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ROCKY MOUNT — After dropping the opening set Thursday afternoon, the Fike High tandem of Thomas Hodges-John Gliarmis battled back to win the next two sets en route to capturing the 2018 3-A Big East Conference individual doubles title on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan.
Hodges-Gliarmis, the second of two seeded doubles teams, toppled No. 1 seed George Shannon-Landon Norwood 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to position themselves for next weekend’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East regional.
Two other Golden Demon doubles units will join Hodges-Gliarmis in regional play after Walker Gliarmis-A.J. Gunter and Max Fogleman-Jack Boyette also reached the semifinals.
Fogleman-Boyette took down Franklinton’s Aaron Langworthy-Dylan Hollander 6-2, 6-0 in the first round, while Walker Gliarmis-Gunter excused Northern Nash’s Thomas Bandy-Noah Davis 6-0, 6-1 in another first-round encounter.
Only seven doubles teams competed, compared to 14 singles combatants.
Two players from The Wilson Times readership area advanced to regionals in singles after reaching the semifinals. Hunt’s David Joyner posted two wins to reach the semis, the first being a 6-1, 6-3 win over Rocky Mount’s Charlie Lane. In the quarterfinals, Joyner eliminated Dylan Glover of Southern Nash 6-3, 6-2.
Southern Nash’s representative in regional singles play will be Zach Perry following a 6-1, 6-0 win over Franklinton’s Ben Henry in the quarterfinals. He defeated Spencer Harris of Rocky Mount by a 6-3, 6-2 margin in the opening round.
WCA’s 3 seniors all score on their night
The Wilson Christian varsity girls soccer team’s three seniors celebrated their Senior Night by scoring goals in the Lady Chargers’ 9-0 romp over Greenville Christian on Thursday.
Anna Grace Abrams had three goals and an assist, Jenna Hunter scored twice and assisted once and Olivia Cooper tallied a goal.
Also scoring a goal each for Wilson Christian, now 10-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region, were Lindsay Hunter, Katelyn Parker and Kendall Harris. Lindsay Hunter also contributed an assist.
Harris and Skylar Pone shared goalkeeping duties in the shutout, but neither saw a Greenville Christian shot.
The Lady Chargers finish the regular season Monday at Hilltop Christian in Fuquay-Varina.
Fike makes short work of Lady Knights
The Fike High varsity girls soccer team observed Senior Night in style for its seven departing players Wednesday night with a 9-0 mercy-rule shortened win over 3-A Big East Conference foe Northern Nash.
Prior to Thursday’s game against archrival Hunt — a 2-0 loss — the result boosted the Lady Golden Demons to 9-5 overall and a spotless 9-0 showing in Big East play.
Senior Reily Nelson had four goals for Fike, striking in the 15th, 32nd, 35th and 40th minutes. Senior Claire Dixon and freshman Jessica Avery also found the back of the net for Fike, staking the Lady Demons to a 6-0 edge at half.
Avery added an unassited tally in the 48th to make it 7-0.
Another senior, Rachel Bowell, scored unassited in the 53rd to make it 8-0, and Reece Nelson’s 20-yard shot in the 67th minute terminated the match via the mercy rule.
Boswell, senior Madeline Richardson and sophomore Riley Patterson tallied assists for Fike, which awaits an opponent in the semifinals of the Big East tournament as the No. 1 seed after winning a coin flip with Hunt.
NJ, North Pitt settle for 1-1 draw
BETHEL — Senior Barrett Davis finished a first-half assist from junior Sarah Hinnant on Thursday night, and the North Johnston High varsity girls soccer team played 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opponent North Pitt to a 1-1 draw.
North Johnston moved to 6-8-2 in all matches and 5-2-1 in EPC play with two conference matches remaining. The Lady Panthers visit Cape Hatteras on Friday in nonconference play before concluding with Nash Central on Tuesday at home and SouthWest Edgecombe on the road Thursday.
Freshman Hannah Sherrod had 12 saves for North Johnston.
North Pitt departed 3-4-1 in conference play and 7-6-1 in all matches.
Ladybirds fall on Senior Night 2-0
STANHOPE — Southern Nash’s five seniors did not get the win that would have made their girls soccer Senior Night special, but the Ladybirds closed out the regular season Thursday with a hard-fought effort in a 2-0 loss to visiting Franklinton.
Southern Nash, now 0-16, was able to create several scoring opportunities, said head coach Carlos Barron. He credited Jada Zimmerman and Iris Radilla for their play on the offensive end while commended goalkeeper Kat Robinson for her stellar play.
Playing for the final time at home for Southern Nash were seniors Maria Morales, Ruby Ledezma, Lizbeth Gonzalez-Chavez, Nura Satekavo and Ugen Ba.
Southern Nash will face Rocky Mount in the first round of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament next week.
Greenfield loses to top-ranked WCD
GOLDSBORO — With the score knotted at 3-3, the Greenfield School baseball team allowed seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning and dropped a 13-3 Coastal Plain Independents Conference decision to host Wayne Country Day, No. 1-ranked among the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s 1-A teams, on Thursday.
The Knights dropped to 6-6 and return to action on Tuesday against conference foe Wayne Christian.
Justin Holland batted 2 for 3 to lead the Greenfield offense. Patrick Smith went 1 for 2 and drove in two runs. Luke Flaherty was also 1 for 2 and had the other RBI.
Starting Greenfield pitcher Ty Weatherford took the loss. Jack Talton claimed the win for the Chargers.
Surging Chargers notch region win
The host Wilson Christian Academy varsity baseball team continued its late-season surge with a 4-1 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region District 3 victory against Greenville Christian on Thursday evening.
The Chargers boosted their record to 5-1 in the region and clinched the No. 1 District 3 seed and the No. 2 East Region spot. Wilson Christian stands 8-9 overall.
Trailing 1-0, WCA struck for three runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. The Chargers loaded the bases on eighth-grader Dylan Farmer’s single, an error and a catcher’s interference call with two outs. WCA capitalized with senior Preston Skinner rapping a two-run single and junior Adrian Dehart following with an RBI single.
Dehart wound up 2 for 3 with an RBI.
On the mound, junior Chargers right-hander Brice Murray pitched the distance, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out six. A two-outs passed ball in the second inning denied Murray a shutout.
Score by innings:
WP-Brice Murray 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. LP-Kim Yanato 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greenville Christian: Eric Maxey 2-3, Allen Kirby 1-3, 2B; Wilson Christian: Adam Dehart 2-3, RBI; Preston Skinner 1-3, 2 RBI; Dylan Farmer 1-2, Zach Denmark 1-3.
Firebirds keep rolling, edge Gryphons
STANHOPE — Following a torrid second half of the season, the Southern Nash High varsity baseball team can wrap up third place in the 3-A Big East Conference with one more victory.
The Firebirds set up that scenario with their seventh consecutive victory Thursday night, legging out a back-and-forth 9-8 win over Rocky Mount.
Trailing 6-3 entering the fifth inning, Southern Nash (12-9, 5-4 Big East) took the lead with four runs in the fifth. Sophomore A.J. Jones walked and Luke Edwards single, leading to a two-run double by senior Colton Cruz.
Senior Dylan Bottoms later reached and touched home on junior Jason Montague’s two-run double. It was the second double for Montague, who drove in five runs.
Southern Nash was backed by five innings from senior Leroy Edwards on the mound before yielding to classmate Alex Noland. Noland held Rocky Mount (9-10, 5-4 Big East) without a hit over the final two innings, logging three strikeouts.
Connor Powell was tagged with the loss for Rocky Mount.
Southern Nash returns the visit to Gryphons Stadium for a make-up game Friday, which will serve as the battle for third place in the Big East.
Score by innings:
WP-Leroy Edwards. LP-Connor Powell. S-Alex Noland.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Jason Montague 2-2, 2B, 5 RBI, Colton Cruz 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI.
CBA slugs past Eastern Wayne
GOLDSBORO — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High baseball team slugged six doubles and a home run in posting a 11-4 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference win against county rival Eastern Wayne on Thursday night.
Winning pitcher Blake Gipson and Luke Frederick each slammed two doubles as the Golden Falcons evened their conference record at 5-5 and improved to 16-5 against all foes. Drew Spencer connected for a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.
Leading 3-1, CBA plated five runs in the fifth — when Gipson, Tyler Daniels and Frederick each doubled. Frederick drove in a pair of runs and Daniels one.
Gipson and Nick Aycock each collected three hits. Aycock had a double and drove in two runs.
Gipson drew the starting mound assignment and limited the Warriors to five hits and a run through five innings. The right-hander walked four and struck out six.
Losing pitcher Landon Ginn drilled three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for Eastern Wayne.
CBA continues conference play at home at 6 p.m. Friday against another county foe, Southern Wayne.
Score by innings:
WP-Blake Gipson 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO. LP-Landon Ginn 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Drew Spencer 1-4, HR, 2 RBI; Nick Aycock 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Nolan Harrell 2-4, RBI; Blake Gipson 3-4, 2 2B; Tyler Daniels 2-4, 2B; Luke Frederick 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Eastern Wayne: Landon Ginn 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Josh Gross 2-2.
Greene Central falls to Eagles, 5-1
SNOW HILL — Greene Central was unable to solve West Craven junior right-hander Shade Bland and dropped a 5-1 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference decision Thursday evening.
Bland allowed just one run despite giving up five hits and four walks. He struck out a pair.
Dylan Benton, a junior, also pitched the distance for Greene Central, permitting six hits and four earned runs. Benton also walked four and struck out two.
Trailing 3-0, the Rams plated their run in the bottom of the third. A.J. Dupree walloped a triple and scored on Jackson Batchelor’s single.
Caleb Morris collected two of the Eagles six hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs.
The second straight conference loss left the Rams 6-4 in the ECC and 10-8 overall. West Craven departed 6-3 and 15-5, respectively.
Score by innings:
WP-Shade Bland 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO. LP-Dylan Benton 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — West Craven: Caleb Morris 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R; Greene Central: Justin Vandiford 1-1, A.J. Dupree 1-2, 3B; Jackson Batchelor 1-4, RBI; Tyler Horner 1-3, Travis Mewborn 1-3.
Edmondson fires no-hitter for WCA
Eighth grader Jennifer Edmondson helped send the Wilson Christian softball team back above the .500 mark Thursday night with a four-inning no hitter, and the Lady Chargers posted a pair of nine-run innings on the way to a 20-0 rout of Kinston Bethel Christian.
WCA (7-6) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks produced just seven hits against the Lady Trojans, who extended their malaise with seven errors on defense.
In the circle, Edmondson struck out five and walked one, while offensively, freshman Faith Matthews had a pair of doubles. Seniors Haley Parker, Casey Bunting and Haley Bunting all doubled. Parker drove in four runs for Wilson Christian. Casey Bunting added three RBIs, with Matthews tacking on two.
WCA observes Senior Night on Friday against Rocky Mount New Life Christian.
Score by innings:
WP-Jennifer Edmondson 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.
Ladybirds shut out 5th opponent in row
SOUTHERN NASH — The Southern Nash High varsity softball team shut out its fifth consecutive opponent in turning back 3-A Big East Conference guest Franklinton 10-0 in five innings Thursday evening.
Sophomore Carrigan Ewers tossed a one-hitter and has now blanked the opposition for 30-plus innings.
The Ladybirds walked off with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Ewers helped her cause with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate, while Lauren Fassnacht also batted 3 for 4. Elisabeth Collie went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs.
Southern Nash no worse than maintained a share of the conference lead at 8-1 and completes its conference schedule and the regular season at conference foe Rocky Mount at 4 p.m. Friday. The Ladybirds now possess an 18-4 overall record and are riding a 12-game winning streak.
Score by innings:
WP-Carrigan Ewers 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Carrigan Ewers 3-4, Lauren Fassnacht 3-4, Elisabeth Collie 2-4, 2 RBI; Leanna Ruffin 2-3, Taylor Bailey 3 R.
10-run first boosts Lady Rams, 18-4
SNOW HILL — A 10-run first inning propelled the Greene Central High varsity softball team to an 18-4, five-inning 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference win against visiting West Craven on Thursday.
Makhala Jones powered the Lady Rams’ 13 hit assault, going 4 for 4 with a triple and double and driving in five runs. Daly Keel doubled twice and drove in three runs. Abby Burress wound up 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
With Greene Central out front 10-0, starting pitcher Hannah Burress was relieved after one inning in favor of Laura Wade, who tossed the last four innings.
The Lady Rams boosted their conference record to 7-3 and stand 13-5 in all contests with one week of regular-season play remaining.
Score by innings:
WP-Laura Wade 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Gaskins.
LEADING HITTERS — West Craven: Ringer 1-3, 2 RBI, Gaskins 1-1, 1 RBI; Greene Central: Makhala Jones 4-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI; Daly Keel 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Abby Burress 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R.
Ladybirds shut out another opponent
ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Southern Nash High varsity softball team triumphed via a shutout for the fourth consecutive game Wednesday night.
And in blanking county rival Northern Nash 13-0 in five innings, the Ladybirds climbed back into a tie for the 3-A Big East Conference lead with Fike at 7-1.
With a 17-4 overall record, Southern Nash ends the regular season with a pair of conference tests — at home against Franklinton at 6 p.m. Thursday and at Rocky Mount on Friday.
Sophomore Carrigan Ewers and freshman Kiersten Cooper combined to blank the Lady Knights on two hits and notch 11 strikeouts.
Ewers also asserted her presence at the plate, blasting her first high school home run — a two-run shot in the fourth inning — and finishing with a pair of hits. Senior Lauren Fassnacht batted 3 for 4, while junior Caroline Winstead, sophomore Elisabeth Collie and freshman Taylor Bailey each hit safely twice. Ewers and Bailey each drove in three runs.
Score by innings:
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Lauren Fassnacht 3-4, Carrigan Ewers 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI; Caroline Winstead 2 hits, Elisabeth Collie 2 hits, Taylor Bailey 2 hits, 3 RBI.
Greenfield thumps host Chargers, 9-5
GOLDSBORO — The visiting Greenfield School baseball team upped its record to 5-3 with a 9-5 triumph against Wayne Country Day on Thursday.
Carter McLamb drilled two hits for the Knights, while Trak Godwin batted 2 for 4 and drove in five runs. Will Powell’s 1-for-3 performance included two RBIs.
Winning pitcher Jacob Wiggs upped his record to 3-0, working five innings and allowing eight hits and five runs (three earned) while striking out six. Matt Kirby earned the save.