STANHOPE — Junior right-hander Brianna Hale notched her second no-hitter of the young season for the undefeated Beddingfield High varsity softball team in a 14-0 demolition of host Southern Nash on Friday.
Hale, who no-hit Southern Wayne in six innings on March 9, only needed to go five innings this time. The Ladybirds only base runner was Kayla Moore, who drew a fourth-inning walk. Hale stands 6-0 after striking out eight of the 15 batters she retired. The Lady Bruins’ defense did not commit an error.
It was the third no-hitter of 2017 for Beddingfield. Hale and junior Chloe Radford combined on one in a 15-0, five-inning victory March 7.
Friday’s contest was halted after Southern Nash’s at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sophomore Karissa Hayes batted 4 for 4 with two runs batted in to spark Beddingfield’s 14-hit offense. The only extra-base hit was junior Chloe Radford’s triple. Radford went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
Hale and senior Savannah Pierce each collected two hits. Hale drove in two runs. Freshman Anna Gardner notched three RBIs.
After struggling against the off-speed pitches of senior Ladybirds pitcher Olivia Lamm in the first meeting, Beddingfield tagged Lamm for nine hits and nine runs in 21⁄3 innings. Head coach Jeremy Howard said his Lady Bruins hit the softball as hard as they have all season in the fourth and fifth innings.
Now 7-0, Beddingfield launches 2-A Eastern Plains Conference competition on the road against North Pitt at 7 p.m. Monday.
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Karisa Hayes 4-4, 2 RBI; Chloe Radford 2-3, 3B, 3 RBI; Savannah Pierce 2-3, Brianna Hale 2-4, 2 RBI; Anna Gardner 1-2, 3 RBI; Lindsey Godwin 1-3, 2 RBI.
CBA blanks Saints in league opener
PIKEVILLE — The undefeated Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team needed just five innings to dispense with visiting Southern Wayne 10-0 in its 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference debut Friday evening.
The Lady Golden Falcons plated at least one run in all five at-bats and walked off with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Junior Taylor Puetz led the CBA offense at 3 for 3, while senior Mookie Powell batted 3 for 4. Senior Connor Vinson, junior Cassandra Lassiter and junior Hannah Vinson each collected two hits. Lassiter drove in three runs.
In the circle, senior right-hander MacKenzie Wheeler blanked the Lady Saints on four singles. Wheeler issued three walks and struck out five.
CBA and Southern Wayne are 3-A members of the conference. The Lady Falcons, 6-0 overall, continue conference play at 4-A D.H. Conley at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Wayne: Kelly Dail 1-2, Becky Coor 1-2, Iyana Bess 1-2, Kayla Raynor 1-2; Charles B. Aycock: Taylor Puetz 3-3, RBI; Mookie Powell 3-4, RBI; Connor Vinson 2-4, RBI; Cassandra Lassiter 2-4, 3 RBI; Hannah Vinson 2-3, RBI.
Ladybirds lose to Lady Rams in 5
CLAYTON — While the bats of the Southern Nash High varsity softball team were up to the early task Thursday afternoon at Cleveland, the Ladybirds found themselves unable to slow down the opposing onslaught.
As such, Southern Nash saw leads of 3-0 and 5-4 evaporate as the Lady Rams scored in every inning en route to a 16-6, five-inning finish.
Southern Nash (4-2) of the 3-A Big East Conference received two hits each from freshman Carrigan Ewers, senior Kayla Moore, senior Katie Hill and freshman Elisabeth Collie. Ewers drove in three runs, while Moore had two RBIs.
The 3-A Two Rivers Conference Lady Rams climbed to 5-2.
Score by innings:
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Carrigan Ewers 2-3, 3 RBI, Kayla Moore 2-3, 2 RBI, Katie Hill 2-3, Elisabeth Collie 2-3.
Vinson gives CBA walk-off win
PIKEVILLE — Senior Connor Vinson darted home on junior Cassandra Lassiter’s groundout Thursday night and slid under the tag to lift the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team to a wild, come-from-behind 11-10 victory over nonconference opponent North Johnston.
Once trailing by margins of 4-0 and 10-5, 3-A CBA of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference sliced away at the margin behind the bat of junior Hannah Vinson.
Hannah Vinson and senior Allison Shingleton had run-scoring hits in the fourth inning to help pull the Lady Golden Falcons within 10-8, and Hannah Vinson’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth enabled CBA (5-0) to tie it at 10.
Hannah Vinson, who finished 3 for 3 with five RBIs, also added a two-run double with the bases loaded in the second.
With both teams experiencing defensive adventures — each team committed three errors — CBA used the final miscue from the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Panthers (3-3) to secure the walk-off with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Score by innings:
WP-Taylor Waddell (3-0) 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 7 BB, 5 SO LP-Amberlynn Pearce 61⁄3 IP, 14 H, 11 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Lindsey Massengill 2-4, 2B, RBI, Hannah Wall 2-5, Taylor Narron 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Charles B. Aycock: Hannah Vinson 3-3, 2B, 5 RBI, Cassandra Lassiter 3-4, 3 RBI, Mookie Powell 3-4, Connor Vinson 2-4.
Bruins conquer South Creek 11-1
ROBERSONVILLE — Now, the real tests for the Beddingfield High varsity baseball team begin.
The Bruins completed their final tuneup for 2-A Eastern Plains Conference play in style Friday afternoon, pounding out 12 hits and finishing a season sweep of Robersonville South Creek with an 11-1 victory in six innings.
Beddingfield, winners in six of seven games, begins EPC play Monday night at North Pitt.
“We’re improving and it’s going to be tough,” Beddingfield head coach Noah Edens said. “The conference games are going to be tougher, but we’re going to continue to try to improve and get ready for the conference.”
Beddingfield produced a three-run second inning, highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles from freshman Will Cranford and senior Christian Wilson. Leading 3-1 in the fifth, Beddingfield hastened enforcement of the 10-run rule with a five-run fifth and three more runs in the sixth. Freshman Rio Montes laced a two-run single in the fifth, and junior Austin Worley tacked on an RBI single of his own.
Junior Alston Pittman, who finished 4 for 4, smashed a two-run double in the sixth.
Sophomore Austin Slate, a right-hander, worked five innings for his third victory and yielded all three South Creek hits. He struck out six and walked two, and the 1-A Two Rivers Conference Cougars were held to an unearned run in the second. Pittman tossed the sixth inning for Beddingfield.
Luke Cooper was 2 for 3 to lead South Creek (2-5).
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Alston Pittman 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI, Rio Montes 2-4, 2 RBI, Will Cranford 1-3, 2B, RBI, Christian Wilson 1-4, 2B, RBI; South Creek: Luke Cooper 2-3.
Better defense but no W for Knights
AHOSKIE — Despite playing much better defense Friday than it had the previous two games, the Greenfield varsity baseball continues to look for its first 2017 win after a 7-3 loss at Ridgecroft.
The Knights (0-4), who had committed 16 errors in their last two outings, made just one miscue Friday. However, Greenfield, which outhit the Rams 7-5, struggled to bring in runners on base, stranding eight.
Cedric Kirby, Gabe Torres and Ty Weatherford had two each of Greenfield’s seven hits. Torres drilled a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.
Kirby took the loss on the mound, giving up five runs, but only three earned, on four hits and five walks while striking out two in five innings.
The Knights will open 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play at home Thursday against Community Christian.
LEADING HITTERS — Greenfield: Cedric Kirby 2-3, 3 Rs; Gabe Torres 2-3, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Ty Weatherford 2-3, RBI.
Cyclones defeated i
n 1st CPIC test
GOLDSBORO — The Community Christian School varsity baseball team christened its first season in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A Coastal Plains Independents Conference with an 8-2 loss to host Wayne Country Day on Thursday.
The Cyclones were limited to four hits and a run in each of the fifth and seventh innings in dropping to 2-2 overall.
Thomas Lane led the Community Christian offense, rapping a double and single in three at-bats.
Starting Cyclones pitcher Drew Oliver took the loss, his first against one win.
Score by innings:
LP-Drew Oliver (1-1) 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Community Christian: Thomas Lane 2-3, 2B; Dylan Neal 1-3, RBI; Grant Webb 1-3.
Golden Falcons fall in league opener
DUDLEY — Offensive struggles continued for a Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team that dropped a 4-1 decision to host county rival Southern Wayne in its 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference opener Friday.
The Golden Falcons (4-2) were limited to a pair of singles and an unearned run by Southern Wayne pitchers Jack Casbarro, the winner, and Derek Holsinger, who got the last two outs to record the save.
Both CBA hits came in the fourth inning, when it scored its run. Blake Gipson singled and Nick Aycock reached on an infield single. The Saints misplayed Luke Frederick’s sacrifice bunt to load the bases. However, CBA managed only one run when Nolan Harrell’s grounder was errored.
Southern Wayne stretched its winning streak to five games in improving to 2-0 in the conference and to 6-2 overall.
The Saints grabbed a 2-0 lead against CBA starter and loser Cody Whaley, a junior right-hander, in the second. Matthew Stott doubled in a run and later scored on Kolby Anderson’s single.
The 3-A Falcons continue conference play at 4-A D.H. Conley at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Wayne: Kolby Anderson 1-2, RBI; Matthew Stott 1-3, 2B, RBI; Eric Chrisman 1-3, RBI; Charles B. Aycock: Blake Gipson 1-4, Nick Aycock 1-3.
Lady Knights batter Ridgecroft
Senior Samantha Wainright and freshman Kaelyn Wall each had two goals as the Greenfield School varsity girls soccer team posted three goals in each half to cruise to a 6-0 shutout of Ridgecroft on Friday at Forbes Field.
Greenfield of the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference (3-4) struck early, with Wainright finishing an assist from eighth grader Margaret Covington in the fourth minute. Junior Emma Brown fed Wall for thr 15th-minute goal, with senior Anna Merritt Hauser putting away a Wainright assist in the 28th.
Four minutes into the second half, Wall provided her second goal before assisting Wainright in the 49th. Eighth grader Margaret Covington converted a penalty kick to cap the scoring in the 79th.
Sophomore Sumer Hassan had seven saves on 10 Ridgecroft shots in getting the clean sheet.
Greenfield will host Wilson Prep on Tuesday.
Hunt battles Conley to 1-1 deadlock
WINTERVILLE — After leading until less than 10 minutes remained, the Hunt High varsity girls soccer team settled for a 1-1 standoff against 4-A D.H Conley of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Thursday evening.
The Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference, victorious 1-0 against Conley in the first meeting, departed with a 2-3-2 record. Hunt plays host to Corinth Holders in a rescheduled match at 6:30 p.m. Monday and then kicks off conference play at home against Northern Nash on Tuesday.
Megan Westbrook netted the Hunt goal in the first half. The Lady Warriors’ Makayla Brown took a free kick that was fielded by Carolina Vazquez. Vazquez worked the ball to Westbrook, who laced a shot over the Conley goalkeeper’s head. The ball bounced off the crossbar and into the goal.
The LadyVikings’equalizer came with less than eight minutes remaining. Conley, after a foul, took a free kick. Hunt senior goalkeeper Bryson Lee attempted to punch the ball away. Instead, the ball caromed off her knuckles and into the goal.
Hunt head coach Jeff Nelson estimated Lee registered at least 10 goal saves. Nelson added the Lady Warriors continue to improve in readying for conference play.
Beddingfield’s Ellis takes 2nd with 78
Beddingfield’s Matt Ellis fired his career-low round of 6-over-par 78 to finish second in the second of six 2-A Eastern Plains Conference boys golf matches on Thursday at Wedgewood Public Golf Course, Ellis’ home course.
Jones finished two shots behind Washington junior Van Staalduinen in leading the Bruins to a tie for fourth place in the six-team field.
Staalduinen was joined by two teammates among the top 10 individuals as Washington padded its conference lead with a 339 total for its four low individuals. The Pam Pack’s Blake Parker tied for sixth with an 84, while Tony Lovenberg finished eighth with an 86.
North Johnston placed second at 369, followed by Farmville Central (382), Beddingfield and SouthWest Edgecombe (399) and North Pitt (432).
Along with Ellis’ 78, the Bruins counted a 95 from Jon Bottoms, an 107 from Dylan Pollock and an 119 from Tyler Bissette.
Pacing the runner-up Panthers were JoJo Richardson with an 81 and Cameron Paige with an 83.
Matt Jones posed the low round of 91 for SouthWest.
The third conference match is scheduled for Monday at Maccripine Country Club with SouthWest Edgecombe as the host.
2-A EPC results
Results from Thursday’s second of six 2-A Eastern Plains Conference boys golf matches, contested at Wedgewood Public Golf Course (par 36-36—72, 6,000 yards).
2. North Johnston369
3. Farmville Central382
T4. SW Edgecombe399
6. North Pitt432
1. Van Staalduinen, Wash.76
2. Matt Ellis, Bedd.78
3. Alex Foster, FC80
4. JoJo Richardson, NJ81
5. Cameron Paige, NJ83
T6. Blake Parker, Wash.84
T6. Joseph Bishop, FC84
8. Tony Lovenberg, Wash.86
9. Walker Bailey, NP89
10. Matt Jones, SWE91
Knights clipped by Ridgecroft 5-4
The Greenfield School boys tennis team forged a split of singles Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to get a win as visiting Ridgecroft claimed two of the doubles matches to squeeze by with a 5-4 win at Barton Tennis Complex.
Greenfield, which lost its second match in as many days to open the season, got a three-set win from McGuire Metts at No. 1 singles. Jonah Losevski and Frankie Peele followed with wins at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, but a tightly contested doubles match at No. 3 left the Knights one match short after Losevski-Cullen Wells couldn’t solve Ridgecroft’s Hunter Hairston-Trent Barnett in an 8-6 decision.
“We played well in singles,” Greenfield coach Robert Cunningham said. “I knew it was going to be an uphill climb after dropping number three doubles 8-6. We needed (four of six singles matches) and we couldn’t quite get it done.”
Greenfield begins CPIC play at Winterville Christ Covenant on Thursday.
Hampered by unforced errors, the Greenfield School varsity boys tennis team opened its season Thursday at Barton Tennis Complex and was handed a 6-3 nonconference loss by Fayetteville Village Christian.
The 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference Knights picked up two wins in singles and one in doubles, with McGuire Metts getting a 6-1, 6-4 victory on the showcase singles court. At No. 4, Greenfield’s Jonah Lozevski outlasted Tyler Eddy 6-2, 6-2.
McGuire Metts teamed with his brother, Cabell, in doubles play to produce an 8-0 win over Tyler Eddy-Tyler Bineham at the No. 1 position.
VILLAGE CHRISTIAN 6, GREENFIELD 3
McGuire Metts (GFS) def. Sean Thomas 6-1, 6-4; Brian Wilson (VC) def. Cabell Metts 6-1, 6-4; Daniel Moody (VC) def. Amz Hoffner 6-2, 6-2; Jonah Lozevski (GFS) def. Tyler Eddy 6-2, 6-2; Carter Morgan (VC) def. Frankie Peele 6-2, 6-2; Tyler Bineham (VC) def. Parker Johnson 6-1, 6-1.