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PINETOPS — The visiting Beddingfield High varsity softball team no worse than maintained a share of second place in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference by blanking SouthWest Edgecombe, 9-0, Monday evening.
The Lady Bruins climbed to 5-2 in the conference and to 14-2 overall. SouthWest dropped to 2-5 in the EPC and to 7-9 in all games. The rematch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Beddingfield diamond.
Beddingfield’s senior right-handed pitcher Brianna Hale blanked the Lady Cougars on five hits, while walking a pair and striking out seven. Hale helped her cause at the plate with a two-run double in the fifth. Hale wound up 3 for 3 with two doubles.
Senior Cassie Dail continued her torrid hitting for the Lady Bruins, going 3 for 5 and crushing a two-run home run in the three-run seventh.
Beddingfield collected 11 hits, including two each from Neleh Bottoms and Chloe Radford, against SouthWest senior right-hander Megan Deal.
Lady Cougars’ sophomore Taylor Hobgood proved a tough out for Hale, batting 3 for 3 with a double.
Score by innings:
Beddingfield 101 031 3 — 9
SW Edgecombe 000 000 0 — 0
WP-Brianna Hale (12-2) 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO. LP-Megan Deal.
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Cassie Dail 3-5, HR, 3 RBI; Brianna Hale 3-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Neleh Bottoms 2-3, Chloe Radford 2-5; SouthWest Edgecombe: Taylor Hobgood 3-3, 2B; Megan Deal 1-3.
Casey Bunting-led WCA shells TEACH
WASHINGTON — The Wilson Christian Academy softball team returned to winning ways Monday afternoon, thumping Eastern Christian Homeschool (TEACH) 13-1 behind a monster performance from senior Casey Bunting.
Bunting batted 5 for 5 with three doubles, a home run and three runs batted in. In the circle, the right-hander stifled TEACH on four hits and one run. She did not issue a walk and struck out nine.
The Lady Chargers struck for four runs in the first inning and put the game away with eight runs in the last two innings. Wilson Christian shelled two TEACH pitchers for 15 hits.
Junior McKenna Griffin connected for an inside-the-par home run and drove in three runs. Senior Haley Bunting doubled twice and had two RBIs. Paige Barnes also doubled.
The Lady Chargers evened their record at 6-6.
Score by innings:
Wilson Christian 400 013 5 — 13
TEACH 000 000 1 — 1
WP-Haley Bunting 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO. LP-Nobles 6 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Casey Bunting 5-5, 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI; McKenna Griffin inside-the-par HR, 3 RBI; Haley Bunting 2 2B, 2 RBI; Paige Barnes 2B, RBI; Jennifer Edmondson 2 RBI, Haley Parker RBI; TEACH: McKeever 2B, Schuman RBI.
Chargers shut out Crossroads Christian
The Wilson Christian Academy varsity baseball team launched, weather permitting, a five-game week with a 7-0 triumph against visiting Crossroads Christian of Henderson on Monday evening.
Chargers pitchers Zach Denmark, the starter and winner, combined to hurl a four-hitter. Denmark (3-4) worked the first three innings, allowing two hits and stirking out four. Carlos Molina and Gabe Barnes each pitched two innings. Molina struck out five.
Preston Skinner triggered WCA’s seven-hit offense with a 3-for-3 showing that included a double and run batted in. Brice Murray, Adrian Dehart, Barnes and Max Holland added a hit each. Murray had an RBI.
The Chargers staked Denmark and company to all the cushion they needed with three runs in the first inning.
With a 7-9 record, WCA is scheduled to visit Parrott Academy of Kinston for a pair of five-inning games Tuesday, beginning at 4 p.m.
Score by innings:
Crossroads 000 000 0 — 0
Wilson Christian 300 121 x — 7
WP-Zach Denmark (W 3-4) 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. LP-Ben Stellenson 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Preston Skinner 3-3, 2B, RBI; Brice Murray 1-3, RBI; Adrian Dehart 1-3, Gabe Barnes 1-3, Max Holland 1-4.
TRACK AND FIELD
SN boys finish 4th at Nash County meet
ROCKY MOUNT — Ricky Knight claimed a county championship in the shot put Monday afternoon to highlight performances for the Southern Nash High boys track team at the Nash County Championship on the campus of Rocky Mount.
The Firebirds finished fourth among the competing teams with 45 points as Northern Nash claimed the meet with a team score of 98. Nash Central was second at 75.5, followed by Rocky Mount in third at 52.5
Southern Nash, along with Rocky Mount, travels to Northern Nash for 3-A Big East Conference action Wednesday in a tri-meet.
Ladybirds third in county meet
ROCKY MOUNT — Behind a trio of relay victories and a pair of individual top finishes, the Southern Nash High girls track team placed third in Monday’s Nash County Championship meet.
Individual winners for the Ladybirds were Rayna Bailey in the shot put and Tristian Foster in the 300-meter hurdles.
Capturing the relay wins were the 4x200 of Nya Manning, Carmen Carrigan, Fostger and Jenira Mckoy; the 4x100 of Symia McCalston, Foster, Mckoy and Carrigan; and the 4x400 of Manning, Aaliyah Newkirk, McCalston and Foster.
Southern Nash returns to action Wednesday in a 3-A Big East Conference tri-meet at Northern Nash.
WCA defeats Rocky Mount Academy
In Monday’s edition of The Wilson Times, an area roundup item detailed the Wilson Christian junior varsity baseball team’s 11-8 win in a contest played Thursday.
However, the Chargers defeated Rocky Mount Academy, not New Life Christian as originally reported.
The Times regrets the error and any resulting inconvenience.