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Conley downs Rose in thriller, 5-4

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D.H. Conley player noah Link (#9) crosses over first base during a game against J.H. Rose on Thursday.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A single by Noah Link that scored Josh McCarter proved to be the game-winning run on Thursday night, as D.H. Conley baseball wrapped up a season sweep of rival J.H. Rose at Guy Smith Stadium, 5-4, in 10 innings. 

“Both teams played really well tonight,” DHC head coach Jason Mills said. “Defensively, we made a mistake in the seventh that put the tying run at the plate. Then we missed a bad spot and Jake Henry (Rogers) deposited that thing and hit it a long way. That’s the fun thing about when we play Rose every year, both teams are going to give their best effort.”

In addition to McCarter (2-4, 3 RBIs), Cam Jackson (1-3, 2 Rs, 2 BBs) and Jake Lysaght (1-3, 2 Rs, 2 BBs) also had strong nights from the plate for the Vikings. Starter Matthew Matthijs gave up two hits and two earned runs while striking out six batters in five innings to earn the win.

With just one out left, Rogers stepped to the plate with Rose trailing 4-2. On an 0-2 count, he lifted his only hit of the night for a critical home run over the left field fence to send the game into extra innings.

Ryker Galaksa (HR, 2 BBs) also had a strong outing for Rose, and Shane Rademacher led JHR from the hill. He struck out six batters while giving up four hits and four runs, three earned, in five innings on the mound. 

“About anything you wanted to see in a baseball game happened tonight,” Rampants head coach Ronald Vincent said. “Tremendous pitching on both sides. Our guys did good, we just had way too many strikeouts. You have to give their pitchers credit for that. They threw strikes and competed. What a great game to watch and be a part of.”

Rose finished with 14 strikeouts.

Vincent also credited Jackson, a Conley outfielder, for an impressive diving catch in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

“If Jackson doesn’t make the catch in the top of the eighth inning it’s a different ballgame. He doesn’t make that play, we win that game.”

Conley (15-1, 9-0) will travel to face New Bern tonight. Rose (12-5, 7-3) will travel to face Fike Saturday. 

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

North Pitt 4, SouthWest Edgecombe 3

North Pitt snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday after defeating SouthWest Edgecombe.

The Panthers were led by Gentry Green (1-2, R, BB) and Samuel Tripp (1-3, R, RBI).

NP (14-4, 3-3) will travel to face Farmville Central on April 16.

North Lenoir 3, Greene Central 0

Greene Central couldn’t manage any runs Thursday night, despite recording five hits. 

GC (6-7, 4-5) will travel to face West Craven April 16. 

SOFTBALL

South Central 12, New Bern 2 (5 inn.)

A nine-run explosion from South Central in the fourth inning resulted in the Falcons' fifth consecutive run-rule victory on Thursday night in Winterville.

South Central (15-1, 9-1) has scored a total of 67 total runs in its six-game win streak, but got off to a slow start.

“It took us two or three innings to get warmed up to the pitcher.” SC head coach Cotton Nicholson said. “Once we started hitting the ball though, we started finding some gaps.”

Early on, Falcons second baseman Jessica Purcell knocked in Kennedy Fipps on a single in the second inning. Amya Evans and Sarah Ebeling had RBI singles in the third to increase their lead to 3-0.

In the fourth, New Bern got itself into trouble with five walks in the frame. Marissa Roach and Holly Morrison both had two-run singles, and later in the inning, Anna Mewborn capped her 2-for-3 evening with a bases-clearing three-RBI triple.

“It's a lot of fun.” Mewborn said about being a part of SC's offensive production recently. “We've got to start off hitting better, but tonight we started slow and picked it up.”

SC's Izzy Moore slung another complete game, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out six without issuing any walks.

“We've done really well this season, I will say. I'm really proud of them,” the sophomore pitcher said about her run support. “When my outside pitches and rise-ball were working, they were swinging and missing. I just need to work on my spins a little bit.”

South Central's next game is Tuesday against C.B. Aycock, with senior night festivities taking place. First pitch is set for 6 P.M.

- Mitchell Thomas

Farmville Central 10, SouthWest Edgecombe 0

Farmville Central picked up a big win in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Wednesday night after defeating SW Edgecombe. 

Kate Lancaster (1-2, 2 Rs, BB) and Sydney Wade (1-2, 2 Rs, BB) led the way for the Jaguars.

D.H. Conley 16, C.B. Aycock 2

Conley won its 10th straight contest Wednesday after dominating C.B. Aycock. 

Leading the Vikings’ explosive offense was Alexis Phillips (3-4, HR, 4 RBIs), Trinity Nichols (2-2, GS, 4 Rs, 4 RBIs) and Carson Fleming (2-4, 2B, 3 RBIs). Lauren Wiles picked up the win, allowing two hits, four walks and two earned runs while striking out 10 batters.

SOCCER

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

A goal by Jenna Rupp was the lone score in Conley’s win over rival Rose.

Mary McKnight was credited with the assist.

Conley (16-1, 10-0) will host Southern Wayne on Tuesday, while Rose (9-6-1, 7-3) travels to Eastern Wayne.

Parrott Academy 6, Cary Christian 5 

In battle of top teams in the state APA (10-1, 3-0) walked away with a tight win over Cary Christian on Wednesday night. 

Megan Blair and Alex Melk each had two goals and an assist, while Annabelle Averette added a goal and two assists. Giselle Cervantes scored the game-winner off an assist by Ava Blair. 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

BASEBALL

Hope 3, A.G. Cox 2 

Hope improved to 7-3, 6-2 after downing rival A.G. Cox on Thursday. 

Leading the offense was Collin West (2-4, RBI), James Elpers (1-3, RBI) and  Connor Edwards (2-3). 

Hope returns to action Monday when they face P.S. Jones.

SOFTBALL

Hope 12, A.G. Cox 8

Riley Trueblood (2-3) and Aidan McHugh (1-2) paced Hope in the Mustangs’ win over A.G. Cox Thursday. 

Hope (9-1, 6-1) will face P.S. Jones Monday. 

SOCCER 

Hope 4, E.B. Aycock 1 

Steven Cocolas scored two goals, with Corbin Jefferson and Quincy Spangenburg adding two more in Hope’s win over E.B. Aycock. 

Hope (9-2, 4-2) will take on A.G. Cox tonight.

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