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Junior Chad Bean flashed the form that earned him the 3-A Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year last season as the Fike High varsity baseball team encountered little trouble in its home opener Tuesday, thumping East Wake 12-0 in five innings.
Bean pitched four innings, giving up one hit and walking two while striking out a pair, to get the win as the Golden Demons improved to 2-0, having outscored their opposition 22-0 in two wins. It was the first game for the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Warriors.
Fike erupted for 10 runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Zach Pittman led off with a double and Garrett Browder, Mason Lee, Bryan Bunn and Bean produced RBI singles in the frame. Browder led Fike with a 2-for-3 showing while Colton Moats and Hunter Stokely each collected two RBIs.
Tanner Sullivan pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning for Fike, which hosts Southern Wayne on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Score by innings:
East Wake 000 00 — 0
Fike 101 (10)x — 12
WP-Chad Bean (1-0) 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO. LP-Brown 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — East Wake: Colby Creech 1-2. Fike: Garrett Browder 2-3, RBI; Zach Pittman 1-1, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Colton Moats 1-2, 2 RBIs.
Tingen, bats lead Rams past Saints
DUDLEY — The Greene Central High varsity baseball team got a solid performance on the mound from junior Perry Tingen in relief in its 8-7 road victory at Southern Wayne on Monday.
The Rams of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference picked up their first win in two games, with Tingen throwing five innings and allowing just two hits and two unearned runs while striking out three to earn the win. Southern Wayne’s Josh Wall started and pitched three innings, earning the loss after allowing eight runs. Five were earned.
Greene Central scored a run in the first four innings, while Southern Wayne (0-2), a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference couldn’t pick up a score in the third inning.
Senior Dylan Benton led the Rams offensively, as he was 2 for 2 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and two runs batted in. Senior Trey Fields and senior Jalin Connor both notched two hits. Connor stole three bases and scored a run, while Fields added a walk and two RBIs. Senior Alex Tyson hit a double and scored a run. Senior AJ Dupree was walked three times, scored three runs and stole a base.
Greene Central’s game at Hunt on Tuesday was postponed due to wet conditions at Sid Boyette Field.
Score by innings:
Greene Central 321 200 0 — 8
Southern Wayne 230 200 0 — 7
WP-Perry Tingen (1-1) 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO. LP-Josh Wall 3 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 BB.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Dylan Benton 2-2, 2B, R, 2RBIs; Jalin Connor 2-5, R, 3SB ; Trey Fields 2-3 RBI, RBI ; Alex Tyson 1-4, 2B, RBI, R; Southern Wayne: Josh Wall 2-2, R, Justin Edwards 1-4, 2 RBI, R; Luke Davis 1-3, 2 RBI, Chris Mozingo 1-3, 2B, RBI.
Lady Chargers lose opener, 5-0
Playing its first game of the season, the Wilson Christian varsity girls soccer team absorbed a 5-0 home loss to Wake Christian on a chilly Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Chargers, who were the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A runners-up last year, trailed 1-0 at the half against the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A Lady Bulldogs.
Senior Christy Jones, playing soccer for the first time at WCA, made 11 saves in goal.
Lady Chargers head coach Don Samson said that his team, many of whom played on Wilson Christian’s state runner-up basketball team, only had five days of practice going into Tuesday’s opener, but he’s encouraged.
“I think we’ll be all right once we connect things,” he said. “We’re definitely missing pieces from last year but I think we have the pieces to fix it long-term.”
The Lady Chargers jump right into 2-A East Region play Friday at Berean Baptist in Fayetteville and then face South Brunswick in The Brittany XV on Saturday afternoon at 4 at Gillette Soccer Complex.
Ladybirds suffer first loss, 1-0
STANHOPE — After two straight wins to start the season under new head coach Robbie Kennedy, the Southern Nash varsity girls soccer team came up on the short end of a 1-0 outcome Tuesday at home against Cleveland.
The only goal allowed so far this season by the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds was enough for the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Rams (3-1).
Southern Nash goalkeeper Kathryn Robinson made numerous saves, including a penalty kick in the second half. Shots by Nef Gonzalez and Jada Zimmerman just missed going in the goal for Southern Nash.
The Ladybirds will face Camden County at 4 p.m. Saturday in The Brittany XV at Gillette Soccer Complex.
CBA doubled up by New Bern, 6-3
NEW BERN — Despite loading the bases with no one out and having the middle of its lineup at the plate in the top of the seventh, the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team could not close a three-run deficit, instead falling 6-3 to New Bern in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference opener for both teams Tuesday.
CBA (1-1) took an early lead in the top of the first on Abbey Thomas’ run-scoring single, but the Bears replied with a three-run, bases-clearing double off the bat of Brooklyn McCoy. New Bern tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third, leaving CBA in catch-up mode.
The Lady Golden Falcons had just five hits, led by Reagan Bailey’s 2-for-3 showing. In the top of the seventh, CBA’s Nos. 3-5 hitters went down as follows with the bases loaded and no one out: strikeout, popout to first base and a grounder back to Sydni Byers, who inherited the bases-loaded jam and retired all three CBA batters she faced for the save.
Alexis Monroe worked the first five innings for New Bern (1-2) in notching the victory.
“That was our opportunity,” CBA head coach LaVon Matthews said of the seventh inning. “These girls just haven’t learned how to win yet. The girls that I’ve had in the past, they wanted to hit in that situation. We’ve got to be more aggressive on offense and put the bat on the ball.”
Shawna Williams was tagged with the loss for CBA, working 2 1/3 innings. Five of her six runs allowed were earned.
CBA visits Ayden-Grifton on Thursday for a doubleheader consisting of two five-inning games.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 100 011 0 — 3
New Bern 303 000 x — 6
WP-Alexis Monroe. LP-Shawna Williams 2 1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. S-Sydni Byers 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Reagan Bailey 2-3, Abbey Thomas 1-2, RBI; New Bern: Alexis Monrow 2-3, Brooklyn McCoy 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Firebirds tame Cleveland 9-0
CLAYTON — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team secured its second unblemished victory over Cleveland in the span of a week Tuesday, remaining unbeaten through three matches with a 9-0 win over the Rams.
Southern Nash (3-0) of the 3-A Big East Conference clinched the outcome in singles play, getting wins from senior Parker Strickland, senior Dylan Alligood, senior David Vasquez, junior Michael Hernandez, junior Bryan Penaloza and senior Tristan Rocco. Penaloza won a third-set tiebreaker over Cleveland’s Louis MacDonald, while Rocco dispatched the Rams’ Jay Ricapito in a pair of tiebreakers to prevail in straight sets.
In doubles, the tandems of Strickland-Vasquez at No. 1, Alligood-sophomore Eric Hernandez at No. 2 and Penaloza-junior Angel Anguiano all won for the Firebirds.
Strickland-Vasquez brezzed by Cleveland’s Jacob Siegert-Jimmy Evans by an 8-0 margin at No. 1 doubles.
Cleveland of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference dropped to 1-3.
The Firebirds visit Nash Central on Thursday.
SOUTHERN NASH 9, CLEVELAND 0
Parker Strickland (SN) def. Jacob Siegert 6-1, 6-4; Dylan Alligood (SN) def. Boone Williams 6-2, 6-3; David Vasquez (SN) def. Jimmy Evans 7-6(0), 6-1; Michael Hernandez (SN) def. Carter Kotorman 6-1, 6-0; Bryan Penaloza (SN) def. Louis MacDonald 6-7(1), 6-2, 10-1; Tristan Rocco (SN) def. Jay Ricapito 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
Strickland-Vasquez (SN) def. Siegert-Evans 8-0; Alligood-Eric Hernandez (SN) def. Kotorman-Biggs 8-1; Penaloza-Argel Anguiano (SN) def. Stephen Benjamin-Andrew Davinson 8-1.
TRACK AND FIELD
SN gets 13 first-place showings
WENDELL — Both Southern Nash High track teams combined for 13 first-place performances Monday afternoon at a nonconference quad meet involving South Garner, Knightdale and host East Wake.
The Southern Nash boys, who finished second in the team standings, boasted dual wins from Hunter Issette in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Issette was also part of the Firebirds’ 4x800 relay team that finished first alongside Shamir Small, Kahari Caudle and Kendrell Woodard.
Individually, Woodard sprinted to a win in the 800. In the field, Lamont Williams won the shot put and Kedric Anderson tied for first in the high jump.
On the girls side, the Ladybirds continued Southern’s dominance in distance events, with Jadiza Jimenez claiming both the 1,600 and 3,200.
Avery Britt captured the 100 hurdles, while Janira McCoy legged out a win in the 200. Tristian Foster was first in the 300 hurdles.
Jimenez added a first-place finish in the 4x800, teaming with Laurel Coffey, Makayla Gibson and Samantha Rodriguez. Rayna Bailey had the lone win for the Ladybirds in the field, placing first in the shot put.
Both teams return to action Monday at Nash Central.