Local sports digest
By Gabe Whisnant
Published in Sports on March 1, 2006 2:30 PM
Reynolds, Darden key in Lady Saints win over GC
SNOW HILL -- Southern Wayne's Rachel Reynolds delivered two hits and drove in four runs, including a three-run double in the top of the seventh, as the Saints softball team opened the season with a 5-2 win at Greene Central on Tuesday.
The insurance runs proved to be crucial as the Rams struck for two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Cassie Webb to deny Southern Wayne freshman, Lauren Darden, of a shutout in her first high school outing.
Darden finished with nine strikeouts against two walks, yielding six hits in seven innings of work -- picking up the win.
"She (Darden) pitched like a veteran. You wouldn't have thought it was her first high school outing," Southern Wayne coach Brad Matthews said.
Haley Fail added two hits and an RBI for the Saints, who host Rosewood on Thursday.
Webb and Amber Morris had two hits for the Rams, who travel to Southern Wayne on Friday.
So. Wayne 002 000 3 -- 5 6 2
Greene Cent. 000 000 2 -- 2 6 0
Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Rachel Reynolds 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI; Haley Fail 2-3, RBI. Greene Central -- Cassie Webb 2-4, 2 RBI; Amber Morris 2-3.
IP H R ER BB SO
Southern Wayne (1-0)
Darden (W, 1-0) 7 6 2 2 2 9
Greene Central (0-1)
Webb (L, 0-1) 7 6 5 5 4 8
SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Spring Creek's Lorenda Brogden struck out five with three walks in the Gators' 5-3 loss at Midway on Tuesday in their season opener.
Stephanie Wiggins, Shanna Godding, Lisa Mozingo, Paul Webber, Kristin Smith and Brogden all had hits for Spring Creek (0-1). Wiggins drove in two, while Barbara Witherington had one RBI.
The Gators host North Lenoir today at 4:30 p.m.
LAGRANGE -- North Lenoir's Brittany Sanders had two hits, including a triple and an RBI, as the Hawks topped South Lenoir, 4-2 at home on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.
Sanders also picked up the win on the mound -- yielding only two hits with six strikeouts against just one walk.
Taylor White and Connor Jordan added one triple each for the Hawks (1-0) with White driving in two and Jordan knocking home one.
North Lenoir travels to Spring Creek today at 4:30 p.m.
Warriors on road
WINTERVILLE -- Eastern Wayne's Nolan Lancaster had two hits, including a double, in the Warriors' 11-3 loss at South Central on Tuesday.
The game was the season opener for both teams.
With the game tied at 2-2 after 21/2 innings, the Falcons (1-0) scored nine runs in the next four innings to pull away from the visitors. Eastern Wayne aided South Central with seven total errors, leading to nine unearned runs.
Tyrell Worthington had a two-run home run for the Falcons, while teammate Willie Olsen had two hits.
Joey Moye got the loss for the Warriors in 32/3 innings of work. Five of Moye's seven runs allowed were unearned as he gave up five hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Chris Brown added an RBI for Eastern Wayne (0-1), which hosts North Lenoir on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Stephen Causey picked up the win for South Central, yielding four hits and two runs in four innings.
Eastern Wayne 110 001 0 -- 3 5 7
South Central 113 231 x -- 11 7 3
Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Nolan Lancaster 2-3, 2B; Chris Brown 1-2, RBI; Walker Gourley 1-2, 2B. South Central -- Willie Olson 2-4; Tyrell Worthington 1-1, HR, 2 RBI.
IP H R ER BB SO
Eastern Wayne (0-1)
Moye (L, 0-1) 32/3 5 7 2 2 1
Mintz 2/3 0 3 0 2 0
Otellio 2/3 2 1 0 1 1
South Central (1-0)
Causey (W, 1-0) 4 4 2 1 0 1
Walling 2 1 1 1 0 1
Kinsley 1 0 0 0 0 0
falls in six
SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Spring Creek's Alex Casey had two hits and an RBI as the Gators dropped a 13-3 decision at Midway on Tuesday.
The game was called due to the 10-run rule after the Raiders scored three in the sixth.
Ray Grady picked up the loss on the mound for Spring Creek (0-1). Grady yielded seven runs but only one was earned with five walks and four strikeouts. The Gators committed eight total errors, leading to eight unearned runs overall.
Josh Crumpler, Adam Byrd and Jared McPhail had two hits each for Midway (1-0), while teammate Tyler Fann got the win on the mound.
Spring Creek travels to North Lenoir today.
Spring Creek 000 021 x -- 3 4 8
Midway 250 303 x -- 13 8 3
Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Alex Casey 2-3, RBI. Midway -- Josh Crumpler 2-4, 2B, RBI; Adam Byrd 2-3, RBI; Jared McPhail 2-3, RBI.
IP H R ER BB SO
Spring Creek (1-0)
Grady (L, 0-1) 12/3 1 7 1 5 4
Hayes 32/3 6 5 3 0 1
Casey 1/3 1 1 1 1 0
Fann (W, 1-0) 3 2 0 0 0 5
McPhail 2 2 2 2 3 1
Crumpler 1 0 1 0 1 1
road loss in opener
CLINTON -- North Duplin's Billy Mello had three hits for the Rebels in a 8-2 loss at Clinton in both teams season opener on Tuesday.
Wade Sasser added a triple and two RBI for North Duplin, which travels to Dixon on Thursday.
Doug Lloyd also had one hit for the Rebels and picked up the loss on the mound in two innings of work. All three of Lloyd's runs allowed proved to be unearned. Cody Stanley, Thomas Pope, Ben Wright and J.T. Cox paced the Darkhorses at the plate, while Tyler Baxter got the win in three innings of work.
North Duplin travels to Holly Ridge Dixon on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
North Duplin 200 000 0 -- 2 6 3
Clinton 300 500 x -- 8 10 1
Leading hitters -- Billy Mello 3-3; Wade Sasser 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI. Clinton -- Thomas Pope 3-4, RBI; Cody Stanley 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Ben Wright 2-4; J.T. Cox 2-3, RBI; Tyler Baxter 1-3, RBI.
IP H R ER BB SO
North Duplin (0-1)
Lloyd (L, 0-1) 2 2 3 0 2 2
Bennett 21/3 6 4 4 0 2
Graham 12/3 2 1 1 1 3
Baxter (W, 1-0) 3 3 2 2 1 1
Cox 2 1 0 2 0
Wright 1 1 0 0 0 0
No. 13 1 0 0 0 0 3
Eagles shut down
VANCEBORO -- Greene Central managed just three hits against West Craven's Billy Dudding as the Eagles claimed a 7-1 win over the Rams at home on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.
Trey Beamon, Drew Sowers and Michael Speedy got the lone hits for Greene Central (0-1), which travels to Spring Creek on Friday.
Chris Ipock had three hits for West Craven (1-0), as teammate Sean Draise added two hits.
The Eagles visit Charles B. Aycock on Friday in a battle of former Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference foes.
Greene Cent. 100 000 0 -- 1 3 1
West Craven 005 002 x -- 7 13 4
Leading hitters -- Greene Central -- Trey Beamon 1-4; Drew Sowers 1-3; Michael Speedy 1-3. West Craven -- Sean Draise 2-3; Chris Ipock 3-4.
WP -- Billy Dudding. LP -- Drew Sowers.
West Craven tops
SNOW HILL -- Chris Leggett had a double Greene Central in the Rams' 5-0 loss at home to West Craven on Tuesday.
Greene Central (0-1) hosts Greenville Rose's ninth-grade team on Friday.
opens with win
SNOW HILL -- Eastern Wayne's Jared Stone and Andrew Ziccardi picked up a one singles win each and teamed for a win in No. 1 doubles as the Warriors opened their season with a 6-3 win over North Lenoir at the Snow Hill Tennis Complex on Tuesday. Stone, Ziccardi, David Benton and Ben Wines all claimed singles wins for the Warriors, while the doubles combinations of Stone-Ziccardi and Benton-Eric Barnes emerged with victories in doubles for Eastern Wayne (1-0).
Clinton O'Dell and Levin Jones won in singles for the Hawks (0-1) as O'Dell-Taylor Holmes picked up a win at No. 2 doubles for North Lenoir.
Eastern Wayne hosts Wilson Fike on Thursday, while North Lenoir travels to Charles B. Aycock.
Eastern Wayne 6,
North Lenoir 3
Singles -- No. 1 Jared Stone (EW) d. Alex Mills 6-2, 7-5; No. 2 Andrew Ziccardi (EW) d. Steven O'Dell 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Clinton O'Dell (NL) d. Alex Bryant 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 David Benton (EW) d. Taylor Holmes 4-6, 6-2, (7-2); No. 5 Levin Jones (NL) d. Ken Lam 6-3, 6-7, (7-4); No. 6 Ben Wines (EW) d. Steven Warren 6-4, 6-0.
Doubles -- No. 1 Stone-Ziccardi (EW) d. Mills-S. O'Dell 9-7; No. 2 C. O'Dell-Holmes (NL) d. Bryant-Lam 8-4; No. 3 Benton-Eric Barnes (EW) d. Jones-Warren 8-6.
DUDLEY -- Matthew Rouse started the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles for T.E.A.C.H. as his team claimed a 6-3 win over Southern Wayne on Tuesday.
Dylan Cuddington, Sam Rouse and Chaz Fitzpatrick also won in singles for T.E.A.C.H., while the doubles combinations of Eric Simmons-S. Rouse and Dylan Cuddington-Fitzpatrick claimed doubles victories.
Jonathan Hartley and Thomas Deaver claimed the lone singles wins for the Saints, which also won at No. 3 doubles by default.
T.E.A.C.H. 6, Southern Wayne 3
Singles -- No. 1 Matthew Rouse (TEACH) d. John Steadman 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Jonathan Hartley (SW) d. Eric Simmons 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7); No. 3 Dylan Cuddington (TEACH) d. Sterling Blackman 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 Sam Rouse (TEACH) d. Graham Price 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (1); No. 5 Chaz Fitzpatrick (TEACH) d. Preston Grantham 6-0, 6-1; No. 6 Thomas Deaver (SW) d. Ricky Castillo 6-1, 7-5.
Doubles -- No. 1 Simmons-S.Rouse (TEACH) d. Hartley-Blackman 8-5; No. 2 D.Cuddington-Fitzpatrick (TEACH) d. Steadman-Wice (SW) 8-3; No. 3 SW by default.
Wayne Christian's Matt Davis and Andrew Radford each fired a 41 as the Eagles shot a 169 as a team overall in a 157-169 loss to Smithfield-Selma at Walnut Creek.
Derek Wallace and Mark McMillen each shot 36 for the Spartans to take medalist honors.
Clark Rose added a 43 for the Eagles, while teammates Eric Williams (44), Chad Smith (44) and Hayden Gardner (45) also participated for Wayne Christian, which travels to Community Christian on March 6.
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