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AREA ROUNDUP: Warriors double up Bruins 6-3 in season opener

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Despite “first-game jitters” as noted by coach Wayne Hardy, the Hunt High boys tennis team secured two of the three doubles matches Monday afternoon to clinch a 6-3 win over Beddingfield, and in the process, give Hardy his first victory at the helm of the boys program.

The 3-A Big East Conference Warriors got win at Nos. 2, 3,. 5 and 6 singles in winning their season opener, with senior Matthew Prasasouk, senior Jae Jin Lee, sophomore Nick Tew and senior Sam Candelario notching singles victories.

In doubles, the Warriors clinched matters with wins from Taylor-Prasasouk in the No. 1 position an Lee-Candelario at No. 2.

Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference stretched the match into meaningful doubles with Dylan Hayes’ 7-6, 7-6 win over Zac Taylor at No. 1 singles, as well as Noe Mendoza’s 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ben Tong in the No. 4 spot. The Bruins claimed No. 3 doubles, with Rogelio Ortiz-Flores-Edwards Garcia getting an 8-5 win over Hunt’s Tong-Tew.

“We haven’t really spent enough time with doubles practice,” Hardy, the veteran Hunt girls’ tennis coach, said. “It is always good to get your first win.

Beddingfield, which dropped to 0-2 with losses to both Hunt and Fike, hosts the Golden Demons on Thursday. Hunt steps out of conference Tuesday to face Princeton.

HUNT 6, BEDDINGFIELD 3

Dylan Hayes (B) def. Zac Taylor 7-6, 7-6; Matt Prasasouk (H) def. Artemio Davila 6-3, 6-4; Jae Jin Lee (H) def. Rogelio Ortiz-Flores 6-4, 6-0; Noe Mendoza (B) def. Ben Tong 6-2, 6-4; Nick Tew (H) def. Alan Anderson 6-4, 6-2; Sam Candelario (H) def. Reynaldo Segura 6-2, 6-2.

Taylor-Prasasouk (H) def. Hayes-Mendoza 8-5; Lee-Candelario (H) def. Anderson-Davila 8-3; Ortiz-Edwards Garcia (B) def. Tong-Tew 8-5.

Firebirds turn aside Panthers, 5-2

KENLY — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team made it a 2-0 start to the season Monday afternoon, winning four singles matches before clinching in doubles with a 5-2 nonconference victory over North Johnston.

Play was halted after the 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds won at No. 1 doubles, with seniors Parker Strickland and David Vasquez defeating North Johnston’s Michael Barnes-Scott Sellers 8-4.

The Firebirds had little trouble in their straight-set wins, with Strickland leading the way with his 6-1, 6-2 conquest of North Johnston’s Barnes on the showcase singles court. Junior Hector Perez at No. 3, Vasquez at No. 4 and junior Michael Hernandez at No. 6 also recorded singles victories.

North Johnston (0-2) of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference prevailed in both matches that went to third-set tiebreakers. Junior Hunter Jones turned in a three-set win over Southern Nash senior Dylan Alligood at No. 2 singles, losing the first set in a tiebreaker before rallying for a 6-7, 7-5, 10-7 victory. At No. 5, North Johnson senior Brandon Peedin lost the first set prior to his 3-6, 6-1, 10-4 win against Southern Nash junior Adolfo Gonzalez at No. 5.

Southern Nash visits Cleveland on Tuesday, while North Johnston is home to Rosewood.

SOUTHERN NASH 5, 

NORTH JOHNSTON 2

Parker Strickland (SN) def. Michael Barnes 6-1, 6-2; Hunter Jones (NJ) def. Dylan Alligood 6-7(4), 7-5, 10-7; Hector Perez (SN) def. Scott Sellers 7-5, 7-5; David Vasquez (SN) def. Graham Walston 6-1, 6-2; Brandon Peedin (NJ) def. Adolfo Gonzalez 3-6, 6-1, 10-4; Michael Hernandez (SN) def. Carsse Lucas 6-2, 6-0.

Strickland-Vasquez (SN) def. Barnes-Sellers 8-4.

SOFTBALL

Fike dismantles North Lenoir 16-1

Coming off a disastrous 10-error defensive performance at Ayden-Grifton last week, the Fike High varsity softball team returned home Monday and let its bats do the talking in an abbreviated 16-1, three-inning victory over North Lenoir.

The 3-A Big East Conference Golden Demons pounded out 11 hits in moving to 2-1 and after a four-run bottom of the first, put matters well out of reach with 10 runs in the second. Two additional runs in the third brought a halt to the contest via run rule in the Fike half of the third.

North Lenoir (1-1), members of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, took an early lead on Mary Jane Davenport’s solo homer in the top of the first inning. But it was all Fike after that against Davenport, the losing pitcher.

“It was good to get back out there and swing the bats,” Fike head coach Josh Jenkins said. “The big thing we’re preaching this year, is defense.”

Fike made just one error in its three innings in the field and was led offensively by the 3-for-4 showing of sophomore Lindsey Curlings. Curlings’ bases-clearing triple highlighted the Lady Golden Demons’ spree in the second.

Sophomore Caitlyn Graziani, junior Lydia Hunt and senior Taylor Little all had two hits for Fike. Hunt doubled, while Graziani plated four runs. 

In the circle, senior LeAnn Pittman worked the first two innings and allowed two hits. She struck out three without a walk.

The Lady Demons remain home to face Greene Central on Wednesday.

Score by innings:

North Lenoir 100 1

Fike 4(10)2 16

WP-LeAnn Pittman 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. LP-Mary Jane Davenport.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Lindsey Curlings 3-4, 3B, 4 RBI, Caitlyn Graziani 2-2, 2 RBI, 4 R, Lydia Hunt 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, Taylor Little 2-2, 2 RBI; North Lenoir: Mary Jane Davenport 1-2, HR, RBI.

GIRLS SOCCER

Ladybirds mercy rule Louisburg 9-0

STANHOPE — Undefeated and unscored upon in the Robbie Kennedy era, the Southern Nash High varsity girls soccer team made abbreviated work of Louisburg on Monday afternoon, using dual hat tricks from senior Nef Gonzalez and sophomore Jada Zimmerman in pulling away for a 9-0 victory.

The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds climbed to 2-0, with sophomore Ava Miller, junior Brisa Savilla-Castro and senior Melissa Hernandez also adding goals.

Junior Eliza Hernadez added a pair of assists as Layla Austin, a freshman, had one helper.

Louisburg, a member of the split Northern Carolina Conference, lost its season opener.

The Ladybirds are back in action Tuesday against Cleveland.

BASEBALL

Tingen, strong offense lead Rams past Saints

DUDLEY — The Greene Central High varsity baseball team got a solid performance on the mound from junior Perry Tingen in relief in its 8-7 road victory at Southern Wayne on Monday.

The Rams of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference picked up their first win in two games, with Tingen throwing five innings and allowing just two hits and two unearned runs while striking out three to earn the win. Southern Wayne’s Josh Wall started and pitched three innings, earning the loss after allowing eight runs. Five were earned.

Greene Central scored a run in the first four innings, while Southern Wayne (0-2), a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference couldn’t pick up a score in the third inning. 

Senior Dylan Benton led the Rams offensively, as he was 2 for 2 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and two runs batted in. Senior Trey Fields and senior Jalin Connor both notched two hits. Connor stole three bases and scored a run, while Fields added a walk and two RBIs. Senior Alex Tyson hit a double and scored a run. Senior AJ Dupree was walked three times, scored three runs and stole a base.

Greene Central visits Hunt on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 321 200 0 8

Southern Wayne 230 200 0 7

WP-Perry Tingen (1-1) 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO. LP-Josh Wall 3 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 BB.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Dylan Benton 2-2, 2B, R, 2RBIs; Jalin Connor 2-5, R, 3SB ; Trey Fields 2-3 RBI, RBI ; Alex Tyson 1-4, 2B, RBI, R; Southern Wayne: Josh Wall 2-2, R, Justin Edwards 1-4, 2 RBI, R; Luke Davis 1-3, 2 RBI, Chris Mozingo 1-3, 2B, RBI,

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