Ward Coleman out dueled Donovan Francis with 14 strikeouts and one earned run as New Hanover scratched a run across the board in the top of the ninth to pick up a 5-4 win over Ashley on Friday night.
Coleman scattered six hits and walked just one, while Francis fanned four and kept the Screaming Eagles locked in a tie ballgame until the top of the final frame.
Ashley fought back from a 4-0 hole to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. D.C. Russ started a three-run fourth to by reaching on a three-base error. He would score on a sharp groundout by Lee Fentress and Kason Valentine kept the inning going with another Wildcats miscus. Jordan Fentress then roped a single off the pitcher’s leg, which led to a two-RBI double to right-center off the bat of Kyle Stewart. In the bottom of the fifth, Francis hit a one out double and scored on a single to left by Fentress.New Hanover scored the winning run in the top of the ninth and moved to 5-2 in conference and 11-4 overall with the bounce back win.
The Wildcats had 12 hits and Garrett Walston went 3-for-5. Coleman and Trey Croom added two hits apiece to pace the Wildcats lineup.
With the loss, Ashley’s record is now 8-6, with a conference record of 4-3.
Box score R H E
NHHS 002 200 1 5 12 3
Ashley 000 310 0 4 6 1
WP: Ward Coleman LP: Donovan Francis
Hoggard 8 Laney 3
Robert Wilkerson got the win for Hoggard, while Luke McKeithan and Brandon Boone guided the Vikings at the plate in an 8-3 win over Laney.
Hoggard 16 Laney 8 (boys)
Hoggard: Goals-Cullum Crowley (4); Luke Frankeny (3); Gunner Philipp (2); Donovan Jones (2); Gene Beckwith: (2); Dylan Morton; Alex Burbank; Bryce Apel; Assists- Michael Fasano (2); Dylan Mortan (2); Gunner Philipp; Donovan Jones; Gene Beckwith; Gavin Doherty; Skyler Magsig; Saves-Trenton Novelli (12)
Laney: Goals- Robert “Shell” Herring (3); Kyle Pucci (2); Owen Vogelsong (2); Josh Schutt; Assists-Jackson West; Robert “Shell” Herring; Labaron Wallington; Saves- John “Parker” Plot (11)
Hoggard 13 Laney 7 (girls)
Hoggard: Goals- Julia Buehler (5)l Taylar Herman (4); Maya Ebrahimnejad (2); Julie Davidson (2); Lindsey Yelton; Assists- Sarah Oliver; Buehler; Herman (2); Ebrahimnejad; Saves- Abby Brown (9)
Laney: Goals- Rachel Smith (3); Hailey Sanderson (2)l Tatyana Melvin; Elizabeth Peasley
Hoggard won the first five singles matches en route to a 7-2 road victory over Laney on Thursday.
Dom Scialabba got the Vikings (8-3, 8-2 Mideastern) off to an early lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4. Chase Horton (No. 1), Evan Linett (No. 2) and Dillon Cook (No. 5) each rolled to straight-set victories. Miles Hirchak clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-7(8), 10-5 win at No. 3.
The Vikings added their final two wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles.
Hoggard improved to 8-3 overall and 8-2 in the Mideastern conference. The Vikings play at Cape Fear Academy on Tuesday, April 14.Singles: No. 1 Chase Horton (H) def. Zack Taffer 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Evan Linett (H) def. Brandon McNeill 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 Miles Hirchak (H) def. Evan Michael 6-1, 6-7(8), 10-5; No. 4 Dom Scialabba (H) def. Luke Durham 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Dillon Cook (H) def. Jalen Moore 6-1, 6-1; No. 6 Tim Daley (L) def. Cadman Styers 6-0, 6-3.