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KENLY — Good teams penalize each and every mistake.
That’s precisely what the North Johnston High varsity softball team did in the opening inning of Monday’s rescheduled contest with 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival Beddingfield.
With the Lady Panthers (7-4, 4-0 EPC) leading 1-0, North Johnston hit a routine fly ball in the outfield with runners on second and third and two outs.
The Lady Bruins (7-5, 2-2 EPC) couldn’t come up with it and dropped the routine play.
Thus, a pair of unearned runs crossed the plate for North Johnston en route to four in the first and the eventual 10-0 victory in six innings. It marks a season sweep for North Johnston, which blanked Beddingfield 21-0 in the two meetings between the teams.
North Johnston invoked the 10-run mercy rule with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the bottom of the sixth.
Sophomore Arial Pearce earned the win for North Johnston, allowing three hits over six innings. She struck out six.
Neleh Bottoms, a sophomore, took the loss for Beddingfield and was lifted in the fifth inning.
The senior trio of Hannah Wall, Blayke Batten and Lindsey Massengill all had two hits for North Johnston. Wall doubled and drove in two runs, while Batten was 2 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in. Massengill drove in a run of her own.
Beddingfield had three singles off Pearce, credited to sophomore Brittany Dudley, freshman Abby Edmundson and senior Karissa Hayes.
The Lady Panthers begin a home-and-away series with Farmville Central at home Wednesday and conclude it at Farmville Central on Friday.
Beddingfield is at Nash Central on Thursday.
Score by innings:
Beddingfield 000 000 — 0
North Johnston 400 123 — 10
WP-Arial Pearce 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 SO. LP-Neleh Bottoms.
LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Hannah Wall 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, Blayke Batten 2-3, 2 RBI, Lindsey Massengill 2-3, RBI.
Herring’s 63 pushes Fike to Big East lead
ROCKY MOUNT — Fike High sophomore Jake Herring tacked on another 19 strokes to his already overwhelming 3-A Big East Conference boys golf lead Monday, and in the process, put on a clinic en route to giving his Golden Demons the overall team lead.
On his way to incinerating the layout at Northgreen Country Club in the fifth conference match of the season, Herring, who shot a career-low 63, played a five-hole stretch at 6-under par. That included birdies on Nos. 16, 17, 1 and 2 during the staggered hole starts. Sandwiched in between the birdies for the N.C. State verbal commitment was an eagle on No. 18.
Herring’s score paced his Fike High squad to a 328, which was 24 shots clear of second-place Hunt. Franklinton was in third with 364, followed by Southern Nash (385), Northern Nash (395) and Rocky Mount (538). Southern Nash’s total was a team-low.
Therefore, Fike leapfrogged Hunt for first place in the team standings with a 1,715. Hunt is 16 shots back at 1,731. Franklinton stands third at 1,812 followed by Northern Nash (1,987), Southern Nash (2,015) and Rocky Mount (2,572).
In addition to Herring, Fike counted the 79 of Warren Matthews, the 91 of Luke Gregory and the 95 of Holden Proctor.
Hunt carded the 82 of Garrett Johnson as well as the rounds of Adam Dermer (89), Dante Gaetano (90) and Clay Williams (91).
Southern Nash got a 93 from Jubie Moss, a 95 by Thomas Jeffrys, a 95 by Levy Brantley and a 102 from Carson Winstead. Hunt’s Johnson is a distant second behind Herring in the battle for individual medalist honors.
The sixth match is set for Wednesday at Willow Springs Country Club.
Warriors double up Bruins 6-3
The Hunt High boys tennis team stepped outside the confines of 3-A Big East Conference play Monday afternoon and recorded a 6-3 victory over county rival Beddingfield.
In a match rescheduled from March 25, Hunt (6-5) had straight-set wins in singles from senior Zac Taylor at No. 1, senior Jae Jin Lee at No. 3, sophomore Ben Tong at No. 4 and senior Samuel Candelario Torres at the No. 5 position. Beddingfield (1-9) of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference forced meaningful doubles play after Artemio Davila’s win in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 over Hunt’s Matt Prasasouk. At No. 6, Reyanldo Segura turned back Hunt’s Nick Tew 7-5, 6-2.
In doubles, the Warriors clinched with victories in the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. Lee-Tong turned in an 8-3 win at No. 2, while Tew-sophomore Julian Hernandez strolled to an 8-1 win against Ernesto Toribio-Edwards De Leon Garcia at No. 3.
Beddingfield did get a doubles win on the showcase court, where Dylan Hayes-Noe Mendoza got past Taylor-Prasasouk 8-4.
Hunt visits Franklinton on Tuesday to finish a suspended Big East match from March 21 that had the Warriors leading 3-1 at Hunt at the time of interruption. The teams will then proceed with their regularly scheduled match.
HUNT 6, BEDDINGFIELD 3
Zac Taylor (H) def. Dylan Hayes 6-1, 6-4; Artemio Davila (B) def. Matt Prasasouk 6-1, 2-6, 10-8; Jae Jin Lee (H) def. Noe Mendoza 6-3, 6-2; Ben Tong (H) def. Rogelio Ortiz-Flores 6-2, 6-1; Samuel Candelario Torres (H) def. Alan Anderson 6-0, 6-0; Reyanldo Segura (B) def. Nick Tew 7-5, 6-2.
Hayes-Mendoza (B) def. Taylor-Prasasouk 8-4; Lee-Tong (H) def. Davila-Ortiz-Flores 8-3; Tew-Julian Herndandez (H) def. Ernesto Toribio-Edwards De Leon Garcia 8-1.
Lady Chargers drub GCA 9-0
GREENVILLE — The Wilson Christian varsity girls soccer team ensured it would notch another victory before the appearance of inclement weather Monday afternoon with a 9-0 mercy-rule victory at Greenville Christian.
It was the third straight mercy-rule victory for Wilson Christian and its fourth consecutive win via shutout, as the Lady Chargers moved to 8-4 overall and 5-0 within the confines of North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East region play.
Junior Ashley Hartsfield had four goals to pace the WCA attack, getting them all before halftime where the Lady Chargers owned a 7-0 lead. It took just over 15 minutes to invoke the mercy rule from there, with freshman Ocran Reece connecting with senior Mckaylah Collins in the 47th. In the 55th, junior Kayla Tant ended the match by feeding senior Sydney Strother to account for the final margin.
Senior Christy Jones played the entire match in goal and didn’t face a shot. Offensively, the Lady Chargers, without sophomore Lea Gossett (illness) and junior Madison Davis (knee injury) proudced 25 shots.
“We were missing a couple of players, but we were ready to go from the start,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said.
Junior Lydia Renfrow had a fourth- and 11th- minute goal for WCA, with Lindsay Hunter, a sophomore, putting away a goal in the 38th.
Junior Kristen Reece had two assists. Sophomore Katelyn Parker assisted Hartsfield in the 39th to send the Lady Chargers into halftime up 7-0.
Greenville Christian fell to 0-5 and 0-3 in conference outings.
Weather permitting, Wilson Christian visits DASH United on Tuesday.
TRACK AND FIELD
SN teams 2nd at Nash Championship
ROCKY MOUNT — Both Southern Nash High track teams walked away with runner-up finishes at Monday’s Nash County Championships, contested at Nash Central.
The Firebirds, with 92.5 points, finished 7.5 points behind county champion Northern Nash. Rocky Mount was third at 62, followed by host Nash Central at 37.5.
Darius Edmundson won two individual titles and contributed to another, winning the 100-meter dash and long jump. He teamed with Matt Foster, Jalen McClaston and D.J. Johnson to claim the 4x100-meter relay.
Lamont Williams captured the shot put to highlight Southern Nash performances in the field.
In the girls competition, Tristian Foster won the 100 and 300-meter events on her way to Track Most Valuable Performer honors.
Foster had a hand in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, in which the Ladybirds won both behind the efforts of Jenira Mckoy, Symia McCalston, Krystal Taybron and Foster.
Rayna Bailey captured first place in the shot put.
Both Southern Nash track teams are back in action Wednesday at Rocky Mount.
Big inning costs Greene Central
SNOW HILL — The Greene Central varsity baseball team allowed a six-run inning to 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent Washington, which was enough for the Rams to fall 6-5 at home Monday.
The Rams (5-6, 3-4 ECC) went into the fifth inning after scoring a run off Pam Pack (10-3, 6-1 ECC) senior starter Hunter Hall. The top of the fifth would be a disaster for Greene Central after starter Dyaln Benton and reliever Zack Taylor gave up six runs with only two being earned. The two earned would go against Benton who took the loss after 4 1/3 innings pitched allowing three hits, three walks and two runs.
Hall left the game in the bottom of the fifth and was granted the decision after allowing two hits, one earned run, two walks and striking out five. Washington reliever Mason Weaver came in and held the lead until the bottom of the seventh with two outs when he gave up four unearned runs. Pam Pack’s Logan Everette came in and struckout the final batter to win the game and pick up the save.
Perry Tingen went 1-for-4 with three runs batted in for the Rams. Greene Central also got a 2-for-4 performance from Alex Tyson who also had an RBI.
The Rams will go to conference foe Kinston on Tuesday, while the Pam Pack will host North Lenoir.
Score by innings:
Washington 000 060 0 — 6
Greene Central 000 100 4 — 5
WP-Hunter Hall (6-0) 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LP-Dylan Benton (1-2) 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. S- Logan Everette (2) 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Perry Tingen 1-4, 3 RBIs; Alex Tyson 2-4, RBI; Dylan Benton 1-2, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB. Washington: Robert Pollock 2-4, RBI; Will Crisp 2-4.
Knights dump Ridgecroft 8-1
MURFREESBORO — The Greenfield School boys tennis team swept doubles play and recorded victories in five of six singles matches Monday in rolling to an 8-1 victory over Ridgecroft on the campus of Chowan University.
Greenfield received singles victories from Carter Peele at No. 1, Cole Wainwright at No. 3, Charles Thomas at No. 4, Jackson Perdue at No. 5 and Porter Wells in the No. 6 position. Thomas and Wells won their respective matches by 8-0 margins.
Doubles play was dominated by the Knights, with Peele-Harrison Ngo at No. 1, Wainwright-Perdue at No. 2 and Charles Thomas-James Thomas prevailing in the No. 3 position.
WCA throttles Greenfield 14-1
Hunter Lewis was 3 for 3 with a double, triple and six runs batted in Monday to lead the Wilson Christian baseball team to a 14-1, four-inning win over Greenfield in Fleming Stadium.
The game was called after four innings due to the imposition of the time limit.
Peyton Holland was 2 for 3 at the plate for the Chargers (2-3), while Seth Quinn, the winning pitcher was 1 for 3. Quinn allowed one hit over two innings and struck out three, while walking two.
The Chargers are at Wilmington Christian on Tuesday.