AREA ROUNDUP: Wells’ complete game boosts Hunt to win over North Johnston

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KENLY — The need to get extra outs did not faze Hunt High senior right-hander Tyler Wells on Friday night.

Facing North Johnston in nonconference action, Wells overcame a quartet of Warrior errors, effectively locating a mix of three pitches to turn in a complete game and guide Hunt to a 6-4 victory.

“I’m proud of Tyler,” Hunt head coach Jon Smith said. “He had his fastball, curveball and changeup working. I think North Johnston is a good hitting team, and Tyler didn’t let the defense frustrate him.”

Wells struck out four and walked one, with none of his four runs being earned on 89 pitches. The Warriors (4-3) of the 3-A Big East Conference outhit the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Panthers (3-2) 9-3.

Manufacturing quality at-bats against North Johnston hurler Trey Whitley proved key, with three Hunt players collecting two hits. Wells aided his cause with a pair of run-scoring singles in the second and fourth innings. Senior Hunter Barnes was 1 for 4 with an RBI double in the second.

Joining Wells with two hits were senior Dallas Kemp and sophomore Tyson Bass. Kemp doubled, while Bass produced a run. Smith noted Hunt’s approaches at the plate, particularly senior Dominic Gaetano, whose pair of walks coaxed from Whitley led to runs.

Whitley, a senior, was 2 for 3 at the plate with a triple and a pair of runs scored for North Johnston.

Hunt begins Big Easr play Monday as it hosts Northern Nash at Sid Boyette Field. North Johnston remains out of conference Monday, traveling to South Granville.

Score by innings:

Hunt 021 200 1 — 6

North Johnston 111 001 0 — 4

WP-Tyler Wells (2-0) 7 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. LP-Trey Whitley.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Dallas Kemp 2-4, 2B, Tyson Bass 2-3, R, Tyler Wells 2-3, 2 RBI, R, Hunter Barnes 1-4, 2B, RBI; North Johnston 2-3, 3B, 2 R.

No. 1 CBA handed first loss by Rose

GREENVILLE — One tumultuous half inning coupled with the silencing of bats combined to hand the Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team its first loss of the season Friday.

Ranked No. 1 among North Carolina High School Athletic Association teams by N.C. Baseball Coaches Association, the Golden Falcons were held to just two hits in a 5-0 loss to 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Greenville Rose at Guy Smith Stadium.

“They got four runs early and we hit some balls hard right at them,” CBA head coach Allen Thomas said. “Their pitcher threw strikes.”

Rose, ranked No. 4 in 3-A by the NCBCA, remained unbeaten through five games, three in the ECC.

Clay Stanley, a junior right-hander, pitched a complete game and held CBA to a pair of singles. He struck out seven and walked one. Senior Blake Gipson, the losing pitcher, and senior Nolan Harrell had CBA’s hits.

After three consecutive singles in the bottom of the first, Grant Jarman’s two-run triple was the highlight of the Rose first inning. The Rampants tacked on another run in the fifth.

Gipson, who didn’t allow another hit until the fifth, allowed six hits. He struck out three and didn’t allow a walk.

Anthony Saieed and Bobby Wacker were each 2 for 3 for Rose.

CBA is home to face D.H. Conley on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 000 000 0 — 0

J.H. Rose 400 010 0 — 5

WP-Clay Stanley 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO. LP-Blake Gipson (1-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Blake Gipson 1-3, Nolan Harrell 1-3; Greenville Rose: Anthony Saieed 2-3, Bobby Wacker 2-3.

Rams rout Vikings in 5 innings

KINSTON — Using a six-run first inning, the Greene Central High varsity baseball team got off to a fast start Friday and cruised to a 12-0, five-inning win over 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent Kinston.

The Rams (3-2, 1-1 ECC) scored in every inning but the second and produced nine hits. Juniors Jalen Conner and Dylan Benton each had two hits and drove in runs. Benton doubled. Zack Taylor started and tossed three innings, giving up both Kinston hits. Taylor struck out five and didn’t allow a walk.

Kieren Hooker took the loss for the Vikings, winless through four games, including two in ECC play. The Vikings committed four errors.

Greene Central hosts North Lenoir on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 602 13 — 12

Kinston 000 00 — 0

WP-Zack Taylor 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO. LP-Kieren Hooker 4 IP, 6 H, 9 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Jalen Conner 2-3, RBI, Dylan Benton 2-4, 2B, RBI; Kinston: Dion Hooker 1-1, Hashim Coward 1-2.

Demons fall in 10 at Southern Wayne

DUDLEY — Braxton Bradshaw’s two-out double scored Southern Wayne teammate Dylan Whitley with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday, ending the three-hour marathon and the Fike High varsity baseball team’s four-game winning streak with a 4-3 nonconference victory.

The Golden Demons (4-2) tied the game at 3-3 on Hunter Stokely’s bases-loaded walk in the top of the sixth inning but managed just four base runners the rest of the way. Jack Casbarro, who came in for Saints starter Justin Edwards in the fifth, picked up with win as he allowed three hits and three walks. Chad Bean, Fike’s third pitcher, got the loss. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and and walking three while striking out four.

The 3-A Big East Conference Demons scored first in the top of the second when Justice Lynn roped a two-out triple and, after a catcher’s interference call and a base on balls, scored when Fike junior Garrett Browder was hit by a pitch.

The 3-A Saints of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference responded with all three of their runs in the bottom of the second against Fike starter Trevor Mills, who lasted four innings.

Mills drilled a solo home run in the third inning before Fike tied the score at 3-3 in the sixth. Mills, Browder and Lynn each had a pair of hits for Fike.

Score by innings:

Fike 010 011 000 0 — 3

Southern Wayne 030 000 000 1 — 4

WP-Jack Casbarro 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO. LP-Chad Bean 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Fike: Trevor Mills 2-4, HR, RBI; Garrett Browder 2-5; Justice Lynn 2-4, 3B. Southern Wayne: Braxton Bradshaw 2-5, RBI; Dylan Whitley 2-5; Jack Casbarro 1-2, RBI.

CCS rally falls short against Oakwood

Despite a sixth-inning surge to pull within a run, the Community Christian School varsity baseball team was left still in search of its first victory Thursday following a 9-8 loss to 1-A Coastal Independents Conference foe Oakwood.

Trailing 9-4 entering the bottom of the sixth, CCS pushed across four runs to close to within the final score. But after holding Oakwood (1-1) scoreless in the seventh, the Cyclones could not muster a response in the bottom half.

CCS, which was outhit 11-7, struck out 14 times against Oakwood pitching. Three players had two hits for CCS, including junior Drew Oliver, sophomore Thomas Lane and freshman Lawson Summerlin. Lane was 2 for 4 with a triple and a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

Oliver, the losing pitcher, was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two runs batted in. Oliver pitched four innings, allowing six hits. He struck out two and walked one, with two of his three runs being earned.

Austin Goins, who led Oakwood offensively with a 3-for-4 showing, picked up the mound win. He worked two innings without allowing a CCS hit, recording three strikeouts and a walk. He allowed an unearned run.

Jermaine Smith was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored for Oakwood.

CCS remains in conference play Tuesday, visiting Kerr-Vance Academy.

Score by innings:

Oakwood 204 102 0 — 9

CCS 103 004 0 — 8

WP-Austin Goins 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP-Drew Oliver 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — CCS: Drew Oliver 2-3, 2 RBI, Thomas Lane 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, Lawson Summerlin 2-3, RBI; Oakwood: Austin Goins 3-4, 2 RBI, Evan Kiess 2-4, Jermaine Smith 2-4, 3 RBI.


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.

GC’s Burress, Wade no-hit Kinston

SNOW HILL — After being shut out by Washington in its 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference opener, the Greene Central High varsity softball team responded by muting the bats of Kinston.

Senior Hannah Burress and freshman Laura Wade combined for a no-hitter Friday afternoon while the Lady Rams’ offense ignited for 20 hits in a 17-0, five-inning victory.

Greene Central, in improving to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in ECC play, posted eight runs in the top of the fifth to bring forth the 10-run rule.

Burress started and struck out six before yielding to Wade in the third, who also struck out six.

Madison Holloman, Mahkala Jones and sophomore Daly Keel all collected three hits. All of Keel’s base hits were doubles. Aniyah Jones was 3 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBIs.

Burress tripled and drove in a quartet of runs.

Greene Central hosts North Lenoir on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

Greene Central 441 08 — 17

Kiinston 000 00 — 0

WP-Hannah Burress (4-1) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Greene Central: Madison Holloman 3-4, 2 RBI, Mahkala Jones 3-5, RBI, 2B, Daly Keel 3-5, 3 2B, RBI, Aniyah Jones 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, Hannah Burress 1-4, 3B, 4 RBI.

CBA’s Lassiter, Martin no-hit Rose

GREENVILLE — Four different players tallied three hits, and the combination of senior Cassandra Lassiter and sophomore Brianna Martin combined to produce a no-hitter for the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team in a 27-0, five-inning win against overmatched Greenville Rose on Friday.

CBA, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, climbed to 5-1 overall and 2-0 within conference play, scoring in every inning but the third.

Lassiter threw the first two innings, striking out four without a walk before yielding to Martin, who walked one and struck out another.

Lassiter, senior Taylor Puetz, sophomore Logan Medlin and Kaitlyn Smith all had three hits. Medlin launched a three-run homer, her first of 2018, as part of CBA’s eight-run first inning. Puetz, bound for the University of North Carolina, was 3 for 6.

CBA visits D.H. Conley on Tuesday.

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 8(10)0 27 — 27

J.H. Rose 000 00 — 0

WP-Cassandra Lassiter 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Cassandra Lassiter 3-6, Taylor Puetz 3-6, Logan Medlin 3-6, HR, 4 RBI, Kaitlyn Smith 3-4.

Hunt bats stay potent, rout NC

ROCKY MOUNT — It isn’t the offense that concerns first-year Hunt High varsity softball head coach Miguel Hall. He just wants to find outs and pound the strike zone.

The Lady Warriors put their propensity for extra-base hitting on display again Thursday night against former 3-A Big East Conference foe Nash Central, with JuliAnne Etheridge and McKenzie House each contributing bases-loaded, inside-the-park home runs to lead to big innings and a resounding 19-6 Lady Warriors win.

Hunt (3-4) produced nine hits, with House getting her bases-clearing, inside-the-parkk homer in the third. Etheridge followed as part of a seven-run fifth inning for Hunt, her second homer of 2018. The Lady Warriors tacked on five more runs in the top of the fifth to bring forth the mercy rule.

House also tripled for Hunt, while Brianna Moore was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. Brittany Glover earned the win in the pitching circle, allowing four hits and an earned run. She struck out three and didn’t give up a walk.

Cana Shrock, who was 2 for 4 for Nash Central (0-5), was the losing pitcher. Five of her seven runs were earned in three innings of work. Kelsie Aycock was 2 for 4 with a run batted in for the Lady Bulldogs, now affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

Hunt kicks off Big East play Monday when it hosts Northern Nash.

Score by innings:

Hunt 014 275 — 19

Nash Central 010 041 — 6

WP-Brittany Glover (3-2) 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. LP-Cana Shrock 3 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: McKenzie House 2-4, 4RBI, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, Brianna Moore 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, Skylar Yarolin 2-2, RBI, JuliAnne Etheridge 1-3, HR, 4 RBI; Nash Central: Cana Shrock 2-4, Kelsie Aycock 2-4, RBI.

North Johnston HRs sink Lady Falcons

KENLY — Home runs off the bats of Jordan Scott and Jada Santiago in the bottom of the seventh inning powered North Johnston to a 5-2 nonconference victory against visiting Charles B. Aycock in a showdown of area varsity softball powers Thursday night.

The Lady Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference stretched their undefeated start to four games, while 3-A CBA of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference lost for the first time in five outings.

CBA and sophomore right-handed pitcher Marie Kidd clung to a 2-1 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh.

But Scott, the No. 9 hitter, promptly tied the score with her solo homer. A single by Blayke Batten and an error set the stage for Santiago’s walk-off, three-run circuit smash.

“They are a very good team,” CBA head coach LaVon Matthews said of North Johnston. “They swing the bats well. We didn’t swing the bats well, but we played better defense than usual. It was a great ball game.”

Matthews noted he intentionally walked Santiago once but declined to do so in the seventh with base runners at first and second. He reasoned walking Santiago and loading the bases would have left his team vulnerable to losing on a wild pitch or passed ball.

Senior Taylor Puetz, who batted 3 for 3, singled in CBA’s first inning run. The Lady Golden Falcons upped their lead to 2-0 with an unearned run in the fourth. North Johnston bounced back with a run in the fifth.

Lady Panthers pitcher Amberlynn Pearce stopped CBA on four hits and one earned run. She walked two and struck out eight. For CBA, Kidd allowed seven hits, four earned runs and four walks. She had one strikeout.

Senior Cassandra Lassiter doubled for the other CBA hit. Batten and Santiago each batted 2 for 3 for the Lady Panthers.

CBA returns to conference play at 5 p.m. Friday at Greenville Rose.

Score by innings:

C.B. Aycock 100 100 0 — 2

North Johnston 000 010 4 — 5

WP-Amberlynn Pearce 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO. LP-Marie Kidd 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO.

LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Taylor Puetz 3-3, Cassandra Lassiter 1-3, 2B; North Johnston: Blayke Batten 2-3, Jada Santiago 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Jordan Scott 1-2, HR.


CBA blanked by Rose 6-0

PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls soccer team remained winless against 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference competition Thursday with a 6-0 loss to Greenville Rose.

Juliana Chaires-Marin and McKinsey Walter each scored twice for the Lady Rampants (2-3-1). Close Pascasio and April Zeng had the other tallies for Rose, a 4-A ECC member.

CBA, which fell to 2-3-1 overall and 0-2 in ECC play, had seven combined saves. Five came from sophomore Taylor Smith. Junior Mckenzie Norris added two more.

CBA steps out of conference Tuesday to host West Johnston.

North Johnston denied first win

SMITHFIELD — Victory continued to elude the North Johnston High varsity girls soccer team in the form of a 4-1 nonconference loss to 3-A host Smithfield-Selma on Thursday.

The Lady Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference dipped to 0-4-1 in all matches.

Senior Barrett Davis netted the North Johnston goal on an assist from junior Maira Teruel.

Lady Panthers goalkeeper Melissa Reyess, a freshman, was kept busy with 18 saves.

North Johnston coach Jody Edwards described the tough non-conference schedule as excellent preparation for conference play that kicks off in two weeks.


CBA beats Rose in extras

PIKEVILLE — The Charles B.Aycock High baseball team used a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off with a 4-3 win over Greenville Rose on Friday afternoon.

CBA (2-4, 1-1 ECC) produced six hits, with freshman Cullen Tucker going 2 for 4.

Sophomore Seth Shepard was the winner in relief, working the final three innings and allowing just one hit. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Cyclones drop opener to NEC Prep

TARBORO — The Community Christian School baseball team opened its 2018 season Thursday afternoon with an 8-5 loss to North East Carolina Prep.

Sophomore Thomas Lane, freshman Jacob Harper and seventh grader Noah Pierce all singled for CCS.

Rylan Gay, a seventh grader, took the loss for CCS on the mound, working three innings and allowing four hits. However, none of his five runs were earned as CCS was guilty of three errors. Gay struck out four and walked two.

The Cyclones visit Kerr-Vance Academy on Tuesday.