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Behind the trio of junior Austin Slate, junior Mann Farmer and freshman Tyler Godwin, the Beddingfield High varsity baseball team engineered a combined no-hitter of Wilson Christian on Monday afternoon, blanking the Chargers 7-0 at Leonard Turnage Athletic Complex in what is believed to be the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Beddingfield of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A Eastern Plains Conference ranks struck quickly, getting two runs in the top of the first and tacking on single runs in the second and third innings. Senior Alston Pittman slugged a two-run double as part of the Bruins’ three-run sixth.
Slate, a right-hander who was credited with the mound victory, went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored offensively for Beddingfield. He worked four innings and struck out one before handing it over to Farmer in the fifth. Godwin, who drove in a run, threw the seventh inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced. Farmer singled and scored twice.
Slate struck out three, with his only blemish a first-inning walk to Wilson Christian (1-3) senior Preston Skinner. The teams were guilty of five combined errors, three on the Chargers of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks.
“Our pitchers threw the ball really well,” Beddingfield head coach Noah Edens said. “We played good defense behind him.”
Junior right-hander Zack Denmark absorbed the loss for Wilson Christian, allowing three hits over four innings. Denmark struck out four and walked one, with two of his four runs being earned.
Weather permitting, the Bruins visit Southern Wayne on Wednesday. Wilson Christian is at Raleigh Friendship Christian on Thursday.
Score by innings:
WP-Austin Slate (2-0) 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Zack Denmark (0-2) 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Austin Slate 2-4, RBI, R, Mann Farmer 1-4, 2 R, Alston Pittman 1-3, 2B, RBI, R; Tyler Godwin 1-4, RBI; Wilson Christian: None.
Six-run fifth sends Hunt past Northern Nash
Poor at-bats from the Hunt High varsity baseball team in the third and fourth innings were the prelude to clutch two-out hitting in the fifth Monday night, helping the Warriors separate from a 4-3 margin in pulling away for a 12-5 win over Northern Nash in the 3-A Big East Conference opener for both teams at Sid Boyette Field.
Hunt, now 5-3 overall, received a five-inning start from senior right hander Dom Gaetano. He scattered seven hits, striking out two and walking three. Two of his three runs allowed were earned. Freshman Chase Waddell was 3 for 3 with an RBI, while senior Matt Jacobs, Gaetano and Gavin Huff all had two hits. Gaeatno doubled and scored three times.
The Warriors’ spree in the fifth was sparked by Gaetano’s RBI double, a two-out, run-scoring single from Huff and a two-out RBI single from Dail.
Aaron Gerloch took the loss for Northern Nash (1-8), lasting 5 1/3 innings. Andrew Meade led the Northern Nash offense, going 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Silas Gonzalez was 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs.
Hunt travels to Northern Nash on Wednesday.
Score by innings:
WP-Dom Gaetano (1-1) 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. LP-Aaron Gerlach.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Trey Dail 2-5, 2B, RBI, Chase Waddell 3-3, RBI, Matt Jenkins 2-4, RBI, Dom Gaetano 2-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R, Gavin Huff 2-2, RBI, 2 R; Northern Nash: Andrew Meade 3-3, RBI, 2 R, Silas Gonzalez 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, Ben Heacox 2-4, 2B.
Lady Warriors win Big East opener
The host Hunt High varsity softball team launched defense of its 3-A Big East Conference championship with a 6-2 triumph against visiting Northern Nash on Monday evening.
The Lady Warriors of head coach Miguel Hall erased a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and proceeded to a third consecutive win that evened their overall record at 4-4. Northern Nash dropped to 2-4.
In the three-run first, Brianna Tucker doubled and scored on Destiny Norris’ single. Allyson Matthews later singled and both Norris and Matthews scored on Julianne Etheridge’s hit.
In the circle, Hunt senior Brittany Glover permitted four hits and one earned run in pitching the distance. Glover issued one walk and had one strikeout.
Weather permitting, the Lady Warriors continue conference play at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Rocky Mount.
Score by innings:
WP-Brittany Glover 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1BB, 1 SO. LP-Jenna McKenney 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Northern Nash: Bailey Hicks 2-4; Hunt: Julianne Etheridge 2-3, 2 RBI; Brianna Tucker 2-4, 2B.
Lady Bruins slug Southern Wayne
DUDLEY — The undfeated Beddingfield High varsity softball team tested the 3-A ranks and emerged with a 13-2 win in six innings against host Southern Wayne of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Monday.
The Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference own a 6-0 mark going into Wednesday’s home game, weather permitting, at 6 p.m. against 4-A South Central.
In the circle for the Lady Bruins, senior Brianna Hale notched her sixth win, allowing six hits and two unearned runs in working all six innings. She issued one walk and struck out eight. Hale also collected a pair of hits.
Offensively, senior Beddingfield shortstop Chloe Radford slammed a home run for the fifth time in six games. Radford walloped a two-run homer in the sixth and delivered a two-run double in the second in going 3 for 5.
Senior Cassie Dail batted 3 for 4, opening the game with a double and adding an RBI double in the second. Freshmen Neleh Bottoms’ three hits included an RBI double in the fourth. Bottoms wound up with three runs driven in. Sophomore Alexis Hayes finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs. The Lady Bruins banged out 15 hits.
Score by innings:
WP-Brianna Hale (6-0) 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO. LP-Dawn Anderson 6 IP, 15 H, 13 R, 8 ER, 6 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Chloe Radford 3-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI; Cassie Dail 3-4, 2 2B; Neleh Bottoms 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI; Alex Hayes 1-2, 2 RBI; Brianna Hale 2-3; Southern Wayne: Dawn Anderson 3-3.
Lady Chargers get first win
ERWIN — Senior Haley Bunting pitched the distance, and senior Casey Bunting and freshman Faith Matthews each hit some runs Monday to send the Wilson Christian varsity softball team to its first win Monday with a 9-4 victory over Cape Fear Christian Academy.
Wilson Christian (1-3) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks got a pair of RBIs from freshman Paige Barnes, Casey Bunting and Haley Bunting. The Lady Chargers jumped on Cape Fear, a 2-A member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Sandhills Conference, pushed across four runs in the first and three more in the second to seize the early lead.
Delaney Cumbie led Cape Fear with a 3-for-4 showing. Paige Jeffries tripled.
Wilson Christian had five doubles in the contest from five different players. Matthews, Barnes, Casey Bunting, Haley Bunting and junior McKenna Griffin all doubled as the Lady Chargers outhit Cape Fear 12-11.
The Lady Chargers will play host to Beddingfield on Friday at 6.
Score by innings:
Cape Fear Christian2000020—4
WP-Haley Bunting 7 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 SO.
Fike begins league play with 1st win
With both teams in search of 2018 victory No. 1, varsity girls soccer teams from host Fike and Southern Nash kicked off 3-A Big East Conference play Monday evening with Fike claiming a 7-0 triumph.
Senior Reily Nelson registered a hat trick (three goals) and contributed an assist as the Lady Golden Demons won for the first time in six matches.
Southern Nash, limited to one shot, departed at 0-7.
Nelson knocked in goals in the 15th, 37th and 38th minutes. Her final goal was assisted by senior Mikayla Atkinson.
Fike racked up a 6-0 halftime lead as freshman Payton Lentz opened the scoring on a straight-on shot from just outside the 18-yard box in fifth minute. With the score 2-0, sophomore Grace Collins connected from in front of the goal on an assist from Nelson. Closing out the first-half assault was senior Jeidy Cruz on a shot just outside the goal in the 39th minute.
The Lady Demons wrapped up their scoring in the 69th minute when sophomore Riley Patterson’s long-distance boot deflected off the Ladybirds goalkeeper and into the net.
Fike wound up with 12 shots on goal and tallied one save. Southern Nash had eight saves.
“Glad to finally get a little confidence under our belt,” commented Fike head coach Toni Varacchi. “We have played a solid non-conference schedule thus far, and it can only make us better going forward.”
WCA notches 2nd 3-2 win vs. Wake
GARNER — Senior Anna Grace Abrams’ goal in the 73rd minute kicked the visiting Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls soccer team to a 3-2 conquest of Wake Christian of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A ranks on Monday.
The Lady Chargers, reigning North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A queens, extended their undefeated streak to five matches. WCA kicked off its season with a 3-2 sqeaker against Wake.
Abrams, the Lady Chargers’ leading scorer, delivered after Wake had knotted the score at 2-2 in the 54th minute.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the ninth minute, but Wilson Christian retaliated with the next two goals.
Junior Jenna Varnell bent in a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box in the 36th minute to produce a 1-1 halftime standoff.
Just three minutes into the second half. the Lady Chargers claimed their first lead at 2-1 on junior Ashley Hardy’s goal off an assist from sophomore Kristen Reece.
Wake managed a 10-9 edge in shots, but Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson praised the effort of freshman goalkeeper Kendall Harris, who registered four saves.
The Lady Chargers welcome NCCSA 2-A member Friendship Christian of Raleigh at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Firebirds club Warriors 8-1
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team cruised to their eighth victory in nine matches Monday afternoon, winning five of six singles matches to clinch the outcome before doubles in an 8-1 victory over Hunt.
Southern Nash (8-1, 2-1 Big East) secured straight set wins in each of its five singles triumphs, with senior Zach Perry, senior Blaize Graham, senior Jacob Glover, junior Parker Strickland and junior Dylan Allegood all coming out on top.
Hunt (1-2), with the balance of its schedule all in conference play, got a three-set victory from senior Parker McCall at No. 5 singles. McCall turned back Hector Perez 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 for the Warriors’ only point. Hunt was without senior Dylan Skinner, its usual No. 6 player, due to choral obligations.
“We improved from the last time we played them,” Hunt coach Debbie Bass said. “Despite the loss, we’ll take the gradual improvement.”
Southern Nash swept doubles play, with Graham-Glover, Perry-Strickland and Hector Perez-Allegood all notching wins.
Hunt visits Franklinton on Wednesday, weather permitting.
SOUTHERN NASH 8, HUNT 1
Zach Perry (SN) def. David Joyner 6-1, 6-3; Blaize Graham (SN) def. Josh Edwards 6-1, 6-1; Jacob Glover (SN) def. Matthew Prasasouk 6-2, 6-0; Parker Strickland (SN) def. Zac Taylor 6-0, 6-2; Parker McCall (H) def. Hector Perez 3-6, 6-4, 10-6; Dylan Allegood (SN) def. Samuel Candelario Torres 6-0, 6-1,
Graham-Glover (SN) def. Joyner-Prasasouk 8-2; Perry-Strickland (SN) def. Edwards-TAylor 8-3; Perez-Allegood (SN) def. McCall-Candelario Torres 8-4.
Fike stopped 7-2 by Rocky Mount
ROCKY MOUNT — The showdown for sole possession of the 3-A Big East Conference boys tennis lead did not go visiting Fike High’s way on Monday afternoon in a 7-2 loss to Rocky Mount.
The Gryphons, 3-1 overall, notched their second conference win without a loss, while Fike suffered its first league loss in three outings.
Thanks to tiebreaker wins from Cole Peterson at No. 5 and Jack Boyette at No. 6, the Golden Demons stayed alive in singles but dropped three tough matches in doubles to dip to 3-2 overall.
Peterson pulled out a 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 win against Sam Phillips, while Boyette outlasted Charlie Lane 6-1, 3-6, 10-6.
Fike’s No. 1 doubles team of Thomas Hodges-John Gliarmis dropped an 8-6 decision as did Walker Gliarmis-A.J. Gunter at No. 2. At No. 3, Boyette-Justin Bass was dealt an 8-4 loss.
Peterson leads the Demons with a 3-1 record.
Fike, 3-2 overall, is scheduled to visit 3-A Charles B. Aycock of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Tuesday and then return to conference play at home against Northern Nash on Wednesday.
ROCKY MOUNT 7, FIKE 2
Tyler Brice (RM) def. Thomas Hodges 6-0, ;6-1; George Shannon (RM) def. John Gliarmis 6-4, 6-3; Ben Osterhout (RM) d ef. Walker Gliarmis 7-6 (3), 6-4; Landon Norwood (RM) def. A.J. Gunter 6-1, 6-2; Cole Peterson (F) def. Sam Phillips 2-6, 7-5, 10-6; Jack Boyette (F) def. Charlie Lane 6-1, 3-6, 10-6.
Brice-Shannon (RM) def. Hodges-J. Gliarmis 8-6; Osterhout-Norwood (RM) def. W. Gliarmis-Gunter 8-6; Phillips-Lane (RM) def. Boyette-Justin Bass 8-4.
Falcons rule 9-0 vs. South Central
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High boys tennis team did not drop a game in doubles and lost only 11 in singles in posting a 9-0 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference victory against 4-A guest South Central.
Perfect in doubles were senior Sam Andrews-junior Brady LaVoie at No. 1, senior Walker Honeycutt-senior Damonte Johnson at No. 2 and junior Joshua Naughton-senior Austin Doyle at No. 3.
Straight-sets singles winners were freshman James Rodriguez at No. 1, sophomore Jesus Gonzalez at No. 2, junior Jonas Creel at No. 3, junior Nolan Casey at No. 4, junior Payne Casey at No. 5 and junior Keenan Smith at No. 6.
Gonzalez and Nolan Casey each improved to 4-0, while Payne Casey is 1-0 at No. 5 and 3-0 at No. 6.
The Golden Falcons stand undefeated in four matches — all against conference opposition.
CBA 9, SOUTH CENTRAL 0
James Rodriguez (CBA) def. Camden Turner 6-1, 6-1; Jesus Gonzalez (CBA) def. Kuni Patel 6-1, 6-1; Jonas Creel (CBA) def. Riley Morse 7-5, 6-1; Nolan Casey (CBA) def. Alxander Valdman 6-0, 6-0; Payne Casey (CBA) def. Andrew Richardson 6-0, 6-0; Keenan Smith (CBA) def. Riley King 6-0, 6-1
Sam Andrews-Brady LaVoie (CBA) won 8-0; Walker Honeycutt-Damonte Johnson (CBA) won 8-0; Joshua Naughton-Austin Doyle (CBA) won 8-0.
14-run 3rd sends WCA past Greenfield
A 14-run explosion in the bottom of the third inning boosted the Wilson Christian Academy baseball team to an 18-3 victory against visiting Greenfield last Friday.
Calvin Peacock batted 2 for 2 with a double and drove in three runs for the Chargers. Hunter Lewis also turned in a 2-for-2 performance with an RBI, and Seth Quinn went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Walks from Greenfield pitchers were prominent.
Quinn posted the pitching win as WCA upped its record to 2-1.