AREA ROUNDUP: C.B. Aycock softball turns back North Lenoir

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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.


Greene Central walks off South Lenoir in 9 innings

SNOW HILL — Junior Zach Taylor hit two home runs, including a two-run single in the sixth inning as the Greene Central High varsity baseball team secured a hard-fought 10-9 win in nine innings over 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe South Lenoir on Wednesday night.

On Senior Night for a total of nine Rams, Greene Central (7-8, 5-6 ECC) was outhit 10-8, but found a way to claw back in extra innings. Taylor had a total of six RBIs and was the only Greene Central player with more than one hit or an extra-base hit.

Trey Fields, one of those seniors, won in relief. He allowed four hits while striking out three and walking one.

Jensen Barwick and Dylan Jones each had two hits for South Lenoir (4-10, 2-9 ECC). Jones took the loss in relief for the Blue Devils, allowing just one hit. He struck out six and walked six, with an unearned run leading to his team’s demise in the ninth.

Dylan Benton, Jalin Conner, A.J. Dupree, Payton Collins, Walker Sutton, Alex Tyson, Daren Barefoot and Cody Lanier played their final regular-season home game.

The Rams travel to North Pitt to begin play in the Pitt County Easter Invitational on Saturday.

Score by innings:

South Lenoir 033 020 100 9

Greene Central 230 013 001 10

WP-Trey Fields 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Dylan Jones 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Zach Taylor 3-3, 2 HR, 6 RBI; South Lenoir: Jensen Barwick 2-3, Dylan Jones, 2-4, RBI.


GC’s Gilbert-Beaman win 2-A ECC doubles title

SNOW HILL — The rich history of Greene Central High tennis was advanced Tuesday afternoon with the senior doubles tandem of Brandon Gilbert-Cameron Beaman winning the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference doubles championship on the Greene Central High courts.

Gilbert-Beamon won the championship after splitting tiebreakers with North Lenoir’s Freddie Mielke-Matthew Riddick. They won the first set in an 8-6 tiebreaker before losing the second-set tiebreaker by a 7-3 margin.

The Greene Central pair established a measure of separation in the third set and pulled away for a 7-6(6), 6-7(3), 6-2 victory.

They will be joined in next week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East regional by sophomore teammates Jeremy Dawson-Luke Edmondson, who defeated North Lenoir’s Jamel Mumford-Vincent Phillips 6-0, 6-1 to advance. Dawson-Edmundson finished fourth following a three-set decision — 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the hands of Washington’s Stewart Hooper-Tripp Pippin.

In singles, sophomore Tucker Williams finished as the ECC runner-up and will represent the Rams in next week’s regionals. Williams defeated North Lenoir’s Parker Mitchell 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals to reach regional play and dispatched Washington’s Tim Anglin 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.

He was upended in the finals by North Lenoir’s Shane Swindell, the ECC Player of the Year by a 6-1, 6-2 margin.

Greene Central’s Tim Medlin was named Coach of the Year as the Rams swept the team regular-season and tournament championships.


Panthers finish runner up in EPC golf

Despite a final-round 431 on the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference boys golf circuit, North Johnston High departed the regular season as the league’s second-place team following Tuesday’s final conference match at Wedgewood Public Golf Course.

Conference champion Nash Central, led by the 81 of medalist Spencer Edwards, shot a 361 for its low four individuals. Following during Thursday’s final match was second-place SouthWest Edgecombe with 379 as Farmville Central was in third at 289.

North Johnston (431) and Beddingfield (441) rounded out the field as North Pitt was assigned a 144 for each of its four starters. (576).

The Panthers were led by Blaine Crocker’s 93 at Wedgewood and was followed by the 95 of Brice Godwin, the 99 of Jacob Green and a 144 from Justin Richardson.

SouthWest Edgecombe, third at Wedgewood and fourth in the final EPC standings, counted the 89 of Davis Wainweight, the 92 of Parker Brown, a 98 by Hunter Bass and the 100 of Chase York.

Beddingfield had a 100 from Tyler Godwin and a 101 from Dylan Pollock to lead Beddingfield’s scoring. Joshua Siemieon had a 115. Both Godwin and Pollock qualified as individuals to the North Carolina High School Athletic Associaton 2-A East regional, set for May 6 at Wedgewood.


Firebirds place 2nd in Big East meet

STANHOPE — Coming off Monday’s championship performance in the Scott Jones Memorial Classic as presented by The Wilson Times, the host Southern Nash High boys track team posted a second-place finish in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference tri-meet.

Northern Nash prevailed with 74 points, followed by the Firebirds with 60 and Rocky Mount with 52.

Sparking Southern Nash was Trysten Roberson, who established a personal record of 12 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault.

Other leaders were Jallen McClaston in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay of Quinton Cooley, Matt Foster, Darius Edmundson and D.J. Johnson

Following spring break, the Firebirds travel to Franklinton for a Big East meet on May 1.                     


Ladybirds denied top finish by half-point

STANHOPE — A half-point denied the host Southern Nash High girls track team a share of first place in a 3-A Big East Conference tri-meet Wednesday.

Rocky Mount prevailed with 63.5 points, followed by the Ladybirds with 63 and Northern Nash with 20.5

Taking first places for Southern Nash were Krystal Taybron in the long jump, Jenira Mckoy in the 200 meters, Tekerrah Wilson in the high jump, Taylor Gardner in the pole vault, Tristian Foster in the 100 and 400, Jadiza Jimenez in the 1,600 and the 4x800 relay with its best time of 11 minutes, 40 seconds.

The Ladybirds travel to Franklinton for the Big East championship meet on May 1.


Cyclones hit 4 homers in rout of Northeast

Rylan Gay struck out seven over four innings, and the Community Christian School baseball team tallied four inside-the-park home runs Wednesday in a 12-1 victory over Lasker Northeast Academy.

As part of a 14-hit attack, sophomore Chase Joyner, freshman Landon Beamon, sophomore Lawson Summerlin and eighth grader Noah Pierce all had home runs that stayed within the confines of the CCS diamond.

Gay, Joyner and Beamon each had three hits. Pierce and Summerlin were each 2 for 3.

CCS (4-2) is off until Tuesday, April 29 when it hosts Halifax Academy.

C.B. Aycock wins in eight innings

PIKEVILLE — The host Charles B. Aycock High baseball team forced the extra inning with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and then plated a run in the bottom of the eighth to overcome South Central, 7-6, in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference action Tuesday.

Trailing 4-0, the Golden Falcons rallied for three runs in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth to forge a 4-4 tie. However, South Central spurted to a 6-4 edge with a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

CBA wound up with eight hits as S.J. Harris batted 2 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. D.J. Madrigal went 1 for 3 and scored two runs.

Chase Hare, who worked the last three innings, was the winning pitcher in relief of Cohen Waddell. In three innings, Hare allowed two hits, two runs, one earned run and two walks while striking out one.

CBA boosted its conference mark to 8-3 and possesses a 12-4 overall mark.