AREA ROUNDUP: Bass fires Warriors past Franklinton 7-1

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FRANKLINTON — Junior Tyson Bass worked five innings to get his team-leading sixth win of the year on the mound as the Hunt High varsity baseball team closed out its 3-A Big East Conference regular-season schedule with a 7-1 victory Thursday night at Franklinton.

The Warriors, now 13-4 overall, are tied with Rocky Mount for second place in the Big East, both at 7-3. Hunt head coach Jon Smith said there will be a neutral-site playoff game between the Warriors and Gryphons the week of April 29 to determine seeding for the upcoming state playoffs.

Bass (6-1) allowed just one hit and an unearned run while walking one and striking out six. Gavin Huff pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit, while Christian Phaby got the last two outs, one by strikeout.

Hunt grabbed the lead on a two-run single by senior Caleb Davis in the top of the second inning. Huff singled to lead off the inning and Blake Daniels reached on an error.

The Warriors, who rapped 10 singles in their 11 hits, struck for five runs in the sixth. Blaize Keen and Chase Waddell led off with back-to-back singles. Chase Waddell, Jarrett Aycock and Daniels followed with RBI singles before a pair of Red Rams errors allowed the last two Hunt runs to score. 

Aycock was 3 for 5 to lead Hunt while Trey Dail doubled and singled in four at-bats.

The Warriors will play South Granville at 5:30 p.m. in Fleming Stadium in the first day of action at the sixth annual Golden Leaf Invitational tournament Saturday.

Score by innings:

Hunt 020 005 0 7

Franklinton 000 010 0 1

WP-Tyson Bass (6-1) 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO. LP-Nick Mitchell.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Jarrett Aycock 3-5, R, RBI; Caleb Davis 1-4, 2 RBIs; Blake Daniels 1-4, RBI; Chase Waddell 1-4, R, RBI; Trey Dail 2-4, 2B.

Demons pound past Northern Nash 16-2

ROCKY MOUNT — After clinching the outright 3-A Big East Conference championship on Tuesday night, the Fike High varsity baseball team used a 16-hit output and scored in every inning but the fifth on its way to a 16-2 win in six innings at Northern Nash.

The Golden Demons, winners of nine in a row, improved to 16-1 overall and finished the conference schedule at 9-1. Fike will play three contests in the Golden Leaf Invitational, beginning with Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday.

Senior Tanner Sullivan threw 3 2/3 innings to pick up the mound victory for Fike, allowing two hits. He struck out three and walked two. 

At the plate, senior Zach Pittman was 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the sixth. Sullivan and junior Hunter Stokely were each 3 for 5 with a double. Senior Myles Cyrus was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles, while junior Chad Bean was 2 for 3 with four RBIs.

Aaron Gerlach took the loss for Northern Nash (2-14, 0-10 Big East). 


Score by innings:

Fike 412 405 16

Northern Nash 110 000 2

WP-Tanner Sullivan (5-1) 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Aaron Gerlach 3 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Hunter Stokely 3-5, 2B, RBI, Zach Pittman 3-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, Tanner Sullivan 3-5, 2B, Myles Cyrus 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, Chad Bean 2-3, 4 RBI; Northern Nash: Garrett Williamson 1-3, Wade Taylor 1-2, Carson Ashman 1-2, RBI. 


Beddingfield notches sweep of SouthWest

PINETOPS — The visiting Beddingfield High varsity softball team left itself in position to determine its destiny in the scramble for second place in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference by turning back SouthWest Edgecombe 9-4 on Thursday night.

In sweeping the week’s two games from SouthWest, the Lady Bruins remained deadlocked for second place with Farmville Central at 6-2 and climbed to 11-5 overall.

Beddingfield and Farmville Central complete conference play with a pair of games against one another — the first of which is scheduled on April 30, when Beddingfield observes Senior Night.

Head coach Jeremy Howard’s Lady Bruins snapped a 3-3 tie with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Beddingfield plated two insurance runs in the seventh. The Lady Cougars managed a run in each of the first, second, fifth and seventh innings.

Winning Beddingfield pitcher Neleh Bottoms, a sophomore right-hander, scattered five hits. She allowed one earned run while walking three and striking out four. Sophomore Raven Owens took the loss for SouthWest.

Junior Anna Gardner continued her hitting tear for the Lady Bruins, going 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs batted in. Bottoms, freshman Abby Edmundson and sophomore Annie Greene each collected two hits.

Top Lady Cougars hitters were juniors Taylor Hobgood and Jaida Stimpson at 2 for 3 with an RBI. SouthWest emerged 2-6 in the EPC and 6-9 overall.

Score by innings:

Beddingfield 020 014 2 9

SW Edgecombe 110 010 1 4

WP-Neleh Bottoms 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 Bb, 4 SO. LP-Raven Owens 7 IP,11 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 5 Bb, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Anna Gardner 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI; Neleh Bottoms 2-4, 2B; RBI; Annie Greene 2-4, Abby Edmundson 2-3, RBI; SouthWest Edgecombe: Taylor Hobgood 2-3, RBI; Jaida Stimpson 2-3, RBI.

Lady Panthers clinch share of EPC

KENLY — North Johnston sophomore Emma Scott hit two home runs to lead the Lady Panthers to a 12-0 varsity softball win over visiting Nash Central on Thursday to clinch a share of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championship.

Scott’s two homers were a part of her 3-for-3 day with three runs batted in. Senior Jordyn Scott slapped a homer as well during her 1-for-3 day with 2 RBIs. 

In the circle, sophomore Arial Pearce allowed five hits but no runs or walks en route to a win. Pearce struckout two as well. Pearce was also 4 for 4 at the plate. 

The Lady Panthers (12-4, 8-0 EPC) have won eight straight. Including Thursday’s effort, the Lady Panthers have won seven of their last eight by mercy rule. North Johnston needs one more conference win or for Beddingfield and Farmville Central and Beddingfield to both lose a conference game to clinch the EPC.

Score by innings:

Nash Central 000 00 0

North Johnston 237 0X 12

WP-Arial Pearce 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Cana Shrock 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Emma Scott 3-3, 2 HR, 3 RBIs; Jordyn Scott 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs; Arial Pearce 4-4, 2 R; Blayke Batten 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, R. Nash Centra

Ladybirds finish unbeaten in Big East

FRANKLINTON — Sophomore Kierstin Cooper lashed a two-run single in the top of the fourth inning to give Southern Nash a 2-1 lead in Thursday’s 3-A Big East Conference varsity softball finale at Franklinton and the Ladybirds held on for the win to finish 10-0 in conference play.

Junior Carrigan Ewers pitched all seven innings, striking out 11, to get her ninth win against two losses. 

Anna Strickland and Taylor Bailey each had singles for the Ladybirds, who improved to 15-2 overall.

The Lady Red Rams dropped to 8-4 overall and 5-4 in league play. Franklinton will host Fike in its final regular-season game Tuesday, April 30.

Southern Nash has three nonconference games remaining in the regular season, starting Thursday, April 25, at home against Nash Central at 2 p.m.


Score by innings:

Southern Nash 000 200 0 2

Franklinton 001 000 0 1

Lady Bulldogs slam Nash Central

The North Johnston High varsity softball team hammered out 23 hits en route to a mercy-rule win over 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opponent Nash Central, 20-1, on the road Tuesday night.

The Lady Panthers (11-4, 7-0 EPC) won their eighth straight game, and it was the seventh time during the streak that they have scored 10 or more runs. Olivia Gachuz and Emma Scott, the seventh and eighth hitters in the lineup, were the major producers for North Johnston as they went a combined 7 for 10 with eight runs batted in. Gachuz also got one of the Lady Panther’s five extra-base hits with a double. Blayke Batten led the team in extra base hits with two doubles during her 3-for-5 night with 2 RBIs. 

All 10 of the North Johnston players with a plate appearance got at least one hit, including starting pitcher Amberlynn Pearce who was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Pearce also pitched all five innings, allowing one hit, one unearned run and one walk. Pearce struck out 14 Lady Bulldogs (3-7, 2-5 EPC).

Score by innings:

North Johnston 0(10)1 45 20

Nash Central 000 01 1

WP-Amberlynn Pearce 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 SO. LP-Addie Jones 3 IP, 15 H, 11 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Emma Scott 3-5, 5 RBIs; Olivia Gachuz 4-5, 2B, 3 RBIs; Blayke Batten 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBIs. Nash Central: Cana Shrock 1-2, 3B. 

C.B. Aycock turns back North Lenoir

PIKEVILLE — A break from conference play for the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team produced a 5-3 victory against visiting 2-A North Lenoir on Wednesday evening.

The Lady Golden Falcons improved to 11-8 and, weather permitting, continue nonconference play Friday against Corinth-Holders.

CBA snapped a 2-2 tie with two runs in the third inning, and added an insurance run in the fifth.

Lady Falcons pitchers Shawna Williams, the winner, and Marie Kidd combined to limit the Lady Hawks to four hits. Williams, a sophomore, allowed the four hits and three runs, one earned. Kidd earned the save.

Abby Thomas triggered the CBA offense with a 3-for-4 showing. Thomas connected for a two-run double in the first. Emma Smith rapped an RBI double, and Taylor Waddell tripled.

Score by innings:

North Lenoir 020 001 0 3

C.B. Aycock 202 010 x 5

WP-Shawna Williams 6 IP, R H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. LP-Lark Collins. Save-Marie Kidd (1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — North Lenoir: Lark Collins 1-3, Hannah Hemby 1-3; Charles B. Aycock: Abby Thomas 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Taylor Waddell 1-3, 3B; Emma Smith 1-2, 2B, RBI.