AREA ROUNDUP: Radford’s slam powers Lady Bruins past Northern Nash

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ROCKY MOUNT — Senior shortstop Chloe Radford connected for a grand slam in the second inning to power the Beddingfield High varsity softball team to a 6-2 nonconference win against host Northern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference on Wednesday.

The Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference struck for five runs after two were out in the second en route to their second win without a loss. Northern Nash fell to 1-1.

Beddingfield, in the second, loaded the bases on Brianna Langley’s hit; Caitlin Abrams was hit by a pitch and Brittany Dudley beat out a bunt. Radford then walloped her second homer, a shot over the center-field fence.

In the circle, senior Beddingfield right-hander Brianna Hale stopped the Lady Knights on five hits and a walk while striking out 13 in notching her second win.

Senior Savannah Barberio, sophomore Anna Gardner and Langley each contributed two hits for Beddingfield.

Ashlee Brackett went 2 for 3 and Bailey Hicks doubled and drove in a run for the Lady Knights.

Beddingfield continues non-league play at home against Goldsboro on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Score by innings:

Beddingfield 050 100 0 — 6

Northern Nash 000 001 1 — 2

WP-Brianna Hale (2-0) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 Bb, 13 SO. LP-Jenna McKenney 7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Chloe Radford 3-4, grand slam; Savannah Barberio 2-4, Anna Gardner 2-4, 2B; Brianna Langley 2-4, Cassie Dail 1-2, 2B, RBI; Northern Nash: Ashlee Brackett 2-3, Bailey Hicks 1-3, 2B, RBI.

Lady Warriors lose at Princeton

PRINCETON — Coming off its first win, the visiting Hunt High varsity softball team was dealt a 11-2 loss by Princeton of the 1-A Carolina Conference on Wednesday evening.

The Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference lost for the third time in four outings, while Princeton was opening its season.

Hunt paid the toll for six errors and was unable to contain Lady Bulldogs slap-hitter Brianna Myers, a senior who drove in seven runs.

First-year Hunt head coach Miguel Hall commended the pitching of freshman Skylar Yarolin but said her defense let her down.

McKenzie House, another freshman, doubled twice in three at-bats for the Lady Warriors, who visit 3-A Charles B. Aycock for a rematch Friday evening.

Score by innings:

Hunt 002 000 0 — 2

Princeton 122 330 x — 11

WP-Casey Mitchell. LP-Skylar Yarolin.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: McKenzie House 2-3, 2 2B; Sarah Bullock 1-2; Princeton: Brianna Myers 2-4, 7 RBI.

Ladybirds threaten often but lose 3-0

CLAYTON — Despite threatening in each of the last five innings, the visiting Southern Nash High varsity softball team was dealt a 3-0 nonconference loss by Cleveland High on Wednesday.

For the lack of a clutch hit, the Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference dropped to 2-2.

Freshman Kierstin Cooper drew her first start in the circle and allowed but one earned run. Leanna Ruffin paced the Southern Nash offense with a pair of hits.

Southern Nash continues nonconference play at home against Nash Central on Friday night.

Score by innings:

Southern Nash 000 000 0 — 0

Cleveland 201 000 x — 3

LP-Kiersten Cooper.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Leanna Ruffin 2 hits.


Demons shut out West Johnston

BENSON — Fike High pitchers Trevor Mills and Tanner Sullivan combined for a one-hit shutout and 15 strikeouts in the Golden Demons’ 6-0 varsity baseball triumph against host West Johnston on Wednesday.

Mills worked the first 5 2/3 innings, allowing the only hit and two walks while striking out 13. Sullivan posted a pair of strikeouts in finishing.

The Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference staked Mills to all the cushion he needed with a run in the first, when Hunter Stokely drew a bases-loaded walk. Mills and Wildcats starter Josh Harlow were locked in a mound duel until Fike struck for four runs in the fifth inning.

The uprising included Mills’ single, two hit batsmen, a walk, two errors and sacrifice flies from Stokely and right fielder Myles Cyrus.

Mills capped his huge afternoon by collecting three of Fike’s five hits and scoring twice. He singled in Fike’s final run in the seventh.

Standing between the two Fike pitchers and a no-hitter was shortstop Blake Markum’s two-out single in the sixth.

Fike recorded its third consecutive win after a season-opening loss to Greenville Rose.

Score by innings:

Fike 100 040 1 — 6

West Johnston 000 000 0 — 0

WP-Trevor Mills 5 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 SO. LP-Josh Harlow 4 1/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Trevor Mills 3-4, 2 R, RBI; Hunter Stokely 1-2, 2 RBI; Jaelynn Melton 1-3, R; West Johnston: Blake Markum 1-3.

CBA sputters past North Lenoir, 9-5

LAGRANGE — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team constructed an 8-0 lead after three and one-half innings and hung on for a 9-5 nonconference triumph against North Lenoir of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Wednesday.

The 3-A Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference upped their record to 3-0 in the first season of head coach Allen Thomas and welcome 1-A Rosewood in a rescheduled game at 5 p.m. Thursday.

CBA managed only five hits and the only base knock in the five-run first was Clay Matthews’ run-scoring single. The Hawks committed two errors and losing pitcher Quentin Pittman issued two walks. Nolan Harrell drew a bases-loaded walk.

Luke Frederick and Nick Aycock each drove in a run for CBA. Frederick doubled.

Pitchers for the two teams totaled 19 walks and the teams committed nine errors.

However, CBA starting pitcher Cody Whaley blanked North Lenoir on two hits through four innings in recording his second win. Whaley walked four and struck out eight.

Jordan Gay worked the fifth and Aycock pitched the last two innings.

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 511 110 0 — 9

North Lenoir 000 022 1 — 5

WP-Cody Whaley (2-0) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 SO. LP-Quentin Pittman.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Luke Frederick 1-3, 2B, RBI; Nick Aycock 1-3, RBI; Clay Matthews 1-3, RBI; North Lenoir: Myers 2-4.

Down 9-0, Firebirds overcome SWE

STANHOPE — Trailing 9-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Southern Nash High varsity baseball team rallied to a 10-9 nonconference victory against visiting SouthWest Edgecombe on Monday .

The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference upped their record to 2-0, defeating SouthWest of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference for the second time.

The Cougars struck for eight runs in the second and added their final run in the fourth.

Southern Nash got three runs back in their half of the fourth. Leroy Edwards’ double started the rally. An infield hit by A.J. Jones drove in a run and Dylan Alford’s ground out plated Dylan Bottoms.

In the two-run fifth, Alex Noland and Bottoms laced RBI singles.

The Firebirds seized the lead with five runs in the sixth. All the runs scored after the first two batters were retired.

Bottoms drew a bases-loaded walk and Storm Tyson drilled a two-run single. Jones drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double. Bottoms had the at-bat of the game in drawing his walk. He fell behind no balls, two strikes in the count and fouled off six pitches.

Sophomore Matthew Horrigan, in his first mound appearance, notched the win, allowing one hit and no runs in a stint of three innings. Edwards pitched a scoreless seventh to claim the save.

Score by innings:

SW Edgecombe 080 100 0 — 9

Southern Nash 000 325 x — 10

WP-Matthew Horrigan (1-0). S- Leroy Edwards (1)

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: A.J. Jones 2-4, 2B, RBI; Leroy Edwards 1-3, 2B, 3 R; Alex Noland 1-2, 2 R, RBI; Dylan Bottoms 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 R; Storm Tyson 1-3, 2 RBI.


Hunt deadlocks West Johnston, 1-1

CLAYTON — With a goal in the 70th minute, the Hunt High varsity girls soccer team salvaged a 1-1 tie against 4-A West Johnston on Wednesday.

Trailing 1-0, the Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference drew even on Sophia Fox’s goal off an assist from Sarah Mercer.

The Lady Wildcats (2-1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute when Fab Martinez scored off a deflection of a Hunt player’s shot.

Hunt registered a 13-10 margin in shots. Hunt goalkeepers Madison Parker and Rachel Cox each notched three save. Leading the Lady Warriors defense were Mariam Herrea, Alea Jones, Abby Beamon and McKenzie Tyson.

Hunt, 0-2-2, competes in The Brittany XIV with a match Friday against Western Guilford at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 1:50 versus Garner Magnet.

Lady Falcons fall to West Johnston

PIKEVILLE — The host Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls soccer team was dealt its first loss by a 4-0 margin against visiting nonconference foe West Johnston on Monday.

The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference dropped to 1-1-1.

CBA managed only a shot each from junior Morgan Casey and freshmen Kayla Spier and Haley Martin. Junior goalkeeper McKenzie Norris was credited with 21 saves.

Senior Kori Lawrence knocked in two goals for West Johnston, while senior Sam Livermore notched a goal and two assists. Junior Elena Overman added a goal and senior Jenna Tomlinson contributed an assist. Junior goalkeeper Cassidy Crist had two saves in posting the shutout.

North Johnston, SJ go scoreless

FOUR OAKS — With freshman goalkeeper Melissa Reyes registering 11 saves on 15 shots, visiting North Johnston and South Johnston battled to a scoreless varsity girls soccer draw Wednesday evening.

The Lady Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference departed with an 0-1-1 record.

North Johnston owned a 20-15 margin in shots and, said coach Jody Edwards, managed three excellent scoring opportunities.


CBA edges Bears in season opener

PIKEVILLE — A 9-7 victory at No. 2 doubles from junior Keenan Smith-senior Seth Harrison enabled the Charles B. Aycock High boys tennis team to come away with a 5-4 conquest of New Bern in its 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference and season opener.

Staking CBA to a 4-2 singles lead were freshman James Rodriguez at No. 1, sophomore Jesus Gonzalez at No. 2, junior Nolan Casey at No. 3 and junior Payne Casey at No. 6.


James Rodriguez (CBA) def. Spencer Scheper 6-1, 8-6; Jesus Gonzalez (CBA) def. Max Bernthal 4-6, 6-1, 10-5; Andrew Webb (NB) def. Jonas Creel 6-4, 6-3; Nolan Casey (CBA) def. Frank Fortescue 6-3, 6-0; Ben Grady (NB) def. Agustin Zarate 6-3, 6-4; Payne Casey (CBA) def. Zach Myers 6-3, 6-4.

Scheper-Bernthal (NB) def. Rodriguez-Creel 9-8 (10-4); Smith-Harrison (CBA) def. Webb-Grady 9-7; Fortescue-Myers (NB) def. Andrews-Brady LaVoie 8-2.

Unbeaten Firebirds shut out Cleveland

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team extended its undefeated start to four matches with a 9-0 triumph against visiting 3-A opponent Cleveland on Tuesday.

The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference shut out their third foe. Southern Nash visits former conference foe Nash Central, now a member of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, on Friday.

Southern Nash rolled against Cleveland behind singles wins from Zach Perry, Blaize Graham, Jacob Glover, Parker Strickland, Dylan Alligood and Ben Lopez.

Victorious in doubles were Graham-Glover, Perry-Strickland and Alligood-Lopez.