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Published in Sports on March 31, 2006 2:03 PM

Rosewood turns back WCDS on baseball diamond

Rosewood collected four runs over the final 61/2 innings of play and turned back Wayne Country Day 7-4 in a non-conference county battle Thursday evening.

The Eagles grabbed the lead with a three-run outburst in the third inning. They added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to their sixth victory of the season.

Brantley Ellis (two RBI) singled and doubled in four at-bats for Rosewood. Teammates Holt Rains contributed an RBI double and Dustin Sittig doubled in four plate appearances.

Ellis seized the mound victory, striking out six and surrendering three runs (two earned) on three hits in a four-inning stint. Sittig provided two innings of four-strikeout, one-hit relief. Taylor Allen earned the save.

Travis Davis slapped a first-inning, two-run home run for the Chargers. Davis, Trent Langston and Ryan Ford concluded the day with two hits each. Cory Robert and Kevin Herring each doubled with an RBI.

Rosewood (6-3) entertains North Johnston in a Class 1-A Carolina Conference contest today. Wayne Country Day (5-5) travels to Faith Christian-Rocky Mount for a Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference contest next Tuesday afternoon.

W. Country Day 201 001 0 -- 4 7 5

Rosewood 103 111 x -- 7 10 4

Leading hitters -- Wayne Country Day -- Travis Davis 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Trent Langston 2-4; Cory Robert 2B, RBI; Kevin Herring 1-3, 2B, RBI; Ryan Ford 2-4. Rosewood -- Brantley Ellis 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Holt Rains 1-3, 2B, RBI; Dustin Sittig 1-4, 2B.


Wayne Country Day (5-5)

Langston (L) 22/3 5 4 3 0 3

Davis 31/3 5 3 2 1 4

Rosewood (6-3)

Ellis (W) 4 3 3 2 2 6

Sittig 2 1 1 0 1 4

Allen (S) 1 3 0 0 0 2


Rosewood duo

registers hat trick

Erin Thibodeau and Stephanie Behrend each provided hat tricks (three goals) in Rosewood's 6-0, non-conference victory over Wallace-Rose Hill at Branch Pope Field.

Thibodeau notched two first-half goals on assists from Mary Jo Moore and Behrend. She completed the hat trick on a Behrend assist in the second half.

Meanwhile, Behrend gave the Eagles a 3-0 halftime advantage on Thibodeau's assist. Behrend added two second-half goals with Moore collecting an assist on the first mark.

Rosewood (10-0) faces Kerr-Vance at 9:30 a.m. in The Brittany at the Gillette Sports Complex in Wilson.

Norris leads

Eagles' attack

ERWIN -- Brooke Norris registered a hat trick (three goals) in Wayne Christian's 6-0 victory over Cape Fear Christian on the Carolina Christian 1-A Conference scene Thursday afternoon.

Charlie Ipock added two goals for the Eagles, who evened their overall worksheet at 4-4. Kaitlyn Kosudo provided one goal.

Wayne Christian (2-2 CCC) entertains Cary Christian next Tuesday afternoon.


North Duplin

routs Princeton

CALYPSO -- Kristen Jones rapped a double and drove in three runs during North Duplin's 11-1 victory over Princeton in the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams Thursday afternoon.

Jones concluded the day 2-for-3 for the Rebels. Teammates Kayla Myers (RBI), Jessica Pridgen (RBI) and Jodie Williamson each added two hits for North Duplin, which pounded out 11 hits overall against Bulldogs right-hander Amber Wood.

Myers emerged the winning pitcher and limited Princeton to one unearned run on three hits. She struck out three and walked three in a complete-game effort.

Ashley Braswell, Brittany Atkinson and Brittany Rose each had one hit for the Bulldogs.

North Duplin (9-1, 1-0 CC) entertains North Johnston next Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Princeton 000 001 -- 1 3 6

North Duplin 301 025 -- 11 11 2

Leading hitters -- Princeton -- Ashley Braswell 1-2, 3B; Brittany Atkinson 1-2; Brittany Rose 1-3. North Duplin -- Jodie Williamson 2-3; Brittany Carr 1-3, 3B, RBI; Heather Hudson 1-4; Elizabeth Lane 1-4, RBI; Kayla Myers 2-4, 2B, RBI; Jessica Pridgen 2-4, 2B, RBI; Casey Pate 1-4, 2B, RBI; Kristen Jones 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI.



Wood (L) 6 11 11 10 1 2

North Duplin

Myers (W) 6 3 1 0 3 3

Wayne Christian

gains road split

ERWIN -- Carly Hightower belted a home run as Wayne Christian prevailed 8-4 in the nightcap and salvaged a doubleheader split against Cape Fear Christian in Carolina 1-A Christian action Thursday afternoon.

Cape Fear capitalized on four errors and clipped the Eagles 5-0 in the opener, which counted in the CCC standings.

Brittany Sullivan tripled and Kayla Kennedy doubled in game two. Sullivan limited CFC to two hits and three walks in a complete-game effort on the mound.

Tracie Davis posted 11 strikeouts in game one and scattered three hits.

"Both pitchers worked the batters hard," said Wayne Christian coach Roger Longwell of game one. "I had prepared these girls for this game and thought we did okay. We hit the ball, but to someone all the time.

"I wasn't expecting the errors to plague us tonight in the first game."

Wayne Christian (6-1, 3-1 CCC) plays host to Trinity Christian-Greenville next Tuesday afternoon.


Campbell leads

Aycock at home

PIKEVILLE -- Ryan Campbell seized medalist honors with an 18-hole round of 70 during Charles B. Aycock's 315-326, non-conference victory over Greene Central at Lane Tree on Thursday afternoon.

No additional Aycock scores were available.

Brandon Jones led the Rams, of the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference ranks, with a 78. Blake Sutton carded a 79. Josh Elmore and Colby Murphy contributed scores of 83 and 86, respectively.

Greene Central returns to action Monday in an EPC match at Bradford Creek.


W. Country Day

upends Rosewood

Wayne Country Day claimed five of six singles matches and rolled past Rosewood 8-1 on the Wayne Community College courts Thursday afternoon.

Third-seeded George Mayo and fourth-seeded Luxman Srikantha each grabbed a tiebreaking win in pro-set play. Ross Wilson, David Wilson and Kevin Martell also picked up a singles win. Martell did not lose serve in an 8-0 win.

Wilson-Wilson, Mayo-Srikantha and Martell-Cho accounted for the Chargers' victories in doubles.

Trevor Morris earned Rosewood's lone singles win.

Wayne Country Day (7-1) visits Faith Christian-Rocky Mount next Tuesday afternoon.

Wayne Country Day 8

Rosewood 1

Singles -- No. 1 Ross Wilson (WCDS) d. Ty Johnson 8-4; No. 2 David Wilson (WCDS) d. Daniel Ellis 8-4; No. 3 George Mayo (WCDS) d. James Cummins 9-8 (2); No. 4 Luxman Srikantha (WCDS) d. Drew Kriger 9-8 (8); No. 5 Trevor Morris (RHS) d. Fred Ha 9-8 (2); No. 6 Kevin Martell (WCDS) d. Josh Fail 8-0.

Doubles -- No. 1 Wilson-Wilson (WCDS) d. Johnson-Ellis 8-4; No. 2 Mayo-Srikantha (WCDS) d. Cummins-Kriger 8-5; No. 3 Martell-Cho (WCDS) d. Morris-Fail, no score given.


Seven Gators

have good days

LITTLEFIELD -- Three Spring Creek boys and four girls claimed individual victories during Thursday afternoon's Carolina 1-A Conference meet at Ayden-Grifton.

Dwight Strickland (discus), Wes Denham (shot put) and Paul Richter (800 run) each emerged victorious for the Gator boys in a 76-60 loss.

Meanwhile Christina Fenwick, Errica Evans and Janet Potter each grabbed first place in two events. Fenwick won the long jump (12 feet, 1 inch) and triple jump (26-3). Evans dominated the 200 dash (30.9 seconds) and 400 run (1:13).

Potter proved strong in two distance events -- the 1,600 run (6:51) and 3,200 run (15:45).

Tasha Whitfield added a winning throw of 25-3 in the shot put.

Ayden-Grifton won the meet 58-57.

Spring Creek returns to action Monday at South Lenoir.


Ayden-Grifton 76

Spring Creek 60

(Spring Creek finishers)

Discus -- 1, Dwight Strickland 82 feet, 5 inches; 2, Carsheme Ruffin 81-0. Shot put -- 1, Wes Denham 36-3; 2, Daquan Wright 35-2. 800 run -- 1, Paul Richter 2 minutes, 20 seconds. High jump -- 2, Ronnie Butler 5-4. Triple jump -- 2, Butler 36-10. 110 hurdles -- 2, Ruffin 17.4. 300 hurdles -- 2, Ruffin 47.3. Long jump -- 2, Josh Wright 17-8. 100 -- 2, Wright 11.3. 200 -- 2, Alex Dunmire 25.0. 1,600 -- 2, Ryan Kelly 5:34. 3,200 -- 2, John Bragg 13:15.


Ayden-Grifton 58

Spring Creek 57

(Spring Creek finishers)

Shot put -- 1, Tasha Whitfield 25-3. Long jump -- 1, Christina Fenwick 12-1. Triple jump -- 1, Fenwick 26-3. 400 -- 1, Errica Evans 1:13; 3, Whitfield 1:19. 200 -- 1, Evans 30.9. 1,600 -- 1, Janet Potter 6:51. 3,200 -- 1, Potter 15:45. Discus -- 2, Whtifield 63-2; 3, Potter 57-11. 100 hurdles -- 2, Fenwick 19.5. 300 -- 2, Fenwick 55.3.

JV softball

Saints claim

third win of year

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne's Taylor Reaves tallied four hits in the Saints' 6-4, non-conference win at home over North Johnston on Wednesday afternoon.

Christina Williams added three hits and two RBI for Southern Wayne. Elizabeth Evans contributed two hits.

Kristen Bova got the win on the mound for the Saints, yielding just two earned runs in seven innings of work.

Southern Wayne (3-7) hosts Wilson Hunt in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play.

JV tennis

Warriors edge

W. Country Day

Eastern Wayne claimed a 5-4 win on Wednesday over Wayne Country Day.

The match was played at Wayne Community College and was the first JV match for the Chargers in several years.

Will Kastner, Ben Maher and Imran Rauf emerged in singles for Eastern Wayne. The doubles combinations of John Krauchak-Nathan Jarrett and Bradley Butts-Ben Maher helped secure the victory for the Warriors.

The Chargers (0-1) got singles wins from Kevin Martell, Albert Cho and Thomas Elmore. Martell-Tanner Pate prevailed at No. 1 doubles.

Eastern Wayne 5

Wayne Country Day 4

Singles -- No. 1 Kevin Martell (WCDS) d. John Krauchak 8-1; No. 2 Albert Cho (WCDS) d. Charlie Umstead 8-4; No. 3 Will Kastner (EW) d. Tanner Pate 8-3; No. 4 Thomas Elmore (WCDS) d. Nathan Jarrett 9-8 (2); No. 5 Ben Maher (EW) d. Thomas Yarboro 8-3; No. 6 Iman Rauf (EW) d. Stoan Stewart 8-2.

Doubles -- No. 1 Martell-Pate (WCDS) d. Umstead-Kastner 9-8 (7); No. 2 Krauchak-Jarrett (EW) d. Cho-Elmore 8-5; No. 3 Bradley Butts-Maher (EW) d. Will Nolan-Kobi Hood 8-5.

Middle schools

Spring Creek softball 12, Rosewood 9 -- Sarah McCollum had three hits, including two doubles, for Spring Creek. Hannah Singleton added two hits for the Gators, while Hanna Hall scored three times.

Spring Creek softball 16, Grantham 5 -- Sarah McCollum posted two hits, including a triple, for Spring Creek (8-1). Jonesa Whitley slugged a home run for Grantham.

Rosewood baseball 17, Greenwood 5 -- Adron Hollowell, James McNeill and Zach Grantham led Rosewood at the plate with two hits each. Scott Pate picked up the win for the Eagles (7-2, 4-2 WCMSAC Division II).

Norwayne baseball 13, Grantham 1 -- Conner Narron belted a home run and ended the day with two hits. Teammates David Gurganus, Nick McGee, Anderson Barnes and Ryan Godwin each had two hits in the Cobras' eighth win of the season. Norwayne (8-2, 3-2 WCMSAC Division I) is the guest of Brogden on Monday.

Eastern Wayne baseball 20, Rosewood 12 -- Josa Ponce and Michael Fields each provided three hits for the Warriors. Zach Beachem contributed two hits. Josh Frederick and Johnathan Jenkins combined to pitch for Eastern Wayne. The Warriors (9-0, 5-0 WCMSAC Division I) travels to Greenwood next Monday afternoon.


In Thursday's edition, the News-Argus incorrectly reported that Jeremy Interrante won the 3,200-meter run during Eastern Wayne's meet against Beddingfield and Southern Wayne.

Matt Interrante, a senior, claimed the win.

The News-Argus regrets any inconvenience the error might have caused.