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STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity softball team not only claimed revenge but climbed into a tie for the 3-A Big East Conference lead by spilling visiting Fike 10-0 in five innings Thursday evening.
With their eighth consecutive win, the Ladybirds vaulted to 4-1 in the conference and to 14-4 overall. Fike was handed its first conference loss after four wins and owns a league victory (7-5) against the Ladybirds.
Southern Nash exploded for eight runs in the second inning to back the three-hit pitching of Carrigan Ewers, who struck out five.
The Ladybirds shelled Fike pitching for 12 hits as Alissa Bailey batted 3 for 4 and drove in three runs.
Taylor Bailey, Lauren Fassnacht and Leanna Ruffin each collected two hits for Southern Nash.
The Ladybirds continue conference play at home Tuesday night at 7 against Northern Nash.
Fike, 9-4 overall, races a nonconference test against 1-A Rosewood on Friday.
Score by innings:
WP-Carrigan Ewers 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Alissa Bailey 3-4, 3 RBI; Taylor Bailey 2 hits, Lauren Fassnacht 2 hits, Leanna Ruffin 2 hits.
Ladybirds winning streak reaches 7
STANHOPE — The surging Southern Nash High varsity softball team stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 19-3 nonconference conquest in five innings against Eastern Wayne of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Wednesday.
The Ladybirds improved their record to 13-4 behind the pitching and hitting of Kierstin Cooper. Cooper was not only the winning pitcher but batted 3 for 3. Lauren Fassnacht and Emory New each collected two hits.
Southern Nash, in second place in the 3-A Big East Conference, welcomes conference-leading Fike at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Score by innings:
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Kierstin Cooper 3-3, Lauren Fassnacht 2 hits, Emory New 2 hits.
Howard, Greenfield post 8-1 victory
High-scoring seventh-grader Chloe Howard drilled in four more goals and added a pair of assists in triggering the Greenfield School girls soccer team’s 8-1 victory against John Paul II of Greenville on Thursday.
The Lady Knights rolled to a 5-1 halftime cushion as Howard opened the scoring unassisted. Next, she was assisted in the 12th minute by sophomore Caroline Stone. Howard netted an unassisted goal in the 17th minute.
Also scoring in the first half for Greenfield were eighth-grader Libby Eagles on an assist from freshman Margaret Covington and sophomore Kaelyn Wall on an assist from Howard.
In the second half, Howard struck again on an assist from seventh-grader A.G. Beddingfield; Wall headed in an assist from Howard in the 54th minute; and Stone finished an assist from eighth-grader Lily Hesse in the 58th minute.
Assistant coach Luis Giron described Wall’s goal as “beautiful” and said it was the first Greenfield goal on a header this season.
Greenfield posted a 15-7 margin in shots.
Wilson Christian tied by Friendship
RALEIGH — The Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls soccer team’s rematch against Friendship Christian in Thursday’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region District 3 headliner ended in a 3-3 deadlock.
The Lady Chargers, a 5-1 victor in the first meeting, departed 3-0-1 in the region and 8-1-1 overall. Friendship emerged 1-1-1 in the region.
WCA rallied from a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 lead. However, Friendship netted the tying goal in the 63rd minute of regulation. The teams played a pair of scoreless 10-minute overtimes.
“We started incredibly slow,” said WCA head coach Don Samson. “We were very complacent. But I was proud of the fight the girls showed to get back into it.”
Trailing 2-0 after 12 minutes, the Lady Chargers struck in the 13th minute on a (sophomore) Kristen Reece goal that was assisted by freshman Katelyn Parker. WCA forged a 2-2 halftime deadlock as senior Jenna Hunter knocked in a corner kick from senior Anna Grace Abrams.
In the 50th minute, Abrams drilled in the go-ahead goal on an assist from junior Ashley Hardy.
Samson said the Lady Chargers dominated the second half and overtimes and positioned themselves for excellent scoring chances in the final 17 minutes of regulation and the 20 extra minutes.
WCA wound up with a 21-13 margin in shots and freshman goalkeeper Kendall Harris recorded six saves.
Lady Panthers fall to Nash Central
KENLY — The North Johnston High girls soccer team was handed its first 2-A Eastern Plains Conference loss by a 6-0 margin by visiting Nash Central on Thursday evening.
The Lady Panthers fell to 2-1 in the conference and to 3-7-1 overall.
Freshman North Johnston goalkeeper Hannah Sherrod registered 10 saves.
Skinner’s homers power WCA rout
Senior Preston Skinner slugged a pair of solo home runs to power the host Wilson Christian Academy baseball team to a 15-5, 5-inning North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region District 3 win against Friendship Christian of Raleigh on Thursday evening.
The left-handed hitting Skinner slammed a blast some 390 feet to center field and also connected for a shot over the left-field fence. as the Chargers improved to 2-1 in the region and to 3-8 overall.
Wilson Christian walked off with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Skinner started the spree with his second homer. Winning pitcher Zach Denmark singled and Jackson Hoskins drew a walk. Both Denmark and Hoskins scored on passed balls.
On the mound, Denmark pitched all five innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out six.
Brice Murray connected for a two-run triple in the third. Skinner also doubled in a run. Gabe Barnes batted 3 for 4 with two runs batted in. Adding two hits each were Denmark and Adrian Dehart.
The Chargers continue region play at 4 p.m. Friday at Bethel Christian of Kinston.
Score by innings:
WP-Zach Denmark 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. LP-Hauffler.
LEADING HITTERS — Friendship: McLamb 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Huskey 1-2, RBI; Cabe 1-3; Wilson Christian: Preston Skinner 3-4, 2 HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Gabe Barnes 3-4, 2 RBI; Zach Denmark 2-4, Adrian Dehart 2-4, Brice Murray 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI; Will Shearin 1-2, Dylan Farmer 1-3, RBI.
Firebirds romp 11-1, sweep Franklinton
STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High varsity baseball team completed a sweep of the week’s two-game 3-A Big East Conference series against newcomer Franklinton by a 11-1 margin in five innings Thursday night.
The third consecutive win vaulted the Firebirds to 2-4 in the conference and to 8-9 in all games. Southern Nash continues conference play at home against Northern Nash at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Senior right-hander Leroy Edwards stopped the Red Rams on two hits and an unearned run. Edwards struck out six in going the five-inning distance.
The Firebirds pushed across six runs in the bottom of the first inning and walked off on A.J. Jones’ two-run double in the bottom of the fifth.
Southern Nash’s 10 hits included three doubles as Alex Noland batted 3 for 3 with a double off the right-center field wall. Jones wound up 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Colton Cruz also doubled, while Jason Montague finished 2 for 2.
Score by innings:
WP-Leroy Edwards 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 SO
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Alex Noland 3-3, 2 R, 2B; A.J. Jones 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2B; Colton Cruz 2-3, 2B; Jason Montague 2-2, RBI.
CBA thumps Greene Central 14-2
SNOW HILL — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team defeated a second straight 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent with a 14-2 rout in six innings of Greene Central on Thursday evening.
The 3-A Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference were coming off a 6-5 win against North Lenoir on Wednesday and boosted their record to 14-3. CBA launches the second half of conference play at New Bern at 6 p.m. Friday.
Senior right-hander Zack Brewer drew the starting mound assignment for CBA and claimed his third win without a loss with a five-inning outing. Brewer allowed five hits, two earned runs and three walks while striking out four.
CBA rolled to an 8-0 lead before the Rams scored both of their runs in the third inning.
The Falcons’ offense produced 14 singles and a run-scoring double from senior Luke Frederick in the five-run third.
Frederick wound up 3 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Tyler Daniels batted 2 for 3 and scored three runs. Sophomore Blake Dilda wound up 2 for 2 with four RBIs. Senior Blake Gipson laced three hits in five at-bats.
For Greene Central (8-6), Travis Mewborn and Justin Vandiford were each 2 for 2 with an RBI. Zac Taylor took the pitching loss.
Score by innings:
WP-Zack Brewer (3-0) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO. LP-Zac Taylor 2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Luke Frederick 3-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B; Tyler Daniels 2-3, 3 R; Blake Gipson 3-5, RBI; Blake Dilda 2-2, 4 RBI; Greene Central: Travis Mewborn 2-2, RBI; Justin Vandiford 2-2, RBI.
Hunt nips Princeton, loses to Firebirds
The final score failed to reflect the stout competition offered by the host Hunt High boys tennis team in a 9-0 3-A Big East Conference loss to third-place Southern Nash on Thursday afternoon.
The Warriors of coach Debbie Bass were coming off a 5-4 nonconference win against 1-A guest Princeton on Wednesday.
Hunt stands 3-4 in the Big East and 5-4 overall going into Tuesday’s Senior Day match against conference newcomer Franklinton.
Against the Firebirds, Hunt’s Parker McCall dropped a 7-4 first-set tiebreaker in bowing 7-6, 6-3 to Southern Nash’s Parker Strickland. At No. 5, the Warriors’ Dylan Skinner was turned back 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 by the Firebirds’ Hector Perez. David Joyner, at No. 1, and Nick Tew, at No. 6, each won seven games for Hunt.
Southern Nash’s other singles victors were Zach Perry at No. 1, Blaize Graham at No. 2, Jacob Glover at No. 3 and Dylan Alligood at No. 6.
Against Princeton, Hunt clinched with an 8-4 win from the No. 1 doubles team of Joyner-Josh Edwards.
Notching singles wins for Hunt were Edwards at No. 2, McCall at No. 5 and Skinner at No. 6. McCall and Skinner teamed for an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles.
SOUTHERN NASH 9, HUNT 0
Zach Perry (SN) def. David Joyner 6-4, 6-3; Blaize Graham (SN) def. Josh Edwards 6-3, 6-1; Jacob Glover (SN) def. Matthew Prasasouk 6-1, 6-2; Parker Strickland (SN) def. Parker McCall 7-6 (4), 6-3; Hector Perez (SN) def. Dylan Skinner 6-4, 3-6, 10-7; Dylan Alligood (SN) def. Nick Tew 6-4, 6-3.
Graham-Glover (SN) def. Joyner-Edwards 8-3; Perry-Strickland (SN) def. Prasasouk-McCall 8-2; Perez-Alligood (SN) def. Skinner-Tew 8-4.
HUNT 5, PRINCETON 4
Jake Williams (P) def. Joyner 6-1, 6-3; Edwards (H) def. Allen Farrior 6-0, 6-3; Garrett Clein (P) def. Prasasouk 7-6, 6-3; Blaine Phillips (P) def. Zac Taylor 6-4, 6-4; McCall (H) def. Juan Arriago 6-2, 6-2; Skinner (H) def. Jared Jones 6-4, 6-4.
Joyner-Edwards (H) def. Farrior-Clein 8-4; Williams-Phillips (P) def. Prasasouk-Taylor 8-1; McCall-Skinner (H) def. Jones-Montez Levi 8-2.
TRACK AND FIELD
CBA’s Faulkner claims 3 firsts
NEW BERN — Senior Arlanda Faulkner notched a trio of first-place finishes to lead the Charles B. Aycock High girls track team to a third-place showing in Wednesday’s 3-A/4-A Conference meet at New Bern High.
Eastern Wayne triumphed. Also participating were CBA, New Bern and D.H. Conley.
Faulkner paced the Lady Golden Falcons by winning the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 9 inches; the high jump with an effort of 4 feet, 6 inches and raced to a first-place time of 16 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
CBA’s other win was posted by the 4x100 relay unit of Alana Reeves, Elicia Brown, Jacqueline Woods and Dasani Jackson with a time of 1 minute, 3 seconds.
Taking second in 2:05 was the 4x200 relay of Woods, Brown, Shi’tricia Speight and Jackson. The 4x800 relay of Alexis Reeves, Alana Reeves, Kaitlyn Romine and Linda Ruiz salvaged third (13:17).
Southern Nash nips Hunt and Fike
STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High boys track team edged Wilson County rivals Hunt and Fike in a 3-A Big East Conference track meet Wednesday.
The Firebirds accumulated 70 points, followed by Hunt with 62.5 and Fike with 52.5.
Seizing individual first-place finishes for Southern Nash were Ricky Knight in the shot put, Donovan Thompson in the discus, Izaiah Walker-Warren in the 400-meter dash, Hunter Issette in the 1,600 run and DaeOne Wilkins in the 300 hurdles.
Also victorious was the Firebirds’ 4x200 relay quartet of Wilkins, Kendrick Bell, Knight and Darius Edmundson.
Southern Nash next competes as the host in Monday’s Scott Jones Memorial Classic as presented by The Wilson Times.
Ladybirds outrun Fike and Hunt
STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High girls track team registered first places in 10 events in conquering 3-A Big East Conference foes Fike and Hunt on Wednesday. The Ladybirds amassed 92 points.
Jenira Mckoy and Nya Manning emerged double individual winners for Southern Nash. Mckoy prevailed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while Manning ruled the triple jump and 400 dash.
Other Ladybirds individual winners were Jada Carpenter in the 110 hurdles, Tristian Foster in the 300 hurdles and Makayla Gibson in the 800 run.
Southern Nash also claimed the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
The Ladybirds next compete in the Scott Jones Memorial Classic as presented by The Wilson Times on Monday at Southern Nash.
Seven-run first inning buoys WCA
Buoyed by a seven-run first inning, the Wilson Christian Academy baseball team romped 12-1 against visiting Friendship Christian of Raleigh on Thursday.
The Chargers defeated Friendship for the second time this season in boosting their record to 5-2.
Spencer Parker was the winning pitcher.
Triggering the offense was Seth Quinn at 1 for 2 with a bases-loaded triple.
Also batting 1 for 2 were Jackson Hoskins, Brant Hughes, Parker Bunn and Josh Vanderpool.
CCS bounces back to defeat Halifax
The Community Christian School baseball team upped its record to 3-2 with a 6-4 triumph against visiting Halifax Academy on Tuesday.
The Cyclones bounced back from a 11-3 loss at Kerr-Vance Academy of Henderson on Monday.
Noah Pierce earned the pitching win for CCS, limiting Halifax to two hits and two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Pierce issued four walks and struck out three.
Leading the offense was Thomas Lane, who doubled twice in three at-bats and drove in two runs. Salvador Guzman went 2 for 3 and Lawson Summerlin tripled and scored twice in three plate appearances.
Against Kerr-Vance, Matthew Jackson collected the only Cyclones hit. Ian Dixon, Dylan Manning and Guzman each scored a run. Rylan Gay was the losing pitcher.
Fike player was Gore, not Patterson
The photograph on page 2B of the Thursday, April 12, 2018, edition of The Wilson Times incorrectly identified Fike High’s Vallery Gore as Riley Patterson.
The Times regrets the error.