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PIKEVILLE — Cody Whaley, a senior-right hander, had already aided the cause of his Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team by lacing a two-run single in the second inning of Tuesday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference game with D.H. Conley.
But in the fourth inning, he encountered trouble not of his own doing. That trouble enveloped the Golden Falcons for four runs and sent CBA to its second straight loss in a 8-5 setback at Charles Davis Baseball Field.
CBA, which began last week No. 1 among 3-A teams by North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association, fell to 6-2 overall and 1-2 in ECC play. Conley vaulted to 6-1, 2-0 within conference play.
The Falcons led 3-0 after three innings on a bases-loaded walk to senior Luke Frederick. In the top of the fourth, CBA, with the bases loaded, cut down a run at the plate for the second out. But an error at shortstop was followed by a wild pitch and a two-run Conley double — suddenly leaing Whaley with four unearned runs on his ledger.
Conley, which outhit CBA 11-8, tacked on three more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to pull away.
Robbie O’Neal emerged as the winning pitcher for the Vikings, striking out nine and walking three. He allowed four hits. Whaley gave up five hits in his five innings of work.
“We had a chance to close out the inning,” first-year CBA head coach Allen Thomas lamented. “We’ve got to be able to close it out. If we get out of the inning, we might get more innings out of (Whaley).”
Sophomore Blake Dilda was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles for the Falcons. Senior Nick Aycock was 2 for 3.
CBA hosts Eastern Wayne on Friday.
Score by innings:
D.H. Conley 000 403 1 — 8
C.B. Aycock 021 000 2 — 5
WP-Robbie O’Neal 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO. LP-Cody Whaley (1-1) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Blake Dilda 2-4, 2 2B, Nick Aycock 2-3, Cody Whaley 1-3, 2 RBI, Nolan Harrell 1-3, 2 RBI; D.H. Conley: Nick Baldwin 3-4, 2B, RBI, Zack Byrum 2-3, Cam Jackson 1-3, 2B, RBI, Zack Bellflower 1-2, 2 RBI.
Fike begins league play with 1st win
With both teams in search of 2018 victory No. 1, varsity girls soccer teams from host Fike and Southern Nash kicked off 3-A Big East Conference play Monday evening with Fike claiming a 7-0 triumph.
Senior Reily Nelson registered a hat trick (three goals) and contributed an assist as the Lady Golden Demons won for the first time in six matches.
Southern Nash, limited to one shot, departed at 0-7.
Nelson knocked in goals in the 15th, 37th and 38th minutes. Her final goal was assisted by senior Mikayla Atkinson.
Fike racked up a 6-0 halftime lead as freshman Payton Lentz opened the scoring on a straight-on shot from just outside the 18-yard box in fifth minute. With the score 2-0, sophomore Grace Collins connected from in front of the goal on an assist from Nelson. Closing out the first-half assault was senior Jeidy Cruz on a shot just outside the goal in the 39th minute.
The Lady Demons wrapped up their scoring in the 69th minute when sophomore Riley Patterson’s long-distance boot deflected off the Ladybirds goalkeeper and into the net.
Fike wound up with 12 shots on goal and tallied one save. Southern Nash had eight saves.
“Glad to finally get a little confidence under our belt,” commented Fike head coach Toni Varacchi. “We have played a solid non-conference schedule thus far, and it can only make us better going forward.”
Fike stopped 7-2 by Rocky Mount
ROCKY MOUNT — The showdown for sole possession of the 3-A Big East Conference boys tennis lead did not go visiting Fike High’s way on Monday afternoon in a 7-2 loss to Rocky Mount.
The Gryphons, 3-1 overall, notched their second conference win without a loss, while Fike suffered its first league loss in three outings.
Thanks to tiebreaker wins from Cole Peterson at No. 5 and Jack Boyette at No. 6, the Golden Demons stayed alive in singles but dropped three tough matches in doubles to dip to 3-2 overall.
Peterson pulled out a 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 win against Sam Phillips, while Boyette outlasted Charlie Lane 6-1, 3-6, 10-6.
Fike’s No. 1 doubles team of Thomas Hodges-John Gliarmis dropped an 8-6 decision as did Walker Gliarmis-A.J. Gunter at No. 2. At No. 3, Boyette-Justin Bass was dealt an 8-4 loss.
Peterson leads the Demons with a 3-1 record.
Fike, 3-2 overall, is scheduled to visit 3-A Charles B. Aycock of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Tuesday and then return to conference play at home against Northern Nash on Wednesday.
ROCKY MOUNT 7, FIKE 2
Tyler Brice (RM) def. Thomas Hodges 6-0, 6-1; George Shannon (RM) def. John Gliarmis 6-4, 6-3; Ben Osterhout (RM) d ef. Walker Gliarmis 7-6 (3), 6-4; Landon Norwood (RM) def. A.J. Gunter 6-1, 6-2; Cole Peterson (F) def. Sam Phillips 2-6, 7-5, 10-6; Jack Boyette (F) def. Charlie Lane 6-1, 3-6, 10-6.
Brice-Shannon (RM) def. Hodges-J. Gliarmis 8-6; Osterhout-Norwood (RM) def. W. Gliarmis-Gunter 8-6; Phillips-Lane (RM) def. Boyette-Justin Bass 8-4.
Early NJ lead stands at Corinth Holders
WENDELL — The North Johnston High varsity softball team posted seven runs in the first three innings Monday, allowing it to withstand a mid-game surge from Johnston County rival Corinth Holders on Monday afternoon in a 9-5 nonconference win.
North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference moved to 6-0 with the victory and doubled up the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Lady Pirates (2-6) in hits by a 10-5 margin.
Junior Amberlyn Pearce was the winning pitcher for the Lady Panthers, allowing five hits over six innings. She struck out six and walked seven.
Junior Blayke Batten, who was 2 for 4 with five RBIs and three runs scored, slugged her second home run of the season, while junior Lindsey Massengill was 3 for 4 with a trio of RBIs.
North Johnston remains on the Johnston County circuit Friday, visiting Four Oaks to take on South Johnston.
Score by innings:
North Johnston 124 000 2 — 9
Corinth Holders 003 020 0 — 5
WP-Amberlyn Pearce 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 6 SO. LP-Dominique Brown 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — North Johnston: Lindsey Massengill 3-4, 3 RBI, Blayke Batten 2-4, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R; Corinth Holders: Rebecca Parker 2-4, HR, 3 RBI.
TRACK AND FIELD
CBA relays earn top-three finishes
GREENVILLE — Four Charles B. Aycock High relay teams came away with top-three finishes during a four-team 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference meet at Greenville Rose on Monday afternoon.
The 4x400 relay unit of Dasani Jackson, Alana Reeves, Dymond Floyd and Shi’tricia Speight had a second-place showing in a time of 5:15.02.
Three other CBA relay teams finished third in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800.
In the 4x100, Denai Watkins, Elicia Brown, Jacqueline Woods and Jackson crossed the line in 5:15.02. The 4x200 quartet of Watkins, Brown, Speight and Jackson posted a time of 2:04.12, while the 4x800 team of Alexis Reeves, Alana Reeves, Floyd and Sarah Gregory were third in 13:01.17.
South Central won the four-team meet, while the Lady Falcons finished fourth.