Down 5-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Eastern Wayne dominated conference rival Charles B. Aycock by scoring six runs in the inning, taking a two-run lead.

The Warriors eventually won 16-6 on Friday evening.

“This game really showed our grit and determination,” Eastern Wayne head coach Randall Fields said. “It didn’t look for us, but we focused all offseason on getting stronger in the weight room, and it has paid off.

“They really put in the work.”

The Warriors’ big plays included senior Ryan Sullivan’s home run in the bottom of the second inning to make the score 5-1. Freshman Sam Rice then drilled a home run to left field to make the score 5-2.

Eastern Wayne’s Sam Rice

Sam Rice (2) gets ready to high-five Eastern Wayne head coach Randall Field after Rice hit a home run in Eastern Wayne’s 16-6 win over C.B. Aycock on Friday.

Then with two runners on base, Sullivan hit a two-RBI double that made the score 5-4. The Warriors then took the lead for good when senior Drew Barnes hit a double that brought in two runs.

“We talked about it after the second inning that we wanted to score runs in bunches. We didn’t want to peck away at them one at a time,” Fields said. “They’re a gritty ball team, and you don’t want to give a team like that any hope. We didn’t want to be comfortable with a lead.”

In the bottom of the fourth inning with the bases loaded, Sullivan hit an RBI single to make the score 8-5.

The Warriors’ bats stayed hot in the fifth inning. With one out in the inning junior Andrew Fricks hit a two-RBI double. With the score now 9-5, junior Wesley Case stepped up to the plate. Case then hit the Warriors’ third home run of the game, and the Warriors led 12-5 going into the top of the sixth inning.

After being up 5-0, the Golden Falcons found themselves down by seven runs. Clay Matthews hit an RBI double to cut the deficit to 12-6, but the Golden Falcons were unable to any more runs on the board.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Warriors scored four more runs and won their fourth game in a row. After winning four games all of last season, the Warriors have already won five games this season.

Sullivan finished the game 3-4 with a home run, two doubles, and four RBI. Rice went 2-4 from the plate with a home run and two RBIs, while Case was 2-3 with a home run and three RBI. Andrew Fricks had one RBI.

Colby Miller got the win on the mound, he pitched four innings, gave up one run and tossed seven strikeouts.

Eastern Wayne’s Colby Miller

Colby Miller (1) throws a pitch during Eastern Wayne’s game against C.B. Aycock on Friday. Miller pitched four innings and threw seven strikeouts.

“Colby did a great job, he didn’t have the best night at the plate, but I talked him every inning when he came in, and I told him he couldn’t let he can’t let what’s going on at the plate affect what was happening on the mound,” Fields said. “He really stepped up as a senior leader, and put the team on his back.”

Eastern Wayne travels to rival Goldsboro on Monday, while the Golden Falcons, who are still searching for their first win of the season, host Southern Wayne on Tuesday.