Prep baseball roundup
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on April 11, 2004 2:00 AM
CALYPSO -- North Duplin erased three different deficits at home against Holly Ridge Dixon, eventually rallying for a eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to claim a 10-8 win.
The victory improves the Rebels to 3-11 on the season as they return to Class 1-A Carolina Conference action April 20 at Spring Creek.
North Duplin's Daniel Howell had a stout effort from the clean-up spot, drilling two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Howell slugged a home run in the first inning, but it was called back when the umpires ruled that Howell missed first base.
Sterling Grice added two hits, while Jason Marquez doubled, drove in a run and scored three times. Matt Braswell stole two bases and scored twice.
Rock Bennett picked up the win in relief for the Rebels with one shutout inning of work. Brad Lloyd got the save.
The two teams combined for 10 errors.
"It was nice to get this win, but we still are not where I think we should be. Our pitchers have done great jobs all year and we're still shooting ourselves in the foot with errors," North Duplin coach Rob Futch said. "If it weren't for the errors in the field we'd probably be sitting with a .500 record or better.
"We've got the monkey from last year off our backs. Now we can try to move forward and get a few conference wins."
Dixon 204 200 0 -- 8 5 6
N. Duplin 020 035 x -- 10 11 4
Leading hitters -- N. Duplin -- Daniel Howell 2-4, 2 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Sterling Grice 2-5, run; Matt Braswell 1-4, 2 SB, 2 runs; Josh Marquez 1-1, double, RBI, 3 runs.
IP R ER H BB SO
Matt Braswell 3 6 3 4 1 4
Sterling Grice 2 2 0 1 1 2
Rock Bennett (W, 1-2) 1 0 0 0 1 0
Brad Lloyd (Sv, 1) 1 0 0 0 0 2
B. Padgett 2 2 2 3 3 0
J. Davis (L) 4 8 5 8 4 3
Faith-RM pulls away
Faith Christian of Rocky Mount erased a 3-1 deficit in the top of the seventh with a five-run outburst and pulled away with a 16-5 win over Wayne Country Day at the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park on Friday.
The Chargers were paced at the plate by Spenser Briggs with two hits and two stolen bases. Kevin Logan and Kevin Herring added one RBI each, while Ryan Ford delivered a double.
Garrett Fly led Faith-RM with five hits and three RBI. Garrett Williamson added three hits and three RBI.
"Going up 3-1 gave us a lot of confidence, but they came out and hit the ball in the second inning and we booted it around a couple of times," Wayne Country Day coach Michael Taylor said.
The Chargers (2-7, 0-5 Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference) stranded nine runners on the game.
Wayne Country Day takes on Halifax Academy in the first round of the Halifax Academy Tournament on Friday.
Faith-RM 151 036 x -- 16 19 0
WCDS 300 011 x -- 5 7 4
Leading hitters -- Faith-RM -- Garrett Fly 5-5, 3 RBI; Grant Williamson 3-3, 3 RBI; John Lenker 2-4, 2B; Brandon Miles 2-4, 2B, RBI; Aaron Fly 2-3. WCDS -- Spenser Briggs 2-3, 2 SB; Ryan Ford 1-1, 2B; Kevin Logan 1-2, RBI; Kevin Herring 1-3, RBI.
IP H R ER BB SO
John Lenker (W) 5 6 4 3 6 4
Ben Griffin 1 1 1 1 1 0
Ryan Ford (L) 2 6 7 5 1 0
Sam Steed 21Ú3 2 2 1 1 0
Travis Davis 22Ú3 11 7 6 0 0
Faith Christian Academy's Stephen Sloan had three hits and three RBI as the Conquerors emerged with a 14-4 victory over Liberty Christian of Durham on Tuesday.
Blake Cason added two hits and four RBI, while Alan Ray Darby had one hit and two RBI.
Faith's Hunter Davis had 10 strikeouts in picking up the win.
The Conquerors (4-5) faces Kerwin Christian on April 19.
Babe Ruth Majors
Rosewood 9, E. Wayne Gold 4 -- Cody Harris pitched six innings in picking up the win. Will beasley had a double and a home run, while Brian Sitting added two hits, including a triple. Harris added two hits for Rosewood, who plays at Spring Creek on Monday.
Northeast 14, Grantham 0 -- Cameron Ford, Josh Martin and Matt Jones combined on a four-inning, no-hitter for Northeast. Martin added two hits, including a grand slame home run, while Ford, Tyler Ruffin, Christian Pate, Philip Kirby and Tyler Farmer had two hits each. Northeast claimed a 22-0 win over Fremont on Tuesday as Ruffin went 4-4 with two home runs. Northeast takes on Eastern Wayne Gold on Monday at the ECAP at 5:30 p.m.
Wayne Co. Bandits 31, Seymour Johnson Braves 0 -- Hunter Newsome had four hits, while Lamar Best, Taylor Price, Shawn Taylor, Tyler Beacham, Jackson Keel, Jimmy Joyner, Zach Muzingo and Stephen Hall all hat multiple-hit games. Joyner and Hall combined for a one-hitter. The Bandits return to action on April 19.
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