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DUDLEY — A big top of the third inning propelled the Beddingfield softball team past Southern Wayne in a 19-8 mercy-rule victory to begin the season on Wednesday night.
Headed into the big inning when the Lady Bruins scored nine runs, the score was tied 3-all. The Lady Saints answered in the bottom half of the inning, but Beddingfield continued to pile it on to end the game after five innings.
Junior Neleh Bottoms threw a complete game, allowing seven hits, eight runs, but giving up no walks and striking out six. The Lady Bruins hung eight hits on Southern Wayne pitcher Layla Radley, then scored many of their runs on key hits that turned into much more by throwing errors in the field.
Bottoms went 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI, while junior Brittany Dudley was 1 for 3 and drove in two RBIs.
Beddingfield will host Northern Nash on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Score by innings:
BHS 129 34 — 19
SW 213 20 — 8
WP-Neleh Bottoms 5 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO (1-0). LP-Layla Radley 4 IP, 8 H, 19 R, 13 ER, 5 BB, 5 S0. (0-1).
LEADING HITTERS — Anna Gardner 1-3; Neleh Bottoms 2-3, RBI; Brittany Dudley 1-3, 2 RBIs; Abby Edmondson 3-4, 2 RBIs.
Lady Demons take down Lady Rams
SNOW HILL — The visiting Fike softball team held host Greene Central scoreless through five innings Wednesday night, building up a 7-0 lead up to that point in what was an eventual 10-3 nonconference win.
The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Demons (2-0) were buoyed defensively by Jada Lamm, who threw six innings, giving up six hits and one earned run, walking two and striking out three Lady Rams on the way to her second victory of the season.
At the plate, Lamm drove in a pair of RBIs on a 1 for 3 night, while Elizabeth Secrest was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Lydia Hunt also went 1 for 3 for Fike, driving in a pair of runs on a double.
Greene Central’s Lark Collins, who was saddled with the loss in a complete game performance from the circle, gave up seven hits and 10 runs — three that were earned. She struck out seven and walked seven others in the season opener for the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Lady Rams.
From the plate, Collins helped her own cause going 2 for 4, including a double, and knocking in a run. But it wasn’t enough.
Greene Central will host Farmville Central on Thursday at 6 p.m., while Fike travels to D.H. Conley on Friday for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Score by innings:
Fike 204 103 0 — 10
GC 000 001 2 — 3
WP-Jada Lamm (2-0) 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. LP-Lark Collins (0-1) 7 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 7 SO
LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Caitlyn Graziani 2-3; Lydia Hunt 1-3, 2 RBIs, 2B; Jada Lamm 1-3, 2 RBI; Elizabeth Secrest 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 2Bs.
Greene Central: Daly Keel 3-4; Lark Collins 2-4, 2 RBIs, 2B; Abby Burress 1-3, RBI, 2B.
Lady Warriors rebound vs. Jags
FARMVILLE — A season-opening, 15-run loss to C.B. Aycock on Monday did not sit well with the Hunt softball team. But the Lady Warriors answered on Wednesday night to down Farmville Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, 7-3.
“It was a great win,” Hunt head coach Miguel Hall said. “I couldn’t sleep the other night when we lost to C.B. Aycock. I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight, you better believe that.”
Hunt (1-1) manufactured seven runs on eight hits, handing the Lady Jaguars’ (0-1) Abby Foster the loss in five innings of work. The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Warriors scored six runs, four of them earned, while drawing two walks and striking out five times.
In each of the first three innings, Hunt added to its leading, building up to a three-run fifth inning that closed the door.
Farmville Central matched the Lady Warriors in the first three innings, but failed to score over the next four.
Hunt will have another shot at C.B. Aycock on the road Wednesday, March 11, at 5 p.m.
Score by innings:
Hunt 111 030 1 — 7
FC 102 000 0 — 3
WP-Madison Thompson (1-1) 7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO. LP-Abby Foster (0-0) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Faith Matthews 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR; Jordan Corbett 2-4;
Third inning vaults Ladybirds past SWE
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash softball team began its season with a 22-4 home victory over visiting SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Wednesday evening.
Through two innings, the two-time defending 3-A Big East Conference champion Ladybirds led 5-0, then a huge third inning that saw 16 runs catapulted the hosts into an unreachable lead.
Eleven different hitters for Southern Nash registered hits, including three from Kierstin Cooper and Carrigan Ewers each. The two players combined for six RBIs.
From the pitching circle, Ewers and Cooper combined with Alexa Daniels to strike out 14 batters, and held the Lady Cougars at bay until a four-run fourth inning for SWE.
Southern Nash plays at Warren County on Thursday at 4 p.m. SouthWest will host Tarboro on Friday night at 7.
Score by innings:
SWE 000 40 — 4
SN 41(16) 10 — 22
Lady Falcons improve to 2-0
AYDEN — The C.B. Aycock softball team survived a late rally to beat Ayden-Grifton of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference, 6-5, on Wednesday night.
The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons (2-0) of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference received a boost from pitcher Shawna Williams, who earned the victory in a complete game. Williams gave up 10 hits and five runs — zero earned — and struck out two batters while walking two others.
Lady Chargers starter Kim Gurkins was tabbed the losing pitcher after giving up 15 hits by the Lady Falcons in seven innings of work and six earned runs. Along the way, Gurkins struck out six.
Mckenzie Millard and Logan Medlin led C.B. Aycock from the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double each.
C.B. Aycock will host North Lenoir on Friday.
Score by innings:
CBA 120 030 0 — 6
AG 100 030 1 — 5
WP-Shawna Williams (1-0) 7 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. LP-Kim Gurkins (0-0) 7 IP, 15 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Mckenzie Millard 3-4, 2B; Logan Medlin 3-4, 2B; Kaitlyn Mooring 2-3; Abbey Thomas 2-4;
Red Rams clip Fike in Big East debut
WAKE FOREST — The Fike boys golf team had a strong second-place showing in its first 3-A Big East Conference match of the season held at the soggy Brevofield Golf Course in Wake Forest on Wednesday.
Franklinton edged Fike by 11 points with a first-place score of 323. Hunt came in at a distant third place with 345 points, followed by Northern Nash (362), Southern Nash (368) and Rocky Mount (490).
Junior Jake Herring paced the Golden Demons with a 5-under-par 67, while Ryan Richardson posted a 9-over 81, Warren Matthews shot a 13-over 85, Jeno Cosette compiled a 101 and Connor Jinks rounded out the showing with a 108.
For the Firebirds, Carson Winstead shot a team-low 88 — which placed him in the top 15 individual scores — followed by Levy Brantley with 90, Jeremy Joyner with 92, Ian Price with 93, Jonathan Daniels with 97 and Dontavius Kinsberry-Evans with 98.
Southern Nash will host the next 18-hole conference match at The River Golf Club in Louisburg on Wednesday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m.
Demons outdo Bruins 9-0
Hosting its home opener Wednesday afternoon, the Fike boys tennis team wasted little time capturing its first win of the season with a 9-0 win over Beddingfield.
No. 1 singles player Cole Peterson downed his opponent in straight sets, as did No. 2 Blake Mastman, No. 5 Lawson O’Hara and No. 6 Bennett Goings.
Jack Boyette won, 6-0, 6-2, and Will Lucas Fogleman advanced past his singles opponent, 6-1, 6-0. No names of Beddingfield players were provided.
In doubles play afterward, Peterson-Mastman triumphed 8-0 as the No. 1 duo, while Boyette-Fogleman and O’Hara-Goings both won 9-1.
Beddingfield will host Hunt on Thursday, while Fike will travel to Southern Nash to begin 3-A Big East Conference play Tuesday, March 10.
Firebirds blitz Bulldogs 9-0
ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash boys tennis team traveled to intracounty foe Nash Central on Wednesday afternoon and handed the Bulldogs a 9-0 loss in both programs’ first match of the season.
In singles play, Firebirds No. 1 Michael Hernandez won 6-1, 6-0, while teammates Eric Hernandez, Adolfo Gonzalez, Bryan Penaloze, Johnny Mendoza and Hector Perez won in straight set.
In doubles play, No. 1 duo of Hernandez-Hernandez won 8-1, while No. 2 teammates Gonzalez-Perez won 8-2 and Penaloze-Mendoza made quick work at the No. 3 spot, winning 8-1.
The Firebirds will be back in action Thursday hosting Bunn at 3:30 p.m.
Lady Demons shut out by Conley
The Fike girls soccer team was shut out 4-0 by D.H. Conley in its home opener Tuesday night.
The 3-A Lady Vikings of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference scored three goals before halftime and one more in the second half.
Fike travels to Holly Ridge Dixon on Friday for the first game of the Battle at the Beach held at the JASA fields in Jacksonville at 7 p.m. The Demons play a second game in the tournament Saturday at noon against Jacksonville Northside.
CBA wins wild one, 15-11
PIKEVILLE — It was a typical early season baseball game with more walks than hits but for C.B. Aycock second-year head coach Allen Thomas, Wednesday’s 15-11 nonconference win over visiting Rosewood was fine and dandy.
“I’m never going to complain about a win!” Said Thomas, whose Golden Falcons improved to 2-0 a year after starting the season 0-7. “We found a way. We got up early and (Rosewood) came back and took the lead and they told me a little bit about themselves by coming back like that.”
The Falcons led 6-0 until the 1-A Carolina Conference Golden Eagles (1-1) rallied for seven runs in the top of the fourth. Aycock junior Cullen Tucker was able to get the final out of the inning and earned the win in his first decision when CBA responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead.
Junior Clay Matthews had the big bat for CBA, going 4 for 5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs. Sophomore Austin Booth was the only other Falcon with more than one hit, going 2 for 3 with a doub le and an RBI. Aycock batters had just seven hits but drew 10 bases on balls.
The Falcons will visit North Lenoir on Friday
Score by innings:
Rosewood 000 710 3 — 11
C.B. Aycock 231 306 x — 15 7
WP-Cullen Tucker (1-0) 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO. LP-Tanner Capps (0-1) 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — C.B. Aycock: Clay Matthews 4-5, 2 2Bs, HR, 6 RBIs, 3 R; Austin Booth 2-3, 2B, RBI.
Cougars hold off Firebirds, 3-2
PINETOPS — A seventh-inning rally came up a run short for the Southern Nash varsity baseball team in its season opener Wednesday at SouthWest Edgecombe, which held on for the 3-2 nonconference win.
The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Cougars (2-0) scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to break a 1-1 deadlock.
The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds were led at the plate by senior A.J. Jones with a double in three at-bats while Luke Coble was 1 for 1 with a run scored and Brandon Strickland was 1 for 2.
Trey Mizzelle took the loss on the mound for Southern Nash, giving up three runs, but just one earned, on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out seven. Matthew Horrigan pitched the last two scoreless innings.
No individual information for SouthWest Edgecombe was provided.
The Firebirds host Nash Central in their home opener while the Cougars entertain county rival Tarboro. Both games are set for 7 p.m. first pitches.
Score by innings:
SN 100 000 1 — 2
SWE 102 000 x — 3