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Bunting’s first-game grand slam powers WCA to twinbill split

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Junior Casey Bunting’s third-inning grand slam powered the host Wilson Christian Academy softball team to a 4-0 victory in the first game and to a doubleheader split against Wake Christian of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A ranks on Thursday at the Leonard Turnage Complex.

Bunting's sister, Haley, drove in all three Lady Chargers’ runs in the second five-inning game, but Wake Christian emerged with a 5-3 victory.

Wilson Christian, the reigning North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A champion, emerged with a 6-5 record.

Haley Bunting tossed a three-hit shutout in the opener, outdueling the Lady Bulldogs’ Morgan Lucas. Bunting did not issue a walk and struck out eight.

The Lady Chargers managed six hits against Lucas. Holland Miller, McKenna Griffin, Haley Parker, Paige Barnes and Christy Jones each singled. In the second game, Wilson Christian answered Wake’s run in the top of the first and its two runs in the top of the third.

But the Lady Bulldogs snapped the 3-3 tie with two runs in the fourth.

Haley Bunting rapped a double and single in driving in the three runs. Parker singled.

Haley Bunting was the losing pitcher, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out six.

Lucas doubled twice and drove in two runs for Wake Christian. Winstead laced two singles.

Wilson Christian continues play outside the NCCSA 2-A East Region at Cape Fear Christian of Wilmington on Friday at 4 p.m.

Game 1

Score by innings:

Wake Christian00000—0

Wilson Chr,0040x—4

WP-Haley Bunting 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO. LP-Morgan Lucas 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wake Christian: Haislip 2B, Tew 1B, Lucas 1B; Wilson Christian: Casey Bunting grand slam, Holland Miller 1B, McKenna Griffin 1B, Haley Parker 1B, Paige Barnes 1B, Christy Jones 1B.

Game 2

Score by innings:

Wake Christian10220—5

Wilson Chr,10200—3

WP-Brown 4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 SO. LP-Haley Bunting 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wake Christian: Morgan Lucas 2 2B, 2 RBI; Winstead 2 1B; Wilson Christian: Haley Bunting 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Haley Parker 1B, RBI.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lady Chargers fall 3-2 to St. Mary’s

The host Wilson Christian Academy girls soccer team returned from spring break with a 3-2 loss to St. Mary’s of Raleigh on Thursday.

The Lady Chargers were not able to overcome a pair of St. Mary’s goals in a span of five minutes midway the second half and fell to 7-3-1.

Trailing 1-0, Wilson Christian forged a 1-1 halftime tie on Kendall Harris’ goal in the 27th minute. Anna Grace Abrams had the assist.

After falling behind 3-1, the Lady Chargers struck on Lea Gossett’s unassisted goal in the 75th minute.

“They caught us out of position and took advantage with a couple of goals,” WCA head coach Don Samson said of the costly Lady Chargers defensive breakdown midway through the second half. “They did a good job in the second half of out-possessing us. They invite you to try to outrun them, and that’s not something we do well.”

St. Mary’s posted a 15-13 edge in shots and senior Wilson Christian goalkeeper Kimberly Lamm recorded eight saves.

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