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Vikings down rival Rampants, 4-3

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D.H. Conley's Shea Ward, left, celebrates with teammates during a game against J.H. Rose on March 19, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Strong pitching was the key for D.H. Conley in its 4-3 win Tuesday over crosstown rival J.H. Rose at Hollywood Crossroads. 

The trio of UNC-Greensboro commit Robbie O’Neal (3 IP, 6 Ks, 2 ER), Davis Pugh (1.2 IP, 2Ks, ER) and Mitchell Hofler (2 IP, 4Ks) helped Conley escape with the first of a two-game season series. Clay Stanley (7 IP, 3Ks, 5 H, 4 ER) went the distance for Rose. 

At the plate for Rose, Shane Rademacher (2-3, R), Easton Dally (2B, R) and Jake Henry Rogers (2 RBIs) provided the offense, but the remainder of the team struggled at the plate.

Shea Ward (2-3, HR, 2 RBIs) led the charge for the Vikings.

The Rampants got on the board first, as Rademacher and Dally scored off a single by Rogers in the second inning. The Vikings quickly responded thanks to a two-run homer from Ward to tie up at three-all.

Cam Jackson and Jake Lysaght added two more to take a 4-2 lead in the third. Michael Allen scored what would be the final run of the night, making it home in the fifth inning to pull JHR within one.

“Clay pitched well after he had a tough second and third inning,” Rampants head coach Ronald Vincent said. “Our defense got us out of a couple jams there, but their (Conley’s) pitching was outstanding. We just had too many strikeouts. We’ve got to cut that out if we want to be a good team.”

Rose finished with 12 strikeouts on the game.

Like his counterpart, Conley head coach Jason Mills praised his opponent’s pitching.

“I think Stanley did a great job pitching for them today,” Mills said. “He did a great job keeping us off balance. We didn’t take very many good swings off of him, with Shea’s being the big one. Credit to him, he threw a heck of a game out there, and our three guys threw a great game as well.” 

O’Neal was relieved from the mound after he looked to have suffered a finger injury on the 50-degree evening. Mills said he is optimistic the injury is nothing serious. 

“Officially, I can’t say anything because that would be a HERPA violation,” Mills joked. “Robbie’s fine, he’ll be fine. We’re gonna take every precaution with him, and we’re at a point in the season that we had a break coming up for him on the mound. I think he’s thrown like 14 innings this year. It’s cold and sometimes that happens. Robbie’s a warrior and a great player so we’ll give him as much time as he needs.”

Conley (8-1, 4-0) will travel to face Southern Wayne Friday. Rose (7-2, 3-1) will host Eastern Wayne.  

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

North Pitt 11, Hertford County 8 

A five-run fourth inning pushed unbeaten North Pitt to a close win on Tuesday. 

The Panthers were led by Ruban Beltran (2-3, 2 Rs, 3 RBIs, 2 BBs) who had a stellar night along with James Strickland (1-2, R, 2 RBIs). Gentry Green (3 BBs), Hunter Forrest, Robert Warren, Jacob Peaden and Elijah Bonner all scored runs in the win. 

NP (8-0) will host South Central (1-6, 1-2) tonight. 

Oakwood 12, Northeast Carolina Prep 5

Oakwood topped Northeast Prep in a non-conference matchup Monday thanks to 11 hits. Oakwood recorded eight stolen bases on the afternoon.

TEACH 15, Terra Ceia Christian 3

Jacob Whitesell and Ryan Ange combined to allow just two hits on the afternoon in a blowout win over Terra Ceia. Colby Case had a great offensive performance, finishing 3-or-4, scoring two runs and bringing in three RBI’s.

TEACH will host John Paul II Thursday.

North Lenoir 6, Greene Central 3 

Greene Central’s offensive struggles kept the Rams from picking up a win against North Lenoir. 

Jalin Connor (2-2, 2 Rs, BB) had a strong night at the plate, but the rest of the Rams couldn’t get it going. 

The Rams (2-4, 1-2) will host Farmville Central on Thursday.

GIRLS SOCCER

D.H. Conley 1, J.H. Rose 0 OT

After 90 minutes of scoreless soccer on Tuesday night, Conley's Mary McKnight found an opportunity in the second minute of extra time, chipping the ball over the keeper from the top of the box and securing a thrilling rivalry win for the win for the Vikings.

“I saw the goal and I had it right outside the 18, took a shot and it went right over the goalie's head,” McKnight said of the game-winner. “I knew we had to get it done and get it done right then.”

“We've been playing really well as team,” Conley head coach Marlen Carbajal said. “We knew we had to stay focused, play our game, play at our pace, that was what our goal was tonight.”

The Vikings (9-0, 4-0) stayed undefeated and will host Richland (5-3) on Wednesday night.

Conley controlled the ball for a large portion of the game, but the Rampants' defense stood tall most of the evening when the ball entered the box.

Numerous scoring chances from the Conley offense were saved by Rose goalkeeper Hannah Hallow, who had four saves in the second half that kept a clean slate.

“Our defense is very well organized this year, but we're lacking a little bit in the scoring department,” Rampants head coach Sam Lee said. “We shut down a good (offensive) team for 85 minutes. That's a job well done by the defense, but we need to work on transitioning that into offense.”

Rose (5-4-1, 3-1) will host Eastern Wayne (0-3-1) Friday night.

— Mitchell Thomas

SOFTBALL

South Central 15, New Bern 0

South Central exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning to close out New Bern quickly on Tuesday.

Amya Evans exploded with a home run, a double and five RBIs as part of her 3-for-4 game and she also scored three times, one of five Falcons to cross the plate.

South Central (8-0, 4-0) will travel to face Farmville Central Thursday.

D.H. Conley 17, J.H. Rose 2

A strong overall performance gave D.H. Conley a win over rival J.H. Rose Tuesday in just five innings.

Lexi Phillips (3-3, 2B, 4 RBIs), Carson Fleming (2-2, 3B, 2 RBIs) and Anna Sawyer (2-2, 3 RBIs) led the way from the plate. Emma Adams (2 IP, 2 H, 5 Ks) picked up the win from the circle. 

DHC (6-1, 4-0) will host West Carteret tonight. 

South Central 13, West Carteret 5

South Central defeated West Carteret March 15. 

Evans (3-5, 3B, 3 Rs, 2 RBIs) and Anna Mewborn (4-5, 3 Rs, 3 SBs) led the way for the Falcons. 

Hertford County 16, North Pitt 1 (3 inn)

North Pitt couldn’t get their offense going in a loss to Hertford County Tuesday.  

Gracie Meeks brought home the only run, tallying an RBI. 

North Pitt (0-7) will host J.H. Rose tonight. 

TRACK AND FIELD

Conley boys finish 12th

D.H. Conley’s boys track and field team finished 12th at the Patriot Invitational with 21 points. 

The Vikings 4x800m relay team of Eli Orians, Jalen Wilson, AJ Miller and Zach Tucker won the event with a time of 8:27.6, which is the second-fastest time in the state in all divisions this season.

Vikings girls take 11th

Ariana Crumpler led the way for DHC at the Patriot Invitational. The Vikings finished 11th with 24.5 points, and Crumpler took second place in the shot put (32-7) and discus (third, 105-6).

DHC will take on Rose this afternoon.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

BASEBALL

Hope 8, EB Aycock 7

Heading into the final inning, Hope (4-1, 2-0) trailed 7-1 before Connor Edwards capped a 4-for-4 game and drove home the game-winning RBI. 

SOFTBALL

Hope 12, EB Aycock 2

Hope moved to 5-0 on the season after downing EB Aycock. 

The Mustangs were led by Kylah Silver (3-3), Emma Kate Reynolds (2-3) and Bri Bowers (2-2).

SOCCER

Greene County 3, Hope 1

Hope fell to Greene County Tuesday, with Corbin Jefferson the lone goal scorer for the Mustangs. 

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