Nobody saw Cary coming either, at least nobody in the Hilltop Invitational’s eight-team American division. In a field that included two teams ranked in the N&O top 12, including one undefeated team, the Imps had the worst overall record at 3-9.
But the Imps took home the Hilltop trophy after doubling their season win total with upsets of both N&O-ranked teams and a walk-off victory against Burlington Williams in the championship hosted by Orange High School.
The Imps defeated East Chapel Hill 8-1, handed South Granville its first loss of the year with a 2-0 victory, then handed Williams a 13-12 loss in a wild finale to the tournament.
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