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AREA ROUNDUP: Wilson Christian defense holds Greenfield at bay in 2-0 victory

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Using a tally off a set piece and a second-half goal from sophomore Lea Gossett, the Wilson Christian varsity girls soccer team moved above the .500 mark with a 2-0 victory over Greenfield on Thursday night at Forbes Field.

Wilson Christian (3-2) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East region ranks picked up a seventh-minute goal from junior Ashley Hartsfield, who slammed in a corner kick that deflected off a defender. Gossett took the corner.

The score remained that way until the 62nd minute, where Gossett found space and put the ball away at an upper-90 angle from roughly 25 yards out.

Wilson Christian outshot Greenfield (2-3), a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, by a 20-2 margin.

“It was a good game,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said. “I really liked their effort throughout. We’re still trying to find our shape and ourselves. We didn’t connect as much as I’d like, even though they were struggling, they didn’t give in on the defensive side.”

Samson lauded the defensive work of junior centerback Kristen Reece.

For Greenfield, senior goalkeeper Sumer Hassan had eight saves.

Slow start dooms Ladybirds at Cleveland

CLAYTON — After falling behind two goals in the first half, the Southern Nash varsity girls soccer team fought back-, but fell to Cleveland, 4-2, on the road Thursday.

The Lady Rams (4-3) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference went up 2-0 early on in the first half. Southern Nash senior forward Neftali Gonzalez put the ball in the back of the net later in the half, but Cleveland would score with 10 seconds left to give itself a 3-1 lead at the half. 

The Ladybirds’ (4-2) of the 3-A Big East Conference came ut and moved the ball around better and sophomore Jada Zimmerman would score as a result to cut the lead to 3-2. But late in the game Cleveland put away another goal.

Southern Nash will open up conference play Tuesday at Fike.

WPA upended by Spartans 8-0

SMITHFIELD — Playing an opponent from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A ranks didn’t go well for the Wilson Prep varsity girls soccer team Wednesday.

Host Smithfield-Selma netted four goals in each half to pull away for a resounding 8-0 win.

Wilson Prep, which lost for the first time in three matches, got a whopping 32 saves from freshman Jasmine Hendricks in goal as the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Lady Spartans (4-1-1) unleashed 40 shots.

Freshman Samia Allen had a pair of attempts on frame for the Lady Tigers.

BASEBALL

Tigers get first victory, rout Saints

The Wilson Prep baseball team required just seven hits to post a 19-run output and overwhelm visiting Greenville Pope John Paul II by a 19-2 count Thursday in five innings.

Malachi Atkinson, a freshman, pitched the distance for the Tigers (1-1), allowing three hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Eighth grader Austin Wooten was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Sophomore Tyshawn Sellers lashed a two-run single, as did senior Kyle Moss.

Defensively, the Tigers committed one error.

WPA is at Wayne Christian on Friday.

WP-Malachi Atkinson 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Prep: Austin Wooten 3-4, RBI, Tyshawn Sellers 1-4, 2 RBI, Kyle Moss 1-2,2 RBI.

Community Christian drops conference contest

ROCKY MOUNT — The Community Christian School varsity baseball team fell to Rocky Mount Faith Christian in a 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference matchup Thursday afternoon, dropping a 13-1 decision in five innings.

The Cyclones (1-3, 1-1 CIC) were held to two hits. The Patriots (3-1), victorious in their conference opener, jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and continued pounding with 13 runs in four innings to invoke the 10-run mercy rule after five inings.

Sophomore Chase Joyner and senior Reece Bartlett got the only two hits for the Cyclones, with Bartlett earning the only run batted in. The Cyclones will be back on the field Tuesday against conference foe Kerr-Vance Academy at home.

Score by innings:

Community Christian 001 00 1

Faith Christian 354 1x — 13

LEADING HITTERS — Community Christian: Chase Joyner 1-2; Reece Bartlett 1-2, RBI, BB.

SOFTBALL

Ladybirds hammer Nash Central 21-0

The Southern Nash High varsity softball team knocked in a season-high 21 runs to beat Nash Central on Thursday on the road.

The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds (3-2) won 21-0 in five innings to get their third mercy-rule victory of the season. It only took Southern Nash three innings to put up all 21 runs. Sophomores Taylor Bailey, Kierstin Cooper, Anna Strickland, Ricki Bartley, juniors Alissa Bailey, Elisabeth Collie and Carrigan Ewers all had multiple hits to lead the Southern Nash offense.

Southern Nash will open up conference play with amatchup with Fike on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Southern Nash 6(11)4 00 21

Nash Central 000 00 0

BOYS TENNIS

Warriors blanked by Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT — The Hunt High varsity boys tennis team was handed its first loss of 2019 on Thursday with a 9-0 loss to 3-A Big East Conference foe Rocky Mount.

Hunt, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Big East play, was without the presence of two starters — senior No. 1 Zac Taylor and sophomore No. 5 Nick Tew due to illness.

At No. 4, Hunt senior Samuel Candelario Torres was forced to retire due to injury against Rocky Mount’s Ryan Schrimper.

ROCKY MOUNT 9, HUNT 0

Sam Phillips (RM) def. Jae Jin Lee 6-0, 6-1; Landon Norwood (RM) def. Matt Prasasouk 6-0, 6-3; Brody Brice (RM) def. Ben Tong 6-1, 6-2; Ryan Schrimper (RM) def. Samuel Candelario Torres 6-0, ret.; Julian Hernandez (RM) def. Thomas Wellanhofer 6-2, 6-1; Mariano Jimenez (RM) def. Andrew Rollands 6-0, 6-0.

Phillips-Norwood (RM) def. Lee-Prasasouk 8-2; Brice-Wellenhofer (RM) def. Tong-Hernandez 8-0; Schrimper-Rollands (RM) def. Jimenez-Carlos Chavez  8-0.

Firebirds drop Northern Nash 8-1

STANHOPE — Dropping only the match at No. 1 singles, the Southern Nash High boys tennis team remained unbeaten through seven matches Thursday afternoon, turning in a 8-1 victory over 3-A Big East Conference opposition Northern Nash.

The Firebirds, also unblemished in Big East play at 2-0, picked up spotless 6-0, 6-0 showings in singles from junior Hector Perez and senior David Vasquez. At the No. 3 doubles position, senior Dylan Alligood teamed with junior Michael Hernandez for an 8-0 victory.

Southern Nash is home to Tarboro on Monday.

 SOUTHERN NASH 8, 

NORTHERN NASH 1

Owen Hans (NN) def. Parker Strickland 6-2, 6-2; Dylan Alligood (SN) def. Ashton Palmer 5-7, 6-1, 10-4; Hector Perez (SN) def. Jay Patel 6-0, 6-0; David Vasquez (SN) def. Eric Bass 6-0, 6-0; Adolfo Gonzalez (SN) def. Noah Davis 6-2, 6-2; Michael Hernandez (SN) def. Nicholas Murphy 6-1, 6-0.

Strickland-Vasquez (SN) def. Hans-Palmer 8-6; Perez-Gonzalez (SN) def. Patel-Davis 8-1, Alligood-Hernandez (SN) def. Bass-Murphy 8-0.

Golden Demons dominate Franklinton

The Fike High boys tennis team was dominant against Franklinton on Thursday, losing just one match en route to an 8-1 victory over its 3-A Big East Conference rival Franklinton.

Sophomore Cole Peterson, junior Jack Boyette, freshman Blake Mastman, senior Marty Madar and senior Daniel Noonan all won their singles matches in straight sets to clinch the match for the Golden Demons (3-2, 1-1 Big East). Fike would also sweep doubles. 

Fike will be back on the courts Monday, hosting C.B. Aycock.

FIKE 8, FRANKLINTON 1

Cole Peterson (F) def. Ben Henry 6-1, 6-4; Collin Daniel  (FRA) def. Max Fogleman 6-3, 3-6, 10-8; Jack Boyette (F) def. Dan Garcia 6-3, 6-2; Blake Mastman (F) def. William Porter 6-0, 6-0; Marty Madar (F) def. Josh Stone 6-0, 6-0; Daniel Noonan (F) def. Zion Bentley 6-2, 6-4. 

Peterson-Madar (F) def. Henry-Garcia 8-4; Fogleman-John Conoley (F) def. Daniel-Stone 8-1; Oc Bolt-Mastman (F) def. Porter-Bentley 8-1.

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