AREA ROUNDUP: Chargers survive Bethel Christian to reach NCCSA 2-A title game
Not every baseball game will be an aesthetically pleasing experience, and the Wilson Christian varsity baseball team experienced that firsthand in the semifinals of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A playoffs Thursday night at Leonard Turnage Athletic Complex.
Hunter Lewis staked the Chargers to a 3-0 lead with the aid of his two-run double in the first inning. But little run support followed, and it wasn’t until freshman Apollos Horrell collected the final six outs for the save that Wilson Christian could breathe easy and book its trip to Saturday’s championship game with a 4-2 victory. The result came after WCA had an easier outing in the only regular-season meeting between the teams, a 9-0 victory for the Chargers on April 16.
WCA (18-9), the No. 1 seed from the East region, will play either Lexington Union Grove or Ramseur Faith Christian at 2:30 p.m. Saturday back at Wilson Christian in the title game.
Lewis went five innings and allowed just one hit, striking out 10 and walking two before yielding to Horrell for the final two innings.
After aiding his cause with the two-run double in the first, junior Tyler Pegram hit an RBI double to make it 3-0.
In the sixth, Horrell drew a walk, moved to second on Will Mercer’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Jameson Overton’s sacrifice fly. Cooper Williams had a two-run single for Bethel (9-7) in the third.
“Playoffs change the atmosphere, and Bethel came to play,” WCA head coach Ty Bissett said. “Bethel did what they had to do, but I told them before the game, I don’t care how we win.”
The Chargers will be seeking their first championship since 2018 on Saturday.
Score by innings:
Bethel Chr. 002 000 0 — 2
Wilson Chr. 300 001 x — 4
WP-Hunter Lewis 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO. LP-Eason Truett 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 7 SO. S-Apollos Horrell 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Will Mercer 1-2, Tyler Pegram 1-4, 2B, RBI, Simon Quinn 1-3, Hunter Lewis 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Bethel Christian: Cooper Williams 1-3, 2 RBI.
Waddell’s relief outing lifts Hunt over Northern Nash
Needing a long relief outing, the Hunt High varsity baseball team received it in the form of senior Chase Waddell on Thursday night as the Warriors used five strong innings from Waddell to grind to a 5-3 decision against Northern Nash on Thursday night at Sid Boyette Field.
Hunt, now 2-0 in the 3-A Big East Conference after a winless showing in nonconference play to date, trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the third. But singles from Blaize Keen, Nick Worrell and Jason Mercer helped the Warriors grab the lead. Worrell’s single plated Waddell, who reached on an error. Drew Wells later grounded into a fielder’s choice that plated another run.
Waddell, who relieved Jarrett Aycock in the third inning, struck out eight and walked two over his five innings of work.
Hunt prevailed despite being outhit by a 10-8 margin.
“They are going to hit when they get ahead in the count,” Hunt head coach Jon Smith said of the Knights. “Offensively for us, the key was limit strikeouts.”
Smith mentioned that Hunt has been striking out excessively over its first four contests.
Travis Gamache went 3 for 4 to lead Northern Nash offensively. He took the loss after allowing eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. Only two of the five runs allowed by Gamache were earned. Carter Rickswent 2 for 3 with a double and a pair of RBIs for the Knights (1-2, 0-2 Big East).
Weather permitting, Hunt hosts Smithfield-Selma on Friday.
Score by innings:
Northern Nash 102 000 0 — 3
Hunt 013 100 x — 5
WP-Chase Waddell (1-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO. LP-Travis Gamache 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Hunt: Blaize Keen 2-4, Cody Mercer 1-2, RBI, Nick Worrell 1-3, RBI, Chase Waddell 1-3, 2B, Jason Mercer 1-3. 2B, Luke Dilda 1-3, 2 RBI; Travis Gamache 3-4, Carter Ricks 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI.
Firebirds complete sweep of Demons
STANHOPE — The statistics, outside of the final score, do not 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.
Further details were unavailable for Fike, which hosts Rocky Mount on Tuesday. The Firebirds visit Hunt.
Score by innings:
Fike 102 000 0 — 3
Southern Nash 011 102 x — 5
WP-Luke Coble 3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Southern Nash: Zyshone Pearce 1-3, A.J. High 1-2.
Greenfield makes quick work of Pungo
Senior Justin Holland tripled and added his sixth home run of the season while throwing five innings on the mound in leading the Greenfield School varsity baseball team to an 11-1, five-inning victory over Belhaven Pungo Christian in the opening round of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoffs Friday afternoon at Ralph Hodge Family Field.
Holland struck out eight without a walk as Greenfield (14-5), the No. 2 seed, moved into a Saturday quarterfinal matchup with No. 3 Halifax Academy.
William Smith and Jeremy Johnson each had two hits for the Knights, with Smith lacing a pair of doubles. Freshman Harrison Batchelor was 1 for 3 and drove in three runs.
Greenfield’s offense was responsible for nine hits, and produced the game-ending run in the bottom of the fifth.
Dylan Simmons drove in a run for Pungo (8-9) in the fourth.
Score by innings:
Pungo Chr. 000 10 — 1
Greenfield 145 01 — 11
WP-Justin Holland 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Greenfield: Justin Holland 2-3, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, William Smith 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, Jeremy Johnson 2-2, RBI, Harrison Batchelor 1-3, 3 RBI Pungo Christian: Dylan Simmons 1-2, RBI.
CBA run rules Southern Wayne 12-2
DUDLEY — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity baseball team assumed an early lead before tacking on in the later innings to record a 12-2 victory over 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Southern Wayne in six innings Thursday.
CBA, now 3-1 overall, picked up 4 2/3 strong innings from starter Hunter Theriac. He allowed just three hits over and allowed two runs, with one being earned. Theriac struck out eight and walked three.
Cameron Aycock was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Golden Falcons, while stealing three bases. Brett Forbis stole a pair of bases and was 2 for 3 as Brandon Godwin laced a run-scoring double.
“The first inning was huge,” CBA head coach Allen Thomas said.
CBA produced seven hits.
Richard Noble took the loss for Southern Wayne, which fell to 0-4 overall and within the ECC. He allowed five hits over four innings, recording two strikeouts and three walks.
Josh Wall had a solo homer in the fifth for the Saints as part of a 3-for-3 showing. Wall added a double.
CBA visits New Bern on Tuesday.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 300 225 — 12
Southern Wayne 001 010 — 2
WP-Hunter Theriac (2-0) 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, SO. LP-Richard Noble 4 IP, 5 R, 6 ER, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Cameron Aycock 2-3, RBI, Brett Forbis 2-3. RBI, Brandon Godwin 1-2, 2B, RBI; Southern Wayne: Josh Wall 3-3, 2B, HR, RBI.
Lady Chargers blast past White Plains, into championship
Utilizing a 13-hit approach bathed in power, the Wilson Christian softball team had seven extra-base hits Thursday to send it to the North Carolina Christian School Association 1-A/2-A championship game with an 18-4, five-inning win over Mount Airy White Plains Christian.
At 5-8 overall, the Lady Chargers will take on Lexington Union Grove (9-6) for the championship Saturday at 1.
Alivia Hurteau was 4 for 4 with a double and two triples, with Holland Miller going 3 for 4 with a double, home run and five runs batted in. Emma Mercer provided her first career home run via her 3-for-4, four-RBI showing.
The Lady Chargers induced the 10-run rule by way of a 10-run second inning after holding an 8-2 lead entering the bottom of the third. Jennifer Edmondson started for WCA and worked all five innings, giving up eight hits. She struck out five and walked two.
Sydney Hall took the loss for White Plains (2-5), allowing seven hits over 2 2/3 innings. Reagan Davis homered.
Score by innings:
White Plains 101 02 — 4
Wilson Chr. 53(10) 0x — 18
WP-Jennifer Edmondson 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. LP-Sydney Hall 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Christian: Alivia Hurteau 4-4, 2B, 2 3B, RBI, Holland Miller 3-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, Emma Mercer 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, Makaila Rodriguez 2-3.
Gossett nets 4 as Lady Chargers return to NCCSA 2-A championship
Senior Garder-Webb signee Lea Gossett put away four goals, and the Wilson Christian varsity girls soccer team produced its first two tallies off free kicks as the Lady Chargers advanced into Saturday’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A title match with a 5-1 win over Lexington Union Grove on Thursday night.
Unbeaten against NCCSA competition and owning just one loss overall, WCA (12-1-1), the No. 1 seed out of the East region, will host No. 3 West seed Ramseur Faith Christian in Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship. Faith Christian (10-3-1) stunned West No. 1 seed Alamance Christian 5-2 in overtime after scoring three unanswered tallies in the extra sessions.
Freshman Chloe Villaverde assisted Gossett on a free-kick conversion in the 3rd minute, with Villaverde driving home an unassisted set piece in the seventh.
Union Grove (12-4), the No. 2 seed out of the West, halved the margin in the 23rd and left it there until halftime.
But Gossett had her way in the second half, putting away finishes in the 48th, 60th and 77th minutes. Senior Paige Barnes and junior Reagan Barnes had second-half assists.
WCA had 15 shots on frame, compared to just three for Union Grove. In goal, Kate Hoskins made two saves.
“We looked really great in some areas,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said. “We did some things really well — it was our first test in quite a while.”
Samson credited the work of eighth grader Karys Wheeler in the defensive third. He describes Faith Christian as a young, possession-oriented team with an aggressive streak on defense.
“They will challenge us for sure,” he said.
TRACK AND FIELD
Hunt’s Cardenas goes the distance at Rocky Mount
ROCKY MOUNT — Hunt High senior David Cardenas had his way with long-distance events during Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference tri-meet at Rocky Mount, compiling first-place showings in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs to pace a string of six first-place showings for the Warriors,
Competing alongside arch rival Fike and the Gryphons, Cardenas outlasted the field with times of 2:18 in the 800, 5:06 in the 1,600 and 11:55 in the greuling 3,200. The mark in the 1,600 represented a new personal best.
Junior Christian Joyner procured a regional-qualifying attempt en route to winning the long jump, traversing a length of 22 feet, 7 inches. The leap was also a PR.
Senior Aundrey Loftin also had a PR in a pair of wins against Big East competition, tossing the shot put 42-3 and tying Rocky Mount’s Terrance Kearney for first in the discus at 105 feet.
Lady Warriors turn back Rocky Mount 7-2
ROCKY MOUNT — The trio of Aly Parbst, Emerson Mills and Mackenzie Bunn emerged spotless in singles and doubles play Thursday afternoon as the Hunt High girls tennis team won its first 3-A Big East Conference match of the year with a 7-2 victory over Rokcy Mount.
Hunt (1-2, 1-1 Big East) won four of six singles matches, with Parbst defeating Rocky Mount’s Darcy Tyndall 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1. Mills dropped just one game at No. 4 in her win over Ella Ramey, while at No. 5, Mackenzie Bunn secured a 6-0, 6-0 conquest of Ramiyah Allen.
Bunn didn’t drop a game over the course of the match, teaming with Emma Godwin for an 8-0 victory at the No. 3 doubles flight.
HUNT 7, ROCKY MOUNT 2
Aly Parbst (H) def. Darcy Tyndall 6-4, 6-4; Elizabeth Harris (RM) def. Emma Johnson 6-4, 6-2, Anna Weeks (RM) def. Trista Waddell 6-4, 6-1; Emerson Mills (H) def. Ella Ramey 6-1, 6-0; Mackenzie Bunn (H) def. Ramiyah Allen 6-0, 6-0. Lillie Parbst (H) def. Vyvy Nguyen 6-0, 6-0.
Parbst-Johnson (H) def. Tyndall-Harris 8-3; Waddell-Mills (H) def. Weeks-Ramey 9-7; Bunn-Emma Godwin (H) def. Allen-Nguyen 8-0.
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