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AREA ROUNDUP: Demons beat Bruins 8-1 for Mizelle’s first win

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The Fike High boys tennis team presented coach Chris Mizelle with his first victory in his first match at the helm of the Golden Demons on Thursday afternoon with an 8-1 win over county rival Beddingfield.

Both the 3-A Big East Conference Golden Demons and 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bruins were playing in their season openers. Fike swept the singles matches to secure the outcome, with Max Fogleman, Blake Mastman, Jack Boyette, Marty Madar, Danny Noonan and Oc Bolt all winning in straight sets. Bolt dispatched his opposition at No. 6 singles by a 6-0, 6-0 margin.

Beddingfield scratched its sole victory on the showcase doubles court, where Dylan Hayes-Noe Mendoza turned back the Demons’ Fogleman-Boyette 8-6. Mastman-Madar and John Conoley-Bolt prevailed at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles for the Demons, respectively.

Fike is home to Greene Central on Tuesday, while Beddingfield continues its county swing by hosting Hunt on Monday afternoon.

FIKE 8, BEDDINGFIELD 1

Max Fogleman (F) def. Dylan Hayes 6-2, 6-1; Blake Mastman (F) def. Artemio Davila 6-2, 6-4; Jack Boyette (F) def. Noe Mendoza 6-1, 6-4; Marty Madar (F) def. Alan Anderson 6-2, 6-1; Danny Noonan (F) def. Rogelio Ortiz-Flores 6-1, 7-5; Oc Bolt (F) def. Edwards Garcia 6-0, 6-0

Hayes-Mendoza (B) def. Fogleman-Boyette 8-6; Mastman-Madar (F) def. Davila-Anderson 8-4; Bolt-John Conoley (F) def. Ortiz-Flores-Garcia 8-2.

BASEBALL

Warriors get first win at CBA since 2011

PIKEVILLE — Junior right-hander Blake Daniels authored six strong shutout innings, and the Hunt High varsity baseball team pushed across a pair of three-run innings in the first and sixth to turn in a 6-0 victory over Charles B. Aycock at Charles Davis Baseball Field — representing the Warriors’ first victory in Pikeville since the 2011 season.

Daniels allowed five hits and struck out two as the 3-A Big East Conference Warriors were victorious for the second straight day to open the season. The Golden Falcons, 3-A members of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Coference, fell in their season opener.

Senior Trey Dail was 2 for 4 with an RBI to lead Hunt offensively. Timely hitting from the Warriors came in the form of a two-run double from sophomore Jarrett Aycock in the first and another two-run double by Gavin Huff in the sixth. Dail singled across a run in the first and sophomore Chase Waddell added an RBI in the sixth.

Hunt doubled up CBA in hits by a 10-5 margin. Junior Christian Brady was tagged with the loss for the Falcons, allowing three hits over three innings. Blake Dilda, a junior, went 2 for 4.

The Warriors continue nonconference play at Greene Central on Tuesday, while CBA begins conference play with a trip to New Bern on Tuesday. The early conference start is due to the ECC adopting a conference tournament this season.

Score by innings:

Hunt 300 003 0 6

C.B. Aycock 000 000 0 0

WP-Blake Daniels (1-0) 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. LP-Christian Brady (0-1) 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO 

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Trey Dail 2-4, RBI, Chase Waddell 1-2, 2B, RBI, Jarrett Aycock, 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, Gavin Huff, 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Charles B. Aycock: Blake Dilda 2-4, Chris Crow 1-2.

SOFTBALL

Lady Bruins subdue East Wake Academy 12-5

A second look through the batting order at East Wake Academy pitching enabled the Beddingfield High softball team to erupt for 10 runs in the middle four innings en route to a 12-5 victory Thursday afternoon.

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins won their second game in as many days to open the season, with three different players collecting two hits.

Sophomore Neleh Bottoms pitched the distance and allowed six hits, with four of her five runs being earned. At the plate, Bottoms was 2 for 3 and slapped an RBI double in the sixth inning. Junior Anna Gardner had a pair of doubles, with classmate Alexis Hayes adding a 2-for-3 showing. Hayes had an RBI single in the third and drove in two additional runs with a single in the fifth.

“They saw a pitcher with a different pace and a little slower,” Beddingfield head coach Jeremy Howard said. “They moved up in the box and hit it really well.”

Beddingfield outhit the 1-A North Central Conference Eagles, who were playing in their season opener, by a 7-6 margin. The contest was originally scheduled for East Wake Academy’s diamond, but field issues forced the contest to be moved to Beddingfield.

Trailing 4-2 after 2 1/2 innings, the Lady Bruins responded with three runs in the bottom of the third and plated at least one run in their remaining trips to the plate.

Starter Lauren Brown took the loss for East Wake Academy, allowing four hits over 3 2/3 innings. Five of her eight runs were earned. 

Beddingfield visits cross-county foe Wilson Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

East  Wake Acad. 103 000 1 5

Beddingfield 203 421 x 12

WP-Neleh Bottoms (2-0) 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 3 SO. LP-Lauren Brown 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS —Beddingfield: Neleh Bottoms 2-3, 2B, RBI, Anna Gardner 2-3, 2 2B, Alexis Hayes 2-3, 3 RBI; East Wake Academy: Sydney Brantley 2-3, RBI.

Aycock routs Hunt in opener, 17-3

PIKEVILLE — A slow start for the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team gave way to a monstrous eight-run second inning, setting the tone for the Lady Golden Falcons in a 17-3, five-inning win over Hunt on Thursday.

Five players had two hits for the 3-A Lady Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, led by Logan Medlin’s 2-for-4 showing. Medlin had a two-run homer in the second inning to spark CBA’s eight-run second.

Abigail Lancaster, Reagan Bailey, Kaitlyn Mooring and Shawna Williams all added two hits for CBA.

In the circle, Marie Kidd tossed all five innings, striking out four and walking two. Only one of Kidd’s three runs were earned.

Madison Mercer led the 3-A Big East Conference Lady Warriors at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Brittany Glover took the loss for Hunt, which was also playing in its season opener.

CBA remains home to face Ayden-Grifton on Monday, while Hunt takes on Clayton in its home opener Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Hunt 201 00 3

C.B. Aycock 180 8x 17

WP-Marie Kidd 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Brittany Glover.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abigail Lancaster 2-3, Reagan Bailey 2-4, Logan Medlin 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, Kaitlyn Mooring 2-2, Shawna Williams 2-4; Hunt: Madison Mercer 2-3, 2 2B.

Lady Demons drop wild affair at Ayden-Grifton

LITTLEFIELD — A combined 34 hits and the Fike High varsity softball team outhitting host Ayden-Grifton by a 21-13 margin figured to be enough for the Lady Golden Demons to remain undefeated on the road Thursday night.

Except, it wasn’t.

Senior right-hander LeAnn Pittman had a sixth-inning grand slam to help Fike surge into the lead, but the Lady Demons couldn’t hold on as defensive miscues in extra innings enabled the Lady Chargers to escape with a 10-9 win in eight innings.

Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference fell to 1-1 one night after a season-opening win against Pamlico County, while the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Lady Chargers climbed to 2-0.

Lindsey Curlings was 4 for 6 at the plate to lead Fike, while Taylor Little and Caitlyn Graziani were each 3 for 5. Pittman, in the circle, was hurt by errors in her performance. Only five of Ayden-Grifton’s 10 runs were earned.

In the eighth, Ayden-Grifton converted a walk and a pair of Fike errors into the winning run.

Kim Gurkins pitched the distance for the Lady Chargers and picked up the win, allowing all 21 Fike hits. She struck out two and walked four. Taylor Bowen was 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs for Ayden-Grifton as Kristen Hardee had a pair of doubles and a triple in a 3-for-5, three-RBI showing.

Fike is at Southern Wayne on Friday. 

Score by innings:

Fike 200 105 10 9

Ayden-Grifton 021 301 11 10

WP-Kim Gurkins 8 IP, 21 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO. LP-LeAnn Pittman (0-1) 7 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Caitlyn Graziani 3-5, Lindsey Curlings 4-6, LeAnn Pittman 3-4, HR, 5 RBI, Taylor Little 3-5; Ayden-Grifton: Taylor Bowen 4-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, Kristen Hardee 3-5, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, Nora Fields 2-4, 2B, RBI.

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