The statistics, outside of the final score, don’t necessarily add up to a victory for the Southern Nash High varsity baseball team Thursday night.
The Firebirds mustered just two hits, made four errors and struck out 12 times against Fike pitching.
But when the final out was recorded, Southern Nash had pushed across two sixth-inning runs that proved to be the difference in a 5-3 victory.
In winning their third straight game to reach 3-1 overall and 2-0 within the 3-A Big East Conference, the Firebirds got a one-hit pitching performance from Luke Coble in relief. He struck out three and walked two, holding the Demons (1-3, 0-2 Big East) without a run in the span.
Juniors Zyshone Pearce and A.J. High had one hit each for Southern Nash.
Firebirds sweep relays in tri-meet
Host Southern Nash swept the four relays as part of 12 overall first-place finishes for the Firebirds in the 3-A Big East Conference triangular meet against Franklinton and Northern Nash on May 5.
Senior Xavien Smith won both the 100- and 200-meter sprints and was part of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays for the Firebirds. Darin Bailey was victorious in the 800 and 1,600 runs and anchored the 4x800 relay, while Jalen McClaston won the 110 and 300 hurdles and carried the baton for the winning 4x200 relay unit.
Jordan Vick, part of the 4x200 relay, ruled the triple jump while 4x400 member T.J. Taybron was the high jump victor. Thomas Copeland won pole vault and Domodien Johnson was part of the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
In the girls meet, Southern Nash picked up four individual wins as well as first place in the 4x200 relay. Junior Jadiza Jimenez won the 800 run and shared first place in the high jump with teammate Lilley Clark. Chasity Hopkins won the shot put with a toss of 32 feet, 9.5 inches, which qualifies her for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional meet.
Sophomore Jermia Walker won the pole vault by clearing 7 feet and ran on the victorious 4x200 relay team with Blair Batchelor, Layla Herndon and Vonneshia Harris.
Firebirds top Northern Nash in dual meet
ROCKY MOUNT — In a match with just three actual bouts, Southern Nash seniors Trondayl Newsome and Terrence Raspberry won their matches by fall to trigger a 42-30 victory at 3-A Big East Conference foe Northern Nash on May 5.
The Firebirds, who defeated the Knights in a tri-match the previous week, won five bouts by forfeit while surrendering four. Two weight classes resulted in a double forfeit. Newsome pinned Sammy Huddleston at 220 pounds while Raspberry stopped Major Phillips at 285 pounds.
Firebirds power past Fike 11-3
WILSON — A pair of three-run homers from senior Isaiah Bland and sophomore Landen Baker propelled a pair of four-run innings that sent the Southern Nash High varsity baseball team to an 11-3 victory over Fike in the 3-A Big East Conference opener for both teams at Gilbert Ferrell Field on May 4.
Baker’s homer came in support of his own cause as he tossed five innings and allowed eight hits to pick up the win on the mound. He struck out four and walked one.
Purveyors of nine hits, the Firebirds (2-1) trailed 2-0 after one inning before seniors Luke Coble and Tanner Baker laced RBI singles in the third and fourth innings, respectively.
Junior Zyshone Pearce drove a triple into the gap in right center in the fifth and scored on an error off Coble’s bat. That allowed Bland to come up and smash his three-run homer to right center to put the Firebirds up 6-2.
Southern Nash expanded that margin in the sixth after freshman Blake Strickland had an infield single and Pearce walked. Coble’s sacrifice fly scored Strickland prior to Baker’s three-run shot to left.
The home runs were the first two of the season for the Firebirds.
Tanner Baker finished 2 for 4 at the plate for the Firebirds, who turned three double plays defensively.
Southern Nash led 6-2 in the fifth when a strikeout and pickoff of the Demons ended the inning. In the sixth, Fike loaded the bases with one out, but Coble, working in relief, engineered a strikeout and sprinted home to tag out a runner attempting to score on a passed ball.
Tristan Little took the loss for Fike (1-2), allowing five hits in as many innings. However, only one of his six runs were earned as Little struck out four and walked four.
Fike marches past Ladybirds in Big East opener
WILSON — Host Fike dropped just six games in six singles matches on its way to a 6-0 rain-shortened win over Southern Nash on May 4.
The top three for the Lady Demons — Caroline Adkins, Kathryn Adkins and Mary Thomas Watkins — each won 6-0, 6-0 as Fike swept singles in the 3-A Big East Conference debut for both teams. Doubles were not played due to rain.
It was the first win for Fike, which lost its opener to Greene Central. Southern Nash was playing its first match.
Comets crush Ladybirds 11-1
A tight 1-1 contest in the fifth inning proceeded to get out of hand for the Southern Nash High varsity softball team May 3, with visiting Clayton pushing across four runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth to post an 11-1 victory in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs.
The Ladybirds, seeded No. 7 as champions of the Big East, closed with a 12-2 record as Clayton, the No. 10 seed and the final conference champion to be randomly seeded from the Greater Neuse Conference, climbed to 12-2.
Ricki Bartley, Alissa Bailey, Taylor Bailey, Anna Strickland and Kierstin Cooper played their final games in a Southern Nash uniform.
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