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GOLDSBORO — The visiting Hunt High varsity baseball team pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh inning and claimed a 7-5 nonconference win against Eastern Wayne, a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, on Thursday evening.
The third consecutive win vaulted the Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference to 3-1 going into Friday’s 5 p.m. rematch against unbeaten Charles B. Aycock.
Eastern Wayne rallied from a 4-0 deficit to 4-4 and 5-5 ties going into the seventh.
But Tyson Bass, in the top of the seventh, led off with a double for Hunt and Hunter Barnes, the starting pitcher, singled. Hunt then benefited from a pair of wild pitches and a walk to Cody Mercer to plate the two runs.
In the bottom half of the inning, senior Hunt right-hander Dom Gaetano retired the final two Eastern Wayne hitters on five pitches to earn the save and preserve the win for Tyler Wells, the third of four Hunt pitchers. Wells, in 3 1/3 innings, allowed five hits, one run and two walks while striking out four.
Hunt head coach Jon Smith was pleased with his team’s ability to nick standout Eastern Wayne pitcher Landon Ginn for four runs. Josh Fuller launched the four-run third with a single and Matt Jacobs capped the uprising with a two-run single.
Score by innings:
Hunt 004 010 2 — 7
Eastern Wayne 003 110 0 — 5
WP-Tyler Wells 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. S-Dom Gaetano 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Matt Jacobs 2-3, 2 RBI; Tyson Bass 2-3, 2B; Josh Fuller 1-5; Eastern Wayne: Colby Miller 3-4, Landon Ginn 2-2, 3B; Josh Gross 2-3.
The host Beddingfield High varsity baseball team pushed across a run on a throwing error and another on a passed ball to escape with a 2-1 nonconference win against Goldsboro on Thursday evening.
The Bruins upped their record to 3-1 and next see action at home at 5 p.m. Monday against Wilson Christian Academy, a first-time opponent.
Beddingfield was blanked by Goldsboro pitcher Chandler Patrick through four innings and trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Then, Senior Austin Worley reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on a passed ball. Alston Pittman collected an infield hit. When Pittman attempted to steal second, Worley raced home on the catcher’s throwing error.
In the sixth, junior Mann Farmer led off with a double and was sacrificed to third base by winning pitcher Rio Montes. Senior Dustin Peele beat out a bunt to load the bases and Farmer scurried home with the winning run on a passed ball.
PIttman, a senior left-hander, then retired the Cougars in order in the top of the seventh, striking out a pair.
Montes, a sophomore right-hander, picked up the win, allowing four hits and an unearned run through six innings.
Junior Austin Slate banged out two hits for the Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
Goldsboro, a member of the 2-A East Central Conference and described as “much improved” by Beddingfield head coach Noah Edens, suffered its first loss after two wins.
Score by innings:
Goldsboro 100 000 0 — 1
Beddingfield 000 011 x — 2
WP-Rio Montes 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. LP-Chandlder Patrick 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO. S- Alston Pittman 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Goldsboro: Brody Morton 2-3, Austin Ruiz 1-3, Lexton Lewis 1-4; Beddingfield: Austin Slate 2-4, Alston Pittman 1-3, Mann Farmer 1-3, 2B; Dustin Peele 1-3.
CBA moves to 4-0, beats Rosewood
PIKEVILLE — Senior Blake Gipson tossed five innings of two hit baseball, and the Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team used a four-run fourth inning to pull away for a 6-2 win over Wayne County rival Rosewood on Thursday afternoon.
CBA, a member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, remained unbeaten through four games. The 1-A Carolina Conference Eagles opened their season with the loss.
CBA only meted out three hits, but erased a 2-1 Rosewood advantage in the fourth with four runs. Senior Nick Aycock doubled to put two runners in scoring position, and freshman Clay Matthews bounced into a fielder’s choice to tie the game. Another freshman, Drew Spencer, roped a two-run double to left to give CBA the lead for good.
Gipson, who also drove in a run at the plate, gave up two unearned runs. He struck out two and walked three, with the CBA defense commiting two errors.
Kolby Harris, who entered in relief, took the loss, yielding all four CBA runs in the fourth. Chance Howard was 2 for 4 with a double for the Eagles. The Golden Falcons tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.
CBA remains home Friday to face Hunt.
Score by innings:
Rosewood 100 100 0 — 2
C.B. Aycock 001 401 x — 6
WP-Blake Gipson (1-0) 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. LP-Kolby Harris 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Drew Spencer 1-2, 2B, RBI, Nick Aycock 1-2, 2B, R, Blake Gipson 1-4, RBI; Rosewood: Chance Howard 2-4, 2B.
Early onslaught keeps SN unbeaten
CLEVELAND — Senior Leroy Edwards was staked to an early seven-run cushion Wednesday night, giving the Southern Nash High varsity baseball hurler more than enough run support to orchestrate a 10-0 victory over Cleveland.
Edwards scattered three hits in five innings of work, while striking out four and walking one. At the plate, Edwards was 2 for 4 with a double and drove in a run.
Purveyors of nine hits, the 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds (3-0) picked up a 2-for-2, three-RBI showing from senior Dylan Bottoms. Sophomore A.J. Jones lashed a run-scoring triple, while junior Luke Edwards added a two-run single.
Southern Nash tacked on two more runs in the second, but played the entire seven innings after not getting its tenth run until the top of the seventh.
Sean Dooley was tagged with the loss for Cleveland (0-2) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference.
Southern Nash continues nonconference play Friday at home against former Big East opponent Nash Central.
Score by innings:
Southern Nash 720 000 1 — 10
Cleveland 000 000 0 — 0
WP-Leroy Edwards (1-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. LP-Sean Dooley.
LEADING HITTERS — Leroy Edwards 2-4, 2B, RBI, Dylan Bottoms 2-2, 3 RBI, A.J. Jones 1-3, 3B, RBI, Storm Tyson 1-2.
8-run third rocks Greene Central
DUDLEY — The visiting Greene Central High varsity baseball team was rocked for eight runs in the third inning in dropping a 11-3 nonconference decision to 3-A Southern Wayne of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Wednesday.
The Rams of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference saw their record dip to 1-2.
Greene Central owned a 2-1 edge when the Saints erupted in the third.
Tyler Horner’s 2-for-3 performance paced the Rams offense. Dylan Benton and Trey Fields each doubled. Jalen Conner and Justin Vandiford each drove in a run.
Score by innings:
Greene Central 002 100 0 — 3
Southern Wayne 108 020 x — 11
WP-Justin Edwards. LP-Cole Lanier.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Tyler Horner 2-3, Dylan Benton 1-3, 2B; Trey Fields 1-3, 2B; Southern Wayne: Matthew Kornegay 2-2, 3B, 3 R; Jack Casbarro 1-1, 3 R; Lance Wise 2-3, 2B
Lady Rams push past Fike 7-5
Senior Hannah Burress and Aniyah Jones each had home runs for the Greene Central High varsity softball team Thursday night as the Lady Rams remained undefeated through three games with a 7-5 victory over 3-A Big East Conference member Fike.
Greene Central of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference jumped ahead in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer from Burress before Fike (2-2) replied with three runs in the bottom of the second. After slicing Greene Central’s deficit to 2-1, Fike, which outhit the Lady Rams 10-8, used a leadoff triple from senior Michaela Lockridge and a groundout by sophomore Hailee Hammonds to tie it.
Following singles by senior Caitlyn Vinoski and junior Kailyn Terry, freshman Caityn Graziana laced a two-run single to put the Lady Golden Demons on top.
However, errors hurt Fike in the middle to late innings.The Lady Demons were guilty of three errors, including a two-run miscue in the fifth. From a 5-5 standoff in the seventh, another Fike error gave Greene Central the go-ahead run, and Jones slugged a solo homer to cap the scoring.
Both pitchers went the distance, with Burress striking out one and walking one. Pittman struck out seven and walked three, with six of her seven allowed being earned.
Graziani, Pittman, and sophomore Lydia Hunt all had two hits. Makahla Jones was 2 for 3 for Greene Central.
Score by innings:
Greene Central 200 030 2 — 7
Fike 130 010 0 — 5
WP-Hannah Burress 7 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. LP-LeAnn Pittman (2-2) 7 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Caitlyn Graziani 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, Lydia Hunt 2-4, LeAnn Pittman 2-4, RBI, Michaela Lockridge 1-3, 3B; Greene Central: Makhala Jones 2-3, Aniyah Jones 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, Hannah Burress 1-4, HR, 2 RBI.
Hale, Radford again key Lady Bruins
Senior right-handed pitcher Brianna Hale picked up another win and senior shortstop Chloe Radford slugged another home run in the Beddingfield High varsity softball team’s 11-1 triumph against visiting Goldsboro on Thursday evening.
The Lady Bruins stand undefeated in three outings, walking off with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hale owns a 3-0 record and Radford connected for her third homer, a two-run shot to right-center field in the sixth.
An error and sophomore Anna Gardner’s RBI double set the stage for Radford’s homer. Senior Savannah Barberio singled and sophomore Brianna Langley singled before the game ended with Barberio scoring when sophomore Alexis Hayes’ fly ball was dropped.
Hale spaced four hits and four walks while striking out six in six innings. Radford, Barberio and Langley each collected two hits.
The Lady Bruins oppose Wilson Christian Academy for the first time at home at 5 p.m. Monday.
Score by innings:
Goldsboro 001 000 — 1
Beddingfield 220 304 — 11
WP-Brianna Hale (3-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO. LP-Taylor 5 1/3 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Goldsboro: Howell 1-3, 2B; Archibald 1-2, 2B; Beddingfield: Chloe Radford 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Savannah Barberio 2-3, 2 RBI; Brianna Langley 2-4, Caitlin Abrams 1-2, Anna Gardner 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI.
Ladybirds threaten often but lose 3-0
CLAYTON — Despite threatening in each of the last five innings, the visiting Southern Nash High varsity softball team was dealt a 3-0 nonconference loss by Cleveland High on Wednesday.
For the lack of a clutch hit, the Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference dropped to 2-2.
Freshman Kierstin Cooper drew her first start in the circle and allowed but one earned run. Leanna Ruffin paced the Southern Nash offense with a pair of hits.
Southern Nash continues nonconference play at home against Nash Central on Friday night.
Score by innings:
Southern Nash 000 000 0 — 0
Cleveland 201 000 x — 3
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Leanna Ruffin 2 hits.
Lady Warriors lose at Princeton
PRINCETON — Coming off its first win, the visiting Hunt High varsity softball team was dealt a 11-2 loss by Princeton of the 1-A Carolina Conference on Wednesday evening.
The Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference lost for the third time in four outings, while Princeton was opening its season.
Hunt paid the toll for six errors and was unable to contain Lady Bulldogs slap-hitter Brianna Myers, a senior who drove in seven runs.
First-year Hunt head coach Miguel Hall commended the pitching of freshman Skylar Yarolin but said her defense let her down.
McKenzie House, another freshman, doubled twice in three at-bats for the Lady Warriors, who visit 3-A Charles B. Aycock for a rematch Friday evening.
Score by innings:
Hunt 002 000 0 — 2
Princeton 122 330 x — 11
WP-Casey Mitchell. LP-Skylar Yarolin.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: McKenzie House 2-3, 2 2B; Sarah Bullock 1-2; Princeton: Brianna Myers 2-4, 7 RBI.
CBA overcomes 6 errors to beat Midway
PIKEVILLE — It wasn’t the prettiest defensive exhibition, but the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team mustered enough power in its bats Thursday, scoring in every trip to the plate on the way to a 15-8 nonconference victory over Midway.
CBA, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, fell behind 4-0 after a half inning before senior Hannah Vinson launched a solo home run, her first of 2018, in the bottom of the first. The Lady Golden Falcons tied matters with three runs in the bottom of the second.
Senior catcher Taylor Puetz, who has signed with the University of North Carolina, added a solo home run in the fourth. Puetz, who also authored her first home run of the year, added an RBI triple in the fifth. Puetz drove in four runs.
Vinson, sophomore Abigail Lancaster and senior Georgia Parnell each had two hits for the Lady Falcons (2-0).
Senior right-hander Cassandra Lassiter picked up the win for CBA, striking out three and walking three in a complete-game showing. CBA outhit Midway 13-12.
Chloe Baggett took the loss for the 2-A East Central Conference Lady Raiders (1-2), walking six and not recording a strikeout. Sanajae Sankey was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for Midway.
CBA remains home to face Hunt on Friday.
Score by innings:
Midway 400 400 0 — 8
C.B. Aycock 132 333 x — 15
WP-Cassandra Lassiter (1-0) 7 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. LP-Chloe Baggett 7 IP, 13 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 6 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Taylor Puetz 4-5, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, Hannah Vinson 2-4, HR, RBI, Abigail Lancaster 2-3, RBI, Georgia Parnell 2-5; Midway: Sanajae Sankey 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI.
Fike turned back by No. 4 Clayton
CLAYTON — A Fike High boys tennis team that hopes to contend for the 3-A Big East Conference championship was dealt its first 2018 loss by a 9-0 margin by 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference host Clayton on Thursday.
The Golden Demons dropped to 1-1, while Clayton, No. 4-ranked among the state’s 3-A teams, improved to 2-0. Fike serves into conference play at undefeated Southern Nash on Tuesday.
Fike won just three games in singles and one in doubles.
CLAYTON 9, FIKE 0
Banks Evans (C) def. Thomas Hodges 6-0, 6-0; Sam Jones (C) def. John Gliarmis 6-1, 6-0; Foster Evans (C) def. A.J. Gunter 6-0, 6-1; Chris Riley (C) def. Max Fogleman 6-0, 6-0; Jake Granger (C) def. Jack Boyette 6-0, 6-0; Dillon Hyde (C) def. Justin Bass 6-0, 6-1.
Jones-F. Evans (C) def. Hodges-Gliarmis 8-1; B. Evans-Hyde (C) def. Gunter-Fogleman 8-0; Riley-Granger (C) def. Boyette-Bass 8-0.
Unbeaten Falcons net two ECC wins
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High boys tennis team continued its unbeaten start with a 6-3 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference triumph against archrival Eastern Wayne on Wednesday.
The Golden Falcons were coming off an 8-1 conference victory against Greenville Rose on Monday.
CBA upped its record to 3-0, with all wins coming against conference foes. Undefeated after three matches are sophomore Jesus Gonzalez at No. 2 and junior Nolan Casey at No. 4.
Singles victors for the Falcons against Eastern Wayne were Gonzalez, Nolan Casey, junior Augustin Zarate at No. 5 and junior Payne Casey at No. 6. The clincher was an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles from freshman James Rodriguez-senior Sam Andrews.
Against Greenville, the Falcons clinched with five singles wins. In doubles, CBA’s senior Brady LaVoie-Andrews at No. 1 and senior Seth Harrison-junior Keenan Smith at No. 2 each prevailed with tiebreaker wins.
CBA 6, EASTERN WAYNE 3
Dylan March (EW) def. James Rodriguez 7-6 (7-4), 6-2; Jesus Gonzalez (CBA) def. Walker Davis 6-1,6-0; Yoseph Yan (EW) def. Jonas Creel 6-4, 7-6 (11-9); Nolan Casey (CBA) Amiad Sarah 6-3, 6-1; Agustin Zarate (CBA) def. Will Sutton 6-4, 6-1; Payne Casey (CBA) def. John Davis 6-0, 6-1.
Marsh-W. Davis (EW) def. Gonzalez-N. Casey 8-3; Rodriguez-San Andrews (CBA) def. Yan-Sutton 8-2; Seth Harrison-Keenan Smith (CBA) def. Sarah-J. Davis 9-8 (7-3).
CBA 8, GREENVILLE ROSE 1
Rodriguez (CBA) won 1-6, 6-1, 10-5; Gonzalez (CBA) won 6-1, 6-0; Creel (CBA) lost 6-3, 6-4; N. Casey (CBA) won 6-4, 6-3; Zarate (CBA) won 6-4, 6-2; P. Casey (CBA) won 6-3, 6-3.
Brady LaVoie-Andrews (CBA) won 9-8 (7-5); Harrison-Smith (CBA) won 9-8 (9-7); Creel-Austin Doyle (CBA) won 8-5.