AREA ROUNDUP: Fike softball scores 11 in the 6th to vault past Farmville Central

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FARMVILLE — An 11-run outburst in the top of the sixth inning sent the visiting Fike High varsity softball team to a 15-4 nonconference rout of 2-A Farmville Central on Friday evening.

The Lady Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference shelled Farmville Central pitching for 13 hits in posting their third win against two losses.

Seven hits, three walks and a pair of Lady Jaguars errors produced 11 runs in the sixth.

Lydia Hunt, Kailyn Terry, Caitlyn Graziani, Bailee Summerlin, Caitlyn Vinoski and Lindsey Curlings all rapped a pair of hits for Fike. Hunt drove in three runs and Terry and Curlings a pair each.

Curlings, a freshman, was the winning pitcher, allowing seven hits and two earned runs in working the six-inning distance. She struck out two.

Fike next sees action at home next Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Farmville Central of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

Score by innings:

Fike 004 00(11) — 15

Farmville Cent. 111 010 — 4

WP-Lindsey Curlings (1-0) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Abby Foster.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Lydia Hunt 2-4, 3 RBI; Kailyn Terry 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Caitlyn Graziani 2-4, Bailee Summerlin 2-4, Caitlyn Vinoski 2-2, Lindsey Curlings 2-4, 2 RBI; Macaela Tuner 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI; Farmville Central: Abby Foster 3-3, 2B.

Lady Falcons clip Hunt for 2nd time

PIKEVILLE — The host Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team snapped a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and proceeded to a 11-5 nonconference conquest of Hunt High on Friday evening.

The second win against the Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference boosted 3-A CBA of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference to 3-0. Hunt stands 1-4.

The Lady Warriors cut the deficit to 7-5 with three runs in the top of the sixth, but the Lady Golden Falcons answered with four runs in their half of the inning.

Winning CBA pitcher Marie Kidd, a sophomore, allowed nine hits and two earned run in working the distance. Hunt starter Brittany Glover took the loss.

The Lady Warriors’ Allison Matthews slugged a first-inning homer and wound up 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Julianne Etheridge batted 3 for 4 and Mckenzie House 2 for 5.

Georgia Parnell paced CBA with a 4-for-4 outing. Abbey Thomas batted 3 for 3 and Sandra Lassiter 3 for 4.

CBA launches conference play at home against New Bern at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Hunt tests Greenville Rose at 5 p.m. Monday.

Score by innings:

Hunt 100 103 0 — 5

C.B. Aycock 002 234 x — 11

WP-Marie Kidd 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Brittany Glover 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Allison Matthews 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Julianne Etheridge 3-4, 2 RBI; Mckenzie House 2-4; Charles B. Aycock: Georgia Parnell 4-4, Sandra Lassiter 3-4, Abbey Thomas 3-3.

Ladybirds pitchers combine for no-no

STANHOPE — Pitchers Kierstin Cooper and Carrigan Ewers combined for a five-inning no-hitter as the host Southern Nash High varsity softball team notched a 10-0 triumph against former 3-A Big East Conference rival Nash Central on Friday evening.

The two Ladybirds pitchers posted eight strikeouts. Cooper, who worked the first three innings, picked up the win.

Up 1-0, Southern Nash took command with six runs in the second inning.

Lauren Fassnacht triggered the Ladybirds assault with two hits and two runs batted in. Elisabeth Collie, Caroline Winstead and Cooper each connected for a run-scoring hit.

With a 3-2 record, Southern Nash plays Smithfield-Selma in a doubleheader Monday.

Score by innings:

Nash Central 000 00 — 0

Southern Nash 160 03 — 10

WP-Kierstin Cooper.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Lauren Fassnacht 2 hits, 2 RBI.


Fike edges Saints 2-1 in 8 innings

A dropped fly ball in the outfield decided a nonconference varsity baseball nail-biter won 2-1 by host Fike against Southern Wayne on a cold Friday evening.

The unearned run vaulted the Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference to their fourth consecutive win after a season-opening loss. Fike continues non-league play at home at 5 p.m. Tuesday against West Johnston.

In the bottom half of the extra inning, Fike shortstop Trevor Mills led off with a single and was sacrificed to second base by center fielder Zach Pittman. Catcher Garrett Browder was hit by a pitch and, with two outs, Mills raced home when senior Jaelynn Melton’s fly ball to left field was dropped.

Designated hitter Tanner Sullivan doubled and scored for Fike in the third. The 3-A Saints of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference plated an unearned run in the top half of the inning.

Fike pitchers Melton and Chad Bean, the winner, combined to limit the Saints to one hit — a second-inning single by designated hitter Josh Grady.

The Demons were limited to five hits by Southern Wayne hurlers Aryc Chrisman and Jack Casbarro, the loser in relief.

Score by innings:

Southern Wayne 001 000 00 — 1

Fike 001 000 01 — 2

WP-Chad Bean (1-0) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Jack Casbarro 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Wayne: Josh Grady 1-4; Fike: Trevor Mills 1-4, R; Jaelynn Melton 1-4, Tanner Sullivan 1-3, 2B, R; Jackson Terry 1-3, Joseph Brown 1-3.

Two-run flurries send CBA past Hunt

PIKEVILLE — A two-spot in each of the first and third innings lifted the host Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team to a 4-1 triumph in its rematch with neighboring Hunt on a cold Friday evening.

The two-game sweep of the Warriors extended the undefeated streak for the 3-A Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference to five games. Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference dipped to 3-2.

Senior Tyler Daniels drove in three of the CBA runs with a first-inning single and a two-run single in the third. Senior Nolan Harrell singled in the other first-inning run.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Dom Gaetano drew a walk, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Matt Jacobs’ single.

Starting CBA pitcher Luke Frederick, a senior right-hander, got the win, limiting the Warriors to four hits and a run the first five innings. Senior right-hande Zack Brewer stopped Hunt on one hit the last two innings and picked up the save.

Starting Hunt right-hander Josh Fuller, who lasted five innings, suffered the loss. Gaetano pitched the final inning.

Daniels and sophomore Blake Dilda each rapped two hits for CBA. Dilda doubled. Fuller managed two of Hunt’s five hits.

The Falcons swing into conference play at home at 5 p.m. Tuesday against New Bern.

Score by innings:

Hunt 100 000 0 — 1

C.B. Aycock 202 000 x — 4

WP-Luke Frederick (1-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Josh Fuller 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. S- Zack Brewer (1) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Josh Fuller 2-4, Matt Jacobs 1-2, RBI; Charles B. Aycock: Blake Dilda 2-3, 2B; Tyler Daniels 2-3, 3 RBI; Nolanan Harrell 1-2, RBI.

Knights no-hit by reigning 1-A champs

GOLDSBORO — The Greenfield School varsity baseball team was the victim of a combined no-hitter in its on-field debut Friday in the Wayne Country Day Invitational against Kerr-Vance Academy.

Facing the reigning North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 1-A champions, the Knights (1-1) committed four errors. Kerr-Vance of the Coastal Conference scored in every inning but the fifth and enforced the 10-run rule when it plated a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Lance White started for the Spartans and earned the win, working four innings. He struck out five and walked five. Ty Weatherford, a junior right-hander, took the loss for Greenfield. He yielded just two hits, with four of his eight runs being earned. Weatherford struck out four and walked six.

Greenfield, which claimed a forfeit win over Coastal Plain Independents Conference opponent Greenville Pope John Paul II on March 1, continues play in the WCDS Invitational on Saturday against Ridgecroft. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Score by innings:

Greenfield 000 000 — 0

Kerr-Vance 341 101 — 10

WP-Lance White 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO. LP-Ty Weatherford (0-1) 3 IP, 2 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greenfield: None.

Cyclones defeated by Grace Christian

The host Community Christian School varsity baseball team was dealt a 10-2 loss by Grace Christian on Friday.

The Cyclones were limited to four hits — one each from junior Drew Oliver, freshman Lawson Summerlin, senior Austin Conway and junior Reece Bartlett, Conway and Barry Radford each scored a run.

Community Christian utilized four pitchers, with Summerlin taking the loss. Grace benefited from six hits and eight walks. Cyclones pitchers struck out nine.

Greene Central outslugs Jaguars

FARMVILLE — Aided by an eight-run outburst in the top of the second inning, the visiting Greene Central High varsity baseball team outslugged neighboring nonconference rival Farmville Central, 15-11, on Friday to claim its second win against one loss.

The Rams uprising occurred after Farmville Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference had struck for seven runs in the bottom of the first. The score was knotted 10-10 when Greene Central plated three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Also critical for the Rams was a sparkling relief pitching performance from Tyler Horner, the winner. In 3 2/3 innings, Horner allowed two hits, an unearned run and two walks while striking out six.

Greene Central of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference and the Jaguars each used four pitchers. The Rams outhit Farmville Central 16-8 and survived five errors as compared to three for the Jaguars.

Travis Mewborn and Trey Fields each drilled three hits or the Rams, while Jalen Conner and Jackson Batchelor each drove in four runs. Conner scored three.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 082 032 0 — 15

Farmville Cent. 703 000 1 — 11

WP-Tyler Horner 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. LP-Allen 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 Bb, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Travis Mewborn 3-5, Trey Fields 3-5, Landon Goff 2-2, Justin Vandiford 2-5, Dylan Benton 2-5, Jalen Conner 1-2, 4 RBI, 3 R; Jackson Batchelor 1-4, 4 RBI; Farmville Central: Faust 2-4, May 2-4, 2 RBI.


Southern Nash falls to Nash Central

STANHOPE — The initial win again eluded the Southern Nash High girls soccer team, which was dealt a 5-0 nonconference loss by visiting Nash Central on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs, former members of the 3-A Big East Conference and now affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, scored all five goals in the second half.

The Ladybirds dropped to 0-3.


Knights open with 9-0 sweep of Eagles

FAYETTEVILLE — The Greenfield School varsity boys tennis team kicked off its 2018 season Thursday afternoon by breezing past North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A Coastal Rivers Conference member Fayetteville Academy by a 9-0 margin.

With the match contested in eight-game pro sets, Greenfield of the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference received 8-0 wins in four of its nine matches. At Nos. 5 and 6 singles, Amz Hoffner and Cullen Wells did not conceded a game in their matches, while in doubles play, the brother tandem of McGuire Metts-Cabell Metts marched to an 8-0 win on the showcase doubles court.

Argenis Rodriguez-Frankie Peele were not tested in the No. 3 doubles position, claiming the Knights’ fourth victory by an 8-0 margin.

McGuire Metts prevailed in the most competitive singles match of the day at No. 1 singles, claiming an 8-5 verdict. Davis Currin, Cabell Metts and Peele were victorious in the Nos. 2-4 positions. In the No. 2 doubles slot, Jonah Lozevski-Hayden McLamb nudged out an 8-6 win to keep the Greenfield sweep intact.


McGuire Metts (GFS) won 8-5; Davis Currin (GFS) won 8-3; Cabell Metts (GFS) won 8-3; Frankie Peele (GFS) won 8-3; Amz Hoffner (GFS) won 8-0; Cullen Wells (GFS) won 8-0.

M. Metts-C. Metts (GFS) won 8-0; Jonah Lozevski-Hayden McLamb (GFS) won 8-6; Argenis Rodriguez-Frankie Peele (GFS) won 8-0.

Unbeaten Firebirds beat Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team stands 5-0 after registering a 7-2 victory against host Nash Central on Friday.

The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference clinched the outcome with singles wins from Blaize Graham, Jacob Glover, Hector Perez, Parker Strickland and Dylan Alligood.

Victorious in doubles were Perry-Strickland and Alligood-Ben Lopez.

Southern Nash serves into conference play at home against Fike on Tuesday afternoon. Nash Central, formerly a Big East member, plays in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.


Brady hurls CBA past North Lenoir

LAGRANGE — The Charles B. Aycock High baseball team claimed a 4-2 win against host North Lenoir on Wednesday,

Seth Shephard and Frederick Smith each banged out a pair of hits for the Golden Falcons. Shephard and Cameron Jones each stole two bases.

Christian Brady was the winning pitcher for CBA, stopping the Hawks without a hit for five innings while striking out seven. Hunter Theriac worked the last two innings, allowing two hits, two unearned runs and two walks while striking out five.

First-inning walks wreck WCA, 10-9

The Wilson Christian Academy baseball team was unable to recover from allowing five first-inning runs on walks and dropped a 10-9 decision to visiting Wake Christian on Friday.

The game was stopped after four innings because of the time limit. Trailing 7-3, the Chargers rallied for three runs in each of the third and fourth innings. But a three-run fourth proved decisive for Wake.

Spencer Parker doubled and drove in two runs to spark the Wilson Christian offense. Bryce Davi and Peyton Holland each batted 1 for 1 and drove in a run. Seth Quinn went 1 for 3.

Will Hoskins was the losing pitcher.


Fuller 1-3, not 1-5

In Hunt’s win against Eastern Wayne on Thursday, Hunt’s Josh Fuller batted 1 for 3 with a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. The account in Friday’s Wilson Times sports section listed Fuller as batting 1 for 5.

The Times sports department regrets the error and any resulting inconvenience.