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The Sid Boyette Field playing surface wasn’t in the best condition and the elements, much like the backdrop that caused the regularly scheduled Wednesday game to be postponed, weren’t the most pleasant.
But the Hunt High varsity baseball team took the field Thursday and did what it has done all season depite the external circumstances.
Junior Tyson Bass tossed a one-hitter in a complete-game effort while going 4 for 4 at the plate, and the Warriors polished off their first 3-A Big East Conference series sweep of the season with a 10-0, five inning win over Northern Nash.
Hunt (7-0, 2-0 Big East) began to break the game open in the bottom of the third, pushing across three runs to change what had been a scoreless game. With Bass continuing to keep the Knights (2-5, 0-2 Big East) at bay on the mount, Hunt slammed the door early with two runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule.
Bass doubled and drove in a run as part of his offensive showing, while sophomore Jarrett Aycock launched a two-run double. Northern Nash didn’t addres the sloppy conditions effectively, as the Knights were charged with five errors.
Travis Gamache had the lone hit for the Knights as Ben Heacox took the loss on the mound.
Hunt takes a brief respite from Big East play Saturday as it faces Perquimans in the Wilson Tobs Varsity Classic at Fleming Stadium.
Score by innings:
Northern Nash 000 00 — 0
Hunt 003 25 — 10
WP-Tyson Bass (2-0) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Ben Heacox.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Tyson Bass 4-4, 2B, RBI, Jarrett Aycock 1-4, 2B, RBI, Gavin Huff 1-2, Cody Mercer 1-3, RBI, Patrick Clark 1-2, Chase Waddell 1-2, RBI, Slade Rand 1-2; Northern Nash: Travis Gamache 1-1.
Firebirds evade South Garner 8-6
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity baseball team used a three-run outburst in the fourth inning and a four-run spree in the sixth before holding off a South Garner rally in the top of the seventh to claim an 8-6 victory Thursday.
Southern Nash (3-6) of the 3-A Big East Conference received four strong innings from sophomore starter Trey Mizzelle, who allowed just one unearned run in four innings of work. Mizzelle allowed two hits and struck out four.
Facing a first-year program in the 4-A South Wake Conference Titans (1-6), the Firebirds watched as South Garner trimmed an 8-2 deficit to just two before sophomore Isaiah Bland entered in relief and retired the Titans for his first save.
Offensively, junior A.J. Jones went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and a run batted in for the Firebirds. Classmate Dylan Alford was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Bland and senior Jonathan Stallings each had two hits and two RBIs.
Southern Nash hosts Smithfield-Selma on Monday before embarking on its second home-and-away Big East series with Hunt on Tuesday and Friday.
Score by innings:
South Garner 000 101 4 — 6
Southern Nash 010 304 0 — 8
WP-Trey Mizzelle (2-0) 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. S- Isaiah Bland (1) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: A.J. Jones 3-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, Dylan Alford 3-4, 2B, RBI, Jonathan Stallings 2-2, 2 RBI, Isaiah Bland 2-3, 2 RBI
Ladybirds nudge Knights 2-1 on PKs
ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Nef Gonzalez and freshman Kaylyn Younes each converted in a penalty-kick shootout, and sophomore goalkeeper Kathryn Robinson turned in consecutive saves to lift the Ladybirds to a 2-1 victory in penalties over 3-A Big East Conference opponent Northern Nash on Thursday night.
The Ladybirds (5-3, 1-1 Big East) emerged from a scoreless first half after sophomore Jada Zimmerman slammed in a deflection to give Southern Nash the lead, only to see Northern Nash (3-5, 0-2 Big East) tie it up minutes later.
Two 10-minute overtime sessions were insufficient to determine a winner, forcing PKs. Gonzalez countered a Northern Nash goal in the first round, and after a Knights miss in the second round, Younes converted to send the Ladybirds up 2-1, and two straight saves from Robinson allowed Southern Nash to escape with a win.
The Ladybirds visit North Johnston on Friday.
Lady Chargers blank St. Mary’s 2-0
RALEIGH — Chloe Villaverde and Briana Little each had a goal and an assist for the Wilson Christian girls soccer team Thursday in a 2-0 victory over Raleigh Saint Mary’s.
Villaverde put away a first-half goal off Little’s assist, with the latter returning the favor in the second half.
WCA (2-2) hosts Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Friday.