The visiting Beddingfield High varsity softball team broke open a close game with five unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning and proceeded to a 7-1 nonconference win against archrival Hunt High on Wednesday evening.
The Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rebounded from their only loss with their 10th win. Hunt, the front-runner in the 3-A Big East Conference, evened its record at 5-5.
Beddingfield owned a 2-1 edge when it capitalized upon five of the Lady Warriors’ eight errors in the seventh. The only Lady Bruins’ hits were singles by junior Chloe Radford and senior Lindsey Godwin.
The Lady Bruins staked winning pitcher Brianna Hale, a junior right-hander, to all the cushion she needed with two runs in the first — when senior Savannah Pierce and Radford, with a double, drilled run-scoring hits. Allyson Matthews knocked in Hunt’s run in the third.
Hale notched her eighth win against one loss, spacing nine hits, issuing no walks and striking out three. Pierce, Godwin and Hale each collected two hits.
Junior Samantha Waddell took the mound loss for the Lady Warriors. Tucker ripped two doubles in a 3-for-4 showing, while Waddell was 2 for 3. Hannah Williams doubled for the other hit.
Score by innings:
WP-Brianna Hale (8-1) 7 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. LP-Samantha Waddell 7 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB. 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Christy Jones 2-2, Haley Bunting 2B, Holland Miller 2B, Casey Bunting RBI; Halifax Academy: Hudomint 3-3, RBI; Rose 3-4, HR, 4 RBI.
Greenfield surges to 4-2 CPIC win
The host Greenfield School girls soccer team snapped a 1-1 tie with three second-half goals and proceeded to a 4-2 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference victory against Pope John Paul II of Greenville on Tuesday.
Four different players scored as the Lady Knights climbed to 2-1 in the conference and to 6-5 overall. Greenfield welcomes DASH United Homeschool at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Hannah Achilles tallied the Lady Knights’ first-half goal off a punt from goalkeeper Sumer Hassan.
In the second half, Ryann Jennings opened the scoring on an assist from Achilles. Tara Fulghum then assisted the last two goals — the first by Kaelyn Wall and the second by Margaret Covington.
Hassan wound up with six saves for the Lady Knights. Greenfield posted a 12-8 margin in shots on goal. The Lady Knights took the only corner kick.
NJ settles for 2-2 tie with North Pitt
KENLY — The North Johnston High varsity girls soccer team carried a 2-0 lead deep into the second half of its 2-A Eastern Plains Conference match with North Pitt on Tuesday night, but North Pitt put away two goals in the final 11 minutes to force North Johnston to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Senior Cassidy Goodwin had both goals for North Johnston in the battle of Lady Panthers, with junior Barrett Davis notching two assists.
North Johnston moved to 3-6-2 overall and 2-1-1 in EPC play, while North Pitt departed 3-3-1 overall and 1-0-1 within the league.
Senior Olivia Padgett snared 11 saves for North Johnston in goal.
North Johnston hosts Washington on Thursday night.
W. Gliarmis rises to 9-0 in Fike win
TARBORO — Junior Walker Gliarmis elevated to the No. 2 spot in the singles lineup, but remained undefeated in his Fike High boys tennis team’s 8-1 nonconference triumph at 1-A Tarboro on Wednesday.
Gliarmis upped his record to 9-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 performance.
The Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference improved to 8-2, while Tarboro dropped to 1-10. Fike serves into the second half of its conference schedule at Southern Nash on Thursday afternoon.
Against Tarboro, Fike clinched with singles wins from junior John Gliarmis at No. 1, Walker Gliarmis at No. 2, Conner Hale at No. 3, A.J. Gunter at No. 4, Bartton Parker at No. 5 and Jack Boyette at No. 6.
John Gliarmis and Gunter each hiked their records to 8-1, while Hale stands 8-2 and Boyette 3-0.
Tarboro’s win was claimed by the No. 3 doubles team of Wesley Alonso-Shane Keel by a 9-7 margin.
FIKE 8, TARBORO 1
John Gliarmis (F) def. R.B. Armstrong 6-0, 7-5; Walker Gliarmis (F) def. Shaun Clark 6-0, 6-0; Conner Hale (F) def. Andy Ajanel (T) 6-0, 6-1; A.J. Gunter (F) def. Wesley Alonso 6-0, 6-1; Bratton Parker (F) def. Sam Edmonds 2-3, default; Jack Boyette (F) def. Shane Keel 6-3, 6-0.
J. Gliarmis-Hale (F) def. Clark-Ajanel 8-2; W. Gliarmis-Parker (F) def. Armstrong-Edmonds 8-1; Alsonso-Keel (T) def. Justin Bass-Max Fogleman 9-7.
Cougars tripped by Nash Central 6-3
PINETOPS — The SouthWest Edgecombe High boys tennis team had David Parisher pull out a close outcome at No. 2 singles Monday, but the Cougars could not get enough of those matches to fall their way as visiting Nash Central held on for a 6-3 victory Tuesday.
Parisher defeated the Bulldogs’ Austen Luper in a pro-set tiebreaker at No. 2 for SouthWest’s lone win in singles play. From there, the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Cougars (3-5) dropped a tightly contested match at No. 1 when Zach Arrington was stopped 8-6 by Nash Central’s Cameron Johnson.
In doubles play, the tandem of Cody Garbrandt-Nicholas Andrews were denied at the No. 2 spot in a 7-5 loss to Nash Central’s Nagee Wilking-Luper.
“Many of the games were extremely close and hard fought, but Nash Central was clearly the better team,” SouthWest coach Joel Elliott said.
The Cougars did pick up two of the three doubles points after the outcome was decided. Arrington-Parisher outlasted Johnson-Isaiah Hernandez 6-4 on the premier doubles court, with Collin Briley-Cole Bost picking up a third point at No. 3 doubles.
SouthWest returns to EPC play Thursday, hosting North Pitt.
NASH CENTRAL 6, SW EDGECOMBE 3
Cameron Johnson (NC) def. Zach Arringon 8-6; David Parisher (SWE) def. Austen Luper 9-8(4); Nagee Wilkins (NC) def. Nicholas Andrews 8-2; Isaiah Hernandez (NC) def. Cody Garbrandt 8-4; Elijah Brown (NC) def. Collin Briley 8-3; Israel Brown (NC) def. Yuma Hardy 8-2.
PIKEVILLE — Arguably, an overall record of 2-7 doesn’t accurately reflect the strength of the Charles B. Aycock High boys tennis team.
The Falcons yielded their fourth 5-4 outcome of 2017 Monday in a loss to Rosewood, one where four third-set tiebreakers were contested. CBA, which defeated Rosewood earlier in the season, came up short in three of the four tiebreaks.
“I would not be telling the whole truth if I said I was pleased with our record this year,” CBA coach Ronnie Allen said. “We have played hard, but we just can not get complete the task. We will continue to practice and play hard. Our team does not give up, as you can tell by how many tiebreakers we have had this season. However, we have ended up on the losing side to much. Eventually, it will turn around for us.”
CBA has lost all four of its 5-4 matches this season.
At No. 4 singles, junior Austin Doyle was able to secure one of the tiebreaks after getting a 1-6, 6-2, 10-5 win. Senior Matthew Hare won in straight sets on the showcase singles court with a 7-6, 6-0 win, while CBA also picked up a win at No. 5.
But with a split in singles, Rosewood claimed two of the doubles matches to clinch. Hare-Doyle was the only CBA winner in doubles at No. 2, taking an 8-4 decision.
Southern Nash clips Nash Central
STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High boys tennis team wrapped up the first half of 3-A Big East Conference play with an 8-1 win against Nash Central on Tuesday.
Austin Bissette, at No. 2, accounted for the clinching fifth point as the Firebirds improved to 3-2 in the conference and to 7-2 overall.
Other Southern Nash singles winners were Seth Whitley, Jacob Glover, Zach Perry and Parker Strickland.
Coach Brad Joyner commended Southern Nash’s doubles sweep, noting the Bulldogs won only one game.
The Firebirds serve into the second half of conference play at home against second-place Fike on Thursday.
Jones paces CBA at Walnut Creek
GOLDSBORO — Junior Bryce Jones turned in a 2-over 74 Monday afternoon to pace the Charles B. Aycock High boys golf team to victory in a 4-team match at Walnut Creek Country Club.
The Golden Falcons, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, shot a 337 for their low four individuals, 31 strokes ahead of 2-A Eastern Plains Conference member North Johnston.
Eastern Wayne was third with 388, while Southern Wayne rounded out the field with a 446 on the par-72, 6,171-yard layout.
CBA also counted the 85 of junior Carl Floars, the 86 of senior Ty Daniels and the 93 of senior Austin Green. Senior Jake Flowers shot a 95.
The Falcons will travel to Bear Trail Golf Club in Jacksonville on Monday for another 3-A/4-A ECC match.
Greenfield takes first loss
The Greenfield School girls soccer team fell for the first time in five matches Tuesday afternoon with a 6-1 loss at Wilson Prep.
Chloe Howard had the lone goal for the Lady Knights (2-1-2), who converted an assist from Libby Eagles in the 53rd minute.
Wilson Prep outshot Greenfield 16-8, with Jeallen Holland making five saves in the second half. Samia Allan had one first-half stop with Wilson Prep leading 2-0 at the half.
Greenfield hosts archrival Wayne Country Day on Thursday at Forbes Field.
CBA stymied by South Central
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High baseball team surrendered a pair of five-run innings Friday afternoon in dropping a 13-3 decision to Winterville South Central.
Freshman Noah Honrine, sophomore Davis Carroll, sophomore Jakob Prebe and sophomore Kaleb Moore each had two hits for the Golden Falcons (3-6, 1-2 ECC), with Honrine and Carroll each having doubles. South Central narrowly outhit CBA 12-11.
Sophomore Trey Smith took the loss for CBA on the mound, yielding nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
CBA welcomes Greene Central on Wednesday.
Greenfield clipped 6-1 by Wilson Prep
The Greenfield School girls soccer team was dealt a 6-1 loss by Wilson Prep on Tuesday.
Chloe Howard scored the Lady Knights’ goal in the 53rd minute on an assist from Libby Eagles. In goal for Greenfield, Samia Allen notched one save in the first half and Jeallen Holland was credited with five in the second half.