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GOLDSBORO — Sophomore pitcher Nathan Woodard fanned a career-high 18 Wayne Country Day batters to lead visiting Greenfield to a 4-1 varsity baseball victory Wednesday.
Woodard, now 3-1, gave up three hits while walking two in the complete-game effort as the Knights won their sixth straight to improve to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play. The only run for the Chargers (5-6, 2-2 CPIC) came on a sixth-inning solo home run by Case Kermode.
Greenfield scored all its runs in the fourth inning. Cason Price drew a two-out walk and Jacob Wiggs reached on an error before Zeke Ferrell laced a single to score Price. William Smith doubled in both runners before racing home on Justin Holland’s single up the middle.
The Knights return to action Monday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at a three-day tournament at The Ripken Experience.
Score by innings:
Greenfield 000 400 0 — 4
Wayne Country Day 000 001 0 — 1
WP-Nathan Woodard (3-1) 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 18 SO. LP-Caleb Brewer 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greenfield: William Smith 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Justin Holland 1-4, RBI; Zeke Ferrell 1-2, RBI.
Fike rallies, seizes slugfest from Rams
FRANKLINTON — Ambushed in the bottom of the first inning, the visiting Fike High varsity baseball team recovered and continued its march toward the 3-A Big East Conference regular-season championship by outslugging Franklinton, 12-9, Wednesday night.
Trailing 3-0, the Red Rams rocked starting Fike pitcher Chad Bean, a junior right-hander for four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Bean blanked Franklinton the next four innings but was relieved by Connor Jinks after failing to retire the six batters he faced in the sixth. But with relief help from senior right-hander Zach Pittman, Bean notched his seventh win without a loss.
Although Franklinton scored a season-high nine runs against the Golden Demons, they vaulted to 7-0 in the conference and to 13-1 overall. Head coach Buck Edmundson’s team can clinch no worse than a tie for regular-season supremacy with a victory in the rematch at home against Franklinton on Thursday night.
Right fielder Myles Cyrus, Pittman, first baseman Tanner Sullivan, Bean and left fielder Bryan Bunn all singled in Fike’s three-run first.
But Franklinton shelled Bean for four runs on a triple, two doubles and a single in the bottom of the first.
Fike seized the lead for keeps with four runs in the second — when Cyrus, third baseman Hunter Stokely and Bean each singled. Stokely laced an RBI single in the third; Fike led 8-4.
Bunn and Stokely each singled in the two run fifth.
The Rams cut the 10-4 deficit to 10-9 with five runs in the sixth. Franklinton, 3-3 in the Big East and 5-8 overall, benefited from just three hits, two walks and two hit batsmen before Pittman shut down the uprising. Pittman retired the Rams in order in the seventh to record his third save.
Cyrus and Stokely each drilled three hits for Fike, while Bean and Bunn added a pair each. Sullivan drove in three runs, while Cyrus, Pittman and Bean plated two each. Cyrus doubled.
Josh Barron rapped two hits for the Rams, while Tanner Dixon and Johnson each drove in two runs. Dixon doubled.
Score by innings:
Fike 341 020 2 — 12
Franklinton 400 005 0 — 9
WP-Chad Bean (7-0) 5 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 Bb, 9 SO. LP-Dixon 2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
Taylor slugs GC past Kinston, 14-2
KINSTON — Zachary Taylor slugged a home run, double and single and drove in four runs to power the visiting Greene Central varsity baseball team to a 14-2 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference conquest of Kinston on Wednesday.
The Rams evened their conference mark at 4-4 and their overall record at 6-6.
Trailing 1-0, Greene Central exploded for all of its runs in the third through sixth innings — highlighted by a seven-run outburst in the fourth.
Center fielder Connor batted 2 for 3 and scored four runs for Greene Central. Pigford drilled two hits, including a double. Lanier and Tingen each doubled.
Starting Rams pitcher A.J. Dupree earned the win, limiting the Vikings, in four innings, to two hits, one earned run and six walks while striking out seven. Fields worked two scoreless innings.
Losing pitcher Dion Hooker collected two of Kinston’s three hits. The Vikings plunged to 0-8 in the ECC and 1-12 overall.
Score by innings:
Greene Central 002 714 — 14
Kinston 010 010 — 2
LP-Hooker 4 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. WP-A.J. Dupree 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 7 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Zach Taylor 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI; Jalin Connor 2-3, 4 R; Debo Pigford 2-3, 2B, 2 R; Cody Lanier 1-3, 2B; Perry Tingen 1-4, 2B, RBI; Kinston: Dion Hooker 2-3, Hashim Coward 1-3.
Montague drives in 6 as SN ends skid
ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Jason Montague spanked his fourth home run of the season and drove in six runs as the Southern Nash varsity baseball team halted a three-game skid Tuesday with an 11-6 victory at 3-A Big East Conference foe Northern Nash.
Montague finished 3 for 4, including a double, to lead the Firebirds’ 10-hit offensive as they rose to 5-9 overall a 2-4 in Big East play. The Knights departed 2-11 overall and 0-7 in conference outings.
Junior A.J. Jones notched his first pitching win of the season as he went five innings, giving up six runs, but only two earned, on seven hits and three walks. He struck out five.
Sophomore Trey Mizzelle allowed just one hit over the last two scoreless innings to earn his first save.
Score by innings:
Southern Nash 102 401 3 — 11
Northern Nash 002 040 0 — 6
WP-A.J. Jones (1-4) 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. LP-Ben Heacox 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO. S-Trey Mizzelle (1) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Jason Montague 3-4, 2 R, HR, 2B, 6 RBIs; Matthew Horrigan 2-3; Jackson Thornton 1-2, RBI. Northern Nash: Ben Heacox 2-4, R; Garrett Williamson 2-4, RBI; Hunter Bailey 1-3, RBI.
Harris’ goal kicks Fike to 3-2 victory
Sophomore Kendall Harris’ goal early in the second half kicked the host Fike High varsity girls soccer team to a 3-2 3-A Big East Conference conquest of Franklinton on Wednesday.
Harris drilled a shot to the bottom right of the goal after sophomore Reece Nelson dribbled the ball into the middle and slipped a pass to Harris. The goal snapped a 2-2 tie.
The Lady Golden Demons, chasing archrival Hunt for regular-season conference supremacy, improved to 4-1 in the league and to 5-6-1 overall. The Lady Red Rams departed 1-4 and 5-6 respectively.
Only two minutes had elapsed when Nelson put away a shot after fielding a cross from Harris.
Franklinton answered some three minutes later. Black connected for the goal on an assist from Valdez.
The Lady Rams forged a 2-1 lead some 10 minutes later.
However, Fike salvaged a 2-2 halftime tie on freshman Akari Nakaya’s accurate shot from some 18 yards out.
The Lady Demons amassed 22 shots and senior goalkeeper Jah’Asia Pernell recorded four saves. Franklinton managed seven shots and piled up 15 goal saves.
Hunt notches twin wins against Rams
FRANKLINTON — The visiting Hunt High boys tennis team doubled its 3-A Big East Conference boys tennis win count at the expense of Franklinton on Wednesday.
The Warriors claimed the regularly-scheduled match 6-3 and prevailed in a suspended match 5-2. Play was resumed with Hunt owning a 4-1 singles advantage.
Hunt prevailed in the regularly scheduled match despite the absence of Zack Taylor at No. 1 and Nick Tew at No. 6.
The Warriors of coach Wayne Hardy improved to 4-5 in the conference and to 8-5 overall. They welcome archrival Fike for Senior Day on Thursday.
Clinching the regularly-scheduled outcome was the No. 1 doubles team of Matt Prasasouk-Jae Jm Lee with an 8-2 triumph. At No. 3, Julian Hernandez-Carlos Chavez won 8-3.
Warriors’ singles victors swere Prasasouk at No. 1, Ben Tong at No. 3 Sam Candelaria Torres at No. 4 and Hernandez at No. 5.
In the suspended match, Hunt notched a 4-2 singles edge, thanks to Prasasouk at No. 2, Torres at No. 4, Hernandez at No. 5 and Tew at No. 6. Prasasouk-Lee teamed for an 8-0 conquest at No. 1.
HUNT 6, FRANKLINTON 3
Matt Prasasouk. (H) def. Ben Henry 7-5, 1-6, (10-7); Jae Jin Lee (H) lost 1-6, 7-5, (8-10); Ben Tong (H) def. Dan Garcia (11-13), 6-0, 10-6; Sam Candelario Torres (H) won 6-1, 6-0; Julian Hernandez (H) lost 6-1, 3-6, (8-10); Carlos Chavez (H) def. Zack Carver (7-3), 6-1.
Prasasouk-Lee (H) def. Henry-Garcia l8-2; Tong-Candelario Torres (H) lost 8-5; Hernandez-Chavez (H) won 8-3.
HUNT 5, FRANKLINTON 2
Ben Henry (F) def. Zack Taylor 6-1, 6-4; Matt Prasasouk(H) def. Collin Daniels 6-3, 6-1; Dan Garcia (F) def. Jae Jin Lee7-5, 6-4; Sam Candelario Torres (H) by forfeit against William Portes; Julian Hernandez (H) def. Zack Carver 6-0, 6-0; Nick Tew (H) def. Zion Bentley 6-3, 6-1.
Prasasouk-Lee (H) def. Henry-Carver 8-0.
Firebirds clipped by Rocky Mount 5-4
STANHOPE — The bid of the Southern Nash High boys tennis team to claim the outright 3-A Big East Conference title was thwarted Wednesday afternoon with a 5-4 loss to Rocky Mount.
It was the first loss in 15 matches for the Firebirds (14-1, 8-1 Big East), who split singles with the Gryphons (9-2, 8-1 Big East).
Southern Nash split singles with wins by senior Parker Strickland at No. 1, senior David Vasquez at No. 4 and junior Michael Hernandez at No. 6. Vasquez eked out a three-set victory over Rocky Mount’s Ryan Schrimper to force the deadlock.
In doubles, the tandem of senior Dylan Alligood-Hernandez was the lone victory for the Firebids at No. 3 with an 8-5 conquest of Rocky Mount’s Schrimper-Andrew Rollans.
Southern Nash concludes its regular season Thursday at Franklinton.
ROCKY MOUNT 5, SOUTHERN NASH 4
Parker Strickland (SN) def. Samuel Phillips 6-4, 6-1; Brody Brice (RM) def. Dylan Alligood 6-3, 6-1; Landon Norwood (RM) def. Hector Perez 6-4, 6-1; David Vasquez (SN) def. Ryan Schrimper 6-7(3), 7-5, 10-7, Thomas Wellenhofer (RM) def. Adolfo Gonzalez 1-6, 6-4, 10-8; Michael Hernandez (SN) def. Andrew Rollans 6-2, 7-5.
Phillips-Norwood (RM) def. Strickland-Vasquez 8-4; Brice-Wellenhofer (RM) def. Perez-Gonzalez 8-5; Alligood-Hernandez (SN) def. Schrimper-Rollans 8-5
Ladybirds escape against Franklinton
STANHOPE — After three ties and six lead changes, the host Southern Nash High varsity softball team strengthened its 3-A Big East Conference lead by a 9-8 count against Franklinton on Wednesday.
The ninth consecutive win vaulted the Ladybirds to 7-0 in the conference and to 12-2 overall.
Southern Nash pulled out the win when Alissa Bailey doubled into the gap in right-center field to drive in her sister, Taylor Bailey. Taylor Bailey had singled with one out.
Taylor Bailey banged out three hits, Carrigan Ewers was the winning pitcher.
“The team showed a great amount of heart and determination to pick up a great win,” commented Southern Nash head coach Scott Collie.
The Ladybirds welcome Hunt for a conference showdown at 7 p.m. Monday.
CBA early lead erased by Conley
PIKEVILLE — An early lead for the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team did not stand up Wednesday night, as visiting D.H. Conley parlayed 11 walks and three hit batsmen into a 16-2 victory in five innings.
CBA (8-7, 5-4 ECC) took an early 2-1 lead on the strength of a solo home run from junior Logan Medlin, her third of the season. But that would be one of just three hits from the Lady Golden Falcons, as Conley (12-1, 8-0 ECC) scored in every inning at the plate.
The walks and extra bases added fuel to an 11-hit attack for the Vikings, who got a two-run homer from Alexis Phillips and a grand slam by Trinity Nichols. Phillips led the Conley offense with three hits.
CBA didn’t help its cause outside of the pitching circle with four errors.
“You’re not going to win many games with 11 walks and three hit batters,” C.B. Aycock head coach LaVon Matthews lamented. “We’ve got to throw strikes.”
After CBA hosts Eastern Wayne on Thursday, the Lady Falcons face Southern Wayne on Friday in a game that will go a long way in determining the No. 2 3-A team out of the ECC.
Score by innings:
D.H. Conley 151 36 — 16
C.B. Aycock 200 00 — 2
WP-Lauren Wiles 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO. LP-Marie Kidd.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Logan Medlin 1-2, HR, RBI, Makayla Williams 1-2, Reagan Lee 1-2; D.H. Conley: Alexis Phillips 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, Madison Rose 2-5, Trinity Nichols 2-2, HR, 4 RBI, Carson Fleming 2-4.
TRACK AND FIELD
Alston sets top mark in Big East meet
ROCKY MOUNT — Hunt High senior Dionte Alston became the school’s indoor track and field state champion in February when he won the boys long jump at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A championship meet.
Alston is serving notice this spring that he intends to add an outdoor title to his medal case. He soared 23 feet, 6 inches in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference tri-meet at Northern Nash, furthering his own state-best mark this spring. Alston, who has the No. 1 long jump in the state in all classifications, per NCRunners.com, had previously jumped 23-5.5.
Alston also won the 100-meter dash but his efforts weren’t enough to propel the Warriors past host Northern Nash, which posted a winning total of 79 points. Hunt was second with 67 and Fike was third with 40.
Alston was second in the triple jump behind teammate Clarence Ward with a 44-4 to Alston’s 43-3. Fike senior Elijahwon Cooper was a close third with a leap of 43-2.5.
Other winners for the Warriors were Christian Phaby in the discus (120-0), Zachary Jones in the shot put (41-5) and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Cooper won the high jump by clearing 6-2 while Davis Nicol posted Fike’s only other win with a 12-7 clearance in the pole vault.
The Hunt girls got first-place finishes from Jada Carpenter in the high jump (4-8) and long jump (15-3.5) to win with 59 points to 51 for Fike. Also victorious for the Lady Warriors were Carolina Vazques-Balcazar in the 100 dash (13.55), Teanna Bellamy in the 400 dash (1:05.90) and Skylar Vick in the shot put (25-2) as well as the 4x200 relay.
The Lady Demons were led by Nirrya Foster, who won the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 18.37 and 1:03.10, respectively.
Also finishing first for the Fike girls were Khiya Richardson in the 200 (28.20), Isabel Twiss in the pole vault (6-0) and Shonda Hargett in the discus (60-9) as well as the 4x100 relay.
Both Hunt and Fike will participate in the Scott Jones Memorial Classic as presented by The Wilson Times on Monday at Nash Central.
Edmundson leads SN in tri-meet
ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Darius Edmundson won three individual events and was part of Southern Nash’s victorious 4x100-meter relay team to help the Firebirds finish second in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference track and field tri-meet at Rocky Mount High.
Edmundson won the 100 and 200 dashes as well as the long jump while teaming with Xavien Smith, Matt Foster and D.J. Johnson in the 4x100, contributing to the Firebirds’ 69-point total, five behind the winning total of Rocky Mount. Franklinton was third with 47 points.
Also winning for the Southern Nash boys team were Lamont Williams in the shot put, Shamir Small in the 3,200 run, Hunter Issette in the 1,600 run and the 4x800 relay team of Small, Issette, Darrin Bailey and Artavius Allen.
The Southern Nash girls placed third with 48 points behind winner Rocky Mount (77) and Franklinton (62).
Jenira McKoy won the 100 and 200 dashes for the Ladybirds while Tristian Foster posted a personal-best time of 47.63 seconds in winning the 300 hurdles. Rayna Bailey (shot put) and Taylor Gardner (pole vault) were also victorious for the Ladybirds.
SN teams place 2nd at Nash Championships
ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash girls and boys track and field teams each finished second in the Nash County Championships on Monday at Nash Central.
Tristian Foster won the 100-meter dash and the 300 hurdles to pace the Ladybirds while Darius Edmundson was victorious in the 100 dash and long jump to lead the Firebirds. Foster won the 100 in 13.17 seconds, a hundredth of a second ahead of teammate Jenira McKoy, who was also second in the 200 dash. Foster won the 300 hurdles in 48.92 seconds. She and McKoy were also part of the Ladybirds’ victorious 4x100 and 4x200 relay tandems along with Smyia McCalston and Krystal Taybron.
Ladybirds junior Rayna Bailey won the shot put with a heave of 29 feet, 6 inches.
Southern Nash totaled 76 points, well behind Rocky Mount’s 100 for the win. Nash Central was third with 67 and Northern Nash was last with 27.
Edmundson scorched the boys 100 in 11.08 seconds and edged Nash Central’s Jahkee Williams by a half inch in claiming the long jump with a leap of 20-0.5. Lamont Williams topped teammate Ricky Knight in the shot put with a distance of 45-9.
Southern Nash also won the boys 4x100 and finished with 82.5 points, just off the winning total of 90 by Northern Nash. Rocky Mount was third with 62, followed by Nash Central’s 37.5.