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Junior starting pitcher Chad Bean fired a five-inning one-hitter as Fike High opened 3-A Big East Conference varsity baseball play with a 14-0 romp against visiting Southern Nash on Monday evening.
In winning their seventh straight without a loss, the Golden Demons banged out 12 hits and took advantage of two walks and two hit batters by Firebirds pitchers Johnathan Stallings and Jason Montague. Southern Nash (1-6) also committed two errors.
Bean and Connor Jinks each delivered RBI singles in Fike’s three-run first inning. Zach Pittman, who went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, knocked in a run with a single in the second before the Demons broke open the game with five runs in the third. Senior catcher Garrett Browder had the big blow, a three-run double, as he finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
Bryan Bunn, Jinks and Bean each collected two hits while Mason Lee drove in a pair of runs.
Bean, the Big East Pitcher of the Year last spring, gave up a two-out single to Matthew Horrigan in the first inning. He then negotiated his way through four more hitless innings despite walking three and hitting one to improve to 3-0.
The Firebirds will host the Demons on Tuesday evening at 7.
Score by innings:
Southern Nash 000 00 — 0
Fike 315 5x — 14
WP-Chad Bean 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO. LP-Johnathan Stallings .
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Matthew Horrigan 1-3. Fike: Garrett Browder 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 4 RBIs; Zach Pittman 2-3, 3 RBIs; Chad Bean 2-3, RBI; Connor Jinks 2-3, 2 R, RBI; Mason Lee 1-2, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Bryan Bunn 2-2, 3 R, RBI.
Hunt bats ignite in Big East opener
ROCKY MOUNT — On a cold night for baseball, the bats of Hunt High did not seem to notice.
Facing off with Northern Nash in the 3-A Big East Conference opener for both teams, the Warriors produced 14 hits and scored in five of seven innings at the plate en route to a 9-2 victory.
Senior Trey Dail had his first career home run for Hunt, a three-run shot to left field in the top of the first inning. After Northern Nash (2-4) responded with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, Hunt pushed across two more runs in the second.
Junior Patrick Clark added a two-run single in the seventh, capping the scoring.
Sophomore Chase Waddell was 3 for 4 with three RBIs to lead the Warriors, while junior Blake Daniels, sophomore Gavin Huff, Dail and junior Tyson Bass all collected two hits each. Huff was the winning pitcher in relief of sophomore Jarrett Aycock, working the final three innings and allowing just one hit. Huff struck out four and walked one.
Defensively, Hunt played without an error.
Aaron Gerlach, a left-hander, took the loss for Northern Nash, which meted out five hits.
The teams will complete the home-and-away Big East series Wednesday at Hunt’s Sid Boyette Field.
Score by innings:
Hunt 320 011 2 — 9
Northern Nash 200 000 0 — 2
WP-Gavin Huff (2-0) 3 IP, 1H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. LP-Aaron Gerlach.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Chase Waddell 3-4, 3 RBI, Tyson Bass 2-4, Trey Dail 2-4, Gavin Huff 2-4, Blake Daniels 2-4, Patrick Clark 1-2, 2 RBI.
CBA falls to Eastern Wayne 16-6
GOLDSBORO — Host Eastern Wayne scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to deliver a 16-6 varsity baseball loss to C.B. Aycock on Friday, sending the Golden Falcons to their seventh straight loss to start the season.
Aycock, 0-4 in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play, scored five runs in the top of the second to take the early lead. However, the 3-A Warriors (5-2, 2-2 ECC) answered with one run in the bottom of the inning and six more in the third.
Eastern Wayne then scored four in the fifth and four in the sixth to halt the game via the mercy rule.
Christian Brady took the loss on the mound in relief for CBA while Warriors starter Colby Miller got the win.
Rowan Watt and Blake Dilda each went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Falcons. Watt clubbed a triple and Dilda doubled.
Ryan Sullivan was 3 or 4 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs for Eastern Wayne.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 050 001 — 6
Eastern Wayne 016 144 — 16
WP-Colby Miller (1-1) 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO. LP-Christian Brady (0-4) 1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — C.B. Aycock: Rowan Watt 2-3, 3B, RBI; Clay Matthews 2-4, 2B, RBI; Blake Dilda 2-3, 2B, RBI; Brett Forbis 1-3, 2B, RBI; Drew Spencer 1-2, 2B. Eastern Wayne: Ryan Sullivan 3-4, 3 R, 2 2Bs, HR, 4 RBIs; Wesley Case 2-3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBIs; Sam Rice 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBIs; Drew Barnes 1-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBIs.
Rams overwhelm Kinston 17-0
SNOW HILL — The Greene Central High varsity baseball team took advantage of six errors and turned in a mammoth 14-run third inning Friday to cruise to a 17-0, five-inning win over 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Kinston.
Junior Zach Taylor, senior Trey Fields and senior Cody Lanier each had two hits for the Rams (2-3, 1-1 ECC), with Taylor notching a double and a trouple. Lanier doubled and drove in three runs, while Fields was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
On the mound, Taylor worked four innings and allowed just two hits for the Rams of head coach Scott Jones. He struck out 10 and didn’t allow a walk.
Kieran Hooker took the loss for Kinston (1-4, 0-2 ECC) and had one of the Vikings’ two hits.
Greene Central is at North Lenoir on Tuesday.
Score by innings:
Kinston 000 00 — 0
Greene Central 11(14) 1x — 17
WP-Zach Taylor 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO. LP-Kieren Hooker.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Zach Taylor 2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, Trey Fields 2-3, 2B, RBI, Cody Lanier 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Kinston: Kieran Hooker 1-2, Cortez White 1-2.
Lady Chargers stumble at Wake
RALEIGH — A stern test outside the realm of the North Carolina Christian School Association did not go the way of the Wilson Christian varsity girls soccer team Monday night.
Facing ancient rival and former NCCSA foe Wake Christian, the Lady Chargers were handed a 5-2 defeat in a match where WCA (3-3) scored both of its goals in the first half.
Wake Christian (3-1), affiliated with the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 4-A Triangle Conference, moved to 3-1. The Lady Bulldogs expanded upon a 3-2 halftime lead with goals in the 58th and 63rd minutes.
The Lady Chargers, who were outshot 20-9, leveled the match at 1 in the 14th minute when junior Ashley Hartsfield finished an assist from sophomore Lea Gossett. After Wake Christian struck in the 21st and 30th minutes to go up 3-1, WCA pulled one back before halftime on Gossett’s goal off the assist from senior Jenna Varnell.
Christy Jones, a senior first-year player, had seven saves in goal for Wilson Christian.
“It was a good testing point to see where we are,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said.
The Lady Chargers are home to Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Friday.
Lady Demons halted by South Central 9-0
WINTERVILLE — Offensive production continued to be hard to come by for the Fike High varsity girls soccer team Monday in a 9-0 loss at 4-A South Central.
The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Golden Demons (1-5-1) fell victim to the mercy rule with 35 seconds remaining when South Central’s Natalie Haldeman finished off a hat trick. Taryn Thompson had four goals for South Central (6-3) of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, the last coming with 2:30 remaining.
Fike trailed 4-0 at the half and was credited with nine total shots.
“South Central capitalized on every defensive lapse we had, including their first shot on goal,” Fike head coach Toni Varacchi said. “We have to generate more of an offensive presence to take some pressure off of the back line.”
Fike opens up Big East play Tuesday by hosting Southern Nash.
Panthers 2nd at EPC match No. 2
SMITHFIELD — Playing the second 2-A Eastern Plains Conference boys golf match of the spring on its home course didn’t help North Johnston overtake leader Nash Central on Monday at Cardinal Country Club.
The Panthers could only manage a score of 380, 13 strokes off the winning pace of the Bulldogs, who won last week’s opening match on their home course at Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount.
Spencer Edwards led Nash Central with a medalist round of 81, two strokes better than the 81 fashioned by North Johnston’s Justin Richardson, who shared medalist honors with Edwards at Northgreen.
Brice Godwin was second for the Panthers with a 94, following by Blaine Crocker (97) and Jacob Green (106).
Farmville Central was third with a score of 395, followed by SouthWest Edgecombe (419), Beddingfield (437) and North Pitt (507).
Leading the way for the Cougars was Parker Brown with a 95 while the low score for the Bruins was Tyler Godwin’s 97.
Lady Warriors rock NN in Big East opener
ROCKY MOUNT — Freshman Madison Mercer slammed a pair of RBI doubles and pitchers Brittany Glover and Skyler Yarolin limited host Northern Nash to four hits as the Hunt High varsity softball team cruised to a 12-1 victory in five innings in its 3-A Big East Conference opener Monday night.
Glover went four innings to get the win, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out four. Yarolin held the Lady Knights (1-3, 0-1 Big East) at bay in the bottom of the fifth.
Mercer, who was 3 for 4, doubled in Hunt’s two-run first inning. The Lady Warriors (3-4, 1-0) scored four more runs in the third with Desi Norris smoking an RBI triple.
Hunt poured it on with six runs in the fifth. Junior Bri Tucker laced a two-run single and Mercer added another run-scoring double to finish with three RBIs. Tucker was 2 for 4 with a double.
Hunt continues Big East play Wednesday at Rocky Mount
Score by innings:
Hunt 204 06 — 12
Northern Nash 000 10 — 1
WP-Brittany Glover 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO. LP-Jenna McKenney 5 IP, 8 H, 12 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Bri Tucker 2-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBIs; Madison Mercer 3-4, 2 R, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Desi Norris 1-3, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBIs; Sarah Bunn 1-1, R.
CBA blisters Eastern Wayne 20-0
GOLDSBORO — Senior Brianna Martin authored a four-inning perfect game Friday in leading the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team to a 20-0 victory at Eastern Wayne.
The Lady Golden Falcons dominated the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference encounter with runs in every inning, including eight in the third and four more in the sixth.
Martin struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk for CBA (5-3, 2-2 ECC). Eastern Wayne put just three balls in play.
At the plate, freshman Emma Smith was 3 for 3 with five RBIs, while senior Taylor Gay and junior Marie Kidd each had two hits. Gay tripled.
Paige Neimann had the loss for Eastern Wayne, 0-6 in all games and 0-4 in ECC contests.
CBA is home to Southern Wayne on Tuesday.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 428 6 — 20
Eastern Wayne 000 0 — 0
WP-Brianna Martin 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO. LP-Paige Neiman.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Emma Smith 3-3, 5 RBI, Taylor Gay 2-3, 3B, Marie Kidd 2-2; Eastern Wayne: None.