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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Bruins claim sweep of Nash Central

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ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Beddingfield High softball team completed the week’s two-game sweep of 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival Nash Central by an 18-4 count Friday evening.

The Lady Bruins erupted for eight runs in the top of the seventh inning in rising to 4-2 in the league and to 13-2 overall. Senior Cassie Dail doubled; freshman Brittany Dudley singled; senior Savannah Barberio doubled and freshman Neleh Bottoms singled in the seventh.

Beddingfield wound up with 16 hits, triggered by Dail at 3-4 with two triples, a double and five RBIs. Bottoms’ 3-for-4 showing included two doubles and two RBIs.

In the circle, senior right-hander Brianna Hale upped her worksheet to 11-2. In pitching the complete game, Hale allowed six hits and two earned runs. She issued one walk and struck out 10.

Beddingfield is scheduled to oppose archrival Hunt in a rematch at 7 p.m. Monday at home, before going against conference foe SouthWest Edgecombe Tuesday (there) and Wednesday (home).

Score by innings:

Beddingfield 300 412 8 18

Nash Central 000 004 0 4

WP-Brianna Hale (11-2) 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO. LP-Jones.

LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Cassie Dail 3-4, 2 3B, 2B, 5 RBI; Neleh Bottoms 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Savannah Barberio 2-4, 2B, RBI; Brittany Dudley 1-1, 2B; Brianna Hale 1-3; Nash Central: Jones 2-4, Shrock 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI.

Lady Rams bull past Hawks 15-1

LAGRANGE — The Greene Central High varsity softball team broke open a tie game Friday night, using a 10-run top of the third inning to seize control and pull away for a 15-1, five-inning win over 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe North Lenoir.

Greene Central (11-5, 6-3 ECC) produced 14 hits and had three players collect three hits. Katelin Uzzell homered and added a pair of doubles as part of a 3-for-4 effort. Her solo home run was her first of the season.

Senior Hannah Burress was 3 for 5 with a triple and three RBIs as Mahkala Jones went 3 for 3 with three RBIs. Aniyah Jones posted a 2-for-3 effort and drove in two runs. Greene Central erupted after a scoreless second inning and scored at least once in every other time at bat.

Freshman Laura Wade pitched the distance for the Lady Rams, allowing six hits. She struck out two and didn’t issue a walk.

Catherine Palmer took the loss for the Hawks, winless in 12 games and nine in ECC play. Only four of the 11 runs charged to the sophomore were earned.

Greene Central stays in ECC play Tuesday, hosting West Craven.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 10(10) 31 15

North Lenoir 100 000 0 1

WP-Laura Wade 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. LP-Catherine Palmer 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 11 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Katelin Uzzell 3-4, 2 2B, HR, RBI, Mahkala Jones 3-3, 3 RBI, Hannah Burress 3-5, 3B, 3 RBI. Aniyah Jones 2-3, 2 RBI

Five unearned runs doom C.B. Aycock

WINTERVILLE — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team was unable to overcome yielding five unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning and dropped a 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina decision to D.H. Conley on Friday evening.

The outcome left the teams deadlocked for second place behind 4-A South Central at 7-2. The Lady Golden Falcons, victorious in the first meeting against Conley, slipped to 13-5 overall.

Highlighting Conley’s five-run third was Lexie Phillips’ two-run double. Phillips then slugged a two-run home run in the fifth.

CBA cut the deficit to 5-3 in the fourth, when senior Hannah Carter rapped a two-run double. Abigail Lassiter collected three of CBA’s eight hits, including a triple.

Senior Cassandra Lassiter (4-2) took the pitching loss for CBA. She allowed but two earned runs.

CBA continues conference play at county rival Eastern Wayne on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 000 300 0 3

D.H. Conley 005 020 x 7

WP-Lexie Vincent 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Cassandra Lassiter (4-2) 6 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB. 0 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abigail Lassiter 3-4, 3B; Hannah Carter 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; D.H. Conley: Lexie Phillips 3-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI; Mary Helen Kirby 2-4.

 

North Johnston powers past FC

KENLY — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s No. 1 varsity softball team wielded its power stroke once again in extending its undefeated run to 19 games Friday night.

Host North Johnston slugged two home runs and two doubles in handing Farmville Central a 10-0 five-inning 2-A Eastern Plains Conference loss.

The Lady Panthers boosted their conference lead to 6-0, while Farmville Central dropped into a second-place tie with Beddingfield at 4-2.

Jordyn Scott and Jada Santiago each slugged a home run, while Emma Scott and Blayke Batten each slammed a double. The homer was Santiago’s eighth and Jordyn Scott’s third.

North Johnston took command with five runs in each of the first two innings. Jordyn Scott batted 2 for 3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Santiago drove in three runs. The Lady Panthers wound up with 12 hits.

In the circle, Amberlynn Pearce stifled the Lady Jaguars on two hits and two walks while striking out six in notching her 13th win. At the plate, Pearce batted 3 for 3.

Score by innings:

Farmville Cent. 000 00 0

North Johnston 550 0x 10

WP-Amberlynn Pearce 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO. LP-Abby Foster 4 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 8 ER,1 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Farmville Central: Sydney Wade 1-2, Ashton Turnage 1-2; North Johnston: Amberlynn Pearce 3-3, Jordyn Scott 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R; Jada Santiago 1-2, HR, 3 RBI, Lexi Godwin 1-1, RBI; Emma Scott 1-2, 2B; Olivia Gachuz 1-2, RBI; Blayke Batten 1-2, 2B.

 

BASEBALL

Bulldogs’ 9-run sixth sinks Bruins

ROCKY MOUNT — For 5 1/3 innings, it appeared as if the Beddingfield High baseball team would have something to say about one of the two currently undefeated teams in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.

However, host Nash Central simply began to hit the baseball, and nine runs and seven hits later in the sixth, the Bruins were denied a chance at a quality victory with a 10-3 loss.

Beddingfield dropped to 7-9 overall and 1-5 in the EPC, while Nash Central moved to 13-7 and remained unbeaten through six conference games. The home-and-away series to potentially decide the league takes place next week, when the Bulldogs and North Johnston engage in their home-and-away series.

“They hit it to where you weren’t standing,” Beddingfield head coach Noah Edens lamented.

Austin Slate took the loss for the Bruins, allowing four hits. Only three of his six runs were earned, but Beddingfield, which held a 3-1 lead into the sixth, did not commit one of its three errors during the Nash Central outburst.

Alston Pittman had three of Beddingfield’s five hits, including an RBI single in the third. In the first, Tyler Godwin’s fielder’s choice groundout plated Slate, who reached on an error.

Nash Central, which had nine hits, was led by two hits each from Trey Whitley and Hunter Robinson, the winning pitcher in a complete-game effort. Robinson stuck out 10.

Beddingfield visits SouthWest Edgecombe on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Beddingfield 102 000 0 3

Nash Central 100 009 0 10

WP-Hunter Robinson 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO. LP-Austin Slate 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Alston Pittman 3-4, RBI, Mann Farmer 1-4, Austin Slate 1-4; Nash Central: Trey Whitley 2-3, Hunter Robinson 2-4, Payton Bass 1-3, 2B, 2 R.

Firebirds muzzle Bulldogs 10-0

PRINCETON —  Entering the final week of 3-A Big East Conference varsity baseball in the regular season, Southern Nash High finds itself clicking on all offensive cylinders.

The Firebirds collected their sixth straight victory and another outing of 10 or more runs, as senior left-hander Alex Noland pitched 6 2/3 innings and only yielded two hits en route to a 10-0 inning victory over Princeton on Friday.

Now 11-9 overall, Southern Nash produced 12 hits and used a five-run sixth inning to put the game away. The Firebirds tacked on two more runs in the seventh as the contest lasted all seven innings.

Leroy Edwards was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs to pace the Southern Nash offense, with Colton Cruz going 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Noland, in holding the 1-A Carolina Conference Bulldogs to two hits, struck out four and walked two before departing to save his pitch count eligibility for next week’s Big East clashes with Rocky Mount.

Will Gurganious took the loss for Princeton (5-9).

Southern Nash concludes the regular season with a pair of games against Rocky Mount, beginning Tuesday on the road. The teams meet again in Stanhope on Thursday. 

 

Score by innings:

Southern Nash 210 005 2 10

Princeton 000 000 0 0

WP-Alex Noland 6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Will Gurganious 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Leroy Edwards 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, Colton Cruz 2-4, 2 RBI, Alex Noland 1-2, 2 RBI, A.J. Jones 1-2, Luke Edwards 1-4, RBI; Princeton: Blake Sapp 1-3, Adam Crocker 1-3.

Falcons lose 4-2 to D.H. Conley

WINTERVILLE — The visiting Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team could scratch out but a pair of hits in dropping a 4-2 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference decision to D.H. Conley on Friday evening.

The second loss this season to the Vikings left CBA at 4-5 in the conference and 15-5 overall. The Golden Falcons continue conference play at Eastern Wayne on Tuesday. Conley climbed to 7-1 against conference foes.

CBA’s only hits against starting Conley right-hander Robbie O’Neal were a single each from Blake Gipson and Carson Smitherman. Clay Matthews drove in both runs on groundouts.

O’Neal, the winner, reached his pitch-count limit of 107 pitches, and reliever Davis Pugh struck out both batters he faced in notching the save.

Hits were also scarce for the Vikings against CBA pitchers Luke Frederick, Cody Whaley and Jordan Gay. Frederick, who lasted 32/3 innings, suffered his first loss against four wins.

Conley’s Jake Lysaght drove in three runs — with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, with being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth and with a triple in the sixth.

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 000 101 0 2

D.H. Conley 100 111 x 4

WP-Robbie O’Neal 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 10 SO. LP-Luke Frederick (4-1) 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO S- Davis Pugh 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Blake Gipson 1-1, Carson Smitherman 1-2; D.H. Conley — Jake Lysaght 1-2, 3B, 3 RBI.

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Lady Warriors fall at Clayton 2-0

CLAYTON — The Hunt High varsity girls soccer team encountered a stern nonconference challenge on the road Friday night in dropping a 2-0 decision at Clayton.

The Comets (11-3-1) of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference, with multiple players receiving interest from NCAA Division I programs, scored once in each half. Janelle Reid struck for Clayton in the opening 40 minutes, with Leah Rodgers following in the second.

Hunt (9-5-2) of the 3-A Big East Conference had two keepers combine to stop 11 shots. Junior Rachael Cox had seven stops, whle senior Madison Parker was credited with four saves.

The Lady Warriors were outshot on frame, 17-8. Armstrong took four shots for Hunt, which visits Greenville Rose in another nonconference test Monday.

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