AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Cyclones gain tie vs. Neuse Christian in CCS Showcase

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With a late goal by senior Olivia Bullard, the Community Christian girls soccer team salvaged a 3-3 tie with Raleigh Neuse Christian in the second day of the Community Christian School Showcase on Saturday.

The Lady Cyclones lost 2-0 to Hickory Christian in their season opener Friday in the first day of the Showcase.

Bullard connected on a pass from eighth-grader Kaitlyn Swartzfager in the 74th minute for the equalizer Saturday against Neuse Christian. Swartzfager scored goals in the sixth and seven minutes to give CCS a quick 2-0 lead, with Kelsey Strange and Anna Jackson providing assists. However, the Lady Lions responded with three goals before halftime.

CCS, playing without injured senior and top returning scorer Morgan Lane, owned a 25-10 advantage in shots.

The Lady Cyclones will host Neuse Charter of Smithfield on Tuesday.


Hunt finishes 0-2 at Battle at the Beach

The Hunt varsity girls soccer team was left still seeking its first win of the season after dropping a pair of one-goal outcomes Friday and Saturday to 3-A Coastal Conference members Havelock and West Carteret at the Battle of the Beach showcase.

The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Warriors, who tied visiting C.B. Aycock 1-1 in Wednesday’s season opener, were clipped 1-0 Friday by Havelock in a game played at New Bern High. The Lady Rams scored in the 30th minute and held Hunt at bay, despite the Lady Warriors owning a 17-6 advantage in shots.

In Saturday’s match at Onslow County Soccer Association Complex in Swansboro, the Lady Patriots (2-1) scored with 30 seconds left in the first half to take a 1-0 lead.

Hunt junior Camille Ruiz knotted the score with an unassisted goal in the 60th minute before West Carteret scored the game-winner with eight minutes left. The Lady Warriors threatened with three minutes remaining but a Lady Patriots defender headed a potential equalizer out of the goal box.

Hunt will visit West Johnston on Tuesday.

Fike drops pair at Battle at the Beach

Fike started its varsity girls soccer season with a pair of losses over the weekend at the Battle at the Beach showcase, losing 2-1 at New Bern on Friday and 4-1 to Holly Ridge Dixon at the Onslow County Soccer Association Complex in Swansboro on Saturday.

Senior Riley Nelson got the 3-A Big East Conference Lady Demons going in the 18th minute of Friday’s game against the 4-A Lady Bears of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference with an unassisted goal from 20 yards.

The 1-0 Fike lead stood until the fourth minute of the second half when New Bern sophomore Meghan Guter launched a shot from 30 yards that went over the head of Lady Demons keeper Jah’Asia Pernell into the goal. Less than three minutes later, Guter found the net again for the decisive goal.

Pernell was credited with seven saves.

In Saturday’s match, 2-A Dixon (2-0-1) of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Eight Conference took a 2-0 lead into halftime on goals by Paige Mitchell and Hailey Russell then doubled that margin before Fike managed its only goal. That came on a shot from 30 yards by freshman Payton Lentz from the left to the far post.

Pernell had five saves.

The Lady Demons will host Rosewood on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Warriors escape Jaguars 9-8

FARMVILLE — Matt Jacobs singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth and the Hunt baseball team held on for a 9-8 nonconference victory Saturday at Farmville Central.

The 3-A Big East Conference Warriors won their second game in as many days after losing Wednesday’s season opener to C.B. Aycock while the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Jaguars dropped to 1-1.

The Warriors put up five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 6-3 lead but Farmville Central responded with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead 8-6.

Trey Dail led off the sixth with a single for Hunt, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Tyler Wells’ single. Pinch hitter Dallas Kemp then singled in Wells with the tying run. Two batters later, Jacobs’ single scored Kemp with the eventual game winner.

Jacobs also got the win, his first decision, on the mound in relief as he got the last two outs of the fifth inning. He then departed with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth but Patrick Clark came on to get the final out of the inning and then retired the Jaguars in the seventh for his second save.

Dail led Hunt’s 13-hit offense with a 3-for-4 showing that included an RBI while Josh Fuller, Tyson Bass and Wells each collected two hits.

The Warriors will visit Eastern Wayne on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Hunt 100 503 0 — 9

Farmville Central 003 050 0 — 8

WP-Matt Jacobs (1-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. LP-Bradley Allen. S-Patrick Clark (2) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Josh Fuller 2-3, 2 RBIs, R, SB; Trey Dail 3-4, RBI, 2 R, SB; Tyler Wells 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R; Tyson Bass 2-4, 2B, R; Matt Jacobs 2-4; Dallas Kemp 1-1, RBI. Farmville Central: Bradley Allen 2-4, RBI, R; Josh Faust 2-4, 2B, RBI.

Cyclones tie in season opener

The Community Christian School baseball team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday’s season-opening game against visiting Ridgecroft, but darkness intervened and the contest was suspended with the score tied 8-8 and two outs.

CCS athletic director Bryan Walker said that since the teams are not scheduled to play again, the result will likely go down as a tie.

The Cyclones gave up two runs in the first inning and trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth. CCS scored twice in the fifth and, after Ridgecroft added two runs in the top sixth, scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to cut the margin to 6-5. The Rams scored two in the top of the seventh, setting up the Cyclones’ tying rally in the bottom of the inning.

The Cyclones managed seven hits as senior Dylan Neal batted 3 for 3 and scored two runs. Junior Drew Oliver went 1 for 3 with a double and collected two RBIs.

Sophomore Thomas Lane drew the pitching start for CCS and was followed to the mound by Oliver and junior Noah Moran. The trio combined to allow eight hits. Oliver posted four strikeouts, Moran three and Lane a pair.

CCS will visit Grace Christian in Sanford on Friday.

Score by innings:

Ridgecroft 200 202 2 — 0

CCS 001 022 3 — 0

LEADING HITTERS — Community Christian: Dylan Neal 3-3, 2 R; Drew Oliver 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Avery Winstead 1-4, RBI.


Wilson Christian loses opener, 8-6

GARNER — The Wilson Christian Academy softball team, the reigning North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A champion, launched its season with an 8-6 loss to 2-A Wake Christian of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Wake was spearheaded by winning pitcher Marissa Green, who registered 16 strikeouts and, at the plate, slugged a home run and double and drove in three runs. Hailey Haislip also homered and plated three runs.

Faith Matthews slammed a homer and drove in three runs for the Lady Chargers. Casey Bunting had an RBI. Haley Bunting, who struck out nine in six innings, took the pitching loss.

WCA begins East Region play on Tuesday against Bethel Christian of Kinston.

Score by innings:

WCA 000 210 3 — 6

Wake Christian 110 402 x — 8

WP-Marissa Green 7 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 7 BB, 16 SO. LP-Haley Bunting (0-1) 6 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 BB, 9 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Faith Matthews HR, 3 RBI; Haley Parker 2 SB; Wake Christian: Miranda Green HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Haley Haislip HR, 3 RBI; Brandy Hampton 2B, RBI.