FRANKLINTON — Despite a solo home run from sophomore Landen Baker, the Southern Nash High varsity baseball team couldn’t keep pace for fourth place in the 3-A Big East Conference standings Thursday night, dropping a 6-3 decision on the road at Franklinton.
With Fike’s 6-0 win over Hunt on Thursday, Southern Nash now sits alone in fifth at 3-5 overall and 2-5 in Big East play. Franklinton remained in a tie for second with Northern Nash, improving to 4-4 in all games. 4-2 within the conference. The Firebirds dropped a 5-2 verdict at home on May 18.
Senior Trey Mizzelle took the loss for the Firebirds on the mound after working six innings. After just four hits against the Red Rams on May 18, the Firebirds offense mustered just three in the finale of the home-and-home series. Senior Isaiah Bland doubled and junior Nathan Kiger singled in his only official plate appearance.
Southern Nash took a 1-0 lead entering the bottom of the second, but the Red Rams struck for two runs and tacked on three more in the fifth.
The Firebirds play again June 1 at home against Northern Nash.
Fike blanks Ladybirds 9-0
Conceding just nine games in singles play, the Fike High girls tennis team had little trouble on the road at Southern Nash on Thursday, cruising to a 9-0 victory over the Ladybirds.
In moving to 5-2 overall and 5-1 within the 3-A Big East Conference, Kathryn Adkins remained unbeaten at No. 2 singles for the Lady Golden Demons at 7-0 by defeating Southern Nash’s Amber Patterson 6-1, 6-0. At No. 1, Caroline Adkins dispatched Rubi Gutierrez by a 6-0, 6-0 margin, with Ashley Pendergrass repeating the feat against Anna Brooks Murray at No. 4.
Mary Thomas Watkins paired with Pendergrass to turn in an 8-0 victory against Maura Kennedy-Anna Brooks Murray at No. 2.
“This was a good win coming at the end of a long week for the girls,” Fike coach Lee Matthews said. “The weather was some of the warmest we have had all year. The girls handled it very well.”
Southern Nash dropped to 0-6, both in Big East play and in all matches.
With exams this week, Fike hosts Franklinton on June 1. Southern Nash is on the road at Northern Nash.
Bailey leads Firebirds in track meet
ROCKY MOUNT — Darin Bailey won two individual events and was part of two victorious relay teams for Southern Nash in a May 19 track and field meet.
Bailey won the 800-meter run and tied teammate T.J. Taybron for first place in the high jump while being part of the Firebirds’ 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Joining him on the 4x400 relay were Taybron, Logan Saunders and Sean Johnson, who won the 400 dash. Bailey’s teammates on the 4x800 were Kelvin Hill, Tanner Baker and Saunders.
Other first-place finishers for the Firebirds were Xavier Horton in shot put and pole vault co-winners Thomas Copeland and Andrew Thompson.
Southern Nash is back in action June 2 at the 3-A Big East Conference championships at Franklinton High.
McCalston leads Firebirds to Nash County Championship
ROCKY MOUNT — Behind Jalen McCalston’s three first-place showings, the Southern Nash High boys track team legged out county supremacy at the 2021 Nash County Championship, contested on the Rocky Mount High campus.
McCalston swept both hurdle events, placing first in the 110-meter and 300 hurdles to go along with a first-place effort in the triple jump.
Host Rocky Mount finished second, with Nash Central and Northern Nash rounding out the field in third and fourth, respectively.
In addition to Darin Bailey’s victory in the 800, Southern Nash relay teams enjoyed extended success with first-place results in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Zyon Nicholson, Thomas Copeland, Zyshone Pearce and Xavien Smith captured the 4x100, with Sean Johnson, Lelyn Herndon, Kahari Caudel and T.J. Taybron finishing first in the 4x400. In the 4x800, Kelvin Hill, Tanner Baker, Bailey and Logan Saunders were the first quartet across the line.
Chasity Hopkins was the only winner for Southern Nash in the girls proceedings, finishing first in the shot put with her throw of 32 feet.
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