KENLY — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team bunted its way to a 2-0 nonconference victory against North Johnston in a rescheduled game Monday evening.
The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference posted their 15th win against two losses, while 2-A Eastern Plains Conference front-runner North Johnston slipped to 12-4.
CBA scored the game’s only two runs in the top of the first inning. Seniors Connor Vinson and Mookie Powell each beat out a bunt. Junior Cassandra Lassiter sacrifice-bunted them to third and second, respectively. Vinson scored when junior Taylor Puetz’s deep fly ball was dropped. After a strikeout, senior Allison Shingleton singled in Powell.
In the circle, CBA senior right-hander Taylor Waddell, who has signed with the University of Mount Olive, spaced four hits and four walks while striking out nine.
The Lady Panthers managed at least one base runner in every inning but never advanced a runner as far a third base. North Johnston’s Blayke Batten led off with a double in the bottom of the first, but was stranded at second.
CBA also squandered several threats as Shingleton, who is also headed to Mount Olive, batted 3 for 4. Connor Vinson managed two hits.
Sophomore Amberlyn Pearce took the pitching loss for North Johnston, allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out eight. Pearce allowed one earned run.
Batten led the North Johnston offense at 2 for 3. Lindsey Massengill and Taylor Narron had the other hits.
CBA returns to conference play on Tuesday, April 25, at 4-A South Central.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Allison Shingleton 3-4, RBI; Connor Vinson 2-3; North Johnston: Blayke Batten 2-3, 2B; Lindsey Massengill 1-1, Taylor Narron 1-2.
Lady Rams go 1-1 on last day of tourney
WINTERVILLE — The Greene Central High varsity softball team endured a feast-or-famine proposition during its last two games of the D.H. Conley Easter Tournament on Monday.
After a 17-hit output helped the Lady Rams erase a 9-6 deficit in the top of the seventh inning for an 11-9 win over Edenton Holmes, Greene Central’s offense was stymied for one of the few times all season in an 11-0 loss to East Carteret.
Hannah Burress and Katelin Uzzell had the lone two hits for Greene Central (16-3) against the Mariners, who scored in every inning but the first. Two runs in the bottom of the sixth brought forth the 10-run rule.
Burress was tagged with the loss for the Lady Rams, lasting five innings and giving up 12 hits. Six of her nine runs were earned. Susanne Taylor led the way for the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference Mariners (14-2), going 3 for 4 with a run scored and earning the win in relief.
Against Edenton Holmes, the Lady Rams rallied twice from sizable deficits. Greene Central posted four runs in the fourth to tie the game from a 5-1 deficit and surged ahead to stay with its five-run seventh. The teams combined for 10 errors.
Nyia Norwood and Elexie Sutton each had three hits to pace Greene Central, with Sutton driving in two runs. Burress, who pitched the distance, rapped two doubles. Meredith Mize was 4 for 5 to lead the 2-A Northeastern Coastal Conference Aces (12-8).
The Lady Rams return to 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference play on Tuesday, April 25 by hosting North Lenoir.