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North Pitt Panthers pitcher Jordan Burroughs throws the ball during a game against Farmville Central on Tuesday.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Farmville Central pitcher Abby Foster tossed a five-inning no-hitter as the Jaguars cruised to a 16-1 softball win over North Pitt on Tuesday night in Farmville.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak, both of which came a the hands of North Johnston last week.

Entering the third inning with a 3-0 lead, the Jaguars (8-6, 5-2) added five runs, followed by an additional eight runs in the fifth to end the game early.

Foster led a big offensive showing, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a couple of stolen bases, while Ava Loper (3-for-3, 2 Rs, RBI, 3 SBs) and Sydney Wade (4-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 Rs, RBI, 2 SBs) were also leaders. Foster picked up another complete game from the circle, racking up nine strikeouts.

Sarah Cook (R, SB) scored the lone run for the Panthers (0-14, 0-7), reaching base in the fourth inning via an error.

FC head coach Shawn Talbott was happy to have some of his players who may not routinely see the field get a chance to step in later in the game.

“With the speed we have on our team, we want to run the bases really aggressively, and I thought we did that well tonight,” Talbott said. “Sometimes it’s an opportunity when we have a large lead for those kids who have been on the bench all year cheering to get out on the field.”

Panthers head coach Ingrid Cabaniss has seen improvement in her first season in charge despite the lack of results.

“We are getting better with our pitching,” Cabaniss said. “When I came in as the coach, I had one pitcher, and her pitching isn’t always fast, but we’re working on throwing strikes. Now I also have my utility player who can come in, pitch, play catcher and play shortstop.” 

The pair will face off again tonight, this time in Bethel. 

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

Ayden-Grifton 16, Kinston 0

Ayden-Grifton had no trouble defeating Kinston Tuesday night. 

Kim Gurkins led the way, finishing with two runs and three RBI’s. 

A-G (9-7, 5-4) will travel to face North Lenoir Thursday. 

D.H. Conley 17 J.H. Rose 3

D.H. Conley needed only five innings to down crosstown rival JHR last week. 

The Vikings were led by Madison Bowers (2-for-5, 3B, 5 RBIs), Anna Sawyer (3-for-4, 2 2Bs, 3B, 3 RBIs), Ainsley Mayo (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBIs) and Olivia Knight (2-for-5 2B, 2 RBIs). Lexi Vinxent picked up the pitching win, allowing just one hit and racking up six strikeouts over 3.2 innings.

Lillian Ozimek and Precious Williams led the Rampants from the plate, each hitting a double.  

SOCCER

D.H. Conley 11, Southern Wayne 0

D.H. Conley’s offensive explosion helped the Vikings down Southern Wayne Tuesday night. 

Jenna Rupp (2), Mary McKnight (2) ,Lydia Overly (2), Gabrielle Kirkman, Annika Stoakes, Autumn Sorrell, Trista Moore and Maeve English all scored goals. Ashley Tucker (2), Rupp (2), Kaley Sloan (2), Emily Hollinger (2), Sorrell, Ella Philpot and Kirkman all were credited with assists.

DHC (17-1, 11-0) will host Havelock tonight.

Farmville Central 4, North Pitt 1 

Farmville Central continued its strong season with a win over 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival North Pitt. 

Corinne Denham had two goals to lead the Jaguars. Kamajha Taylor and Zion Shephard added one goal each.

BASEBALL

North Pitt 11, Farmville Central 0 

North Pitt earned a blowout win over 2-A Eastern Plains rival Farmville Central on Tuesday night.

The Panthers were led by Gentry Green (2-for3, 2 Rs, RBI, BB) and Matthew Bailey (2-for-4, 2 Rs).

NP (15-3, 4-3) will host FC (2-8, 1-6) tonight.

TRACK AND FIELD

Conley takes first and second at Rose

The D.H. Conley track and field team had another strong showing April 10 at Rose. The boys team finished first with 86 points. JHR finished second with 69 points.

Winners for the Vikings included Peyton Walters (1600 ,4:37; 3200, 10:51) and Reed Chandler in the shot put (39-1) and discus (112-3). Kevin Payton won the 300 hurdles in a time of 43.24 and then anchored the 4x400m relay team (Jerimiah Moore, David Mallison, Deshawn Blount, Payton) to victory in a time of 3:49.

The Conley girls finished second with 79 points, seven points behind the victorious host Rampants (86). 

A'riana Crumpler won the discus with a throw of 127-3, while Hayley Ferrell won the 800 (2:28), and Emma Cole took the 1600 in 5:56. Alice Guth also picked up a win in the 3200 (14:20).

BOYS TENNIS

Greene Central hosted the Eastern Carolina Conference tennis tournament on Tuesday and nearly claimed the singles  and doubles champions.

The Rams tandem of Brandon Gilbert and Cameron Beamon topped North Lenoir’s Freddie Mielke and Matthew Riddick for the conference title, winning the championship match and qualifying for the regional round. Also qualifying for Greene Central were Freddie Mielke and Matthew Riddick.

North Lenoir’s Shane Swindell downed GC’s Tucker Williams, 6-1, 6-2 in the singles title match for the ECC crown, but both players are regional qualifiers.

GC finished atop the overall standings, and Tim Medlin was named coach of the year.

D.H. Conley 5, J.H. Rose 4 

DHC escaped with a tight win over rival Rose April 12 thanks to the play of their No. 1 doubles pair, Sean Jung and Drew Varnell. Jung and Varnell secured the win for the Vikings after defeating Owen Osborne and Perrin Jones, 9-7.

Singles winners for DHC included, Varnell (No. 2), Will Vodicka (No. 5) and Alex Pittman (No. 6). Pittman and Matthew Hayes also picked up a win at No. 3 doubles.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Rose off to state championship

The J.H. Rose beach volleyball squad will represent the east in the state finals May 11, after clinching the No. 1 seed. The Rampants picked up three wins April 13, sweeping Epiphany, Swansboro and West Carteret, 3-0. 

Taylor Ringler and Virginia Rahilly were the one-seed for all three matches. Hailey Davenport and Carlee Coleman were the two-seed and the pairing of Savannah Davenport and Langley Mercer were the three-seed in every matchup.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS 

SOCCER

Hope 3, Wellcome 0 

Hope earned another win Tuesday night as Steven Cocolas scored two goals and Corbin Jefferson added the final score. 

Hope (11-2, 6-2) will travel to face P.S. Jones Wednesday.

Hope 3, A.G. Cox 0

The Mustangs (10-2, 5-2) defeated A.G. Cox on April 12. 

Cocolas, Henry Conway and Jefferson all scored for Hope. 

BASEBALL

Hope 5, P.S. Jones 3 

James Elpers (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) had the game-winning double in the top of the eighth inning to key Hope’s win over P.S. Jones on Monday. 

Cole Smith (3-for-4, RBI) and Josh Weidner (2-for-2, RBI) also had strong outings. 

Hope will wrap up its season Wednesday when it hosts Wellcome.

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