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DURHAM — The North Johnston High varsity softball team demonstrated its prowess as the Maxpreps-ranked No. 1 2-A softball team in the state by romping to five-inning road conquests against 3-A Northwood and 3-A Northern Durham on Saturday.
The Lady Panthers, undefeated in 15 outings, blanked Northern Durham, 12-0; and thumped Northwood 15-1.
Against Northern Durham (6-5), North Johnston pitcher Taylor Jones tossed a one-hitter, issuing three walks and striking out five. Leading 1-0, the Lady Panthers broke loose for six runs in the top of the third inning and five in the fourth. The 12-hit assault included three doubles and two triples.
Jada Santiago and Hailey Medlin each batted 3 for 3. Santiago walloped a triple and double and drove in three runs. Medlin connected for a triple and had two RBIs.
Against Northwood (7-6), junior North Johnston pitcher Amberlynn Pearce recorded her 11th win, spacing three hits and allowing an unearned run. Pearce did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Head coach Chris Batten’s team poured across six runs in the first and five in the second. The Lady Panthers pounded four triples and two doubles.
Lindsey Massengill batted 3 for 3, while banging out two hits each were Blayke Batten, Santiago and Hannah Wall.
Score by innings:
North Johnston 650 04 — 15
Northwood 010 00 — 1
WP-Amberlynn Pearce (11-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. LP-Weigle 5 IP, 16 H, 15 R, 11 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Blayke Batten 2-3, 2 RBI, 3B; Jordyn Scott 1-3, 3B; Alyssa Moore 1-1, Lindsey Massengill 3-3, 2B; Samantha Davis 1-1, Jada Santiago 2-2, 3 R, 3B; Hannah Wall 2-3, 2B; Amberlynn Pearce 1-4, 2 RBI, 3B; Oliva Gachuz 1-3, 2 RBI; Northwood: Weigle 1-2, 2B; Coker 1-2, RBI.
Score by innings:
North Johnston 106 50 — 12
Northern Durham 000 00 — 0
WP-Taylor Jones 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 SO. LP-McKenzie McCullen 5 IP, 12 H, 12 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Blayke Batten 2-4, 2B; Lindsey Massengill 2-4, 3 R, 2B; Jada Santiago 3-3, 3 RBI, 2 R, 3B; Hailey Medlin 3-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3B, 2B; Arial Pearce 2-2; Northern Durham: Jesse Woller 1-2.
Thomas drives in 6 as CBA rolls
NEW BERN — The official stats will credit Charles B. Aycock High freshman Abbey Thomas with just one time at bat during Friday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference softball game with New Bern.
However, Thomas did her job on more than one occasion.
Launching a three-run home run in the second inning as well as being responsible for a trio of sacrifice flies, Thomas finished 1 for 1 with six runs batted in en route to a 17-2 victory for the Lady Golden Falcons.
CBA, which entertains Erwin Triton for a nonconference game Monday, improved to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
Senior Cassandra Lassiter hit her fourth homer, a three-run shot in the fifth inning. But one aspect that caught the attention of CBA head coach LaVon Matthews was the fact that his team struck out 11 times, eight from the bottom of the order.
CBA outhit New Bern (4-12, 2-5 ECC) by a 14-3 margin. Byers, who struck out 11 CBA batters but yielded 14 hits and 17 runs, was 2 for 3.
Freshman Shawna Williams worked two innings and allowed two hits. One of her two first-inning runs were earned.
Senior Taylor Puetz was 3 for 3 with an RBI, while senior Georgia Parnell and sophomore Logan Medlin were each 2 for 4. Medlin doubled.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 440 27 — 17
New Bern 200 00 — 2
WP-Shawna Williams (3-0) 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. LP-Sydni Byers 5 IP, 14 H, 17 R, 17 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Cassandra Lassiter 4-4, HR, 5 RBI, Taylor Puetz 3-3, RBI, Georgia Parnell 2-4, Logan Medlin 2-4, 2B, Abbey Thomas 1-1, HR, 6 RBI; New Bern: Sydni Byers 2-3.
Lanier, Rams top Washington, 4-1
WASHINGTON — Senior right-hander Cole Lanier hurled a one-hitter in visiting Greene Central’s crucial 4-1 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference varsity baseball victory against Washington on Friday evening.
Lanier issued two walks and struck out six as the Rams improved to 5-2 in the conference and 9-6 in all games. Greene Central continues conference play at home against Kinston on Tuesday.
Washington slipped to 4-3 and 10-4, respectively.
Lanier outdueled Pam Pack right-hander Hunter Hall, who yielded just six hits and one walk while striking out nine.
The Rams nicked Hall for their four runs in the third inning, when sophomore Zach Taylor doubled with the bases loaded and drove in three runs.
Lanier flirted with a no-hitter until Washington’s Jeremiah Moore stroked an RBI single in the fifth.
The Rams’ Taylor doubled twice in a 2-for-3 performance. Senior Jackson Batchelor collected two hits and senior Tyler Horner drove in the other run.
Score by innings:
Greene Central 004 000 0 — 4
Washington 000 010 0 — 1
WP-Cole Lanier 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LP-Hunter Hall 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Jackson Batchelor 2-3, Horner 1-3, RBI; Zach Taylor 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, Travis Mewborn 1-3, R; Washington: Jeremiah Moore 1-3, RBI.