AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Warriors’ offense awakens in rout of Beddingfield

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If the Hunt High varsity softball team were a 2-A program, then the Lady Warriors would conceivably feel right at home in the confines of the Eastern Plains Conference.

One night after snatching an extra-inning victory at home over Farmville Central, the Lady Warriors kept their bats active against county rival Beddingfield on Tuesday, producing a season-high 16 hits and stampeding to a 20-3 victory in five innings.

Hunt (2-3) of the 3-A Big East Conference scored in each inning but the fifth, posting four runs in the first, second and fourth innings. An eight-run third exacerbated the offensive gluttony.

Senior Allyson Matthews was 5 for 5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, with junior Brianna Tucker going 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. 

Sophomore Faith Matthews and freshman Madison Mercer each homered, with Mercer driving in four runs. Faith Matthews hit a two-run homer.

Beddingfield (3-2) did not help its cause with five errors. Hunt’s Brittany Glover, a senior, was credited with the win after allowing two hits over three innings.

The Lady Bruins had four hits. Junior Alexis Hayes drove in a run for Beddingfield, while in the circle, sophomore Neleh Bottoms was saddled with the loss.

“We knew what we were in for as far as Hunt offensively,” Beddingfield head coach Jeremy Howard said. One through six, they hit it hard, but they hit it hard one through nine.”

Beddingfield visits Northern Nash on Wednesday, while Hunt hosts West Johnston at 7 in a game that was moved from its original site in Benson.

Score by innings:

Hunt 448 40 20

Beddingfield 100 02 3

WP-Brittany Glover 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO. LP-Neleh Bottoms.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Brianna Tucker 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, Madison Mercer 2-5, HR, 4 RBI, Faith Matthews 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, Allyson Matthews 5-5, 2 2B, RBI, Desi Norris 2-3, 2 RBI; Beddingfield: Alexis Hayes 1-2, RBI, Kaitlin Abrams 1-3, Karissa Hayes 1-2.

Pam Pack’s Tucker mows down GC

WASHINGTON — After a pair of wins to start the season, the Greene Central varsity softball team ran into the buzzsaw that is the right arm of Washington junior pitcher Abbi Tucker in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference debut for both squads Tuesday.

Tucker, who was the ECC Pitcher of the Year in leading the Pam Pack to an unbeaten run through the conference last spring, was back in that form as she fired a four-hit shutout, walked none and struck out eight in handing the Lady Rams their first loss 6-0. Tucker (3-0), who drove in two runs despite not getting a hit, had given up 10 runs in a win against D.H. Conley last Friday.

The Pam Pack (3-0) rattled Lady Rams sophomore starter Laura Wade for nine hits. Two of Washington’s runs were unearned.

Greene Central hosts Eastern Wayne in a nonconference outing Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 000 000 0 0

Washington 014 001 x 6

WP-Abbi Tucker (3-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO. LP-Laura Wade (2-1) 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Allison Wade 1-2. Washington: Mary Emma Holscher 2-3, 2 RBIs; Lily Wright 1-3, 2 RBIs.

Lady Chargers swarmed by EWA

ZEBULON — In all likelihood, the Wilson Christian softball team is ready to see another team other than East Wake Academy on its schedule.

For the second time in a five-day span Tuesday, the Lady Chargers were handed a lopsided defeat by EWA in a 16-1 decision. That followed Friday’s 24-6 loss at the hands of the 1-A North Central Conference Eagles that left the reigning North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A champion Lady Chargers winless through two games.

WCA was held to one hit off the bat of senior McKenna Griffin as the Lady Chargers posted their only run in the third. Freshman Jennifer Edmondson took the loss in the circle for WCA.

East Wake Academy (2-1) pounded out 13 hits, with freshman Jennifer Edmondson getting the loss for WCA.

Wilson Christian is at Wake Christian on Monday.


Score by innings:

Wilson Chr. 001 00 1

East Wake Acad. 455 2x 16

WP-Avery Privette 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO.  LP-Jennifer Edmondson 4 IP, 13 H, 16 R, 11 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.

Lady Falcons grounded by Conley

WINTERVILLE — The C.B. Aycock varsity softball team dropped below .500 in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play after a 7-0 road loss to D.H. Conley on Tuesday evening. 

The Lady Golden Falcons (4-3, 1-2 ECC) could only mount one hit, a single by Abbey Thomas, against Lady Vikings sophomore starting pitcher Lauren Wiles, who pitched all seven innings for the shutout and struck out 11 while walking two.

Marie Kidd was the losing pitcher for the Golden Falcons as she pitched six innings and gave up seven runs, five earned, and struckout three while walking two. The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth until Conley (3-1, 2-0 ECC) broke through with four runs. 

Aycock will hit the road again Friday with a chance to even up its conference record against Eastern Wayne at 5 p.m. 

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 000 000 0 0

D.H. Conley 000 403 x 7

WP-Lauren Wiles 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, SO 11. LP-Marie Kidd 6 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — C.B. Aycock: Abbey Thomas 1-2. D.H. Conley: Trinity Nichols 2-3, 2 RBIs; Madison Rose 1-2, HR, 3 RBIs. 


Greenfield doubles up Ridgecroft

MURFREESBORO —  The Greenfield School boys tennis team opened its 2019 season Monday, getting wins in four of the six singles matches en route to posting a 6-3 victory over Ridgecroft on the campus of Chowan University.

Greenfield, a 1-A member of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, won  at the Nos. 1-4 singles positions, with McGuire Metts, Cabell Metts, Frankie Peele and Amz Hoffner all winning in straight sets. Hoffner, at No. 4 singles, dispatched his opposition by a 6-0, 6-0 margin.

In doubles, the teams of Metts-Metts and Peele-Hoffner clinched the outcome at the top two doubles flights. Metts-Metts won 8-3 at No. 1, with Peele-Hoffner following at No. 2 with an 8-2 showing.

The Knights are at Rocky Mount Faith Christian on Friday.

Warriors top Knights in Big East debut

ROCKY MOUNT — Hunt won all three tiebreakers on the way to a 6-3 win at Northern Nash in the 3-A Big East Conference boys tennis opener for both teams Tuesday.

The Warriors, now 2-0 overall, got singles wins at Nos. 3 and 4 from Matt Prasasouk and Ben Tong after the Knights won the first two singles seeds. Sam Candelario then pulled out a 10-8 third-set tiebreaker to beat Northern Nash’s Noah Davis at No. 5. Julian Hernandez rallied from a 7-5 loss in the first set of his sixth-seed singles match against Nick Murphy to win the second set 7-5 and force a third-set tiebreaker, which Hernandez won 10-6.

Hernandez teamed with Tong to pull out a 10-6 tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles. Hunt’s Jae Jin Lee-Candelario won No. 2 doubles.

The Warriors will host Princeton in a nonconference match Wednesday after the teams finish a match that was halted due to darkness at Princeton on March 6. Hunt leads 4-3 with two doubles matches still undecided.



Owen Hans (NN) 6-1, 6-0; Ashton Palmer (NN) def. Jae Jin Lee 6-3, 6-1; Matt Prasasouk (H) def. Jay Patel 6-3, 6-1; Ben Tong (H) def. Eric Bass 6-2, 6-3; Sam Candelario (H)  def. Noah Davis 6-2, 5-7, (8); Julian Hernandez (H) def. Nick Murphy 5-7, 7-5, (6).

Hans-Palmer (NN) def. Taylor-Prasasouk 8-1; Lee-Candelario (H) def. Patel-Davis 8-5; Tong-Hernandez (H) def. Bass-Murphy 9-8(6)


Warriors stay unbeaten, blank Bruins

The Hunt High varsity baseball team kept up its unbeaten start to 2019 on Tuesday afternoon, scoring in each inning but the fifth in a workmanlike 11-0, five-inning victory at Beddingfield.

Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference, unbeaten through four games, doubled up the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bruins (0-3) in hits by a 10-5 margin.

Junior Tyson Bass led the way offensively for the Warriors, going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Junior Patrick Clark was 2 for 2, while sophomore Gavin Huff tacked on a two-run double.

Sophomore Blaize Keen, who added a double, tossed 1 2/3 innings to get the victory. He allowed three of Beddingfield’s five hits and struck out two without a walk. 

“I thought we swung the bats well and attacked the strike zone very well,” Hunt head coach Jon Smith said.

Senior Austin Slate took the loss for Beddingfield while getting of the Bruins’ five hits.

Hunt returns to Sid Boyette Field on Wednesday to face C.B. Aycock as Beddingfield visits Wilson Christian on Friday.


Score by innings:

Hunt 333 20 11

Beddingfield 000 00 0

WP-Blaize Keen 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Austin Slate.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Tyson Bass 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, Patrick Clark 2-2, Gavin Huff 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, Blaize Keen 1-2, 2B, Chase Waddell 1-2, RBI; Beddingfield: Mann Farmer 1-3, Austin Slate 1-3, Rio Montes 1-2, Ty Johnson 1-2, Garrett Harris 1-2.

Cyclones win CIC opener

GREENVILLE — Junior Thomas Lane had a sixth-inning grand slam and guided the Community Christian School varsity baseball team to a win in relief during a 8-3 win over Oakwood on Tuesday.

CCS, in winning its 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference opener, picked up its first win of the season.

Lane relieved senior starting pitcher Drew Oliver in the third and allowed one hit, striking out one and walking three. CCS separated from a 1-1 contest in the fifth with three runs and tacked on four more in the sixth.

Sophomore Lawson Summerlin pitched the last two innings to get the save, recording five strikeouts and walking two.

CCS, which had four hits, had a 1-for-3 showing from junior Dylan Manning. Oliver singled and sophomore Chase Joyner went 1 for 4 with three RBIs.

Oakwood fell to 1-1.

CCS continues conference play Thursday at Rocky Mount Faith Christian.


Score by innings:

CCS 001 034 0 8

Oakwood 100 110 0 3

WP-Thomas Lane 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB,  1 SO. S-Lawson Summerlin 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Drew Oliver 1-3, Chase Joyner 1-4, 3 RBI, Thomas Lane 1-3, HR, 4 RBI, Dylan Manning 1-3.

Knights’ miscues lead to loss at Parrott

KINSTON — Four days after losing to Parrott Academy 11-0 in the season opener, the Greenfield School varsity baseball team’s chance for revenge was undone by costly errors in the second and sixth innings that led to seven runs with two outs for the Patriots in their 12-6 win.

“We did a very good job at the plate today with 12 hits,” Knights head coach Daniel Johnson said. “We pitched OK today but a couple of mistakes hurt us. We had chances to get out of the second and sixth innings and were not able to make the play. We will just have to keep working and improving.”

Jacob Wiggs (0-1) took the loss on the mound, giving up eight runs, but only four earned, on five hits and three walks over three innings.

Nathan Woodard doubled and singled in two at-bats, driving in two runs, while Luke Flaherty was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Greenfield. William Smith went 2 for 3.

Greenfield dropped to 1-2 while the Patriots exited 2-2.

The Knights host Kerr-Vance Academy on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Barton College’s Nixon Field.

CBA blanked at Conley, 8-0

WINTERVILLE — The early season woes for the C.B. Aycock varsity baseball team didn’t get any help from D.H. Conley or senior right-handed pitcher Robbie O’Neal on Tuesday.

O’Neal struck out 12 Golden Falcons in a five-inning start as the Vikings remained unbeaten through five games with an 8-0 victory. Conley rose to 2-0 in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play while Aycock fell to 0-5 and 0-3, respectively.

The Falcons, who will play at Hunt in a nonconference game Wednesday, managed just one single by Noah Overton.

“We’re doing some things better and trying to stay positive,” CBA head coach Allen Thomas said. “We’re learning and growing, but we ran up against a good arm. O’Neal was throwing it up there pretty good and it was the first time a lot of our guys had seen something like that.”

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 000 000 0 0

D.H. Conley 120 032 x 0

WP-Robbie O’Neal 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 SO. LP-Adam Brogden (0-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — C.B. Aycock: Noah Overton 1-3. D.H. Conley: Cam Jackson 2-4, RBI; Jake Lysaght 2-3, 2 R; Robbie O’Neal 2-3, RBI.

Rams lose ECC opener at Washington

WASHINGTON — Host Washington scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and added six more in the sixth to break open a close game and hand Greene Central a 16-6 loss in six innings in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference varsity baseball opener for both teams Tuesday.

The Rams, 1-2 overall, scored one in the first before the Pam Pack (5-1) erupted for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Greene Central retaliated with four runs in the top of the third to tie the score and took the lead with another run in the fourth before the Washington offense heated up again in the fifth.

Starting pitcher Perry Tingen took the loss for the Rams while Hunter Hall pitched the last three innings to earn the win for the Pam Pack.

Hall also doubled three times and drove in two runs. Trey Fields tripled and scored twice for the Rams while Daren Barefoot collected two RBIs.

The Rams host Eastern Wayne on Wednesday.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 104 100 6

Washington 500 056 16

WP-Hunter Hall 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO. LP-Perry Tingen 4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Trey Fields 1-3, 3B, 2 R; Daren Barefoot 1-3, 2 RBIs; Zach Taylor 1-2, RBI; Dylan Benton 1-2, RBI. Washington: Hunter Hall 4-4, 3 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Robert Pollock 1-3, 2B, 4 RBIs; Logan Everette 1-4, 3 RBIs, 2 R.


McNair, Wall pace Lady Knights to win

SANFORD — Seventh-grader Serenity McNair knocked in four goals and junior Kaelyn Wall had three as the Greenfield School girls soccer team halted a two-game skid with a 7-4 victory Tuesday at Lee Christian.

The Lady Knights, now 2-2, fell behind 1-0 in the first minute but, seven minutes later, McNair sent a pass to Wall, who finished for the equalizer.

McNair then scored four straight goals, the third coming on a pass from Wall, to seize control. Wall’s last two goals came on assists by junior Caroline Stone.

The Lady Knights outshot Lee Christian 26-17.

Greenfield returns home to face Wilson Christian at 6 p.m. Thursday.

SN overwhelms Nash Central 8-0

STANHOPE — Senior Neftali Gonzalez and junior Brisa Savilla-Castro each had a hat trick for the Southern Nash High varsity girls soccer team Monday afternoon in a 8-0 victory over Nash Central.

Sophomore Jada Zimmerman had two goals for the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds, who improved to 4-1 overall. To date, Southern Nash has netted 23 goals, while conceding just one in its sole loss, a 1-0 decision to Cleveland.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kathryn Robinson oversaw the shutout for Southern Nash behind a defense of sophomore Michaela Gibson, sophomore Briana Cobos-Garcia, senior Melissa Hernandez, junior Marley Winstead and sophomore Rubi Guttierrez-Aleman.

Nash Central, Southern’s former Big East foe now affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, fell to 1-3.

Southern Nash gets an opportunity to avenge its only loss Thursday when it travels to Cleveland.


SN boys, girls win quad meet

ROCKY MOUNT -— The girls and boys track and field teams from Southern Nash each finished first at a quad meet Monday at Nash Central.

The Ladybirds totaled 130 points to eclipse runner-up Rocky Mount by 14 points. Tristan Foster won both the 100-meter dash and 300 hurdles and anchored the Ladybirds’ victorious 4x100 relay with Jenira McKoy, Symia Mccalston and Krystal Taybron.

Jadiza Jimenez also collected two individual wins, placing first in the 800 and 1,600 runs and joining the Ladybirds’ winning 4x800 tandem with Laurel Coffey, Makayla Gibson and Brooke Lucas.

Taylor Gardener won the pole vault.

The Southern Nash boys posted a total of 118 points to clip Kinston with 102 and Rocky Mount with 100.

Hunter Issette set personal records in winning the 1,600 run in 4 minutes, 54 seconds, and the 3,200 in 11:15. Quinton Cooley and Darius Edmundson won the long jump and 100 dash, respectively, while Kahari Caudle set a PR in the 400 dash with a time of 55.6 seconds.

Floars leads CBA girls in meet at Fike

Adrian Floars won the girls shot put and discus for C.B. Aycock in its season-opening meet Monday at Fike.

Dasani Jackson placed first for the Lady Falcons in the high jump, clearing 4 feet. Runner-up finishes came for CBA from Denai Watkins (100-meter dash), Kayla West (800 run), Ebony Green (300 hurdles) as well as the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay team.


WCA girls lose at OLPH

ROCKY MOUNT — Wilson Christian absorbed an 8-1 setback in Tuesday’s girls soccer match at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Chloe Villaverde netted the Lady Chargers’ only goal on a penalty kick.

Wilson Christian plays at Greenfield on Thursday afternoon at 4:30.

CCS overwhelms Bethel 13-3

KINSTON — Lawson Summerlin and Landon Beamon were each 3 for 3 to pace the Community Christian School baseball team to a 13-3 win at Kinston Bethel Christian on Monday.

It was the first win for the Cyclones after dropping their opener.

Beamon also earned the win on the mound, starting and pitching two innnings. He allowed two hits and an unearned run, striking out two and walking three.

CCS is at Rocky Mount Faith Christian on Thursday.