AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Demons lose 15-13 slugfest to West Johnston

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The hits came fast and furiously for the Fike High varsity softball team in its Monday nonconference game with West Johnston, but despite a comeback effort by the Lady Golden Demons, their seventh-inning rally fell short in a 15-13 defeat.

Fike (7-6) of the 3-A Big East Conference pushed across four runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but a flyout ended the game. The Lady Demons outhit the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Wildcats (9-6) 17-13 and lost despite not striking out against winning pitcher Ivy Maldonado, who pitched the distance.

Critical in the outcome was a seven-run third by West Johnston that was fueled by three Fike errors. Savannah Craft homered twice for West Johnston, including a grand slam in the fifth and a two-run homer in the top of the first.

For Fike, senior LeAnn Pittman was 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the first and five RBIs. It was her third home run of the season, hit to straightaway center field. Sophomore Lindsey Curlings was 3 for 5 with an RBI.

Freshman Jada Lamm was 2 for 5 and took the loss in the circle, allowing nine hits over four innings. Six of her 10 runs allowed were earned.

Kaitlyn Tucker and Lexie Lama each tallied two hits for the Wildcats.

Fike is back in Big East play Tuesday night as it hosts Northern Nash.


Score by innings:

West Johnston 207 140 1 15

Fike 230 013 4 13

WP-Ivy Maldonado 7 IP, 17 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO. LP-Jada Lamm 4 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Lindsey Curlings 3-5, RBI, LeAnn Pittman 3-4, HR, 5 RBI, Jada Lamm 2-5, Ashley Pendergrass 2-5, 2B, RBI; West Johnston: Savannah Craft 3-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, Kaitlyn Tucker 2-5, Lexie Lama 2-5, RBI.

Combined no-hitter carries Lady Rams past Kinston in 4 innings

KINSTON — Scoring in every inning at the plate, the Greene Central High varsity softball team won its 10th game of the season Monday night with a dominating 16-1 victory in four innings over Kinston.

The Lady Rams (10-3, 7-3 ECC) tossed a combined no-hitter in the win, getting two innings each out of sophomore Laura Wade and senior Katelin Uzzell.

Wade threw the first two innings and struck out five without a walk before yielding to Uzzell for the third and fourth. Uzzell allowed Kinston’s lone run, an unearned tally in the fourth. She struck out four and walked two.

At the plate, Greene Central generated 10 hits, led by the 3-for-3 showing of senior Madison Holloman. Holloman had a double and a triple en route to driving in three runs. Sophomore Abby Burress was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and added a double.

Kinston fell to 1-10 in all games and remained winless through nine ECC tests.

Greene Central is at West Craven on Tuesday.


Score by innings:

Greene Central 272 5 16

Kinston 000 1 1

WP-Laura Wade 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Madison Holloman 3-3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, Abby Burress 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI.

Lady Panthers sweep Farmville Central in DH

FARMVILLE — Using a five-inning no hitter from senior Amberlynn Pearce in the opener, the North Johnston High varsity softball team silenced the bats of Farmville Central before a three-run sixth inning in the second contest helped the Lady Panthers secure a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference sweep Friday.

Pearce struck out 10 and walked just one in doing her part to lift the Lady Panthers to 10-4 overall and a 6-0 showing in the EPC. Senior Lindsey Massengill was 2 for 3 with a double, while seniors Blayke Batten and Jordyn Scott each had two hits. Scott tripled and Batten doubled.

Senior Olivia Gachuz had a three-run homer to spark North Johnston’s six-run third inning.

Abby Foster took both losses for Farmville Central in the circle (7-6, 4-2 EPC).

North Johnston used a complete-game showing from the other Pearce sister, Arial, in the finale as she allowed five hits while striking out six.

Arial Pearce helped her own cause by driving in a run. Junior Samantha Davis was 1 for 2 with an RBI.

North Johnston begins a home-and-away EPC swing with Nash Central on Tuesday with a game in Rocky Mount.


Score by innings:

North Johnston 126 20 11

Farmville Central 000 0x 0

WP-Amberlyn Pearce 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO. LP-Abby Foster 5 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Lindsey Massengill 3-3, 2B, Blayke Batten 2-3, 2B, RBI, Jordyn Scott 2-2, 3B, RBI, Olivia Gachuz 1-2, HR, 3 RBI; Farmville Central: None.



Score by innings:

Farmville Central 001 000 0 1

North Johnston 010 003 x 4

WP-Arial Pearce 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. LP-Abby Foster 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Arial Pearce 1-3, RBI, Samantha Davis 1-2, RBI; Farmville Central: Katie Gardner 2-3, Kate Lancaster 1-3, 2B, RBI.

Lady Panthers continue hot streak

GOLDSBORO — The North Johnston High varsity softball team scored 10 or more runs for the fourth straight game to win 15-3 at Rosewood on Wednesday.

Olivia Gachuz was the leading offensive force with a 3-for-4 performance including four runs batted in. The Lady Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rendered the 10-run mercy rule as they improved to 8-4. North Johnston’s pitching staff has allowed just eight runs in that time frame. Senior Amberlynn Pearce pitched five innings while allowing five hits, four runs, two earned runs and three walks while striking out eight. Pearce was also 1 for 3 at the plate with a run batted in. 

Blayke Batten also was 2 for 3 with a double and a triple for two RBIs. Arial Pearce and Samantha Davis were both 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

Score by innings:

North Johnston 325 32 15

Rosewood 020 02 4

WP-Amberlynn Pearce 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO. LP-Summer Nelson 3 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Olivia Gachuz 3-4, 4 RBIs, R; Blayke Batten 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBIs, 3R; Arial Pearce 1-3, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Samantha Davis 1-3, 2 RBIs, R. Rosewood: Brittney Butts 1-2, 3B, R; Summer Nelson 1-2, RBI, R; Alyssa Smothers 1-3, 2B, RBI, R.


Firebirds hit 4 HRs in rout of Knights

STANHOPE — The bats heated up in a big way for the homestanding Southern Nash varsity baseball team, which cranked out 18 hits, including four home runs, in a 15-5 bludgeoning of 3-A Big East Conference foe Northern Nash.

The Firebirds plated six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to enforce the mercy rule and collect their third conference win against five losses. Southern Nash improved to 6-10 with the season sweep of the Knights (2-13, 0-8 Big East).
Sophomore Isaiah Bland wielded the biggest bat of the night with two homers and a triple in four at-bats. Bland connected for his first career homer as part of the Firebirds’ six-run second. He finished with another two-run shot to left-center field.

Senior Jason Montague also ripped a two-run homer in the second, his league-leading fifth of the season, while A.J. Jones doubled and homered as part of the Firebirds’ onslaught.

Senior Jonathan Stallings (3-2) pitched five innings to get the win. Sophmore Trey Mizzelle pitched the sixth inning.

Southern Nash visits Rocky Mount on Tuesday and hosts the Gryphons on Thursday with both games starting at 7 p.m.

Score by innings:

Northern Nash 000 041 5

Southern Nash 061 116 15

WP-Jonathan Stallings (3-2) 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. LP-Aaron Gerlach.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Isaiah Bland 3-4, 2 HRs, 3B, 4 RBIs; Jason Montague 3-5, HR, 3 RBIs, 5 R; A.J. Jones 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs; Luke Edwards 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R; Jonathan Stallings 2-3; Luke Watson 2-3, 2 R.

CBA’s early lead evaporates in loss

PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team 7-2 lead after four innings Thursday before the bats of Eastern Wayne took hold and erupted for 12 unanswered runs in a 14-7 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference decision.

CBA (2-13, 2-8 ECC), which lost its sixth straight game, handed out nine walks as a pitching staff and was held in check offensively by Eastern Wayne reliever Wesley Case. 

Case calmed the bats of the Golden Falcons over the course of four innings, only allowing one hit. He struck out four and walked one.

Chris Crow, a sophomore, was tagged with the loss for CBA. He pitched one inning and allowed an earned run.

CBA was outhit 11-9, with four players recording multiple hits for the Warriors (10-6, 5-5 ECC). Sam Rice was 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs. 

Will Uzzell drove in four runs with a pair of extra-base hits.

Sophomore Clay Matthews had a 3-for-4 showing for CBA and drove in a run. Junior Rowan  Watt was 2 for 4 with a double.

However, Eastern Wayne responded to the 7-2 fifth-inning deficit with five runs in the top half to tie it. The Warriors tacked on two runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh.


Score by innings:

Eastern Wayne 000 252 5 14

C.B. Aycock 310 300 0 7

WP-Wesley Case 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. LP-Chris Crow 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Clay Matthews 3-4, RBI, Rowan Watt 2-4, 2B, Drew Spencer 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Eastern Wayne: Sam Rice 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, Will Uzzell 2-5, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, Andrew Fricks 2-4, Wesley Case 2-5, RBI.



Panthers secure EPC championship

KENLY — The North Johnston High boys tennis team clinched the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference title with two wins over SouthWest Edgecombe at home on Friday.

After defeating the 2018 champion Nash Central 6-3 Thursday night, the Panthers (11-7, 7-0 EPC) entered the doubleheader needing two conference wins to clinch the title. North Johnston turned back the Cougars (3-8, 2-5 EPC) 6-0 and 9-0.

“These young men have worked so hard for this,” North Johnston head coach David Anderson said. “We came so close last year, and that just motivated them to work harder. I have never seen them play as well as they did against Nash Central. They were so poised and tough. Even the guys that didn’t win their match fought to the final point.”

On Friday, the Panthers allowed just nine games in the 15 matches. North Johnston senior Brandon Peedin and junior Scott Sellers both won all three of their matches without dropping a game.

The Panthers have one more match against Farmville Central before the conference tournament on Wednesday. 

The championship is North Johnston’s second in three years. 




Michael Barnes (NJ) def.Hunter Hopkins 8-2; Hunter Jones (NJ) def. Brogden Mobley 8-2; Scott Sellers (NJ) def. Skylar Hodge 8-0; Graham Walston (NJ) def. Daniel Aycock 8-1; Brandon Peedin (NJ) def. Carter Sessoms 8-0; Carsse Lucas (NJ) by forfeit. 




Barnes (NJ) def. Hopkins 8-1; Jones (NJ) def. Mobley 8-3; Sellers (NJ) def. Hodge 8-0; Walston (NJ) def. Aycock 8-0; Peedin (NJ) def. Sessoms 8-0; Lucas (NJ) by forfeit.

Barnes-Sellers (NJ) def. Hopkins-Mobley 8-0; Jones-Peedin (NJ) def. Hodge-Aycock; Walston-Lucas (NJ) by forfeit.


Panthers double up Nash Central 6-3

ROCKY MOUNT — The North Johnston varsity boys tennis team took a 6-3 victory from Nash Central on the road to set them up with the chance to claim the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference crown outright on Thursday.

The Panthers (9-7, 5-0 EPC) in the their March 26 matchup with the Bulldogs (7-6, 6-2 EPC) needed two doubles courts to win 5-4, but the Panthers entered doubles with the win in the bag as they took home five of the six singles courts. Scott Sellers, Graham Walston and Brandon Peedin all won in straight sets for North Johnston. Hunter Jones and Carsse Lucas needed thirdset tie breakers to take their matches. In doubles, Walston-Lucas was the only pair to win for the Panthers, 8-3. 

The Panthers have won eight of their last 11 matches and need to win two of their last three to clinch the title for the second time in four seasons. 




Cameron Johnson (NC) def. Michael Barnes (NJ) 6-0, 6-2; Hunter Jones (NJ) def. Isaiah Hernandez 6-7, 6-0, 10-5; Scott Sellers (NJ) def. Israel Brown 6-0, 7-5; Graham Walston (NJ) def. Keshav Patel 6-1, 6-1; Brandon Peedin (NJ) def. Elijah Brown 6-2, 6-3; Carsse Lucas (NJ) def. Adam Abdelhad 7-5, 2-6, 10-2. Johnson-Hernandez (NC) def. Barnes-Sellers 8-0; Brown-Patel (NC) def. Jones-Peedin 8-8 (7-4) ; Walston-Lucas (NJ) def. Brown-Abdelhad 8-3.


CBA drills Eastern Wayne 13-3

GOLDSBORO — The Charles B. Aycock High baseball team utilized a 14-hit attack in marching to a 13-3 victory over 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference rival Eastern Wayne on Tuesday.

Three players had multiple hits for the Golden Falcons (9-4, 6-3 ECC), with sophomore Ben Wright and freshman Chase Hare each having three hits. 

Wright tripled twice and had three RBIs. Freshman Austin Dilda was 2 for 3.

On the mound, freshman Carter Gipson tossed 3 2/3 innings of relief and allowed two hits. He struck out six without a walk, with the only run charged unearned.

CBA visits Corinth Holders on Monday.