AREA ROUNDUP: Fike clinches Big East title

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FRANKLINTON — The Fike High varsity baseball team clinched the 3-A Big East Conference regular-season championship by shelling host Franklinton, 20-1, in five innings.

The second five-inning victory against the Red Rams this week left the Golden Demons at 8-0 in the conference and 16-3 overall. The win coupled with Rocky Mount’s loss to Hunt sealed the championship deal with two games remaining next week for Fike.

Fike pitching limited Franklinton to one hit for the second time. Throwing the gem was sophomore right-hander Chad Bean, who issued two walks and struck out 10 in recording his seventh win against one loss.

Bean owned a no-hitter until the Rams’ Josh Barron singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Bean went on to strike out the side in the inning — but not before Barron came around to score. Barron also had the hit in his team’s loss to host Fike on Tuesday.

The Demons also drilled 20 hits with senior center fielder Justice Lynn batting 4 for 5. First baseman Jackson Terry went 3 for 3, while shortstop Zach Pittman was 3 for 4 and catcher Garrett Browder 3 for 5. Contributing two hits each were designated hitter Tanner Sullivan and right fielder Myles Cyrus.

Pittman drove in three runs, while Lynn, Cyrus, Terry and left fielder Mason Lee each knocked in a pair.

Fike followed a seven-run uprising in the fourth with a six-run spree in the top of the fifth.

The Demons host West Johnston in a nonconference test Saturday and continue conference play at Northern Nash at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Fike 241 76 20

Franklinton 000 01 1

WP-Chad Bean (7-1) 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO. LP-Layton Perry.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Zach Pittman 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 R; Garrett Browder 3-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Joseph Brown 1-1, Justice Lynn 4-5, 2 RBI, 2 R; Tanner Sullivan 2-3, 2B, 3 R; Myles Cyrus 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jackson Terry 3-3, 3 R, 2 RBI; Franklinton: Josh Barron 1-2, R.

Keen, Warriors walk off on wild pitch over Rocky Mount, 4-3

Blaize Keen scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning and the host Hunt High varsity baseball team walked off with a crucial 4-3 3-A Big East Conference triumph against Rocky Mount on the Sid Boyette Field diamond Thursday evening.

The outcome left the teams deadlocked for second place at 5-3. The Warriors ended their slide at four games and improved to 12-8 overall. The teams played twice during the week, with Rocky Mount winning on Tuesday.

The score stayed tied at 3-3 from the third inning until the bottom of the seventh.

Keen led off with a single. Dom Gaetano singled and ChaseWaddell drew a walk to load the bases. With no outs, Keen scurried home on the wild pitch.

On the mound for Hunt, senior right-hander Josh Fuller blanked the Gryphons the last five innings. Fuller spaced six hits, allowing three runs and two walks while striking out six.

The Warriors collected seven hits, led by Keen at 2 for 3 with an RBI. Gaetano batted 2 for 2. Dallas Kemp doubled. Keen singled home a run in the second. Fuller laced an RBI single and Kemp’s RBI came on a sacrifice fly.

The Warriors observe Senior Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they welcome conference rival Franklinton.

Score by innings:

Rocky Mount1200000—3


WP-Josh Fuller 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Blaize Keen 2-3, RBI; Josh Fuller 1-1, RBI; Dom Gaetano 2-2, Dallas Kemp 1-3, RBI.

Three WCA hurlers combine for no-no

ROCKY MOUNT — The right-handed pitching trio of Brice Murray, Adrian Dehart and Preston Skinner combined for a six-inning no-hitter in Wilson Christian Academy’s 11-1 varsity baseball victory at New Life Christian on Thursday.

Murray, the starter and winner, worked three innings, allowing the run (unearned). Murray struck out six, Dehart three in two innings and Skinner one in the final inning. Dehart issued a walk.

The Chargers, in boosting their record to 6-9, led 3-1 when they broke loose for six runs in the fifth inning. Dylan Farmer singled; Barnes drilled a two-run single; Dehart singled and Dehart and Zack Denmark slammed back-to-back doubles. Wilson Christian collected seven hits in the fifth and sixth innings.

Murray helped his cause at 3 for 4, while Denmark was 2 for 2. Barnes, Dehart and Skinner each collected two hits.

The Chargers welcome Crossroads Christian of Henderson on Monday evening.

Score by innings:

Wilson Christian210062—11

New Life010000—1

WP-Brice Murray 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. LP-Alex Schaffer 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Gabe Barnes 2-5, 2 RBI; Brice Murray 3-4, RBI; Adrian Dehart 2-4, 2B, RBI; Zach Denmark 2-2, 2B, RBI; Preston Skinner 2-3.


Fike sweeps pair, seizes league lead

With a doubleheader sweep of visiting Rocky Mount on Thursday evening, the Fike High varsity softball team climbed into the 3-A Big East Conference lead.

The Lady Golden Demons prevailed 17-2 in the first game and 14-3 in the nightcap. The opener was stopped after three innings and the second game after four.

Head coach Josh Jenkins’ Fike team entered tied for the conference lead but wound up a half-game ahead of Southern Nash, which played once — and won — Thursday. Fike stands 7-1 in the Big East and 13-5 overall.

The Lady Demons walked off with seven runs in the bottom of the third inning in the opener and with 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth in game 2. A twinbill was played as the result of an earlier scheduled game at Rocky Mount being postponed.

Freshman Lindsey Curlings triumphed in the circle in the opener, allowing three hits, no earned runs and one walk while striking out six. In the second game, sophomore Hailey Hammonds got the win, allowing one hit and no runs in 1 1/3 innings. Hammonds struck out one.

In game 1, Curlings helped her cause by going 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs driven in. Michaela Lockridge turned in a 3-for-3 performance that included a triple, double and two RBIs.

In the second game, Hammonds, E.J. Secrest, LeAnn Pittman and Kailyn Terry each rapped two hits. Hammonds doubled and drove in two runs. Pittman notched three RBIs and Terry a pair.

Fike launches the final week of the regular season with a conference test at Northern Nash at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.

Game 1

Score by innings:

Rocky Mount110—2


WP-Lindsey Curlings 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER., 1 BB, 6 SO. LP-Thompson.

LEADING HITTERS — Rocky Mount: Gonzales 1-1, RBI; Smith 1-2; Fike: Lindsey Curlings 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Michaela Lockridge 3-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; Caitlyn Graziani 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI; E.J. Secrest 2-3, RBI.

Game 2

Score by innings:

Rocky Mount0030—3


WP-Hailey Hammonds 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Hailey Hammonds 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Secrest 2-2, RBI; LeAnn Pittman 2-3, 3 RBI; Kailyn Terry 2-3, 2 RBI.

Lady Panthers stay undefeated

KENLY — The undefeated North Johnston High varsity softball team stepped outside the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference to deal 3-A Greater Neuse Conference guest South Johnston a 9-0 loss Thursday night.

Pitchers Taylor Jones and Amberlynn Pearce combined for a one-hitter as the Lady Panthers, ranked by MaxPreps.com as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s No. 1 softball team in all classifications, registered its 18th victory. The Trojans fell to 8-6.

Jones and Pearce combined for only one strikeout, but their defense, despite numerous chances, did not commit an error.

Senior Jada Santiago powered North Johnston’s 11-hit offense, slugging a triple and driving in three runs in a 4-for-4 performance.

Blayke Batten, Arial Pearce, Lexi Godwin, Emma Scott, Jones, Pearce and Jordyn Scott chipped in with a hit each. Godwin drove in two runs.

North Johnston returns to conference play at home against Farmville Central at 7 p.m. Friday.

Score by innings:

South Johnston0000000—0

North Johnston130401x—9

WP-Taylor Jones 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO. LP-Savannah Lockamy 6 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO. S- Amberlynn Pearce 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — South Johnston: Carmen Keene 1-3; North Johnston: Jada Santiago 4-4, 3B, 3 RBI; Lexi Godwin 1-3, 2 RBI; Taylor Jones 1-2, RBI; Amberlynn Pearce 1-1.

Lady Chargers douse New Life Christian 24-1

ROCKY MOUNT — The bats of the Wilson Christian softball team incinerated opposing pitching from start to finish Thursday, as the Lady Chargers hammered out 31 hits in a runaway 24-1, five-inning win over New Life Christian Academy.

Wilson Christian (5-5) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks scored in every inning, including seven runs in the first and 10 more in the second.

Freshman Faith Matthews went 5 for 6 for the Lady Chargers, hitting a home run and a pair of doubles. Matthews tallied four RBIs. Senior Casey Bunting had a 4-for-6 showing, rapping two doubles, a triple to go along with five runs batted in. Junior McKenna Griffin was 4 for 6 with a double and drove in a pair of runs.

Eighth grader Jennifer Edmondson tossed all five innings for WCA, allowing five hits. She struck out seven and walked five and gave up just one run in the fifth before the game was halted due to the mercy rule.

WCA returns home Friday to face Chocowinity Unity Christian at 5:30 p.m.

Score by innings:

Wilson Chr.7(10)232—24

New Life Chr.00001—1

WP-Jennifer Edmondson 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Faith Matthews 5-6, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, Casey Bunting 4-6, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 3B, McKenna Griffin 4-6, 2B, 2 RBI.


Lady Demons beat RM, Red Rams

The Fike High girls soccer team took two additional steps towards an unbeaten 3-A Big East Conference record with wins on consecutive days.

After a 3-0 victory at Franklinton on Tuesday night, the Lady Golden Demons returned home and doubled up Rocky Mount by a 4-2 count Wednesday night.

Versus Rocky Mount, the Lady Demons separated from a 2-2 game in the 61st minute with a pair of goals. Reily Nelson provided the game winner in the 61st minute off an assist from Jessica Avery. Senior Claire Dixon tacked on an unassisted tally in the 70th to cap the scoring.

Fike overcame an early 1-0 deficit after Carson Browder converted for Rocky Mount in the fourth minute. However, in the sixth, Nelson put away her first goal off an assist from Rachel Boswell. Avery struck in the 24th minute unassisted before Rocky Mount sent the match to halftime tied at 2 with an equalizer in the 25th.

Against Franklinton, Nelson had a hat trick within the first 15 minutes to account for all the scoring Fike needed. Nelson struck in the fifth, 12th and 15th minutes, with Avery, Boswell and Dixon providing the respective assists.

It was Fike’s eighth straight win after a five-game losing streak in nonconference play.

After hosting Northern Nash on Tuesday in a game that would assure at least a share of the Big East title, Fike wraps up the regular season at home against archrival Hunt.

Lady Panthers kick Lady Jags, 4-1

FARMVILLE — The North Johnston High varsity girls soccer team put away a pair of goals in each half Thursday night to pull away for a 4-1 victory over host Farmville Central.

North Johnston, which moved to 6-7-1 overall and 5-1 in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, got two goals and an assist from senior Barrett Davis. Junior Maira Teruel and senior Mary Catherine Davis had the other finishes. Junior Sarah Hinnant was credited with a pair of assists.

In goal, freshman Hannah Sherrod had five saves in not allowing a tally in the run of play. Seniors Olivia Hill and Jubilee McCabe paced the defensive effort.

Farmville Central, which scored in the second half on a penalty kick, remained winless through 12 matches, six within the confines of the EPC.

North Johnston visits Beddingfield on Tuesday.

Hunt sputters past Southern Nash, 3-0

The host Hunt High girls soccer team encountered stout resistance from winless Southern Nash before securing a 3-0 3-A Big East Conference win Thursday night.

The Lady Warriors, ahead 1-0 at intermission, maintained their grip on second place in the conference, climbing to 7-1. Hunt stands 9-4-1 overall. The Ladybirds, who have netted but three goals this season and were coming off a 2-1 loss to Northern Nash, departed 0-8 in the league and 0-14 against all foes.

Hunt managed 14 shots in the first half but its only goal came on a penalty kick from senior Bailey Hardsion. Senior goalkeeper Madison Parker recorded three saves.

Hardison added an unassisted goal in the second half and Sophia Fox knocked in the final goal, rebounding a shot from Camille Ruiz. Lady Warriors keeper Rachel Cox posted one save.

Southern Nash keeper Kat Robinson amassed 33 saves. Jada Zimmerman cranked several first-half shots, and Ruby Ledzman played a solid 80 minutes in midfield.

The Ladybirds visit conference rival Rocky Mount on Tuesday.


Demons beat Hunt on Senior Day

One day after turning in an 8-1 victory on the campus of archrival Hunt, the Fike High boys tennis team returned home Thursday afternoon and saluted its eight seniors with a 7-2 triumph over the Warriors.

In identical fashion to Wednesday’s match, Fike (11-3, 8-2 Big East) clinched the regular-season ending match with five victories in singles play.

Thomas Hodges, one of Fike’s seniors, needed three sets to dispatch Hunt senior David Joyner in a 6-1, 3-6, 10-4 decision. At Nos. 2 and 3 singles, seniors John and Walker Gliarmis both won in straight sets over Hunt’s Josh Edwards and Matthew Prasasouk, respectively.

Junior Max Fogleman entered the lineup at No. 6 and record a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hunt’s Jose Chavez in his second varsity start.

For Hunt, senior Parker McCall won for the second straight day in singles, this time moving past Fike senior Justin Bass 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5.

With the outcome clinched, Fike cleared its bench and allowed its final three seniors to play. At No. 2 doubles, the senior tandem of A.J. Gunter-Trey Joyner to prevail over
Prasasouk-Zac Taylor 8-2. The Hunt senior tandem of McCall-Ethan Fatzaun picked up a second point for the Warriors at No. 3, turning back Golden Demon seniors Nolan Wiggs-Carter Patterson in a 9-7 outcome.

Hunt finished its regular season 6-6 overall and 4-6 in Big East play, finishing fourth. Fike claimed second place and will participate in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A dual team postseason on or around May 2 at Greater Neuse River Conference champion Clayton.

The Big East individual tournament is set for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, either at Barton Tennis Complex or the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan in Rocky Mount.


Thomas Hodges (F) def. David Joyner 6-1, 3-6, 10-4; John Gliarmis (F) def. Josh Edwards 6-1, 6-2; Walker Gliarmis (F) def. Matthew Prasasouk 6-1, 6-1; A.J. Gunter (F) def. Zac Taylor 6-1, 6-0; Parker McCall (H) def. Justin Bass 6-4, 6-3; Max Fogleman (F) def. Jose Chavez 6-1, 6-2.

Hodges-W. Gliarmis (F) def. Joyner-Edwards 8-1; Gunter-Trey Joyner (F) def. Prasasouk-Taylor 8-2; McCall-Ethan Fatzaun (H) def. Nolan Wiggs-Carter Patterson 9-7.

Firebirds stomp Red Rams 8-1

STANHOPE — Concluding a third-place performance in the 3-A Big East Conference, the Southern Nash High boys tennis team won five of six singles matches Thursday to set the table for an 8-1 victory over Franklinton.

Southern Nash finished its regular season with a 15-4 showing and a 6-4 ledger in Big East play.

Prevailing in singles were senior Blaize Graham, senior Jacob Glover, junior Parker Strickland, sophomore Hector Perez and junior Dylan Alligood.

Doubles play was mastered by the tandems of Graham-Glover, seniors Zach Perry and Alexis Valdez, as well as Ben Fite and sophomore Adolfo Gonzalez.

Ben Lopez, Valdez, Glover, Perry and Graham played in their final home matches as seniors for the Firebirds.

Franklinton (6-10) finished its first season in the Big East without a conference win after going unblemished in six nonconference tests.

Southern Nash will take part in the Big East individual tournament next week.


Wilson Christian rallies to 11-8 win

ROCKY MOUNT — Trailing 5-1, the Wilson Christian Academy baseball team rallied to an 11-8 win against host New Life Christian on Thursday.

The Chargers struck for four runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and three in the sixth inning in hiking their record to 7-2.

Calvin Peacock rapped three hits in four at-bats and drove i n three runs. Seth Quinn and Will Hoskins each batted 2 for 3 with Hoskins driving in a run.

Hunter Lewis was the winning pitcher. In three innings, Lewis permitted three hits, three runs (two earned) and three walks while striking out a pair.

The Chargers welcome Crossroads Christian of Henderson at 4 p.m. Monday.