Ladybirds rally past Fike to keep Big East streak intact
WILSON — Standing just nine outs away from seeing its 23-game winning streak against 3-A Big East Conference competition snapped, the Southern Nash High varsity softball team orchestrated a thrilling rally over the final three innings to secure a 10-7 win at Fike on Thursday night.
Southern Nash, which improved to 6-1 overall and 5-0 within Big East play, pounded out 12 hits and opened its comeback bid in the fifth via a steal of home by senior Ricki Bartley. The Barton College signee lashed one of three triples in the Southern Nash half of the sixth for a five-run outburst. Senior Taylor Bailey, who was 4 for 5 with a pair of triples and an RBI, hit a three-bagger in the sixth alongside freshman Addison Brumfield.
Freshman Ariel Perry added a run-scoring single in the sixth to stake the Ladybirds to a 9-7 cushion against Fike junior hurler Jada Lamm. In the seventh, Bailey tripled again and touched home on a wild pitch to cap the scoring.
Senior Kierstin Cooper, also a Barton signee, struck out 14 and allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort.
Fike (2-5, 2-4 Big East) had five hits, led by the 2-for-4 effort of senior Lindsey Curlings. Senior Ashley Pendergrass was 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.
Lamm struck out nine and walked seven for the Lady Demons, with just five of her 10 runs being earned.
Ladybirds edge Lady Demons in tri-match
WILSON — Freshman Bree Council continued her march on the 3-A Big East Conference girls medalist as her Fike High team maintained its grip on first place through four weekly matches.
Council fired a 41 for the low score during an April 14 nine-hole tri-match at Willow Springs Country Club. However, that wasn’t good enough to get the win for the Lady Demons as Southern Nash clipped Fike by a stroke, 139-140, while Hunt took third with a 145.
The Ladybirds were led by the day’s runner-up, Mackenzie Gamble, with a 43. Also scoring for Southern Nash were Madeline Lockhart with a 44 and Tabatha Tomaszewski with a 52.
Morgan Harold posted a 48 and Rachel Thomason came in with a 51 to round out Fike’s scoring while Hunt was led by Anna Brooke Taylor, who tied Lockhart for third place with a 44. Ashton Barnes posted a 49 and Allison Boykin and Kathryn Willoughby each shot a 52 for the Lady Warriors.
Also playing for Fike were Avery Briley (52) and Kelsey Miller (54) while Hunt’s remaining scores were Anna Coleman (54), Alexis Winbourne (56) and Trista Waddell (57).
Fike clips Southern Nash 1-0
Overcoming a defensive alignment designed to prevent dangerous shots inside the 18-yard box, the Fike High varsity girls soccer team rebounded from an April 13 loss to archrival Hunt by turning in a 1-0 victory over Southern Nash on Thursday afternoon.
Fike opened the second half of 3-A Big East Conference play by moving to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while the Ladybirds, who lost 9-0 at Fike on March 22, dipped to 4-3 in all games. Southern Nash sits 2-3 in Big East play, good for third place.
Demons blank Firebirds in conference clash
A rain shower that delayed the start of the match about a half hour was the only blemish on Fike’s 9-0 win at Southern Nash on April 13.
The Golden Demons are unbeaten in five 3-A Big East Conference matches and 6-1 overall, while the Firebirds fell to 1-5 in both.
Remaining unbeaten in singles play for Fike were freshman Snyder Pearson (7-0), senior Cole Peterson (6-0) and junior Oc Bolt (5-0).
Ladybirds alone atop Big East
Southern Nash broke open a tight game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat visiting Franklinton 8-4 on April 13.
The win left the Ladybirds, who improved to 5-1 overall, as the last unbeaten team in the 3-A Big East Conference at 4-0 as the Red Rams dropped to 3-1 in both instances. Franklinton is tied with Rocky Mount for second place.
Senior Kierstin Cooper, who has signed with Barton College, went the distance in the pitching circle. She struck out 14 and gave up three hits.
Alexa Daniel was 3 for 3 with a double to pace the Ladybirds at the plate while Anna Strickland was 2 for 3 with a two-run double in the first inning. Taylor Bailey tripled, while Addison Brumfield and Ricki Bartley, another Barton signee, had RBI singles in the sixth.
Warriors, Firebirds bow to Franklinton
WAKE FOREST — Playing on its home course at Brevofield Golf Links, the Franklinton boys golf team carved out a win against Hunt and Southern Nash in a 3-A Big East Conference tri-match April 13.
The Red Rams posted a team score of 170 while the Warriors were second at 178 and the Firebirds last with 181.
Southern Nash was led by Jacob Kearney with a 39, good enough for first place in the nine-hole match while the Firebirds also counted scores by Levy Brantley (42) and Carson Winstead. Also competing for Southern Nash were Andrew Thompson (56) and Landon Turner (58).
No individual scores for Hunt and Franklinton were available.
Benson hat trick propels Ladybirds
A hat trick by freshman Charlotte Benson fueled a 4-1 victory for her Southern Nash team in an April 12 home match against 3-A Big East Conference visitor Franklinton.
Amber Patterson also scored for the Ladybirds, who evened their Big East worksheet at 2-2 and rose to 4-2 overall. Patterson, Vanessa Velez and Jessica Garcia each doled out an assist while Maura Kennedy, Brenda Martinez and Layla Austin spearheaded the defense.
The Red Rams exited 1-4 overall.
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