficit for the Panthers. Catcher Ryan Honeycutt finished 3-for-4 with a double. Honeycutt has alternated between catcher and designated hitter this season and is hitting .297 on his first full season at the varsity level. Orange is now 22-2 as it awaits its seeding for the 3A State Playoffs, which will be released on Monday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The Panthers are currently seeded #2 in the 3A East Region. They will open at home on Tuesday night in the state playoffs against an opponent to be determined. The Panther senior class, which Nordan is a part of, has now won 52 games over the past four years. They have won four championships, including the tournament title on Thursday.

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