AREA ROUNDUP SSS keeps Warriors winless in nonconference play
Posted on May 8, 2021
As Hunt High turns its focus to its final spring in 3-A Big East Conference varsity baseball, the Warriors got a taste of what awaits them in the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference in a 7-6 loss Friday to visiting Smithfield-Selma.
The Spartans of the Greater Neuse erupted for four runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead and freshman reliever Reddick Kent held the Warriors scoreless the last two innings to get the save. Reliever Nick Worrell took the loss for Hunt, which finished 0-4 against nonconference foes and is 2-4 overall. With only conference games affecting teams’ chances for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs, the four losses are less of a concern to head coach Jon Smith than how his Warriors played.
“I wanted to play and I’m glad the rain held off,” Smith said. “We’re still trying to develop some depth in some spots. I thought (starting pitcher) Gabe (Cook) and Nick thew the ball pretty good and some guys swung the bats well.”
Smithfield-Selma (2-1) scored all of its runs in two innings with three off Cook in the third and four off Worrell in the sixth. The Warriors piled up 10 hits but Smith said “a bunch” of runners stranded on base contributed to their downfall. Drew Wells and Luke Dilda rapped RBI singles for Hunt in the fifth. Jason Mercer, Wells and Dilda each had two hits for Hunt.
Now the Warriors can focus on Big East games, starting with two huge ones this week against Southern Nash, which is 2-0 along with Hunt and Franklinton. The Firebirds are coming off two wins against Fike, the Big East champion each of the two previous seasons.
Smith said that with nearly all of the 2020 season being wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he and the other coaches are unfamiliar with the opposing teams since most of the players were on junior varsity teams the last time Big East teams played each other.
“It’s such a strange deal because usually you’ve got some data from previous years and now you look at the lineup card and there’s no data on anyone,” he said. “I really think anybody can beat anybody on a given night. It just depends on who plays better that day.”
Score by innings:
SSS 003 004 0 — 7
Hunt 200 130 0 — 6 10
WP-Silas Kennedy 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 0 SO. LP-Nick Worrell (0-1) 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. S- Reddick Kent 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Jason Mercer 2-4, R; Drew Wells 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Luke Dilda 2-4, R, RBI; Gabe Cook 1-3, RBI; Blaize Keen 1-1, 2B, R.
Demons handed first defeat by Corinth Holders
WENDELL — Fike sailed into Thursday’s nonconference wrestling triangular match at Corinth Holders with a bounty of riches in a 6-0 start to the season. However, the host Pirates plundered that perfect record with a 40-30 defeat for the Golden Demons, who flattened South Central 60-12 in their other match.
Fike (7-1) got pins from Antwan Macedo (132 pounds), Patrick McCullen (152), Vincent Page (170), Zametrie Bagley (182) and Jayleen Bullock (220) in the loss to Corinth Holders. The Demons notched eight forfeit wins against South Central while Greg Opie (160), McCullen and Bagley all won by fall in the only contested matches.
Fike will visit Hunt in a tri-match Wednesday that includes Northern Nash.
SN tops Northern in Big East dual
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 Wednesday.
The Firebirds, who defeated the Knights in a tri-match last 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.
TRACK AND FIELD
Atkinson, Batts pace Beddingfield
ROCKY MOUNT — Junior Brianna Atkinson and senior Raekwon Batts each had a first-place and a second-place finish for their respective Beddingfield teams at Wednesday’s 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tri-meet at Nash Central.
Atkinson won the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 7.925 seconds and was the runner-up in the 200 in 30.0. Batts claimed victory in the boys shot put with a toss measuring 38 feet, 6.5 inches and was second in the discus at 103-2.
Bruins junior Amonte Jones tied for second in the boys shot with a 37-0. Also posting runner-up finishes for the Bruins were sophomore Alex Porto-Reyes (1,600, 5:22.8), freshman Nolan Gamwell (3,200; 13:01.1) and sophomore Cristofer Atkinson (100, 11.9).
Beddingfield, with just a few competitors on each team, placed third in both team points compilations. Nash Central won both ahead of North Pitt.
Firebirds sweep relays in tri-meet
STANHOPE — Host Southern Nash swept the four relays as part of 12 overall first-place finishes for the Firebirds in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference triangular meet against Franklinton and Northern Nash.
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.
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