AREA ROUNDUP: Surging Chargers romp past Bethel Christian 14-1

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KINSTON — The visiting Wilson Christian Academy baseball team continued its surge with a 14-1 romp in five innings at Bethel Christian in North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East Region action Friday.

The Chargers climbed to 3-1 in the region and to 4-8 overall. WCA breaks from region play for a rescheduled rematch at Beddingfield of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A ranks at 5 p.m. Monday.

Trailing 1-0, the Chargers broke loose for seven runs in the second inning. With four runs in and the bases loaded with two outs, senior Preston Skinner barely missed his third home run in the last two games, settling for a three-run double on a drive that hit the top of the fence in left-center field.

Sophomore Gabe Barnes swatted a three-run double in the fourth inning.

Score by innings:

Wilson Christian 074 31 — 15

Bethel Christian 100 00 — 1

WP-Brice Murray (2-2) 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. LP-Blake Vause.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Gabe Barnes 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Preston Skinner 1-2, 2B, 3 RBI; Adrian Dehart 2-4, Max Holland 1-3, 3 RBI; Jackson Hoskins 1-3, RBI; Bethel Christian: Evan Cannon 3-3, 2B, RBI; Tanner Batchelor 1-2.

CBA thumps New Bern 11-3

NEW BERN — Using a methodical approach over seven innings, the Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team scored in every inning but the fifth Friday in an 11-3 victory over 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent New Bern.

CBA, using a strong six-inning showing from senior right-hander Luke Frederick, limited New Bern to four hits in improving to 15-3 overall and 4-3 in the ECC. Frederick struck out eight and walked two, with all three of his runs being earned.

“I thought we were consistent throughout,” CBA head coach Allen Thomas said. “I thought Luke Frederick did pretty good on the mound.”

Tyler Edwards took the loss for New Bern (6-7, 2-4 ECC), working 1 1/3 innings and allowing two hits. Kyle Kirian, the No. 8 hitter, was 2 for 2 with a double and truple.

For the Golden Falcons, senior Nick Aycock went 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Freshman Clay Matthews was 3 for 3, while senior Blake Gipson had a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance.

Frederick added a double, as did sophomore Blake Dilda and senior Nolan Harrell.

CBA hosts Greenville Rose on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 212 101 4 — 11

New Bern 000 210 0 — 3

WP-Luke Frederick (4-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO. LP-Tyler Edwards 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Nick Aycock 3-5, 2 RBI, Clay Matthews 3-3, RBI, Blake Gipson 2-5, 2 RBI; New Bern: Kyle Kirian 2-2, 2B, 3B.

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.


Hunt escapes 5-4 at Northern Nash

ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Hunt High varsity softball team hung onto third place in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 5-4 squeaker against Northern Nash on Thursday evening.

The Lady Warriors improved to 4-2 in the conference and to 7-7 overall. Hunt steps outside the conference to welcome 2-A archrival Beddingfield at 7 p.m. Monday.

Hunt constructed a 5-0 lead after two innings and then survived a defensive collapse in the final inning.

The Lady Knights scored four runs and had base runners stationed at second and third when Hunt relief pitcher Brittany Glover got a game-ending grounder to second base.

Junior Brianna Tucker triggered the eight-hit Lady Warriors offense with a home run, triple and double. Tucker led off the game with a triple and was driven home by Allyson Matthews. She connected for a two-run homer in the second and added a double in the fifth inning.

Through six innings, Hunt starting pitcher Skylar Yarolin, the winner, blanked Northern Nash on two hits. Glover earned the save.

Score by innings:

Hunt 230 000 0 — 5

Northern Nash 000 000 4 — 4

WP-Skylar Yarolin. LP-Jenna McKenney. S- Brittany Glover.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Brianna Tucker 3-4, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI.

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.


Lady Cyclones blank Faith Christian 5-0

Buoyed by the hat trick of senior Morgan Lane, the Community Christian School girls soccer team turned in a 5-0 conquest of 1-A Coastal Independents Conference foe Rocky Mount Faith Christian on Thursday.

CCS, now 5-4-1 overall and 2-3 in CIC play, opened the scoring in the 28th minute off Lane’s goal. Sophomore Cheyenne Gardner’s through ball down the line found Lane, who converted from 18 yards out.

Leading 1-0, at the half, the Lady Cyclones tacked on four more in the final 40 minutes.

Lane knocked in a deflection off a Faith Christian defender in the 42nd before senior Anna Jackson’s 25-yard free kick was knocked down and kicked in by sophomore Hadlea Borg in the 64th.

Senior Olivia Bullard’s cross helped cement Lane’s hat trick in the 67th. Jackson capped the scoring off a set piece in the 79th, drilling a 20-yard free kick in the upper right corner.

Senior Emily Boyette had the shutout in goal for CCS, notching five saves behind a defense of Jackson, seventh grader Abigail Jackson, junior Kailey Murray and Laura Bland. Bullard and eighth grader Kaitlyn Swartzfager excelled in pass distribution.

CCS remains in conference play Monday, visiting Rocky Mount Academy.

Jones’ goal can’t lift CBA by New Bern

NEW BERN — Sophomore Colleen Jones finished an assist from junior Hannah Spier on Thursday, but the Charles B. Aycock High girls soccer team was on the losing end of a 3-1 decision at 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent New Bern.

CBA, a 3-A member of the split league, fell to 5-6-3 overall and 2-4-1 within the ECC.


Wilder, Bland key Bruins’ win

ROCKY MOUNT — Zyree Wilder and Aaron Bland each won two individual events and Beddingfield swept all four relays as the Bruins won Wednesday’s 2-A Eastern Plains Conference track and field meet against host Nash Central and North Pitt.

The Bruins posted a score of 81 points to 71 for the host Bulldogs and 31 for the Panthers. On the girls side, Beddingfield and North Pitt tied for second with 44 points each behind winner Nash Central’s 77.

Bland breezed to victory in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.7 seconds and ruled the 200 dash in 22.3 seconds while Wilder won the 400 dash in 55.3 seconds and placed first in the triple jump, soaring 40 feet, 7 inches.

Also coming in first for the Bruins were Tiwan Woodard in the 3,200 run (11:15); Daymon Kardesoglu in the discus (101-1) and Zachary Adams in the long jump (21-0).

For the Lady Bruins, sophomore Makayla Everette won the shot put (29-9) and the discus (86-2) while Mikaela Taylor won the 3,200 (14:23) and the 1,600 (7:00). Shimega Jackson placed first in the long jump (15-1).

Beddingfield and Nash Central will compete in the Scott Jones Memorial Classic as presented by The Wilson Times on Monday at Southern Nash.