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The Beddingfield High softball team stepped outside the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference to register a 13-1 triumph in six innings at archrival Hunt High on Monday evening.
The Lady Bruins bounced back from last week’s two losses to undefeated North Johnston to post their 11th win against two losses. Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference fell to 7-8.
Senior right-handed Beddingfield pitcher Brianna Hale stopped the Lady Warriors on five hits and three walks while striking out three.
The Lady Bruins slammed 16 hits with Chloe Radford and Brianna Langley each batting 3 for 3 and driving in three runs. Radford doubled.
Cassie Dail and Hale each collected two hits. Dail drove in two runs and Hale doubled twice.
Beddingfield shortened the game an inning with five runs in the top of the sixth.
Hale doubled; Neleh Bottoms singled; Anna Gardner hit a sacrifice fly; Carissa Hayes singled; Langley laced an RBI single; Alexis Hayes blooped a single; Dail had a sacrifice fly and Radford doubled in the last two runs.
Hunt’s top hitter was JuliAnne Etheridge at 2 for 3. Amber Walston drove in the Lady Warriors’ only run in the second.
Beddingfield returns to conference play at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Nash Central.
Score by innings:
WP-Brianna Hale (11-1) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. LP-Brittany Glover 6 IP, 16 H, 13 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Chloe Radford 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI; Brianna Langley 3-3, 3 RBI; Cassie Dail 2-5, 2 RBI; Brianna Hale 2-4, 2 2B; Hunt: Brianna Tucker 1-2, JuliAnne Etheridge 2-3, Destiny Norris 1-3, Amber Walston 1-1, RBI.
Fike strikes early, clips Clayton, 8-4
CLAYTON — The visiting Fike High softball team scored seven runs in the first three innings en route to an 8-4 nonconference victory against Clayton on Monday evening.
The Lady Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference upped their record to 10-5 going into Tuesday night’s conference clash at 6 against Franklinton. Fike welcomes Rocky Mount for a Big East doubleheader at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Sophomore LeAnn Pittman pitched the seven-inning distance for Fike, allowing three runs (two earned), eight hits and three walks while striking out three.
Triggering Fike’s 10-hit offense was Caitlyn Graziani with a 3-for-5 showing that included a double.
Hailey Hammonds slammed a triple and double in four at-bats and drove in two runs.
Bailee Summerlin went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.
Score by innings:
WP-LeAnn Pittman 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. LP-Amrina Rangar 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 Bb, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Caitlyn Graziani 3-5, 2B; Bailee Summerlin 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Hailey Hammonds 2-4, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI; Clayton: Taeya Maloney 2-4, Cali Desiata 2-3.
Wilson Christian wins region debut
ROANOKE RAPIDS — The visiting Wilson Christian Academy softball team saw its record evened at 4-4 with a 5-3 loss to Halifax Academy on Monday.
The Lady Chargers were coming off a 27-0 demolishing of Bethel Christian of Kinston in their North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region opener last Friday.
Against Halifax, WCA trailed 5-0 before scoring its three runs in the sixth inning on a two-run home run from Casey Bunting and a solo homer from Faith Matthews.
Losing pitcher Haley Bunting struck out 10 and walked four in six innings.
Candice Smith sparked Halifax. Smith, in the circle, limited the Lady Chargers to four hits while striking out seven. At the plate, she doubled and drove in three runs.
Jennifer Edmondson pitched the win for WCA against Bethel. In five innings, Edmondson allowed four hits and no walks while striking out a pair.
The Lady Chargers shelled two Bethel pitchers for 12 hits and benefited from 16 walks and six errors.
Haley Bunting drove in seven runs, while Casey Bunting, Edmondson and Matthews each had three RBI. Driving in a pair of runs were Paige Barnes, Haley Parker and Olivia Vick. McKenna Griffin also had an RBI.
WCA is scheduled to host Rocky Mount Academy at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Score by innings:
WP-Candice Smith 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO. LP-Haley Bunting 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB,. 10 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Casey Bunting HR, 2 RBI; Faith Matthews HR, RBI; Halifax Academy: Candice Smith 2B, 3 RBI.
Score by innings:
WP-Jennifer Edmondson 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Rouse.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Haley Bunting 3B, 7 RBI; Casey Bunting 3 RBI, Jennifer Edmondson 3 RBI, Faith Matthews 3 RBI.
Bruins outlast WCA on called 3rd strike
The outcome of the Beddingfield-Wilson Christian varsity baseball game hinged upon the final strike, with Beddingfield escaping with a 12-11 nonconference victory on Wilson Christian’s Leonard Turnage Complex diamond Monday evening.
The Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks, with two runs, cut the deficit to the final score with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Right-hander Dustin Peele, the third Bruins pitcher, fell behind in the count three balls and no strikes to the WCA hitter. However, Peele came back with three consecutive strikes, including a called third strike, to preserve Beddingfield’s sixth win against seven losses. WCA tumbled to 4-9.
The Bruins of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A division turned back WCA for the second time this season and return to Eastern Plains Conference play at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Nash Central.
Beddingfield bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first inning — when Mann Farmer singled; Tyler Godwin lofted a sacrifice fly and Peele batted in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt.
Alston Pittman, the winning pitcher in relief, walloped a two-run home run in the fourth and cracked a two-run double in the sixth.
Pittman and Farmer each wound up batting 3 for 3.
Starting Bruins pitcher Rio Montes blanked the Chargers the first three innings.
However, WCA, benefiting from seven walks and five hit batsmen, retaliated with four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth and forging in front, 9-8.
In the bottom of the seventh, a walk, Gabe Barnes’ single and a fielder’s choice drove in a run. Preston Skinner was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Zach Denmark drew a bases-loaded walk to leave the Chargers trailing 12-11.
Then came the game-ending strikeout on a full-count pitch.
Barnes accounted for two of the Chargers’ five hits.
Score by innings:
WP-Alston Pittman 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. LP-Zach Denmark. S- Dustin Peele 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 Bb, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Mann Farmer 3-3, Alston Pittman 3-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI; Tyler Godwin 2-3, Rio Montes 2-4, Dustin Peele 2-4, RBI; Wilson Christian: Gabe Barnes 2-3, Aldrian Dehart 1-5, Preston Skinner 1-4, Jackson Hoskins 1-3.
Greenfield suffers first CPIC loss
GOLDSBORO — Despite eight saves from junior goalkeeper Sumer Hassan, the Greenfield School varsity girls soccer team was handed its first 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference loss Monday night with a 1-0 loss at archrival Wayne Country Day.
In the battle for the conference lead, the Lady Knights (8-4, 5-1 CPIC) took six shots, three of them on frame. Hassan kept the Knights within striking distance despite the middling offensive output, denying “four clear opportunities of goal,” according to assistant coach Luis Giron.
Wayne Country Day (7-1-1, 3-0 CPIC) struck in the first half and allowed the margin to stand throughout 80 minutes of play.
The rematch will come quickly, as it is set for Tuesday on Forbes Field.
Lady Panthers get past Beddingfield
Behind two goals each from seniors Victoria Williams and Barrett Davis, the North Johnston High girls soccer team claimed a 5-3 2-A Eastern Plains Conference victory against host Beddingfield on Monday.
Senior Michelle Rodriguez also netted a goal as the Lady Panthers improved to 3-1 in the conference and to 4-7-1 overall.
Contributing an assist each for North Johnston were senior Mary Catherine Davis, junior Melanie Barbee, Williams, junior Maira Teruel and sophomore Johanna Pacheco.
Freshman Lady Panthers goalkeeper Hannah Sherrod was credited with nine saves. Coach Jody Edwards said Sherrod stopped several Beddingfield shots from close range.
Faulkner’s 3 first-place showings pace CBA
GOLDSBORO — With a trio of first-place performances, Arlanda Faulkner led the way for the Charles B. Aycock High girls track team during Monday’s Wayne County championship meet at Eastern Wayne High.
The Lady Golden Falcons, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, finished fourth among seven teams with 98 points. Host Eastern Wayne won the meet with 168 points, as Southern Wayne, Goldsboro, Rosewood, Spring Creek and Wayne Country Day also competed.
Faulkner’s first-place efforts came in the triple jump, high jump and 100-meter hurdles. She cleared the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 11 inches and finished the high jump at 4-8. In the 100 hurdles, Faulkner crossed the line in a time of 15.3 seconds.
Three second-place showings were turned in by Alexis Reeves, as well as CBA’s 4x200 and 4x800 relays. The 4x200 team of Denai Watkins, Elicia Brown, Shi’tricia Speight, and Alana Reeves finished in 2:08, with Alexis Reeves, Alana Reeves, Kaitlyn Romine, and Sarah Gregory traversing the 4x800 in a time of 12:30.
Alexis Reeves finished second in the 800, posting a mark of 3:01. Alana Reeves finished the 800 just 14 seconds later in 3:15.
Among the third-place efforts were Dasani Jackson in the high jump and the 4x400 quartet of Brown, Elana Allen, Speight and Gregory.