Vikings hold off Falcons, 7-4
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, April 18, 2019
D.H. Conley recorded its second win, and season sweep, of rival South Central Thursday night, 7-4.
The win increased the gap between the two sides, giving Conley a three-game lead over the second-place Falcons in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
Entering the sixth inning, SC (16-3, 10-3) had managed just four hits off Vikings starter Lexi Vincent (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 Ks, WP). A walk from Madison Deanes (R, 2 BBs) was quickly followed up by three consecutive hits by Marissa Roach (2-for-4, R), Amya Evans (1-for-3, R, RBI) and Holly Morrison (1-for-3, 2 RBIs).
With the game tied at four, the Falcons looked to hold off the Vikings and avoid a repeat of the pairs last meeting, a 4-2 Conley win due to a late three-run rally.
Carson Fleming (3-for-3, 3B) nailed a triple to immediately put the pressure on Falcons pitcher Isabel Moore (6 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 Ks, CG). She then scored off a Maggie Craig single. Darci Anderson, who replaced Craig as a courtesy runner, and Trinity Nichols also scored to put DHC in the lead once again, 7-4.
Alexis Phillips (1-for-2, 2 Rs), Peyton Farmer and Olivia Knight all scored in the third inning, giving Conley the early advantage.
DHC head coach Wayne Deans was happy with his team’s response to the Falcons’ offense in the sixth inning.
“Early in the season at Washington, we were in the same situation and we didn’t do very well,” Deans said. “Against Ayden-Grifton, we were down 3-0 and we came back and won. We’ve had our moments recently where we’ve played a little bit behind here and there. Against a team like South Central, when you fall behind, that is not a good thing, but luckily we were never down in this game.”
Falcons head coach Cotton Nicholson was disappointed in his squad’s slow start at the plate.
“I didn’t think we were very sharp early in the game,” Nicholson said. “We gave them the opportunity to score some runs and they took advantage when they had to. They got four runs and had one ball out of the infield, and that was a sacrifice fly, but they did the job. We didn’t battle well at the plate until that one inning where we tied it up and then they came back. You have to hand it to them, they bounced back themselves.”
The win puts Conley closer to its first conference title since 2015.
“We’ve had some good players and good teams in the past, but we’ve fallen short, usually to a team like South Central,” Deans said. “For us to come back this season, I wouldn’t call it revenge, but we have that extra incentive to want a conference championship this season.”
Conley will now prepare to host its annual Lady Vikings Easter Tournament, which begins Saturday and will be played at the Sara Law Softball Complex. South Central will play two games Monday, the final day of the event.
“The good thing is it is a way for us to come together,” Deans said. “It’s not just us playing games, its every coach, every player and every parent doing volunteer work, which is a big thing for us. It also gives me a chance to see teams play we normally wouldn’t see and allows the girls to come together in a little more relaxed environment.”
Conley will kick off the event Saturday at 9 a.m., when they face Amelia County (Va.). South Central will play the first of its two games Monday at 11 a.m. when they take on Greene Central.
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Farmville Central 21, North Pitt 1
Farmville Central completed its back-to-back series sweep of North Pitt Wednesday.
Abby Foster picked up the win for the Jaguars from the circle.
Sarah Cook (1-for-3) scored the only run for the Panthers.
NP (0-15, 0-8) will return to action after the Easter holiday, when they wrap up the season with two games against North Johnston on April 30 and May 2. Farmville Central (9-6, 6-2) will take on Tarboro April 22 as part of the D.H. Conley Easter Tournament.
J.H. Rose 5, New Bern 0
J.H. Rose had a solid win over 3-A 4-A ECC opponent New Bern pn Thursday night.
Shane Rademacher tossed a complete game, giving up only three hits while racking up eight strikeouts.
Micheal Allen (1-for-2, HR) and Wade Jarman (2-for-3, RBI) had solid nights at the plate.
JHR (14-5, 9-3) will host Wakefield Friday, weather permitting, to kick off the Pitt County Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
North Pitt 4, Farmville Central 3
North Pitt escaped with a win over Farmville Central thanks to a seventh-inning walk-off.
Gentry Green led the way, scoring two runs and earning two walks. Matthew Bailey (1-for-3, R, RBI, BB) also had a strong night.
NP (16-3, 5-3) will return to action Saturday for their first game of the Pitt County Classic, squaring off against Greene Central. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Greene Central 10, South Lenoir 9
Greene Central held off a red hot South Lenoir team Wednesday. Zach Taylor (3-for-3, 2 Rs, 6 RBIs, 2 BBs) led the way along with Jalin Connor (3 Rs) and AJ Dupree (2 Rs).
GC (7-8, 5-6) will take on North Pitt Saturday at 6 p.m. in Bethel for the first game of the Pitt County Classic.
Mattamuskeet 17, TEACH 15
TEACH fell in a tight, high-scoring match-up with Mattamuskeet Wednesday.
Four players earned multiple Stephen Trainor (4-for-6, 3 RBI), Colby Case (3-for-6, 3 Rs, 2 RBIs), Nick Jones (1-for-5, 2 Rs, 2 RBIs, BB) and Will Rose (3 Rs, RBI, 3 BBs).
D.H. Conley 10, Havelock 1
The Vikings had no issues downing Havelock Wednesday.
Jenna Rupp scored four goals, while Gabrielle Kirkman had a hat trick and Lydia Overly added a pair and Ashley Tucker added one. Rupp added three assists, while Allison Dixon, Kirkman, Emily Hollinger, Mary McKnight, Tucker and Haven Best also picked up assists.
Hope 16, Wellcome 1
Hope wrapped up the season with a big win over Wellcome to finish 10-3.
James Elpers (3-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Colby Case (2-for-3) led the way for the Mustangs.
Hope 11, Wellcome 1
Hope swept both games against Wellcome Wednesday.
Olivia Hadnott picked up the win in game one. Savannah Akins, Mia Trueblood, EK Reynolds, Saylor Whitley and Kylah Silver led the Mustangs from the plate.
Hope 15, Wellcome 1
Brinley Hamilton earned the win in the circle for game two. Hamilton, Emma Grace Bunting, Mallory Askew, Bri Bowers, Silver and Aidan McHugh all earned hits.
Hope 5, P.S. Jones 0
Henry Conway earned a hat trick and Corbin Jefferson added two more goals in Hope’s big win over P.S. Jones Wednesday.