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Faced with an 8-3 deficit entering the bottom of the fourth inning Friday night — largely of its own doing — the Wilson Christian varsity baseball team roared to life offensively, scoring 14 unanswered runs in its final three trips to the plate to romp past Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian 17-8.
Wilson Christian, which dropped a tight 2-1 game to county rival Greenfield in the afternoon, departed 4-2.
Senior Brice Murray earned the win in relief for Wilson Christian, holding Hilltop to no runs over the final three innings. He allowed just one hit, while striking out nine and walking one.
The Chargers faced the early deficit despite holding their opposition to just four hits. Conversely, Wilson Christian pounded out 14 hits, led by the 4-for-5, four-RBI display of senior Zack Denmark. Junior Max Holland and eighth-grader Hunter Lewis were each 3 for 4. Holland drove in three runs.
“It was the worst I’ve seen us play in 10 years,” Wilson Chrisian head coach Ty Bissett said of the game’s start. “We could not find the strike zone. Half of their runs came on passed balls.”
Will Shearin, a junior, had a run-scoring triple. Eighth-grader Seth Quinn went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Chargers host Parrott Academy on Monday.
Score by innings:
Hilltop Chr. 005 300 0 — 8
Wilson Chr. 201 644 0 — 17
WP-Brice Murray (2-0) 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO. LP-Hayden Peacock.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Will Shearin 1-3, 3B, RBI, Seth Quinn 2-4, 2B, Hunter Lewis 3-4, Zach Denmark 4-5, 4 RBI, Max Holland 3-4, 3 RBIs.
Smith’s sacrifice fly leads CBA to walkoff
PIKEVILLE — For the first time this season, the Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team has a winning streak on its hands.
After watch a four-run lead dissipate in the top of the seventh inning, junior Ty Smith’s one-out sacrifice fly scored junior Blake Dilda to lift the Golden Falcons to a 6-5 win over Winterville South Central.
The win doubled as the second straight in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play for CBA, which moved to 2-7 overall and 2-4 in league play. South Central fell to 2-8 in all games, 2-3 within the confines of the ECC.
“We’re playing a little bit more confident,” second-year CBA head coach Allen Thomas said. “Winning is fun. They’re starting to hopefully build confidence and win. That’s been a good sight to see this week.”
Dilda led off the bottom of the seventh with an infield single and moved to second on a walk to sophomore Drew Spencer. A bunt by senior Davis Carroll moved the runners to third, and two batters later, Smith lofted his sacrifice fly to plate Dilda.
Junior Christian Brady picked up the win in relief, working the last two innings and allowing two hits. He struck out two. Wyatt Bagwell threw 3 2/3 innings for South Central and allowed five hits.
CBA, which outhit South Central, 10-8, was led by the 3-for-4 display of senior Tyrie Artis. Dilda was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Clay Matthews, a sophomore, drove in a run in the third and scored on Dilda’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 Falcons.
Carroll laced a two-run single in the first.
CBA visits Wayne County rival Rosewood on Monday.
Score by innings:
South Central 100 030 1 — 5
C.B. Aycock 302 000 1 — 6
WP-Christian Brady 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Wyatt Bagwell 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Tyrie Artis 3-4, Blake Dilda 2-4, 2 RBI, Clay Matthews 1-3, 3B, RBI; South Central: Alex Bouche 3-4.
Rams rally past West Craven in 8 innings
SNOW HILL — The Greene Central High varsity baseball team erased a 7-0 third-inning deficit Friday night, plating a walk-off run in the bottom of the eighth to secure an 8-7 victory over 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe West Craven.
Greene Central (3-4, 2-2 ECC) picked up the win with 5 1/3 innings of hitless relief from junior Zach Taylor. Taylor struck out three and walked one.
The Rams doubled up West Craven (5-3, 2-1 ECC) in the hitting column by a 10-5 margin in handing the Eagles their first conference loss.
Junior Debo Pigford and senior Jalin Conner each collected two hits for GreeneCentral. Conner lashed a double and drove in three runs. Dylan Benton, a senior, had a run-scoring triple and drew the start, working 2 2/3 innings and allowing five hits. Only two of his seven runs were earned.
Trent Casey absorbed the loss for West Craven.
Greene Central visits South Lenoir on Tuesday.
Score by innings:
West Craven 205 000 00 — 7
Greene Central 001 420 01 — 8
WP-Zach Taylor 5 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Trent Casey 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Debo Pigford 2-4, Jalin Conner 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, Dylan Benton 1-4, 3B, RBI; West Craven: Jared Hodges 2-3.
Lady Chargers top Hilltop on PKs
Senior goalkeeper Christy Jones made two of her four saves during penalty kicks and host Wilson Christian converted all three of its opportunities to prevail in Friday’s shootout against Fuquay-Varina of Hilltop Christian.
Ashley Hartsfield, Caitlyn Barnes and Lydia Renfrow all connected on their PK chance and Jones, who is playing soccer for the first time at WCA, did the rest after the game, which saw no goals scored during regulation and overtime. The Lady Chargers, who climbed to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in region contests, outshot Hilltop 14-3.
“It’s nice to win but we really dominated the game and just couldn’t find the net tonight,” WCA head coach Don Samson said. “But sometimes that happens and you’ve just got to gut out the win and we did that tonight.”
On Tuesday, Wilson Christian will host DASH United, the three-time defending North Carolinians for Home Education Commission state champion.
Ladybirds stop NJ 5-1
KENLY — Nef Gonzalez and Kaylin Younes each knocked in a pair of goals for the Southern Nash varsity girls soccer team as the Ladybirds claimed a 5-1 nonconference victory Friday at North Johnston.
Rubi Guttierrez also netted a goal while Layla Austin provided an assist the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds, who climbed to 6-3. Kathryn Robinson made five saves in goal while Dahlia Romero stopped three shots for Southern Nash.
North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference fell to 1-5.
CBA tripped by South Central 8-2
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team dropped an 8-2 decision at 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe South Central on Thursday night.
Junior Logan Medlin drove in both runs for CBA (6-4, 3-3 ECC). She hit a solo home run to left field in the fourth for her fourth home run of year. Trailing 8-1, Medlin slapped an RBI single to cap the scoring.
CBA was outhit 12-8, but head coach LaVon Matthews took solace in the fact that his young Lady Golden Falcons went all seven innings with unbeaten South Central (9-0, 5-0 ECC), which holds several victories by run rule this season.
Abbey Thomas and Emma Smith each had two hits for CBA. Thomas doubled.
Izzy Moore struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter in getting the win in the circle for South Central. Marie Kidd took the loss for CBA, allowing eight runs over four innings. All eight were earned.
The Lady Falcons left a pair of runners in scoring position in the 6th and stranded a runner on second on two occasions.
CBA is at Wayne County rival Rosewood on Monday.
Score by innings:
South Central 204 020 0 — 8
C.B. Aycock 000 101 0 — 2
WP-Izzy Moore 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO. LP-Marie Kidd 4 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abbey Thomas 2-4, 2B, Logan Medlin 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, Taylor Gay 1-2, 2B, Emma Smith 2-3.
Rams run-rule West Craven 13-3
SNOW HILL — Senior Madison Holloman had a home run as part of a six-RBI showing, and the Greene Central High varsity softball team bashed its way to a 13-3 victory in five innings over West Craven on Friday.
The Lady Rams, who improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference action, pounded out 16 hits and separated with a six-run showing in the bottom of the sixth.
Sophomore Laura Wade was 3 for 3 at the plate and earned the win in the circle, allowing four hits over five innings. She struck out three and walked two, with one of her three runs being earned.
Junior Daly Keel was 2 for 3 with a triple while driving in four runs. Amber Speight, a freshman, was 2 for 2 with a double.
Olivia Pattin took the loss for West Craven (2-6, 0-3 ECC).
Greene Central is at South Lenoir on Tuesday.
Score by innings:
West Craven 210 00 — 3
Greene Central 360 13 — 13
WP-Laura Wade 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. LP-Olivia Pattin 4 IP, 16 H, 13 R, 13E R, 6 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Abby Burress 3-4, RBI, Laura Wade 3-3, Madison Holloman 2-3, HR, 6 RBI, Daly Keel 2-3, 3B, 4 RBI, Amber Speight 2-2, 2B.
Lady Chargers win pair of matches
The Wilson Christian girls soccer team elevated its record to 3-2 with shutouts on consecutive days, defeating Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian 1-0 on Friday and getting a 2-0 victory at Raleigh Saint Mary’s on Thursday.
Chloe Villaverde had the game winner for Wilson Christian in the final minute versus Hilltop, with Kate Hoskins preserving the clean sheet with five saves.
Against Saint Mary’s, Villaverde and Little each had a goal and an assist. Villaverde put away a first-half goal off Little’s assist, with Little repaying the favor to Villaverde in the second half.
WCA visits Raleigh New Life Storm on Thursday.