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The Hunt High varsity girls soccer team lost for just the second time all season Friday night as it stepped out of conference and absorbed a 2-0 loss to Clayton.
Hunt (10-2) of the 3-A Big East Conference was unable to do anything with six corner kicks and the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Lady Comets (14-4) outshot Hunt 14-9 in attempts on frame.
Both goals were within the opening nine minutes.
Clayton, ranked No. 16 among state 3-A teams by Maxpreps.com, struck early on a goal just 13 seconds into the match and added another in the ninth minute.
In goal, senior Rachel Cox tallied 12 saves for the Lady Warriors, No. 12 among 3-A teams.
Hunt hosts South Central on Monday.
Rough inning costs Hunt at RM
ROCKY MOUNT — The Hunt High varsity baseball team took a 4-0 3-A Big East Conference road loss to Rocky Mount on Friday night.
Pitchers Gavin Huff of Hunt and Ben Sieracki waged a scoreless duel until the Gryphons struck for their four runs in the bottom ofl the fifth inning.
In the showdown for second place, both teams emerged with a 5-3 marks, with Hunt winning 4-3 earlier in the week. The Warriors stand 11-4 overall, while Rocky Mount is 12-5 against all foes. The outcome enabled Fike (7-1) to clinch no worse than a tie for regular-season supremacy.
Sophomores Kyle Rich and Evan Hart doubled and singled, respectively, to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Junior Connor Powell responded with a two-run single. Following an error, Huff, a sophomore right-hander, was replaced by sophomore Jarrett Aycock. The Gryphons plated two more runs.
Huff gave up four hits, three walks, four runs (three earned) while striking out two.
Sieracki got the win, working 6 1/3 innings, giving up six hits — only one extra-base hit — and striking out 12. Aycock would manage two hits off Sieracki. Hunt junior Blake Daniels was 1-for-1 with a double.
Hunt will play New Bern of the 3-A/ 4-A split Eastern Carolina Conference in Fleming Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Score by innings:
Hunt 000 000 0 — 0
Rocky Mount 000 040 X — 4
WP-Ben Sieracki 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 SO. LP-Gavin Huff 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Jarrett Aycock 2-3; Blake Daniels 1-1, 2B; Chase Waddell 1-3; Tyson Bass 1-3. Rocky Mount: Evan Hart 2-2; Connor Powell 2-4, 2 RBIs; Kyle Rich 1-2, 2B.
Wilson Christian gets walk-off win
The Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys baseball team got an walk-off run via Brice Murray to defeat Vandalia Christian, 7-6, at home on Friday evening.
Murray was 2-for-3 at the plate and knocked in the game-winning run with no outs in the seventh. The Chargers had nine hits, including a 3-for-3 day from Zack Denmark. Hunter Lewis was 1-for-3 and had two runs batted in.
The game was close because the Chargers (12-3-1) of the North Carolina Christian Schools Association 2-A East Region committed five errors that allowed the West Region Vikings (3-6) to score six unearned runs.
Eighth- grader Seth Quinn was the winning pitcher for the Chargers throwing four innings in relief and allowing three hits, two runs and a walk. He had one strikeout.
The game was supposed to be the first of a doubleheader but the rain canceled the second game — against the Raleigh Homeschool Hawks. Wilson Christian will be back on its home field against Wake Christian Academy on April 26.
Score by innings:
Vandalia Christian 112 002 0 — 6
Wilson Christian 300 012 1 — 7
WP-Seth Quinn (2-1) 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. LP-Caleb Oates (0-1) 1/3, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Zack Denmark 3-3; Brice Murray 2-3, RBI; Hunter Lewis 1-3, 2 RBIs. Vandalia Christian: Skylar Dark 2-3, RBI; Owen Boody 2-4; Sam Norton 2-4, RBI.
CBA’s early lead evaporates in 14-7 loss
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team 7-2 lead after four innings Thursday before the bats of Eastern Wayne took hold and erupted for 12 unanswered runs in a 14-7 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference decision.
CBA (2-13, 2-8 ECC), which lost its sixth straight game, handed out nine walks as a pitching staff and was held in check offensively by Eastern Wayne reliever Wesley Case. Case calmed the bats of the Golden Falcons over the course of four innings, only allowing one hit. He struck out four and walked one.
Chris Crow, a sophomore, was tagged with the loss for CBA. He pitched one inning and allowed an earned run.
CBA was outhit 11-9, with four players recording multiple hits for the Warriors (10-6, 5-5 ECC). Sam Rice was 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs. Will Uzzell drove in four runs with a pair of extra-base hits.
Sophomore Clay Matthews had a 3-for-4 showing for CBA and drove in a run. Junior Rowan Watt was 2 for 4 with a double.
However, Eastern Wayne responded to the 7-2 fifth-inning deficit with five runs in the top half to tie it. The Warriors tacked on two runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh.
CBA is home to 4-A Corinth Holders on Monday.
Score by innings:
Eastern Wayne 000 252 5 — 14
C.B. Aycock 310 300 0 — 7
WP-Wesley Case 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. LP-Chris Crow 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Clay Matthews 3-4, RBI, Rowan Watt 2-4, 2B, Drew Spencer 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Eastern Wayne: Sam Rice 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, Will Uzzell 2-5, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, Andrew Fricks 2-4, Wesley Case 2-5, RBI.
Lady Falcons get key ECC win
DUDLEY — C.B. Aycock got a win it needed to have in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference varsity softball race with an 11-5 victory at Southern Wayne on Friday evening.
The win means the Lady Falcons, now 9-7 overall, will finish no worse than third overall and, more importantly, second among the conference’s 3-A teams, which will be their seed for the upcoming North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
With 3-A D.H. Conley in first at 9-0 and 13-1 overall ahead of 4-A South Central (15-1, 9-1 ECC), the Lady Falcons had to beat 3-A Southern Wayne (9-6, 5-5 ECC) to lock third.
“We knew that South Central was going to be strong,” CBA head coach LaVon Matthews said. “They won the conference last year and we knew that Conley was going to be the team to beat so we were going to be fighting for third place and we’ve accomplished that.”
Junior Marie Kidd (7-4) went the distance to get the pitching win for Aycock.
The Lady Falcons banged out 11 hits off Lady Saints starting pitcher Dawn Anderson with Abbey Thomas, Taylor Gay and Abigail Lancaster collecting two each. Thomas’ two-run home run highlighted a four-run second inning for CBA.
“I told them, ‘Hit the ball and good things will happen,’” Matthews said. “And we hit the ball tonight.”
The Lady Falcons finish conference play Tuesday at South Central.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 240 000 5 — 11
Southern Wayne 100 002 2 — 5
WP-Marie Kidd (7-4) 7 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. LP-Dawn Anderson 7 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — C.B. Aycock: Taylor Gay 2-4; Abigail Lancaster 2-4; Abbey Thomas 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs. Southern Wayne: Anna Summerlin 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs.