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WENDELL — Junior Tanner Sullivan’s two-out single drove in teammates Hunter Stokely and Jaelynn Melton to cap a three-run rally in the top of the seventh inning Monday that sent the Fike High varsity baseball team to a 5-3 nonconference win at East Wake.
The 3-A Big East Conference Golden Demons (2-1) trailed 3-2 when they came to bat in the seventh. Junior Zach Pittman led off with a single and junior Garrett Browder was hit by a pitch before Stokely singled in Pittman with the tying run.
Melton then reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and Myles Cyrus walked to load the bases. East Wake reliever Devin Worley then induced Demons senior Jackson Terry to pop up to the mound before Sullivan delivered the go-ahead hit.
Melton, who took over on the mound in the sixth, gave up a one-out single and walked a Warriors batter before Demon shortstop Trevor Mills scooped up a grounder and started a double play to end the contest.
Pittman led Fike with a 2-for-3 showing while Melton’s two-run triple accounted for the Demons’ runs in the top of the third inning.
The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Warriors (0-3) were led at the plate by Harrison Neese, who went 2 for 3.
Fike plays at West Johnston on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Score by innings:
Fike 002 000 3 — 5
East Wake 020 100 0 — 3
WP-Jaelynn Melton (1-1) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. LP-Devin Worley 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Zach Pittman 2-3, R; Jaelynn Melton 1-4, 3B, 2 RBIs; Tanner Sullivan 1-3, 2 RBIs; Hunter Stokely 1-3, RBI, 2 R. East Wake: Harrison Neese 2-3, R; Josh Powell 1-2, R.
Chargers defeated in season opener
With just two practices in preparation for the 2018 season, the host Wilson Christian Academy varsity baseball team opened its schedule with a 13-2 loss in five innings to the Raleigh Hawks on Monday evening.
“I used seven pitchers,” Chargers head coach Ty Bissett explained. “I had to find out what I’ve got with conference play coming up pretty soon.
We’re mighty young, but we’re going to be fine.”
WCA led 1-0 after one inning. Sophomore Gabe Barnes led off with a single, was sacrificed to second base by Max Holland and cored on senior Preston Skinner’s single.
However, the Hawks retaliated with 13 unanswered runs. WCA managed a run in the bottom of the fifth on a walk to Bryce Hughes, a passed ball, Barnes’ single and an error.
The Hawks benefited from eight walks in scoring six runs in the fifth.
The Chargers’ seven pitchers wound up issuing 10 walks, a hit batsman and committing four balks.
Weather permitting, WCA welcomes North Carolina Christian Association 2-A East Region rival Bethel Christian at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Score by innings:
Raleigh Hawks 034 06 — 13
Wilson Christian 100 01 — 2
WP-Jake Wilder. LP-Carlos Molina.
LEADING HITTERS — Raleigh Hawks: Xavier Martinez 1-2, 2B, RBI; Jake Wilder 1-3, RBI; Wilson Christian: Gabe Barnes 2-3, Preston Skinner 1-2, RBI.
13-run 4th sends Hunt to first win
The Hunt High varsity softball team reversed the big-inning trend Monday night and rewarded first-year head coach Miguel Hall with his first victory.
The Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference exploded for 13 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and proceeded to a 20-2, five-inning conquest of visiting Nash Central, a former Big East member now playing in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
“The bats were cracking,” Hall described the fourth-inning outburst. “We came alive. The intensity and focus were much better tonight; I was really proud of them for that. We were dialed in.”
In losses to both Charles B. Aycock and Greene Central, Hunt was victimized the opposition’s big inning.
Junior Brianna Tucker ignited the Lady Warriors assault, going 4 for 4 with three doubles and a triple and driving in five runs. Gracie Taylor connected for an inside-the-park home run.
Destiny Norris rapped a double and single and drove in three runs, while Sarah Bullock enjoyed a 2-for-2 outing.
Freshman Skylar Yarolin, the starting pitcher who also finished in relief of Brittany Glover, notched the victory.
Hunt attempts to even its record at 2-2 when it visits 1-A Princeton at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Southern Nash clips SouthWest
STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High varsity softball team walked off with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, completing a 16-6 nonconference victory against SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference improved to 2-1, defeating SouthWest 16-1 in the first meeting.
Southern Nash scored at least two runs in each of its six at-bats.
Lauren Fassnacht spearheaded the Ladybirds assault, slugging her second home run among three hits. Alissa Bailey, Carrigan Ewers, Elisabeth Collie, Kierstin Cooper, Miller Jones and Leanna Ruffin collected two hits each.
Southern Nash visits 3-A Cleveland for a nonconference test at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Score by innings:
SW Edgecombe 031 020 — 6
Southern Nash 332 422 — 16
Unbeaten Firebirds shut out Spartans
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team of the 3-A Big East Conference continued to roll against nonconference opposition, blanking 3-A Smithfield-Selma, 9-0, on Monday afternoon.
The Firebirds climbed to 3-0 behind singles wins from Zach Perry, Blaize Graham, Jacob Glover, Parker Strickland, Hector Perez and Dylan Alligood.
Prevailing in doubles were Perry-David Vasquez, Graham-Adolfo Gonzalez and Glover-Alexis Valdez.
After sweeping the Spartans, Southern Nash bids for a sweep of 3-A Cleveland at home Tuesday afternoon.
Southern Nash nets first goal
SMITHFIELD — The Southern Nash High varsity girls soccer team netted its first goal of the season in Monday’s match, but will still be in quest of its first 2018 win when it visits nonconference foe Cleveland High on Wednesday.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference fell to 0-2 with a 5-1 loss to 3-A Smithfield-Selma on Monday.
Iris Radilla knocked in the Southern Nash goal on n assist from Izzy Wooten in the second half. The Lady Spartans led 3-0 at halftime.
Lady Falcons cop 3-1 win vs. Goldsboro
GOLDSBORO — The Charles B. Aycock High girls soccer team, a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference boosted its record to 1-0-1 with a 3-1 conquest of Goldsboro of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
The Lady Golden Falcons managed 10 hits and two two goals from sophomore Colleen Jones and one from freshman Kayla Spier.
Recording assists from CBA we re freshman Breanna Casey and junior Morgan Casey.
In goal for CBA, junior Mckenzie Norris posted four saves and sophomore Taylor Smith one save,
Goldsboro, limited to five shots, averted a shutout on junior Shakia Doctor’s goal. Goalkeeper Selana Morales had eight saves.
The Lady Falcons are home against another 2-A ECC opponent, Greene Central, on Wednesday.
Wilson Christian nips Hilltop, 5-4
The host Wilson Christian Academy baseball team pulled out a 5-4 win in five innings against Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina on Monday afternoon.
Peyton Holland, the Chargers’ second pitcher, notched the win. Dylan Farmer, who protected the WCA lead with a shutout fifth inning, earned the save.
First baseman Hunter Lewis paced the WCA offense, batting 2 for 3 and driving in three runs. Farmer went 1 for 1 with an RBI.