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Using a goal in each half, the Fike High varsity girls soccer team opened 3-A Big East Conference play Tuesday night by repelling a trio of dangerous Southern Nash shots in a 2-0 victory.
Fike, which improved to 2-5-1 overall, struck quickly in the third minute. Off a punt from senior goalkeeper Jah’Asia Pernell, freshman Akari Nakaya collected the ball and dribbled towards goal, putting it away for the early lead.
The score stayed there until 25:34 remained, when freshman Hannah Mosley dribbled towards goal and left it for senior Jessa Holyoak. Her shot to the left corner ripped past the line, completing the scoring.
Southern Nash (4-3), also playing in its Big East opener, had three shots carom off the crossbar. Trailing 1-0 in the 39th minute, the Ladybirds had a breakaway with senior Nef Gonzalez. However, Gonzalez’s shot sailed wide, preserving the 1-0 Fike scoreline at the half.
“It’s always good to start off conference play with a win and a shut out for the defense,” Fike head coach Toni Varacchi said. “We created shots on goal, but couldnt put them away. Their keeper (sophomore Kathryn Robinson) played well and she will keep them competitve all season.”
Fike steps out of conference to face South Central on Monday, while Southern Nash is at Northern Nash on Thursday night.
Four-run fourth decks Rams at NL
LAGRANGE — Leading 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Greene Central High varsity baseball team conceded four unearned runs in that span en route to a 6-3 loss to 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe North Lenoir on Tuesday.
Greene Central (2-4, 1-2 ECC) was its own worst enemy, committing five errors which led to all six North Lenoir (6-2, 1-2 ECC) runs.
Junior Perry Tingen took the loss for Greene Central, pitching four innings. He allowed eight hits and struck out one. All six runs were charged to Perry, but none of them were earned.
Greene Central, which outhit North Lenoir 10-9, was led by the 3-for-3 showing of senior Trey Fields. Senior Jalen Connor was 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles.
Peyton Howard was the winning pitcher for the Hawks, striking out six and scattering eight hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work.
The Rams return home to face Farmville Central on Thursday.
Score by innings:
Greene Central 101 010 0 — 3
North Lenoir 100 410 0 — 6
WP-Peyton Howard 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO. LP-Perry Tingen 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Trey Fields 3-3, 2B, Jalen Connor 2-2, 2 2B; North Lenoir: Jordan Moore 3-3, Brendon Grant 2-3, 2 RBI, Ethan May 2-4.
Big inning carries Lady Rams by NL
LA GRANGE — A 10-run inning was the deciding factor for the Greene Central High varsity softball team in a 15-6 win Tuesday at 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe North Lenoir.
The Lady Rams (5-1, 2-1 ECC) led the first three innings, 3-0, until North Lenoir scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning. However, in the top of the fifth inning, Greene Central responded with 10 runs. The Lady Hawks dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in league games.
Senior Elexie Sutton was a catalyst for the Greene Central offense, going 4 for 5 with a double and an RBI from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. Sophomore Abby Burress was 2 for 5 with two RBIs and a triple.
Sophomore Laura Wade was the winning pitcher as she went all seven innings, allowed six runs, three earned, on 10 hits and two walks while striking out seven. Wade was also 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.
The Lady Rams will host conference opponent West Craven on Friday at 6 p.m.
Score by innings:
Greene Central 210 0101 1 — 15
North Lenoir 000 240 0 — 6
WP-Laura Wade 7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO. LP-Lark Collins 4 2/3 IP, 14 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Elexie Sutton 4-5, 2B, RBI, R; Abby Burress 2-5, 3B, 2 RBIs, 3 R; Laura Wade 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R, BB. North Lenoir: Hannah Hemby 1-2, 3 RBIs, BB; Lark Collins 2-3, 3B, 2 R.