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The Hunt High varsity baseball team used effective relief pitching from junior right-hander Tyson Bass and a pair of big inning offensively to separate from East Wake for an 8-4 nonconference victory Thursday at Sid Boyette Field.
Four different players had two hits for the Warriors, led by senior Caleb Davis and sophomore Blaize Keen. Each went 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs.
Bass was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs, while Jarrett Aycock, a sophomore, added a 2-for-3 showing. Sophomore Chase Waddell added a two-run single in the first for the 3-A Big East Conference Warriors, who are unbeaten through three games.
In the fifth, the Warriors plated all five of their runs with two outs. Davis had a two-run single and Keen lashed a two-RBI double to extend Hunt’s lead.
In getting the win in relief, Bass allowed three hits over two innings. He struck out three without allowing a walk.
Head coach Jon Smith was pleased with the emergence of Keen in his first game of the season, who assumed the leadoff spot.
Cole Alphin took the loss for East Wake (0-3) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference.
Hunt hosts North Johnston on Friday.
Score by innings:
East Wake 110 101 0 — 4
Hunt 300 050 0 — 8
WP-Tyson Bass (1-0) 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. LP-Cole Alphin.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Blaize Keen 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, Tyson Bass 2-4, 2 RBI, Jarrett Aycock 2-3, Caleb Davis 2-2, 2 RBI.
Unearned runs foil CBA in 7-3 defeat
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team put forth a primer on how to lose a game Thursday afternoon in a 7-3 nonconference loss to North Lenoir.
CBA, still searching for its first victory after three games, didn’t give up an earned run in the contest. Moreover, the Golden Falcons allowed six stolen bases, made five errors and hit a pair of batters to go along with a handful of walks.
“You can see we’re struggling in a lot of areas,” second-year CBA head coach Allen Thomas said.
CBA, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, led early after sophomore Clay Matthews doubled and scored on freshman Austin Booth’s groundout.
But the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Hawks put up five unearned runs before Matthews added a triple in the fifth to scratch back a run. Rowan Watt, a junior, brought it back to within 5-3 with his run-scoring single to plate Matthews.
CBA trailed 5-3, but the Falcons, who had six hits, ceded a pair of unearned runs in the sixth and seenth for the final margin.
Booth took the loss, allowing three unearned runs in two innings. Trevor Suggs pitched the distance for North Lenoir, allowing six hits.
Peyton Howard and Austin Joyner each had two hits for North Lenoir.
CBA is back in ECC play Friday against Greenville Rose.
Score by innings:
North Lenoir 021 201 1 — 7
C.B. Aycock 100 020 0 — 3
WP-Trevor Suggs 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Austin Booth 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Clay Matthews 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI; Rowan Watt 1-3, RBI; North Lenoir: Peyton Howard 2-3, Austin Joyner 2-4.
Chargers rally past Parrott in opener
KINSTON — The Wilson Christian varsity baseball team didn’t get off to the best of starts Thursday in its season opener at Parrott Academy.
The Chargers fell down 6-0 early and were searching for any spark to get back into matters.
Senior Zack Denmark delievered. His fourth-inning double helped start a two-run trip to the plate for the Chargers, and Wilson Christian scored in every succeeding inning but the eighth in a come-from-behind 13-9 victory in nine innnings.
Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks pounded out 16 hits. Trailing 8-7 in the seventh, the Chargers surged ahead before Parrott, a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A Eastern Plain Conference, scratched back its only run — unearned — against winning WCA reliever Brice Murray.
Murray, a senior, threw the final 3 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out three.
Junior Gabe Barnes was 4 for 6 with an RBI for the Chargers, defending NCCSA 2-A champions. Junior Max Holland and freshman Dylan Farmer were each 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Eighth grader Hunter Lewis went 2 for 6 with two RBIs.
Hunter Blythe took the loss for Parrott (0-2).
WCA hosts the Raleigh Hawks on Friday.
Score by innings:
Wilson Chr. 000 223 204 — 13
Parrott Acad. 015 002 100 — 9
WP-Brice Murray (1-0) 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 ER, 3 SO LP-Hunter Blythe.
LEADING HITTERS —Wilson Christian: Gabe Barnes 4-6, RBI, Adrian Dehart 1-3, RBI, Max Holland 2-4, 2 RBI, Dylan Farmer 2-4, 2 RBI, Will Shearin 1-5, 2 RBI, Hunter Lewis 2-6, 2 RBI, Zach Denmark 1-2, 2B.
Lady Tigers open season at 2-0
Eighth grader Lily Stegall slammed in six goals Thursday afternoon in leading the Wilson Prep varsity girls soccer team to a 9-0 mercy-rule victory over Greenville Christian.
It was the second win in as many days for WPA, which opened its year Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Greenville Pope John Paul Ii.
Freshman Samia Allan had a pair of goals for the Lady Tigers as freshman Trinity Carpenter had the other.
Eighth grader Emma Etheridge, Stegall and sophomore Faith McAllister had assists.
In goal, Etheridge played 70 minutes and notched a pair of saves.
The Lady Tigers are at Smithfield-Selma on Wednesday.
Ladybirds mercy rule Nash Central
ROCKY MOUNT — Behind sophomore Kierstin Cooper’s big night on the mound and at the plate, the Southern Nash High varsity softball team picked up their second win of the season on the road at Nash Central on Thursday night with a 13-3 victory.
The Ladybirds (2-1) of the 3-A Big East Conference put together 13 hits — including three from Cooper, who went 3 for 3. Cooper also picked up her first win of the season after pitching five innings and only allowing three runs, one of them earned. Freshman Alexa Daniel also picked up her first hit at the varsity level.
The Ladybirds will be back on the road Monday against Southwest Edgecombe.
Score by innings:
Southern Nash 205 33 — 13
Nash Central 001 02 — 3
WP-Kierstin Cooper (1-0) 5 IP, 3 R, 1 ER.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Kierstin Cooper 3-3.
CBA splits doubleheader at Ayden-Grifton
LITTLEFIELD — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team split a nonconference doubleheader at Ayden-Grifton on Thursday night, winning the first contest 8-5 before a first-inning lead went awry in a 5-3 defeat during the nightcap. Both contests were scheduled for five innings.
CBA (2-2), a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, had 13 hits in the opener, with Abbey Thomas and Marie Kidd each getting three hits. Thomas was 3 for 4 with a RBI triple in the third, while Kidd, the winning pitcher, going 3 for 3 with run-scoring singles in the first and fourth.
Abigail Lancaster and Reagan Bailey were each 2 for 3.
Kidd, in pitching the distance, allowed 10 hits and recorded two strikeouts. Only one of her five runs were earned.
Kim Gurkins of Ayden-Grifton was the loser in the opener before pitching the distance to salvage a split in the finale.
CBA held a 3-0 lead after a half inning of the second game, but the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Lady Chargers (3-1) posted two runs in the bottom half and tacked on single runs in the second, third and fourth.
Lancaster had a 2-for-3 showing for the Lady Golden Falcons during the second game. Shawna Williams took the loss for CBA in game two, striking out four and walking five.
CBA is back in ECC play Friday, hosting Greenville Rose.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 103 40 — 8
Ayden-Grifton 210 02 — 5
WP-Marie Kidd 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2SO. LP-Kim Gurkins 5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI, Marie Kidd 3-3, 2 RBI, Abigail Lancaster 2-3, Reagan Bailey 2-3.
C.B. Aycock 300 00 — 3
Ayden-Grifton 211 1x — 5
WP-Kim Gurkins 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. LP-Shawna Williams 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abigail Lancaster 2-3.
Southern Nash clips Nash Central to stay unbeaten
ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High varsity boys tennins team entered doubles needing just one point to defeat Nash Central and got it from the No. 3 pair of Dylan Alligood and Michael Hernandez to win 5-4 on Thursday.
Alligood, a senior and Hernandez, a junior, delivered a 8-5 win in doubles over junior Gabriel Woodard and senior Elijah Brown. The pair are now 2-0.
The 4-0 Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference were able to win the Nos. 3-6 singles matches. Junior Hector Perez, senior David Vasquez, junior Argel Anguiano and sophomore Eric Hernandez all won in straight sets for Southern Nash.
The Bulldogs of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference fell to 1-1.
The teams will contest a rematch at Southern Nash on Monday.
SOUTHERN NASH 5,
NASH CENTRAL 4
Cameron Johnson (NC) def. Parker Strickland 6-1, 6-2; Isaiah Hernandez (NC) def. Dylan Alligood 6-4, 7-6(3); Hector Perez (SN) def. Israel Brown 6-2, 6-4; David Vasquez (SN) def. Keshav Patel 6-3, 6-3; Argel Anguiano (SN) def. Elijah Brown 7-6(2), 6-4; Eric Hernandez (SN) def. Gabriel Woodard 6-3, 7-5;
Johnson-Patel (NC) def. Strickland-Vasquez 8-3; Brown-Hernandez (NC) def. Perez-Anguiano 8-4; Alligood-Hernandez (SN) def. Woodard-Brown 8-5.