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The host Greenfield School baseball team climbed above .500 at 6-5 with a 25-9 rout of Lawence Academy on Wednesday evening.
The Knights of head coach Daniel Johnson plated 12 runs in the first inning, when Patrick Smith belted a bases-loaded triple.
Greenfield winning pitcher Dane Reynolds upped his record to 3-1. In four innings, Reynolds spaced six hits and allowed two earned runs. He issued one walk and struck out four.
The Knights pounded Lawrence pitching for 14 hits. Gabe Torres, the only senior, batted 2 for 3 with a triple and drove in five runs. Reynolds helped his cause, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
Luke Flaherty and Justin Holland each rapped two hits in three at-bats. Flaherty tripled.
Greenfield continues play outside the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference against city rival Community Christian on Monday.
Slumping Warriors lose to Bulldogs
ROCKY MOUNT — Fortunes continued to plummet for the Hunt High varsity baseball team in a 15-3 loss in five innings to host Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Wednesday evening.
The fourth consecutive loss left the Warriors 11-8, while Nash Central climbed to 11-6. Hunt returns to conference play with a rematch against second-place Rocky Mount on Thursday night at 7 at Hunt’s Sid Boyette Field.
The Warriors owned a 3-1 lead until Nash Central plated eight runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Hunt struck for its three runs in the second, when Tyler Wells slugged a solo home run. Losing pitcher Tyson Bass, Blaize Keen and Caleb Davis each doubled for the Warriors.
“We are really banged up,” commented Hunt head coach Jon Smith. “Pitching was thin tonight, but it did give others an opportunity to step up. We just need to play better in all aspects — including coaching.”
Score by innings:
Hunt 030 00 — 3
Nash Central 108 6x — 15
WP-Trey Whitley. LP-Tyson Bass.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Tyler Wells 1-1, HR; Tyson Bass 2-3, 2B; Blaize Keen 1-2, 2B; Caleb Davis 1-2, 2B ; Nash Central: Payton Bass 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Chandler Padgett 3-3, 2B.
Knights squeeze past Lawrence 5-4
MERRY HILL — Visiting Greenfield squeezed out a pair of doubles wins to get past Lawrence 5-4 in boys tennis action Wednesday.
The Knights entered doubles play with a 3-2 lead on the strength of singles wins by Davis Currin, Frankie Peele and Cullen Wells. Greenfield’s No. 1 tandem of McGuire Metts-Cabell Metts produced a 7-5 win and Currin-Peele prevailed 9-7 to secure the win. The Knights’ third duo, Amz Hoffner-Ollie Andreasen, dropped an 8-6 decision.
Currin won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles while Peele prevailed 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 and Wells won 6-3, 7-5 at No. 6.
CBA halted by Triton 8-3
ERWIN — Playing in a difficult road environment Wednesday night, the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team endured a pair of three-run innings that enabled host Erwin Triton to pull away for an 8-3 nonconference victory.
CBA, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, dropped to 13-4. Triton, out of the 3-A Tri-County Conference, vaulted to 14-3.
Sophomore Abigail Lancaster and senior Taylor Puetz were each 2 for 3 to lead the Lady Golden Falcons, who were outhit 10-7. Hayden Smith, Leanna Whaley and Kathryn Elliott were all 2-3 for the Lady Hawks. Elliott drove in two runs.
Whaley, who drove in a run to help her cause, pitched the distance for Triton. She struck out five and walked two. Sophomore Marie Kidd was saddled with the loss for CBA, lasting 4 1/3 innings. Five of the eight runs charged to Kidd were earned.
CBA dives back into ECC play Friday night, visiting D.H. Conley in a crucial game involving two of the league’s 3-A schools.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 001 101 0 — 3
Triton 103 031 0 — 8
WP-Leanna Whaley 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LP-Marie Kidd 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abigail Lancaster 2-3, Taylor Puetz 2-3; Triton: Hayden Smith 2-3, RBI, Leanna Whaley 2-3, RBI, Kathryn Elliott 2-3, 2 RBI.
Lady Panthers whip Farmville Central
FARMVILLE — The North Johnston High varsity softball team, unbeaten and ranked No. 1 among North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A teams by MaxPreps, dispatched the only other remaining unbeaten in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference ranks Tuesday night with a 13-2, five-inning victory over Farmville Central.
The Lady Panthers, unbeaten through 16 games — five in conference play — produced 15 hits in the contest and scored multiple runs in every inning but the fifth. Juniors Lindsey Massengill and Amberlyn Pearce each went 3 for 4, with Massengill driving in five runs to go along with a double and a triple. Pearce, also the winning pitcher, smashed two doubles. Junior Blayke Batten was 2 for 2 and added a home run, her sixth of the season. A fourth junior, Jordyn Scott, finished 2 for 2 with a double and added two RBIs.
Pearce worked all five innings and scattered six hits, while striking out five and walking two. Four North Johnston errors in the field were of no consequence.
Gracen Terrell took the loss for Farmville Central (11-4, 4-1 EPC), lasting all five innings. Sydney Wade was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Kate Lancaster was 1 for 2 with a double.
North Johnston will host county rival South Johnston on Thursday before completing the EPC home-and-home with the Lady Jaguars on Friday.
Score by innings:
North Johnston 432 40 — 13
Farmville Central 101 0x — 2
WP-Amberlyn Pearce 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LP-Gracen Terrell 5 IP, 15 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Lindsey Massengill 3-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, Amberlyn Pearce 3-4, 2 2B; Blayke Batten 2-2, HR, 2 RBI, Jordyn Scott 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, Farmville Central: Sydney Wade 2-3, 2B, RBI, R, Kate Lancaster 1-2, 2B.
TRACK AND FIELD
Ladybirds win Big East tri-meet
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High girls track team held off the challenge of 3-A Big East Conference foes Rocky Mount and Franklinton on Wednesday afternoon to capture a league tri-meet Wednesday in Firebirds Stadium.
Rayna Bailey won two events for the Ladybirds, reigning in the shot put and discus. Jada Carpenter added a first-place showing in the high jump, while in the pole vault, a pair of Ladybirds in Kelsey Beckmann and Taylor Gardener tied for first.
Southern Nash’s 4x100 relay team won its event, with Tristian Foster (300-meter hurdles) and Mallory Bass (3,200-meter run) also outpacing the field.
The Ladybirds used 73 points to win the meet, with team scores from Rocky Mount and Franklinton unavailable.
In the boys meet, Southern Nash finished third behind meet winner Rocky Mount and the Red Rams. The Gryphons tallied 75.5 points, with Franklinton 20 points back at 55.5. Southern Nash was a half point back of the Red Rams at 55.
Five first-place finishes were turned in by Southern Nash in boys competition, including Ricky Knight (shot put) and Trysten Roberson in the pole vault.
Junior Zonovan Knight, a Duke University commit for football, won one event and had a hand in two winning relay teams. Knight prevailed in the triple jump and teamed with Kendrick Bell, Dae’One Wilkins, Darius Edmundson in the 4x100 relay to win it. In the 4x200, Edmundson, Wikins, Knight and Isaiah Walker-Warren came away with a first-place run.
Southern Nash is next in action Monday at Rocky Mount as part of the Nash County Championships.
CBA 4x800 leads way at ECC meet
GREENVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High quartet of Alexis Reeves, Alana Reeves, Kaitlyn Romine and Dymond Floyd produced a first-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay to highlight Lady Golden Falcon performances as the 3-A portion of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference convened at Greenville Rose.
CBA’s distance quartet finished in a time of 14:24.21 as the Lady Falcons finished fourth out of four teams in the standings. The Rampants were first, followed by D.H. Conley in second and Southern Wayne in third as the league’s 3-A teams convened.
A pair of second-place showings came from Elicia Brown in the high jump and the 4x200 quartet of Denai Watkins, Brown, Alana Reeves and Shi’tricia Speight.
Logging third-place results were Alexis Reeves in the discus, Dasani Jackson in the high jump and Elana Allen, Brown, Speight and Alexis Reeves in the 4x400.
Hunt edges Fike in Big East golf
ROCKY MOUNT — Archrival Hunt High ended Fike’s domination of 3-A Big East Confernence boys golf matches this season in the fifth of six outings at Northgreen Country Club on Wednesday afternoon.
Led by senior Christopher Clark with a 7-over-par 79, the Warriors posted a conference-best score of 341 for their low four individuals, edging Fike by a stroke.
Following Fike at 342 were Franklinton (362), Northern Nash (394) and Southern Nash (404).
Hunt shaved just one shot off the Golden Demons’ lead. Coach Glenn Jones’ Fike team enters Monday’s final match at Belmont Lake Golf Club outside of Rocky Mount on Monday with an 86-shot lead. However, the Warriors stretched their second-place advantage over league newcomer Franklinton to 43 shots. Southern Nash, in fifth place, now trails Northern Nash by 23 shots.
Hunt’s Clark was complemented by sophomore Garrett Johnson and Will Barnes with rounds of 86 and Adam Dermer with a 90.
Fike freshman Jake Herring emerged 5-for-5 as the medalist with a round of 76, besting Clark by three shots. Also contributing for the Demons were senior Johnathon Hendricks with an 85 and sophomore Ryan Richardson with an 88.
Northern Nash was paced by Christian Crawford with an 83, while keying Franklinton was sophomore Sam Gupton with an 86. Senior Hunter Perry led the Firebirds with a 90.
1. Hunt 341
2. Fike 342
3. Franklinton 362
4. Northern Nash 394
5. Southern Nash 404
1. Jake Herring, Fike 76
2. Chris Clark, Hunt 79
3. Christian Crawford, NN 83
4. Johnathon Hendricks, Fike 85
T5 Garrett Johnson, Hunt 86
T5. Sam Gupton, Fran. 86
T5. Will Barnes, Hunt 86
T8. Ryan Richardson Fike 88
T8. Adam Champion, Fran. 88
T10. Hunter Perry, SN 90
T10. Adam Dermer, Hunt 90
OVERALL TEAM SCORES
(Through five of six matches)
1. Fike 1,720
2. Hunt 1,806
3. Franklinton 1,849
4. Northern Nash 1,964
5. Southern Nash 1,987
Greenfield rolls 15-4 vs. Lawrence
Matt Kirby, Cason Price, Jordan Vick, Carter McLamb and winning pitcher Jacob Wiggs all rapped multiple hits in the Greenfield School baseball team’s 15-4 romp against visiting Lawrence Academy on Wednesday.
Wiggs earned his second win without a loss. In four innings, he allowed two earned runs and struck out six.
The Knights carry a 4-3 record into Monday’s game against city rival Community Christian.