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FARMVILLE — Freshman Austin Booth had a three-run homer, and senior Davis Carroll drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the top of the sixth inning as the C.B. Aycock High varsity baseball team concluded play in the Golden Leaf Invitational with a 4-3 victory Tuesday over host Farmville Central.
The Golden Falcons finished 2-1 in the tournament and have won three of their last four — more than they had all season prior to beating Rosewood 6-4 on April 17.
CBA (5-17), a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, overcame three errors and was outhit by the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Jaguars (2-12) by a 10-9 margin.
Junior Christian Brady won in relief of classmate Blake Dilda, as he worked the final three innings and allowed two hits. He struck out three without a walk.
Freshman Carson Gipson was 2 for 4. Holding a 3-0 lead after Booth’s homer, the Jaguars plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth before Carroll had the game-winning double in the sixth
CBA opens play in the ECC tournament next Tuesday as it hosts New Bern.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 300 001 0 — 4
Farmville Central 000 300 0 — 3
WP-Christian Brady 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Clay Matthews 3-4, Davis Carroll 2-2, 2B, RBI, Carson Gipson 2-4, Austin Booth 1-1, HR, 3 RBI.
Gryphons throttled by RMA, 11-1
Vaunted Rocky Mount junior pitcher Ben Sieracki suffered his worst outing this season as Rocky Mount Academy banged up the Elon University commit for five runs, all earned, on eight hits and four walks on the way to an 11-1 win for the Eagles at Fike’s Gilbert Ferrell Field.
Sieracki dropped to 5-2 on the season as the Gryphons lost for the first time in the tournament, falling to 16-6 overall.
Rocky Mount Academy, ranked No. 3 among North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A teams by Maxpreps.com, rose to 12-5 with its first win in three Invitational games.
Bulldogs crack win column vs. NN
A five-run fifth inning triggered Nash Central to a 7-4 victory over county rival Northern Nash on Tuesday afternoon at Hunt High’s Sid Boyette Field.
The Bulldogs (15-7), who entered the tournament as co-leaders in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, won the battle of previously winless teams in the Golden Leaf.
The Knights, who went 0-3 in the tourney, tumbled to 2-17 overall.