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AREA ROUNDUP: Edwards’ walk-off single gives Firebirds a 6-5 win, Fike its first loss

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STANHOPE -— Southern Nash didn’t have to wait long to get its revenge against Fike for a 14-0 varsity baseball loss Monday night.

Playing at home in the second meeting between the 3-A Big East Conference rivals in 24 hours, the Firebirds got a bases-loaded single from senior first baseman Luke Edwards for the walk-off 6-5 victory. It was the first loss for the Golden Demons after seven straight wins while Southern Nash improved to 2-6. Both teams exited 1-1 in conference games.

Matthew Horrigan reached on a two-out error with nobody on against Fike reliever Zach Pittman. After a single by senior Jason Montague, Pittman intentionally walked A.J. Jones, with a double and a home run already in the game, to bring up Edwards, who delivered the game-winning hit.

Fike seized a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Firebirds starting pitcher Jones, who issued a pair of two-out walks to Pittman and Tanner Sullivan. Junior Chad Bean made Jones pay with a two-run double before scoring on Connor Jinks’ single.

But the Firebirds came back in the third when Quinton Cooley singled with two out and scored on Dylan Alford’s RBI double. After the Demons added an unearned run off Jones in the top of the fourth, Jones brought Southern Nash within 4-3 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning.

Myles Cyrus’ two-out single scored Mason Lee, who had singled, for Fike in the top of the sixth, ending Jones’ stint on the mound. Sophomore Trey Mizzelle retired Fike senior Garrett Browder, who already had a pair of doubles to his line, on a pop-up to second baseman Alford.

In the bottom of the sixth, Jones cracked a one-out double and scored on Edwards’ single. Senior Jonathan Stallings then slugged a triple off Fike starter Sullivan, scoring Edwards’ pinch runner Jason Bland, with the tying run. Pittman came on to strike out the next two batters and quell the threat.

Mizzelle survived a one-out single by Sullivan in the top of the seventh, setting up the bottom-of-the-inning heroics.

The Firebirds will host first-year team South Garner on Thursday at 7 p.m. while Fike will play Hillsborough Orange in the seventh annual Wilson Tobs High School Varsity Baseball Classic on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Fleming Stadium.

Score by innings:

Fike 300 101 0 5

Southern Nash 001 202 1 6

WP-Trey Mizzelle (1-0) 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. LP-Zach Pittman (2-1) 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Myles Cyrus 2-4, 2 RBIs; Chad Bean 1-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Garrett Browder 2-4, 2 2Bs. Southern Nash: A.J. Jones 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs; Luke Edwards 2-4, R, 2 RBIs; Jonathan Stallings 2-3, 3B, RBI; Jason Montague 2-4; Dylan Alford 2-4, 2B, RBI.

Greenfield thumps Saints, 15-0

The Greenfield School varsity baseball team brought its bats to the Fleming Stadium playing surface Tuesday night in rolling to a 15-0 victory over Greenville Pope John Paul II to open 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play.

Greenfield (2-3) allowed just one hit and pounded out 12 on offense. 

Freshman Jacob Wiggs tossed three innings and struck out three and walking two. He did not allow a hit. At the plate, Wiggs was 2 for 2 with a double and a pair of RBIs.

Sophomore Nathan Woodard, senior Luke Flaherty and sophomore Justin Holland all had two hits for Greenfield. Woodard doubled and drove in three runs. Holland drove in two runs, while Flaherty tallied another RBI.

Pope John Paul remained winless through six games, two within CPIC play.

Greenfield faces Wilson Christian on Friday afternoon in the Wilson Tobs Varsity Classic in Fleming Stadium.

 

WP-Jacob Wiggs (1-1) 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Justin Holland 2-2, 2 RBI, Nathan Woodard 2-2, 2B, 3 RBI, Luke Flaherty 2-2, RBI, Jacob Wiggs 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI.

CBA doubles up Saints for first win

PIKEVILLE — It took a score more suited for football to do it, but the Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team can finally lay claim to a victory in 2019.

In comeback fashion, the Golden Falcons responded to a 10-1 deficit in the fourth inning to score 19 unanswered runs and topple 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Southern Wayne 20-10 in six inning Tuesday.

Senior Davis Carroll had a two-run single with the bases loaded to induce the 10-run rule and complete the massive rally for CBA (1-7, 1-4 ECC)., which overcame four errors.

“Things weren’t looking good, but we had that big inning,” second-year CBA head coach Allen Thomas said. “It gave our kids confidence. I’m happy for our kids to get the monkey off their back.”

CBA, which had 16 hits, was led at the plate by the 3-for-4 showing of sophomore Clay Matthews. Matthews drove in three runs, while Carroll, freshman Carson Gipson and senior Tyrie Artis all collected two hits. Artis was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and scored three runs. 

Junior Adam Brogden collected his first victory for the Golden Falcons, working five innings and allowing four hits. He struck out two and walked one. Justin Edwards was tagged with the loss for Southern Wayne (0-8, 0-4 ECC), allowing seven hits over three innings. Nine of his 11 runs were earned. Southern Wayne’s defense aided the comeback with six errors.

Matthew Kornegay was 3 for 4 to lead the Saints offensively.

CBA visits North Lenoir of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Wednesday.

So is this the springboard for a turnaround second half for CBA baseball?

“I’d like to hope it is,” Thomas said. “This year’s been so crazy. I’d like to think we can  get a little confidence going and finish out with a solid week.”

Score by innings:

Southern Wayne 420 400 10

C.B. Aycock 010 865 20

WP-Adam Brogden (1-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. LP-Justin Edwards 3 IP, 7 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Clay Matthews 3-4, 3 RBI, Davis Carroll 2-2, 3 RBI, Carson Gipson 2-3, 3 RBI, Tyrie Artis 2-4, 2 RBI; Southern Wayne: Matthew Kornegay 3-4.

SOFTBALL

Lady Bruins slug past N. Nash, 14-6

The Beddingfield High softball team forcefully responded to an early deficit Tuesday night, posting four runs in the first and seven more in the second en route to a 14-6 nonconference victory over Northern Nash.

Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference improved to 5-2 overall and pounded out 12 hits. Junior Anna Gardner, who was 4 for 4 with a double and four runs batted in for the Lady Bruins, ignited the offense with a two-run double n the first and added a two-RBI single as part of Beddingfield’s seven-run second.

Freshman Emilie Moss, from the No. 7 position in the order, slammed a two-run double off the fence in left center in the second.

“We got some production towards the bottom of the lineup,” Beddingfield head coach Jeremy Howard said. “We’re a really young team, and we start one senior now (Karissa Hayes). I’m proud of the girls and how they’re developing every day.”

Despite yielding 11 hits to Northern Nash, Beddingfield stayed relatively clean defensively in only commiting one error. The Knights had four.

Sophomore Neleh Bottoms pitched the distance for Beddingfield in getting the win, striking out six and walking two. Randi Griffin was tagged with the loss for Northern Nash, with seven of her 10 runs earned in two innings of work.

Junior Alexis Hayes was 1 for 3 and drove in a Beddingfield run.

Beddingfield visits East Wake Academy on Wednesday.

Score by innings:

Northern Nash 203 000 1 6

Beddingfield 471 020 x 14

WP-Neleh Bottoms 7 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. LP-Randi Griffin 2 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 7 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Anna Gardner 4-4, 2B, 4 RBI, Alexis Hayes 1-3, RBI; Emilie Moss 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Northern Nash: Randi Griffin 2-4, RBI.

Eight-run 3rd sends Ladybirds past Fike

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity softball team responded to a third-inning deficit Tuesday night by posting eight runs in the bottom half of the inning en route to an 11-7 victory over Fike to open 3-A Big East Conference action.

Southern Nash (5-2) got a complete-game showing from junior Carrigan Ewers, who allowed four hits and struck out 10. Three of the four runs charged to Ewers were earned.

Four players had three hits each for the Ladybirds, led by the 3-for-5 showing of sophomore Taylor Bailey. Bailey tripled and drove in two runs.

Sophomores Anna Strickland and Ricki Bartley were each 3 for 4, with the latter driving in three runs. Sophomore Alissa Bailey went 3 for 5 with a double.

Fike (3-4) attempted to rally in its half of the seventh, but fell short.

Southern Nash hosts Northern Nash on Thursday night. Fike is home to Franklinton on Wednesday.

Score by innings:

Fike 002 001 4 7

Southern Nash 008 030 0 11

WP-Carrigan Ewers 7 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Ricki Bartley 3-4, 3 RBI, Alissa Bailey 3-5, 2B, Taylor Bailey 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, Anna Strickland 3-4, 2 RBI.

CBA holds off Saints rally, 6-5

PIKEVILLE — In the words of Charles B. Aycock varsity softball coach LaVon Matthews, his Lady Golden Falcons are improving. 

Such was the declaration even after CBA was pushed to the brink in the seventh inning Tuesday night against 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference rival Southern Wayne.

The Lady Golden Falcons saw a 6-0 lead in the seventh inning dissipate on a bases-clearing double by Kelly Dail. But CBA escaped danger when the final batter popped up to junior first baseman Logan Medlin, preserving the victory and sending CBA to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in ECC play.

“A win is a win!” Matthews said. “I told them we were improving and that’s what you’ve got to do as the season goes along. We’ve just got to learn how to close it out now.”

Junior Marie Kidd pitched the distance for CBA, allowing six hits. She struck out three and walked three. However, none of her five runs allowed were earned.

CBA, which had 10 hits, was led by junior Abigail Lancaster’s 3-for-4 showing at the plate. Junior Kaitlyn Mooring and senior Taylor Gay each had two hits.

Key to CBA extending the lead to six runs were sacrifice flies by freshman Reagan Bailey and sophomore Abbey Thomas in the bottom of the sixth.

Mackenzie Bryan took the loss for Southern Wayne (5-3, 2-2 ECC).

CBA is at North Lenoir on Wednesday.

 

Score by innings:

Southern Wayne 000 000 5 5

C.B. Aycock 201 003 0 6

WP-Marie Kidd 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO LP-Mackenzie Bryan.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abigail Lancaster 3-4, Kaitlyn Mooring 2-4, Taylor Gay 2-3; Southern Wayne: Allie Lane 2-4; Kelly Dail 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI.

BOYS TENNIS

Firebirds stay unbeaten, rout Hunt 8-1

The Southern Nash High boys tennis team has placed itself in a position to battle Rocky Mount for sole possession of the 3-A Big East Conference lead following its 8-1 victory at Hunt on Tuesday.

The result boosted the Firebirds to 9-0 in all matches and 3-0 in Big East play, with the first of two meetings against Rocky Mount set for Thursday on the Gryphons’ home courts.

Southern clinched the outcome in singles, with Hunt senior Jae Jin Lee claiming the only point for the Warriors (4-2, 2-2 Big East). Lee outlasted Southern Nash’s Dylan Alligood in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles with a 3-6, 6-2, 10-7 decision.

But outside of that, Southern Nash moved forward with victories in straight sets across the board in singles. Senior Parker Strickland at No. 1, junior Hector Perez at No. 3, senior David Vasquez at No. 4, and junior Michael Hernandez at No. 6 all completed wins for the Firebirds. At No. 5, Southern Nash junior Adolfo Gonzalez won the first set against Hunt’s Samuel Candelario Torres before the Warriors senior was forced to retire.

In doubles, the Firebird tandems of Strickland-Vasquez, Perez-Gonzalez and Alligood-Hernandez all prevailed to claim a sweep of the final three matches. Alligood-Hernandez won by a 8-0 count at No. 3, while Hunt’s Lee-Ben Tong pressed the issue to 8-6 on the No. 2 court.

Hunt visits Franklinton on Wednesday.

 

SOUTHERN NASH 8, HUNT 1

Parker Strickland (SN) def. Zac Taylor 7-6(3), 6-3; Jae Jin Lee (H) def. Dylan Alligood 3-6, 6-2, 10-7; Hector Perez (SN) def. Matthew Prasasouk 6-3, 6-1; David Vasquez (SN) def. Ben Tong 6-3. 7-5; Adolfo Gonzalez (SN) def. Samuel Candelario Torres 6-2, ret.; Michael Hernandez (SN) def. Nick Tew 6-2, 7-5.

Strickland-Vasquez (SN) def. Taylor-Prasasouk 8-1; Perez-Gonzalez (SN) def. Lee-Tong 8-6; Alligood-Hernandez (SN) def. Mariano Jimenez-Mike Franco 8-0.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Greenfield beats Wayne Prep, 5-2

Matt Kirby threw three innings and allowed just two hits in pacing the Greenfield School baseball team to a 5-2 season-opening win over Wayne Preparatory Academy on Tuesday.

Kirby added a 3-for-3 showing at the plate for the Knights, while Cason Price and Dane Reynolds were each 2 for 2.

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