AREA ROUNDUP: Firebirds coast by Nash Central with 9-run fourth inning

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STANHOPE — Using a nine-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Southern Nash High varsity baseball team remained undefeated Friday in rolling to a 14-6 victory over former 3-A Big East Conference opponent Nash Central.

Southern Nash (4-0) had 11 hits, led by the 3-for-4, five-RBI showing of junior Luke Edwards. The Firebirds erased an early 3-0 deficit by plating two runs in the third before the mammoth nine-run fourth.

Junior Jason Montague was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while sophomore Dylan Alford finished 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored. Edwards also accounted for two runs.

Sophomore Matthew Horrigan was the winner in relief for Southern Nash, working three innings and allowing two hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Chandler Padgett absorbed the loss for Nash Central (2-2), now affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.

The Firebirds play host to Cleveland on Wednesday.

Score by innings:

Nash Central 012 003 0 — 6

Southern Nash 002 912 0 — 14

WP-Matthew Horrigan (2-0) 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. LP-Chandler Padgett.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Luke Edwards 3-4, 5 RBI Jason Montague 3-4, 2 RBI, Dylan Alford 2-4, 2 R, A.J. Jones 1-4, 3 RBI, Leroy Edwards 1-4, RBI.

Offensive struggles continue for Knights

GOLDSBORO — Despite a sterling two-hitter from eighth grader Dane Reynolds, the Greenfield School varsity baseball team was victimized with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday, sending the Knights to a 1-0 loss to Ridgecroft at the Wayne Country Day Invitational.

Greenfield (1-2) of the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, still looking for its first on-field victory, actually outhit the 1-A Tarheel Conference Rams (2-1-1) 3-2. However, Greenfield, which began play with the minimum nine players due to three starters taking the SAT, endured a dropped two-out pop-up at third base with two outs.

Seventh grader Cason Price, Reynolds, a right-hander, and junior Patrick Smith were each 1 for 2 for Greenfield.

Grayson Joyner had the win for Ridgecroft.

Greenfield visits CPIC foe Wayne Christian on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Greenfield 000 000 0 — 0

Ridgecroft 000 100 x — 1

WP-Grayson Joyner. LP-Dane Reynolds (0-1) 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Ridgecroft: Zeb Askew 1-4; Greenfield: Cason Price 1-2, Dane Reynolds 1-2, Patrick Smith 1-2.

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.


Lady Cyclones secure first wins

Using two shutouts, the Community Christian School varsity girls soccer team picked up victories on consecutive days, defeating Sanford Grace Christian 3-0 on the road and following it up with a 2-0 win over Camden County in The Brittany XIV at Gillette Athletic Complex.

Versus Camden County, the 1-A Coastal Independent Conference Lady Cyclones (2-1-1) netted both their goals within the first 20 minutes. Senior Olivia Bullard scored the first of her two goals on a breakaway in the 11th minute, then finished an assist from Bobbiann Lee in the 19th.

CCS, which outshot the 1-A Albemarle Conference Bruins 27-1, picked up the shutout from senior goalkeeper Emily Boyette. Senior Anna Jackson, senior Whitney Bissette, junior Kailey Murray and sophomore Laura Bradley led the defensive effort in front of Boyette.

Three different players scored in the Friday win at Grace Christian, with eighth grader Loreli Ferguson, eighth grader Kaitlyn Swartzfager and Cheyenne Gardner providing the goals. Ferguson and Swartzfager found the back of the net in the sixth and seventh miutes, with Kelsey Strange and Jackson assisting. Bullard fed Gardner for the finish in the 73rd.

In goal, Boyette and Greyson Winstead combined for the shutout. CCS outshot the Crusaders 25-3. Jackson, senior Whitney Bissette, Murray and Bradley paced the Lady Cyclones’ back line.

CCS kicks off conference play Tuesday as it plays host to Oakwood.


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 Davis 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.