Ladybirds swat away Hunt in 5 innings, 19-1
The Southern Nash High varsity softball team had no trouble notching its 26th straight regular-season victory against 3-A Big East Conference competition Thursday night, staggering Hunt with five runs in the first inning and 12 more in the second to coast to a 19-1 win in five innings.
Southern Nash won its ninth game in a row, reaching the 7-0 plateau in Big East play.
The Ladybirds were focused at the plate early, getting a solo home run from senior Taylor Bailey before freshman Addison Brumfield provided a bases-clearing triple as part of a five-run first for the hosts.
Bailey finished with three hits and drove in three runs, with Brumfield adding three hits and four RBIs.
Seniors Alissa Bailey and Kierstin Cooper tallied two hits each.
Hunt dropped to 3-5, all within conference play. Details were not available for the Lady Warriors.
Hunt rallies past Ladybirds to remain unbeaten
With time perilously ticking away on an unbeaten start to the season for the Hunt High varsity girls soccer team, the Lady Warriors used a furious comeback to get by a determined Southern Nash side on April 21.
Hunt trailed 1-0 as the clock ticked under 6 minutes remaining. But Southern Nash was whistled for a handball in the box, allowing the Lady Warriors to tie it up on a penalty kick. In the 78th minute, Hunt won a scramble around the goal to poke in the game winner and secure the 2-1 decision.
The Lady Warriors stayed undefeated through eight matches, moving to 7-0-1 and 6-0 against 3-A Big East Conference competition.
Freshman Cappa Bunn and junior Kaitlyn Schwartzfager had goals for Hunt, with freshman Eva Fatzaun assisting on the game winner.
Hunt took 28 shots and split goaltending duties between senior Parker Barnes and sophomore Logan Boone.
Barnes had three first-half saves before Boone entered for the second half and did not record a stop.
Southern Nash (5-4, 3-4 Big East) took a 1-0 halftime lead and held it for the majority of the match off a corner kick by junior Kaylin Younes. In goal, senior Kathryn Robinson was credited with “numerous great saves” in keeping the Hunt offense in check.
Hunt doubles up Firebirds 6-3
The Hunt High boys tennis team claimed four of the six singles matches April 21 at Southern Nash before promptly clinching matters in doubles as the Warriors proceeded to a 6-3 victory over the Firebirds.
Hunt climbed to 3-5 — both overall and within the 3-A Big East Conference.
The Warriors picked up singles wins from senior Ben Tong at No. 1 singles, senior Julian Hernandez at No. 3, freshman Alexander Ellis in the No. 4 position and senior Henson Navarette at No. 5.
Hunt claimed the top two doubles flights, with Tong-Ellis turning back the combination of John Shearin-Roan Wachowicz at No. 1 singles. At No. 2, senior Ivan Ponce and Hernandez turned back Southern Nash’s Nathan Kiger-Kavin Bryant by an 8-4 count.
The Firebirds dropped to 1-7 in Big East play and in all matches.
Southern Nash rolls past Northern 16-0
ROCKY MOUNT — Southern Nash rolled to a 16-0 conquest of 3-A Big East Conference varsity softball host Northern Nash on April 20 as junior pitcher Alexa Daniel twirled a five-inning no-hitter while striking out 11.
The Ladybirds remained unbeaten through six Big East tests while improving to 8-1 overall as they banged out 15 hits. With 10 of 11 players to see action collecting a hit, senior Ricki Bartley led the way with a 3-for-4 showing that included a double and three RBIs.
Senior Taylor Bailey was 2 for 3 while also driving in three runs. Alissa Bailey doubled twice in two at-bats and knocked in a run while Alexa Daniel, Kayleigh Bakerman and Addison Brumfield were 1 for 2 with two RBIs each.
Northern Nash exited 1-8 overall and 0-7 in Big East action.
Ladybirds blank Northern Nash 2-0
ROCKY MOUNT — Southern Nash picked up a goal in each half as the Ladybirds held onto third place in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 2-0 defeat of host Northern Nash on April 19.
Amber Patterson scored on a pass from Charlotte Benson for the Ladybirds’ first goal with less than eight minutes to play in the first half. Southern Nash, which advanced to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in Big East play, struggled to put the ball in the net in the second half, despite numerous shots on goal. Jada Zimmerman finally broke through with Layla Austin on the assist.
Southern Nash’s defense was paced by Valerie Velez, Lesli Alonso and Jessica Garcia, along with goalkeeper Kathryn Robinson, who made several saves.
Ladybirds slug Bunn 10-4
BUNN — Southern Nash stepped out of 3-A Big East Conference play April 19 for its final nonconference game, a 10-4 win at 2-A Bunn of the 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
It was the seventh straight win for the Ladybirds after a season-opening loss to Corinth Holders. Southern Nash scored five runs in the top of the first and added two more in the second before the Wildcats (6-3) responded with their four in the bottom of the third inning.
Freshman Ariel Perry stroked a two-run single to highlight the first-inning uprising. Winning pitcher Alexa Daniel roped a run-scoring double while Ricki Bartley and Addison Brumfield each lashed RBI singles in the frame.
Kierstin Cooper smashed a two-run double in the second while Taylor Bailey knocked a two-run double with two out in the fifth. Bartley added another RBI single in the sixth. She and Cooper each had three hits for the Ladybirds.
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