Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.
STANHOPE — The suddenly streaking Southern Nash varsity baseball team got its third win in a row with sophomore pitcher Trey Mizzelle also notching his third straight victory in the host Firebirds 15-3 thumping of Smithfield-Selma in five innings Monday.
The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds, now 4-6, battered the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Spartans (0-8) for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning of the nonconference outing.
Mizzelle worked five innings to get his third win without a loss. A.J. Jones struck out two in his inning of relief duty.
Jones led the offense with a 3-for-4 showing that included two doubles and two RBIs while Jason Montague launched his third home run of the season. Dylan Alford went 2 for 4 with a double as he scored four times. Matthew Horrigan doubled.
The Firebirds return to Big East play Tuesday at league co-leader Hunt.
Score by innings:
SSS 000 30 — 3
Southern Nash 803 4x — 15
WP-Trey Mizzelle (3-0) 4 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: A.J. Jones 3-4, 2 2BS, 2 RBIs; Jason Montague 1-3, HR; Dylan Alford 2-3, 4 R, 2B.
Errors plague CBA against Eagles
ROSEWOOD — The C.B. Aycock varsity baseball team gave up five unearned runs in the first inning of Monday’s contest against county opponent Rosewood in a 11-9 road loss.
The 3-A Golden Falcons (2-8) of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference made five errors on Monday to bring the season total to 31. Aycock head coach Allen Thomas said errors and walks led to Rosewood taking a 5-1 lead in the first inning.
The Falcons cut the lead to 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Rosewood (7-1) of the 1-A Carolina Conference added four runs. Both teams would put two runs up in the fifth. In the sixth, Rosewood brought in reliever Logan Price who would give up three runs with one earned. But in the seventh inning, Price held Aycock scoreless to earn the save.
Aycock junior starter Adam Brogden took the loss after going one inning, allowing four hits, three walks and five unearned runs. Rosewood reliever Logan Merritt got the win after pitching two innings and allowing four earned runs on four hits.
Aycock’s Austin Booth and Blake Dilda went 2 for 3 with a double, and Booth had 2 RBIs while Dilda drove in one run. Rowan Watt was also 2 for 5 with an RBI for the Falcons.
The Falcons travel to Northern Nash on Wednesday evening.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 110 223 0 — 9
Rosewood 500 420 X — 11
WP-Logan Merritt 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER. LP-Adam Brogden 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO. S- Logan Price 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER.
LEADING HITTERS —Aycock: Austin Booth 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Blake Dilda 2-3, 2B, RBI; Rowan Watt 2-5, RBI. Rosewood: Tanner Capps 2-2, 3 RBI.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cooper leads Fike to 2nd at Bulldog Invite
ROCKY MOUNT — With senior Elijahwon Cooper posting two first-place finishes as well as a second place, the Fike High boys track and field team lost by one point to South Central in the Bulldog Invitational meet, hosted by Nash Central on Saturday.
Cooper won the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 4 inches, and the long jump with a leap of 20-9.5 while taking second in the triple jump with a 41-5 to the winning effort Kinston’s Niejel Wilkins at 42-3.
Also placing first for the Golden Demons were Chase Eaton in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.54 seconds and Davis Nicol in the pole vault with a 12-0 clearance.
Senior Zyree Wilder was second behind Cooper in the long jump and placed fourth in the triple jump and the 400 dash.
The Demons 4x100 relay was also fourth while Fike’s 4x100 throwers relay won.
South Central finished with 99 points to win by one over Fike. Northern Nash was third with 88 in the 16-team boys field.
The Fike girls finished 13th in the 13-team field.
Lady Chargers no-hit by RMA’s Winstead
ROCKY MOUNT — Come May, Wilson Christian may very well be celebrating its seventh straight North Carolina Christian School Association softball championship but, as far as March is concerned, the Lady Chargers are struggling.
Wilson Christian lost its third straight game to start the season, falling 13-0 in five innings Monday at Rocky Mount Academy. Lady Eagles freshman pitcher Emily Winstead did not give up a hit or walk a batter but was kept from a perfect game when Wilson Christian’s Paige Barnes reached on an error.
Winstead also went 3 for 3 to lead RMA’s 13-hit offense off Lady Chargers starter Jennifer Edmondson.
The Lady Chargers, who have been outscored 53-7 in two losses to North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A East Wake Academy and Monday’s loss to North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A Lady Eagles (4-0), open NCCSA 2-A East Region play Tuesday at home against Bethel Christian of Kinston.
Score by innings:
Wilson Chr. 000 00 — 0
Rocky Mount Acad. 247 0x — 13
Aycock falls in slugfest against Rosewood
GOLDSBORO — A back-and-forth affair did not go the C.B. Aycock High varsity softball team’s way at Rosewood on Monday as the girls from Pikeville fell 10-9.
The 3-A Lady Falcons (6-5) of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with two runs already scored, but the 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Eagles held on for their sixth win against three losses.
Rosewood took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a three-run home run by Alecia Langdon. Aycock would respond with two and three runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively, to lead 5-4, but Rosewood tied the score 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth.
After each team scored two runs in the fifth inning, Rosewood scored three in the bottom of the sixth.
Aycock junior pitcher Marie Kidd took the loss while Kaitlyn Kincaid earned the win for the Lady Eagles.
Junior Logan Medlin led the Lady Falcons at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs.
The Lady Falcons look to stay above .500 when they travel to Northern Nash for a another nonconference outing Wednesday evening.
Score by innings:
CB Aycock 002 320 2 — 9
Rosewood 040 123 X — 10
WP-Kaitlyn Kincaid 7 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. LP-Marie Kidd 5 1/3 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Aycock: Logan Medlin 3-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI; Emma Smith 2-4, 2 R; Makayla Williams 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs. Rosewood: Alecia Langdon 2-3, HR, 3 RBIs; Mackenzie Amodeo 2-4, HR, RBI; Alyssa Smothers 1-4, HR, RBI.
Knights take 1st loss 5-4 at RMA
ROCKY MOUNT — Despite a pair of grinding tiebreaker victories by Frankie Peele and Amz Hoffman, the Greenfield School boys tennis team suffered its first loss after three wins with a 5-4 nonconference defeat Monday at Rocky Mount Academy.
The Knights got a 6-3, 5-7, (1-0) triumph by Peele at No. 3 singles and Hoffner pulled out a 3-6, 7-5, (1-0) victory at No. 4, but Cabell Metts and Will Powell came out on the losing end of tiebreakers at Nos. 2 and 5 for Greenfield.
McGuire Metts won his No. 1 singles match for the Knights and then teamed with brother, Cabell, for a victory at No. 1 doubles.
Knights down Christ Covenant 7-2
Greenfield won its third boys tennis match without a loss Friday as the Knights defeated visiting Christ Covenant of Winterville 7-2.
The Knights won five singles matches, including Nos. 3 and 4 Frankie Peele and Amz Hoffner, respectively, who then teamed to win 8-0 at No. 2 doubles.
GREENFIELD 7, CHRIST COVENANT 2
McGuire Metts (G) def. Chad Styron 6-4, 6-2; Tyler Parker (CC) def. Cabell Metts 7-5, 6-1; Frankie Peele (G) def. William Sutton 6-2, 6-2; Amz Hoffner (G) def. J.T. Lee 7-5, 6-2; Will Powell (G) def. Caleb Bagnal 6-4, 6-1; Carter Peele (G) def. Jeff Mayes 6-0, 6-2.
Styron-Parker (CC) def. Metts-Metts 8-6; Peele-Hoffner (G) def. Sutton-Mayes 8-0; Hayden McLamb-Tommy Fulghum (G) def. Lee-Bagnal 8-4.
Firebirds in first in Big East
ROCKY MOUNT — Southern Nash seized sole possession of first place in 3-A Big East Conference boys tennis with a 5-4 victory Thursday at Rocky Mount.
The Firebirds, now 10-0 overall and 4-0 in league matches, got singles wins from David Vasquez, Adolfo Gonzalez and Michael Hernandez while doubles points were earned Gonzalez-Hector Perez and Hernandez-Dylan Alligood.
The Firebirds play home matches Tuesday against Franklinton and Fike.
The Gryphons exited 4-2 overall and 3-1 in Big East matches.
Lady Knights fall 4-1 to RMA
Greenfield suffered a 4-1 nonconference loss to visiting varsity girls soccer opponent Rocky Mount Academy on Monday evening.
The only goal for the Lady Knights came in the 38th minute when junior Caroline Stone played a through ball to classmate Kaelyn Wall, who pushed it to the near post with her left foot to halve the Lady Eagles’ lead to 2-1.
RMA (5-2) added two more goals as it outshot Greenfield (4-4) by a 21-10 margin.
The Lady Knights will host Lee Christian on Thursday at 6 p.m.