Daniels fans 15 in Ladybirds' rout of Northern Nash
Stepping over from her usual second base position, junior Alexa Daniel proved a mighty force in the pitching circle Thursday night as the Southern Nash High varsity softball team utilized 15 strikeouts from its starter in muting the bats of Northern Nash en route to a 9-0 victory.
Daniel allowed just one hit as Southern Nash improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in Big East play.
Seniors Taylor Bailey and Ricki Bartley led the offensive push for the Ladybirds, with each going 2 for 4.
Daniel had a triple in defense of her own cause, while senior Kierstin Cooper doubled. Senior Alissa Bailey notched a sacrifice fly.
Daniel walked three batters as the Ladybirds offense was responsible for nine total hits.
Northern Nash fell to 1-3 overall and remained winless in Big East play at 0-2.
Ladybirds blank Northern Nash 2-0
ROCKY MOUNT -— Southern Nash rebounded nicely from its rude introduction to 3-A Big East Conference play as the Ladybirds shut down host Northern Nash 2-0 on March 24.
The Ladybirds “had numerous shots on goal and kept the pressure on the Knights defense all game,” said head coach Robbie Kennedy. Both Southern Nash goals came in the first half as Amber Patterson finished a pass from Charlotte Benson for the opening salvo. Benson then drilled a penalty kick for a goal late in the half.
Southern Nash’s defensive effort was led by Layla Austin, Lesli Alonso and Valerie Velez.
Demons sweep Firebirds in conference debut
WILSON — Fike served notice that it’s the team to beat this spring in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 9-0 sweep of Southern Nash on March 23 at the Barton College Tennis Complex.
Freshman Snyder Pearson improved to 3-0 on the season with a straight-set win against Roan Wachowicz at No. 3 singles while junior Oc Bolt won at No. 6 in his first start. Blake Mastman at No. 2 and Dylan Skinner at No. 5 also picked up their first singles wins of the season.
“This was a strong performance throughout the lineup in both singles and doubles,” Fike head coach Lee Matthews said. “Oc picked up a win in his debut in the singles lineup. I was incredibly happy to see Blake and Dylan get their first singles wins after a tough start to their year.”
Firebirds top Red Rams, Gryphons
BUNN — Host Southern Nash won a 3-A Big East Conference tri-match against Franklinton and Rocky Mount at The River Golf and Country Club on March 23.
The Firebirds posted a team score of 193 with Jacob Kearney leading the way with a 44. Levy Brantley and Carson Winstead shot a 46 and 47, respectively.
Lady Demons rip Ladybirds in Big East debut
WILSON — With sophomore Lily Stegall leading the way, Fike poured in nine goals for the second straight match to start this season, this time vicitimizing visiting Southern Nash 9-0 in the 3-A Big East Conference opener March 22.
Stegall scored three goals and handed out an assist while Lady Demons freshman Erin Pope scored twice and made an assist as Fike rose to 2-0. The Ladybirds suffered their first loss in three outings.
Sophomore Avery Lentz got Fike started when she volleyed in classmate Ashlyn Brunetti’s corner kick in the 12th minute. It was the first of four assists for Brunetti.
Pope finished a low cross from senior Kendall Harris in the 20th minute and freshman Mallory Jenkins dropped in another corner by Brunetti before Stegall struck for back-to-back goals a minute apart with Jenkins giving the assist on the second.
Second-half goals for Fike came from senior Payton Lentz, Stegall, Pope and Lanie Jinks while Jessica Avery assisted on Stegall’s last goal.
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