AREA ROUNDUP: Warriors seize opening Big East match from Demons

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Despite a 73 by reigning 3-A Big East Conference boys golf champion Jake Herring of Fike, Hunt seized the first conference match of the season from the Golden Demons on Wednesday at Willow Springs Country Club.

Led by runner-up Garrett Johnson with a 41-40—81 on the par-71 layout and third-place Adam Dermer with a 39-43—82, the Warriors posted a team score of 334 to top three-time defending champion Fike by six strokes. Dante Gaetano shot an 83 and Sanjeev Francis fired an 88 for the Warriors.

“I am very proud of my team,” Hunt coach Matt Lemmons said. “We almost achieved our first goal of shooting 330 for the match. I am extremely proud of Johnson and Dermer for their leadership and the steady play they have shown early in the year and at practice. Also, the play from our newcomers Dante Gaetano and Sanjeev Francis has been huge for us this year. But they understand that this was only match one and there is a long way to go.”

Gaetano’s 39-44—83 included birdies on Nos. 2, 7 and 8 while Francis carded a 44 on the front and back.

Herring birdied 3, 11 and 12 on his way to a 39-34—73. Also scoring for the Demons were Ryan Richardson (48-39—87), Luke Gregory (43-46—89), Aaron Boswell (48-43—91) and Warren Matthews (50-45—95).

Franklinton finished third with a team score of 373, followed by Northern Nash (390), Southern Nash (428) and Rocky Mount (515). The Firebirds were led by Carson Winstead with a score of 46-48—94.

The next 18-hole conference match is Wednesday, March 20, at Brevofield Golf Links in Wake Forest, hosted by Franklinton.

Hunt’s Dermer gets 1st career ace

Monday may have just been the first practice round for 3-A Big East Conference boys golf teams but it will be one that Hunt High senior Adam Dermer long remembers.

Playing in the league’s usual nine-hole warm-up match prior to Wednesday’s Big East season-opening match at Willow Springs Country Club, Dermer produced his first career hole-in-one. 

Using a 9-iron, Dermer aced No. 7 at the WSCC layout from 134 yards. Witnessing Dermer’s feat were playing partners Aaron Boswell from Fike and Cameron Whitaker from Franklinton.


Warriors pick up 2 wins vs. Bulldogs

Hunt hosted Princeton in a nonconference boys tennis match Wednesday and the Warriors doubled their win total on the season after claiming a 6-3 victory in a match that was suspended due to darkness last week at Princeton and winning 8-0 in the regularly scheduled match.

The 3-A Big East Conference Warriors (4-0) led 4-3 with Nos. 1 and 3 doubles still in progress from the March 6 match. Hunt’s Nick Tew-Julian Hernandez scored an 8-1 victory over Princeton’s Luis Contreras-Leo Vilchez to clinch the victory.

In the scheduled match, Hunt got singles wins from Zack Taylor, Jae Jin Lee, Matt Prasasouk, Ben Tong, Sam Candelario and Hernandez. Lee-Candelario and Tong-Hernandez notched wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles while the first doubles match went uncontested.

The 1-A Carolina Conference Bulldogs dropped to 0-5. Hunt will visit defending Big East champion Rocky Mount on Thursday.



Completion of suspended match from March 6 at Princeton

Blaine Phillips (P) def. Zack Taylor 6-3, 5-7, (10-7); Juan Bravo (P) def. Matt Prasasouk (H) 6-3, 1-6, (12-10); Jared Jones (P) def. Ben Tong 4-6, 6-3, (10-8); Nick Tew (H) def. Matt Eason 6-2, 6-1; Sam Candelario (H) def. Luis Contreras 6-1, 6-0; Julian Hernandez (H) def. Leo Vilchez 6-4, 6-1.

Taylor-Prasasouk (H) def. Bravo-Jones 8-4; Tong-Candelario (H) def. Phillips-Eason 8-5; Tew-Hernandez (H) def. Contreras-Vilchez 8-1.



Zack Taylor (H) def. Blaine Phillips 7-5, 6-7(4), (11-9); Jae Jin Lee (H) def. Juan Bravo 6-3, 6-2; Matt Prasasouk (H) def. Jared Jones 5-7, 6-3, (13-11); Ben Tong (H) def. Matt Eason 6-1, 6-0; Sam Candelario (H) def. Leo Vilchez 6-0, 6-0; Julian Hernandez (H) def. Julian Saucedo 6-1, 6-1.

Taylor-Prasasouk (H) v. Phillips-Bravo, not contested; Lee-Candelario (H) def. Jones-Eason 8-2; Tong-Hernandez (H) def. Vilchez-Saucedo 8-0.


Rams battered 13-2 by Eastern Wayne

SNOW HILL – Four Greene Central pitchers combined to give up 12 hits and 11 walks while hitting two Eastern Wayne batters as the visiting Warriors rolled to a 13-2 varsity baseball win in six innings Wednesday.

Greene Central (1-3) of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference managed just two hits of Eastern Wayne starting pitcher Andrew Fricks, who walked six Rams and struck out five.

Eastern Wayne (4-2), a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, scored four runs in the top of the first inning and added five more in the second.

The Rams return to 2-A ECC play Friday at home against Kinston.

Score by innings:

Eastern Wayne 452 002 13

Greene Central 100 100 2

WP-Andrew Fricks 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 5 SO. LP-Dylan Benton 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Eastern Wayne: Ryan Sullivan 4-5, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI; Daniel Weeks 2-3, 2 RBIs. Greene Central: Cody Lanier 1-1, RBI.


Lady Bruins hold off Northern Nash

 ROCKY MOUNT — Down its usual starting pitcher and facing a high-velocity hurler, the bats of the Beddingfield High varsity softball team had their moments of difficulty Wednesday at Northern Nash.

But with freshman Abby Edmundson effectively pitching to contact in her first career start, the Lady Bruins stayed in the game defensively and got a key two-run single from junior Alexis Hayes to spark a three-run third inning en route to a 3-1 victory.

Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, despite striking out 15 times against Northern Nash pitcher Jenna McKenney, improved to 4-2. Northern Nash, out of the 3-A Big East Conference, lost for the second time without a win.

After Edmundson gave up an unearned run in the second, Beddingfield, which finished with just two hits, strung together just enough approaches at the plate to get a lead against McKenney.

Sophomore Hannah Sangster walked and freshman Brilyn Honeycutt was hit by a McKenney offering, allowing senior Karissa Hayes to bunt them over. Anna Gardner, a junior, walked to load the bases, and with two outs, Alexis Hayes dumped her two-run single just into right field to give the Lady Bruins the lead. Gardner later scored on a passed ball.

“No offense to who we’ve seen, but Jenna is the most powerful pitcher we’ve faced,” Beddingfield head coach Jeremy Howard said. “But to go on the road missing one of our key players and still get a win, we’ll take it. We’ll take them any way we can.”

With sophomore Neleh Bottoms sidelined due to sickness, Edmundson allowed five hits, while striking out three and walking one. Northern Nash threatened in the bottom of the seventh by getting the first two runners on. But Edmundson recorded a strikeout on the next batter, and a pair of groundouts left the tying run on the basepaths.

Beddingfield hosts Northern Nash in a rematch Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Beddingfield 003 000 0 3

Northern Nash 010 000 0 1

WP-Abby Edmundson 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Jenna McKenney 7 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 15 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Alexis Hayes 2-3, 2 RBI; Norther Nash: Hannah Evans 2-3, RBI.

Hunt’s comeback attempt falls short against West Johnston

After falling behind 14-2 to West Johnston in the first three innings, the Hunt High varsity softball team made a comeback attempt that fell just short on Wednesday night.

The Lady Warriors (2-4) came within 14-13, but fell 17-14 to the Lady Wildcats (2-1). Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference has scored at least nine runs in its last three games after starting 0-3. 

West Johnston (2-1) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference put up three runs in the first inning to chase senior starting pitcher Brittany Glover after she allowed four hits and three earned runs.  The Lady Wildcats put up 11 runs in the next two innings.

But down 14-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Warriors came out swinging with seven hits and eight runs. Hunt tacked on three runs in the fifth. Then in the sixth inning, senior Savannah Craft hit a two-run homer to put the Lady Wildcats up. 16-13. Craft was the winning pitcher and finished a double short of the cycle, going 3 for 5 at the plate, scoring four runs and notching four RBIs. Craft allowed 11 hits, 12 runs and six walks in 4 1/3 innings of relief.

The teams scored once in the seventh. Hunt finished with 13 hits, including a 3-for-4 effort from junior Destiny Norris that included two RBIs and a pair runs scored. Sophomore Faith Matthews and freshman Madison Mercer each finished 2 for 4. Matthews had a double and 2 RBIs. Mercer also added an RBI.

Hunt will next be on the road against Northern Nash at 7 p.m. to open Big East play.

Score by innings:

West Johnston 356 002 1 17

Hunt 020 830 1 14

WP-Savannah Craft 4 1/3 IP, 11 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 6 BB, 3 SO. LP-Brittany Glover 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER. 

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Destiny Norris 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Faith Matthews 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, R, BB; Mackenzie House 1-3, 2B, 2 R; Madison Mercer 2-4, RBI, 2 R. West Johnston: Savannah Craft 3-5, HR, 3B, 4 R, 4 RBIs, BB; Anna Barbour 2-4, 2 2B 4 RBIs, R, BB.

Sixth inning dooms SN at Cleveland

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash varsity softball team saw a one-run lead disintegrate in the later innings at Cleveland on Wednesday, as a run to tie it in the fifth gave way to an eight-run sixth inning en route to a 9-1 defeat.

Southern Nash (3-2) of the 3-A Big East Conference posted a run in the bottom of the first, but an unearned tally in the the fifth tied it. Eight runs, buoyed by multiple Southern Nash miscues, defined the tumultuous sixth inning.

Cleveland of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference remained unbeaten through four games and outhit the Ladybirds 7-5.

Southern Nash, which committed four errors, was paced at the plate by junior Carrigan Ewers and sophomore Taylor Bailey. Each collected two hits. Elisabeth Collie, a junior, singled.

The Ladybirds return home Thursday to face Nash Central.


Score by innings:

Cleveland 000 018 0 9

Southern Nash 100 000 0 1


Lady Rams batter Eastern Wayne 14-1

SNOW HILL — The Greene Central High softball team bounced back from being blanked by Washington on Tuesday with a 14-1 win in its home opener over Eastern Wayne on Wednesday night.

The Lady Rams (3-1) of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference had eight of 12 batters get a hit, and three of those eight got two hits, including senior Allison Wade. Wade was 2 for 3 with a double and five RBIs to go along with a walk. Sophomore Meredith Warren-Lane had a two-run double. Junior Daly Keel went 1 for 2 with three runs batted in, while freshman Amber Speight was 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.

Sophomore Laura Wade, the winning pitcher, only allowed three hits and struck out five. Wade only yielded an unearned run in the first.

The Lady Rams will be back in action Friday to host ECC foe Kinston at 6 p.m.

Score by innings:

Eastern Wayne 100 00 1

Greene Central 452 3X 14

WP- Laura Wade (3-1) 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. 

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Allison Wade 2-3, 5 RBIs, 2B, BB, R; Daly Keel 1-2, 3 RBIs, R, BB; Amber Speight 1-3, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Meredith Warren-Lane 1-2, 2B, 2 RBIs. 



Fike boys, girls sweep tri-meet

The Fike boys and girls each finished first in Monday’s three-team track and field meet at Fike. The Golden Demons posted a score of 88 to down C.B. Aycock (61) and Rosewood (37) while the Lady Demons totaled 73 points ahead of Aycock (49) and Rosewood (22).

Individual winners for the Fike boys were Davis Nicol, who set a personal record in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet, 3 inches; Chase Eaton with a time of 15.63 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and 46.44 in the 300 hurdles; Amando Robles in the 800 run (2:17.61); Elijahwon Cooper in the high jump (5-10), triple jump (41-1.5) and long jump (20-11); Samuel Stevens in the 1,600 run (4:56.19) and Zyree Wilder in the 400 dash (54.36). The Demons were also victorious in the 4x800 relay (9:31.09).

First-place finishes for the Lady Demons were recorded by Nizejai Anderson in the 100 dash (13.29); Nirrya Foster in the 100 hurdles (16.13) and 300 hurdles (1:02.01); Reagan Fulghum in the 800 run (3:08.10); Desiree Blakeney in the long jump (14-4) and Jalia Yelverton in the 400 dash (1:10.63) and 200 dash (28.63). Fike also three relays —  4x100 (56.0), 4x200 (1:56.71) and 4x400 (5:23.24).

Aycock got wins in the boys meet from Matthew Hammons in the 100 dash (11.36); Torrance Franklin in the discus (119-4); Alijuan Moore in the 200 dash (23.62) and the 4x100 relay (45.28).

Adrian Floars won the girls shot put (25-3) and discus (74-3) for C.B. Aycock.

Dasani Jackson of CBA was the only competitor in the girls high jump, clearing 4 feet.