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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Bruins spill North Johnston, 5-1

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Sophomore Lynsey Reason knocked in a pair of goals to lead the Beddingfield High girls soccer team to a 5-1 2-A Eastern Plains Conference upset of visiting North Johnston on Wednesday evening.

Reason scored both goals in the first half as the Lady Bruins of head coach Daniel Maravi vaulted to 4-3 in the conference and handed North Johnston just its second EPC loss against five wins. The Lady Panthers slipped to 6-8-1 overall.

One of Reason’s goals came on a penalty kick, and she notched an assist on the final Beddingfield goal, knocked in by junior Jasa’ray Pope.

Also netting a goal each from juniors Ashley Alarcon and junior Evelyn Tovar. Lady Bruins goalkeeper Shayla Ward was credited with seven saves.

Olivia Hill accounted for the North Johnston goal.

Ladybirds defeated by Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High girls soccer team was dealt a 7-1 road loss by Rocky Mount on Wednesday night.

The Ladybirds averted a shutout on a goal from freshman Jada Simmerman that was assisted by sophomore Eliza Hernandez.

The outcome left Southern Nash at 0-9 in the 3-A Big East Conference and 0-15 against all foes.

SOFTBALL

Hales, Lady Bruins blank SWE again

Senior Brianna Hale pitched her fifth shutout of the week as the Beddingfield blanked visiting SouthWest Edgecombe 8-0 in 2-A Eastern Plains Conference varsity softball action Wednesday evening.

Hale gave up four hits, walked three and struck out seven in running her season record to 13-2 as the Lady Bruins moved to 15-2 overall and 6-2 in conference games. Both Beddingfield losses came against EPC leader and unbeaten North Johnston. The Lady Cougars dipped to 7-10 in all games and 2-6 in conference with their second shutout loss to Beddingfield this week. The Lady Bruins won 9-0 Monday in Pinetops.

Chloe Radford led Beddingfield’s 14-hit offensive attack with a 4-for-4 showing that included a double and an RBI. Cassie Dail popped a pair of doubles in four at-bats and knocked in a run while Savannah Barberio was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Hale and Karissa Hayes each went 2 for 4 while Hayes collected an RBI.

Megan Deal, who was the losing pitcher, singled three times in four at bats to lead SouthWest.

Beddingfield concludes the regular season next week with a game at Farmville Central on Tuesday before hosting the Lady Jaguars on Thursday.

Score by innings:

SW Edgecombe 000 000 0 — 0

Beddingfield 050 102 x — 8

WP-Brianna Hale (13-2) 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 SO. LP-Megan Deal 6 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — SW Edgecombe: Megan Deal 3-4; Beddingfield: Cassie Dail 2-4, 2 2Bs, RBI; Chloe Radford 4-4, 2B, RBI; Savannah Barberio 2-3, 2 RBIs; Brianna Hale 2-4; Karissa Hayes 2-4, RBI.

Lady Demons thump North Lenoir 19-2

LAGRANGE — Fike High tuned up for Thursday’s 3-A Big East Conference varsity showdown with Hunt by shellacking host North Lenoir 19-2 in five innings on Wednesday.

The Lady Demons rapped out 13 hits and benefited from 12 walks issued by Lady Hawks pitchers in upping their record to 14-5.

Junior Taylor Little pitched the last three innings in relief to pick up the victory in her first decision, allowing both runs on two hits and seven walks while striking out three. She also went 2 for 2 at the plate and scored four times.

Senior Bailee Summerlin’s 3-for-3 showing paced the Lady Demons. She doubled and drove in four runs while senior Michaela Lockridge was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Lindsey Curlings doubled and drove in a run as part of a 2-for-4 effort.

Fike, 7-1 and tied for first place with Southern Nash in the Big East, will welcome the Lady Warriors on Thursday. The Lady Demons still have to make up a game with Northern Nash that was rained out Tuesday. Head coach Josh Jenkins said there hasn’t been a makeup date set yet.

“We’re playing at an extremely high level,” Jenkins said after Fike’s fourth straight win. “Tonight was a good night. Taylor pitched well and we hit the ball good.”

The Lady Demons will be without junior starting pitcher Leann Pittman, who suffered an ankle injury in the second game of last Thursday’s doubleheader sweep of Rocky Mount.

Score by innings:

Fike 552 43 — 19

North Lenoir 001 01 — 2

WP-Taylor Little (1-0) 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 BB, 3 SO. LP-Palmer.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Bailee Summerlin 3-3, 2B, 4 RBIs; Michaela Lockridge 3-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Lindsey Curlings 2-4, 2B, RBI; Taylor Little 2-4, 4 R; Sabrina Holley 2-2, 2 R.

Ladybirds shut out another opponent

ROCKY MOUNT — The visiting Southern Nash High varsity softball team triumphed via a shutout for the fourth consecutive game Wednesday night.

And in blanking county rival Northern Nash 13-0 in five innings, the Ladybirds climbed back into a tie for the 3-A Big East Conference lead with Fike at 7-1.

With a 17-4 overall record, Southern Nash ends the regular season with a pair of conference tests — at home against Franklinton at 6 p.m. Thursday and at Rocky Mount on Friday.

Sophomore Carrigan Ewers and freshman Kiersten Cooper combined to blank the Lady Knights on two hits and notch 11 strikeouts.

Ewers also asserted her presence at the plate, blasting her first high school home run — a two-run shot in the fourth inning — and finishing with a pair of hits. Senior Lauren Fassnacht batted 3 for 4, while junior Caroline Winstead, sophomore Elisabeth Collie and freshman Taylor Bailey each hit safely twice. Ewers and Bailey each drove in three runs.

Score by innings:

Southern Nash 051 25 — 13

Northern Nash 000 00 — 0

WP-Carrigan Ewers.

LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Lauren Fassnacht 3-4, Carrigan Ewers 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI; Caroline Winstead 2 hits, Elisabeth Collie 2 hits, Taylor Bailey 2 hits, 3 RBI.

Lady Rams edge Farmville Central

FARMVILLE — Greene Central stepped outside the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference to rally to a 5-4 victory against host Farmville Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Wednesday.

The Lady Rams owned a 2-0 lead until Farmville Central struck for two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Greene Central pulled out the nonconference win with three runs in the sixth inning.

AbbyBurress batted 2 for 2 and drove in a run for Greene Central (12-5). Makhala Jones collected two hits and Elexie Sutton doubled and drove in a run in two at-bats.

In the circle, Hannah Burress tossed the win, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. She issued just one walk and struck out eight.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 101 003 0 — 5

Farmville Cent. 000 220 0 — 4

WP-Hannah Burress 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO. LP-Gracen Terrell 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Abby Burress 2-2, RBI; Makhala Jones 2-4, Elexie Sutton 1-2, 2B, RBI; Farmville Central: Caroline Breault 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Abby Foster 2-4, 2B; Matalyn Baxter 1-3, 2B.

BOYS GOLF

Herring, Hendricks spark Fike’s romp

Behind the one-two punch of freshman Jake Herring and senior Johnathan Hendricks, the Fike High boys golf team left no doubt about its supremacy in repeating as the Wilson County champion Wednesday afternoon at Wilson Country Club.

Herring, the 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year, fired a 3-under-par 69 (34-35) and Hendricks carded a career low of 38-39—77 as Fike fired a season-best 318 for its low four individuals and claimed the championship by a whopping 50 shots. Herring was proclaimed the individual champion, while Hendricks emerged the runner-up.

Hunt finished the team runner-up at 368, while Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference shot 429.

Herring birdied Nos. 2, 7 and 11 in a bogey-free round, while Hendricks birdied Nos. 5 and 7.

The Golden Demons of coach Glenn Jones also counted a 41-43—84 from sophomore Warren Matthews and a 46-42—88 from sophomore Ryan Richardson. Matthews and Richardson each complemented with one of their best showings of the season. Matthews birdied No. 2 and Richardson birdied No. 17. Senior Adam Pendergrass came in at 47-42—89.

Senior Christopher Clark played the back nine at even par in pacing Hunt with a 43-36—79. Clark birdied Nos. 12, 13 and 14. Sophomore Garrett Johnson came in with a 90.

Leading Beddingfield was Matt Ellis with a 48-42—90. Ellis birdied No. 9.

The afternoon’s other birdie was posted by Hunt’s Adam Dermer on No. 4.

TEAM SCORES

Fike 318

Hunt 368

Beddingfield 429

FIKE (318)

Jake Herring 34-35—69

Johnathan Hendricks 38-39—77

Warren Matthews 41-43—84

Ryan Richardson 46-42—88

Adam Pendergrass 47-42—89

Luke Gregory 51-56—107

HUNT (368)

Chris Clark 43-36—79

Garrett Johnson 44-46—90

Adam Dermer 46-50—96

Phillip Currie 56-51—107

Clay Williams 51-52—103

Sam Guthrie 55-48—103

BEDDINGFIELD (429)

Matt Ellis 48-42—90

Zack Reaves 57-56—113

Dylan Pollock 60-52—112

Tyler Bissette 59-55—114

Logan Pierce 66-72—138

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