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AREA ROUNDUP: Abrams’ late free-kick goal sends Lady Chargers to opening win over Wake Christian

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Senior Anna Grace Abrams launched a free kick from 25 yards for the decisive goal for Wilson Christian with minutes to play in the Lady Chargers’ 3-2 win over visiting Wake Christian on Friday.

It was the first game for Wilson Christian, the defending North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A girls soccer champion. Wake Christian, Wilson’s former NCSSA rival and now in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A ranks, scored first in the 29th minute. Skyler Pone tied the score for the Lady Chargers three minutes later when she collected a loose ball and drilled it into the Lady Bulldogs’ net. However, Wake Christian reclaimed the lead in the final minute of the first half.

Wilson Christian knotted the score again in the 61st minute when Abrams connected on a penalty kick goal. In the 77th minute, Abrams, who has signed with Liberty University, found the net again on the free kick from the left side, directing the ball to the far post over the Lady Bulldogs keeper’s reach.

Wilson Christian claimed a 14-11 advantage in shots while Kendall Harris came up with eight saves for the Lady Chargers.

Wilson Christian will host Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina on Monday at 5 p.m.

Howard scores 4 in Greenfield win

Seventh-grader Chloe Howard punched in four goals as the Greenfield varsity girls soccer team kicked off its season Friday with a 7-0 shutout of Ridgecroft in the Community Christian School Showcase.

Howard scored off a passes from sophomore Kaelyn Wall in the eighth and 15th minutes, sandwiched around an unassisted goal by Wall in the 12th minute. Howard added an unassisted goal in the 20th minute to give the Lady Knights a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Wall netted her second goal four minutes into the second half with freshman Margaret Covington on the assist, followed by another solo strike from Howard 10 minutes later.

Freshman Ryann Jennings finished a pass from sophomore Caroline Stone to complete the scoring in the 58th minute.

Junior goalkeeper Sumer Hassan recorded five saves for Greenfield, which will play defending North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion Kerr-Vance at 10 a.m. Saturday in the second day of the Community Christian Showcase.

BASEBALL

Golden Demons blank Panthers

Leading 1-0, the host Fike High varsity baseball team plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and proceeded to its first 2018 win by a 3-0 margin against 2017 2-A Eastern Plains Conference champion North Johnston on Friday.

Both teams nanaged just four hits, but Fike starting pitcher Trevor Mills, the winner, worked out of jams in the second and fourth innings.Reliever Chad Bean silenced the Panthers without a hit the last three innings in notching the save. Bean got a game-ending double play.

Mills helped his cause by reaching on an error in the third inning and later scoring on center fielder Zach Pittman’s single.

In the two-run sixth, third baseman Jaelynn Melton walked; right fielder Myles Cyrus singled; first baseman Jackson Terry was hit by a pitch; designated hitter Tanner Sullivan drew a bases-loaded wak; and Cyrus scored on a fielder’s choice.

Mills survived a single and double in the top of the second and, in the fourth, escaped a single and two walks. A North Johnston base runner was cut down at second base and Mills ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Golden Demons evened their record at 1-1.

Score by innings:

North Johnston 000 000 0 — 0

Fike 001 002 x — 3

WP-Trevor Mills (1-0) 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO.. LP-Whitley. Save-Chad Bean 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Hall 2-3, Whitley 1-2, Broadway 1-2, 2B; Fike: Jackson Terry 1-2, Tanner Sullivan 1-2, RBI; Myles Cyrus 1-3, Zach Pittman 1-4, RBI.

CBA zips past Northern Nash 12-1

PIKEVILLE — The outstanding pitching to start the season continued for the C.B. Aycock varsity baseball team in its windy home opener Friday as the Golden Falcons thumped Northern Nash 12-1 in five innings.

Starting senior right-hander Zack Brewer (1-0) struck out nine while giving up one run on two hits, the only two the 3-A Big East Conference Knights (0-2) got. Both came off the bat of senior Silas Gonzalez.

Senior Luke Frederick took over for Brewer in the fourth and struck out two batters and senior Jordan Gay fanned all three batters he faced in the fifth and final inning. Coupled with senior Cody Whaley’s five-inning one-hitter in Wednesday’s season-opening victory at Hunt, the 3-A Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference have given up just three hits and one run in 10 innings so far.

Senior Blake Gipson led CBA at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while sophomore Blake Dilda doubled, singled and drove in two runs in three at-bats. Nolan Harrell had a three-run triple for Aycock, which visits Wayne County rival Rosewood on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Northern Nash 100 00 — 1

C.B. Aycock 302 7x — 12

WP-Zack Brewer (1-0) 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO. LP-Aaron Gerlach (0-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Northern Nash: Silas Gonzalez 2-2, 2B, RBI. C.B. Aycock: Blake Gipson 3-4, 2 RBIs; Nolan Harrell 1-1, 3B, 3 RBIs; Blake Dilda 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs.

SOFTBALL

Fike gets by Rosewood 8-5

Junior right-hander LeAnn Pittman pitched the distance and launched a two-run home run in the first inning as the Fike High varsity softball team remained unblemished through two games with an 8-5 victory over Rosewood on Friday.

Pittman was 2 for 2 with a double and a home run for the 3-A Big East Conference Lady Golden Demons (2-0), while sophomore Lydia Hunt went 2-4 with three runs batted in.

In the pitching circle, Pittman allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked three. All five of her runs allowed were earned as the 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Eagles (0-2) outhit Fike 8-7.

Fike picked up all the runs it would need in the first two innings, with freshman Lindsey Curlings drawing a first-inning walk and and Caitlyn Graziani, a freshman, lacing a single. Both runners would score on an error off the bat of Hunt, and Pittman followed with a two-run shot to center field.

Hunt tacked on a two-run single in the second inning.

Rosewood threatened in the seventh with four runs against Pittman. Mackenzie Amodeo, who hit a solo homer in the fourth, added another long ball in the seventh. A three-run homer by Laine Marak brought Rosewood to within the final score, but Pittman was able to retire Rosewood and end the game.

Kaitlyn Kincaid took the loss for Rosewood, allowing six earned runs.

Fike is at West Johnston on Wednesday.

Score by innings:

Rosewood 000 100 4 — 5

Fike 430 010 x — 8

WP-LeAnn Pittman (2-0) 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO. LP-Kaitlyn Kincaid 6 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: LeAnn Pittman 2-2, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, Lydia Hunt 2-4, 3 RBI; Rosewood: Mackenzie Amodeo 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, Toree Marak 3-4, 2B, Laine Marak 1-4, HR, 3 RBI.

GC scores 9 in 5th to down Hunt

Greene Central erupted for nine runs in the top of the fifth inning Friday and cruised to a mercy rule-shortened 18-7 varsity softball win at Hunt on Friday.

It was the second straight late-inning collapse for the 3-A Big East Conference Lady Warriors, who saw C.B. Aycock score five runs in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s season-opening loss.

“The bottom fell out,” said Hunt first-year head coach Miguel Hall. “Routine plays just killed us. Most of that stuff was done with two outs.”

Makhala Jones and Aniyah Jones each had three hits to lead the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Lady Rams (2-0). Aniyah Jones drove in two runs while Allison Wade was 2 for 5 with a pair of RBIs.

Sarah Bulluck doubled and singled in three at-bats for Hunt, driving in two runs, while JulieAnne Etheridge was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Hannah Burress picked up the win in the pitching circle for her second victory for the Lady Rams. Brianna Moore (0-1) took the loss for Hunt, which hosts Nash Central on Monday.

Greene Central welcomes Farmville Central on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 041 49 — 18

Hunt 122 20 — 7

WP-Hannah Burress (2-0) 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO. LP-Brianna Moore (0-1) 2 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Makhala Jones 3-4, 2 R; Aniyah Jones 3-5, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Allison Wade 2-5, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Daly Keel 2-4, 2 R. Hunt: Sarah Bulluck 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Amber Walston 2 RBIs; Brianna Moore 1-2, 2B; JulieAnne Etheridge 2-3, 2 RBIs.

Ladybirds decked 9-1 at Bunn

BUNN — Southern Nash managed just five hits in a 9-1 varsity softball loss Friday at Bunn.

Leanna Ruffin led the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds (1-1) with a 2-for-3 showing while Taylor Bailey, Carrigan Ewers and Alissa Bailey had a base hit for Southern Nash.

The 2-A Northern Carolina Conference Lady Wildcats (2-0) broke open a 3-0 game with six runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Score by innings:

Southern Nash 000 001 0 — 1

Bunn 021 060 x — 9

BOYS GOLF

Fike’s Herring is 2nd at Keith Hills Kickoff

BUIES CREEK — Fike freshman Jake Herring fired a round of 75 to finish second out of 100 golfers Friday at the 19th annual Keith Hills High School Kickoff Golf Tournament at Keith Hills Golf Course and Country Club.

Herring’s round paced the Golden Demons to a 13th-place finish out of 20 teams on the par-72, 6,717-yard Orange and Black Courses. Also counting scores for Fike were Warren Matthews, who tied for 37th with an 83, Johnathan Hendricks (T75th, 96) and Ryan Richardson (T82nd, 98).

Forsyth Country Day’s Brandon Einstein was the overall medalist with a 72 while Raleigh Broughton’s Gold Team claimed the team title with a lower fifth score than Clayton after both squads shot 316. One stroke back was New Bern and Southern Pines Pinecrest’s Green Team, followed by Raleigh Ravenscroft (5th, 319), Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (6th, 327), Cary Green Hope Green (7th, 331), Broughton Purple (8th, 337), Forsyth Country Day (9th, 341), Apex Friendship Red (10th, 342), Holly Springs Gold and Cameron Union Pines Blue (T11th, 347), Fike, Cary Panther Creek (14th, 353), Pinecrest Gold (15th, 358), Friendship (16th, 364), Union Pines White (17th, 378), Harnett Central (18th, 387), New Hanover (19th, 397) and Holly Springs Purple (20th, 410).

BOYS TENNIS

Two doubles wins rescue Firebirds

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team pulled out a pair of wins in doubles to emerge with a 5-4 victory against visiting Corinth Holders on Friday.

Boosted by doubles wins from Jacob Glover-Blaize Graham and Zach Perry-Parker Strickland, the Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference climbed to 2-0.

Giving Southern Nash a split in singles were Perry, Graham and Glover.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Hunt tops CBA in opener

PIKEVILLE — The Hunt High baseball team opened its 2018 season Wednesday with an 11-4 victory over host Charles B. Aycock.

Behind an eight-hit attack, three Warriors tallied two hits each.

Christian Phaby was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, while Blaize Keen was 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. Cody Mercer was also 2 for 5 with a double. Blake Daniels finished 1 for 2 with a pair of RBIs, lacing a run-scoring single and adding a sacrifice fly.

Jarrett Aycock earned the win on the mound for the Warriors, allowing four hits over three innings. He struck out one and walked one, with one of his two runs allowed being earned.

Hunt visits Farmville Central on Saturday afternoon.

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