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AREA ROUNDUP: Melton, Sullivan hurl Golden Demons past West Carteret

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MOREHEAD CITY — Fike High managed just four hits in Friday’s nonconference varsity baseball game at West Carteret but that was enough for the Golden Demons to get a 5-2 victory thanks to the combined effort of senior Jaelynn Melton and Tanner Sullivan on the mound.

Melton, a senior right-hander who has signed with Brunswick Community College, gave up just two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out seven to pick up his second win against one loss. Sullivan slammed the door on the 3-A Coastal Conference Patriots with two shutout innings for his first save.

Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference rose to 5-2 while West Carteret lost for the first time in four games.

Fike scored in the top of the first inning when junior Zach Pittman drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored when Hunter Stokely’s grounder was misplayed by the Patriots first baseman. The Demons added two more on Garrett Browder’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the second after West Carteret starting pitching Davis Tyndall walked the bases full, two of his eight free passes on the game.

Fike went up 3-0 in the top of the fourth when Pittman walked, took third on Browder’s single and scored on a wild pitch. After the Patriots touched Melton for a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, Fike got one back with an unearned marker in the sixth.

Sullivan pitched around a pair of walks in the seventh.

The Demons will start Big East play at home Monday evening against Southern Nash.

Score by innings:

Fike 120 101 0 — 5

West Carteret 000 200 0 — 2

WP-Jaelynn Melton (2-1) 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO. LP-Davis Tyndall 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 3 SO. S-Tanner Sullivan 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Garrett Browder 2-4, 2 RBIs; Trevor Mills 2-4, R. West Carteret: Dixon Guthrie 1-3, RBI; Christian Garner 1-3.

SOFTBALL

Lady Demons subdue Lady Jaguars 8-1

Junior Kaylin Terry led an 11-hit offense for the Fike High varsity softball team Friday night, going 4 for 4 with two runs batted in on the way to a 4-3 nonconference victory over Farmville Central.

The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Golden Demons (4-3) expanded on a two-run lead in the bottom of the fourth, plating four runs. Freshman Caitlyn Graziani, junior LeAnn Pittman and sophomore Hailey Hammonds all had two hits.

Pittman doubled and drove in a run, while sophomore Lydia Hunt had a run-scoring triple as part of a two-RBI performance.

Pittman tossed five innings of four-hit softball to earn the win, yielding just an unearned run in the third. She struck out four and walked two.

“Tonight was one of our better nights moving girls around,” Fike head coach Josh Jenkins said.

Farmville Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference fell to 2-3. Gracen Terrell took the loss for the Lady Jaguars, working 4 1/3 innings and yielding 11 of Fike’s 12 hits. Five of her eight runs were earned. The teams combined for eight errors, three charged to Fike.

The Lady Demons open Big East play Monday, hosting Southern Nash.

Score by innings:

Farmville Central 001 000 0 — 1

Fike 210 410 0 — 8

WP-LeAnn Pittman (3-3) 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. LP-Gracen Terrell 4 1/3 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Kaylin Terry 4-4, 2 RBI, Caitlyn Graziani 2-4, 2B, LeAnn Pittman 2-2, 2B, RBI, Hailey Hammonds 2-3, Lydia Hunt 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI.

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