Tuesday’s high school scoreboard: Ashley spring break baseball recap

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Ashley 5      Reidsville 0

Ashley broke open a scoreless ballgame with a three-run fourth inning and plated two more late in the game to earn a 5-0 shutout over Reidsville to close out day one of the spring break tournament on Tuesday night.

Freshman hurler Price King struck out seven and allowed no runs in five-plus innings of work to get the victory, scattering four hits.

Evan Laverick. Photo courtesy- Colin Rice.
Evan Laverick. Photo courtesy Colin Rice.
After running into a touch of trouble in the sixth, with runners on first and second and one out, Christian Tafoya​ relieved King and battled out of the inning without giving up a run, while Drake Overton finished the game with a pair of strikeouts in the seventh.
Kason Valentine singled home Donovan Francis in the fourth and Jordan Fentress​ followed with a bunt single to load the bases. Tafoya made it 2-0 on a fielders’ choice and Lee Fentress​ used situational hitting with an RBI groundout to short, giving the Eagles a three-run lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ashley added two insurance runs as D.C. Russ and Evan Laverick​ both reached on errors.  Following a Jordan Fentress hit by pitch, Kyle Stewart​ fought off a two-strike curve ball for a 2 RBI single up the middle.
The Screaming Eagles (6-3) take on Reagan High School at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Reidsville faces Hoggard at 1:30 p.m.

Mooresville 7     Laney 6

With Laney trailing by two in the bottom of the seventh Troy Cruse dropped in a single to score one, but the game-tying run was thrown out at home plate to give Mooresville a 7-6 win in a dramatic finish to game three of the spring break tournament.

Jon Kuebler. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Jon Kuebler. Photo by Joe Catenacci.

The Bucs went down 4-0 after two full innings of play when Gage Vass crossed the plate in the third to get within three, while Laney loaded the bases in the fourth when Jonathan Kuebler smacked a three-run double.

Caleb Klucking put the Blue Devils back in front on a solo shot that was answered in the bottom of the frame with a round tripper by Danny Mone to tie the game 5-all.

Mooresville scored two more in the top of the seventh to set up the play at the plate that ended the game.

Kuebler went 2-for-4 to lead Laney at the plate with a double and 3 RBIs. Griffin Stevens paced the Blue Devils lineup with a double and two runs batted in.

Mooresville faces New Hanover at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, while Laney takes on Southern Lee at 10:30 a.m.


Topsail  12    West Brunswick 2

Danny Wilson, Clark Cota and Trader Flora each hit home runs to lead Topsail in a 12-2 win and regular season sweep over West Brunswick on Tuesday night.

The Pirates carried a 3-0 lead into the top of the third when the Trojans got to within one before Topsail erupted for six runs in the fourth and Clark Cota delivered the knockout blow with a three run shot in the fifth to secure the result.

Trader Flora, right, hit a home run for Topsail on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Colin Rice.
Trader Flora, right, hit a home run for Topsail on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Colin Rice.

Wilson opened the game with a lead off blast to put Topsail on the board, while Flora and Sam Hall finished with two hits apiece. Flora closed with four runs batted in and Jake Madole added two doubles in the victory.

Hunter Ashburn paced the West Brunswick lineup with a 2-for-2 day at the plate, with a double, RBI and run scored.

The Pirates pounded 11 hits in the game and Wilson struck out five in four innings of work to earn the victory.

Topsail remains atop the Mideastern Conference standings with a 5-1 mark in league play and improved to 10-1 overall with their fifth straight win. The Pirates travel to the central part of the state later this week for the Hilltop Invitational against Orange High School on Thursday, April 2.

West Brunswick dropped to 3-3 in conference and 9-3 on the year.

Box score                R H E

West       002 00       2  6  2

Topsail   210  63     12 10 0


North Brunswick 11    South Brunswick 2

Shelton Perkins and Chris Graham collected two hits in an 11-2 win for North Brunswick.


Topsail 3   West Brunswick 2

Victoria Elder struck out 11 to help guide Topsail past West Brunswick 3-2 on Tuesday night.


Cape Fear Academy 3     Harrells Christian 2    (OT)

Carter Boderick tallied twice and send the game-winner into the back of the net with 35 seconds left in overtime to lift Cape Fear Academy past Harrells Christian 3-2 on Monday.

Goals: CFA- Katy Kohut; Carter Broderick (2); Harrells-Margaret Clark (2); Saves: CFA- Delaney Mitchell (3); Harrells-Emily Benton (9)


Cape Fear Academy 11   Carolina Forest  4  (girls)

CFA-Goals: Eugenia Jenkins (4), Juliet Taylor (2), Chase Berry, Erin Seeeney, Liza White, Maya Tucker, Nnemka Agbafe; Assists: Juliet Taylor; Saves: Jillian Tucker (9)

Topsail 17    West Brunswick 2  (girls)