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New Hanover 5    Ashley 4
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.

Ward Coleman.
Ward Coleman.
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 remains atop the Mideastern Conference after Fridays win. Photo courtesy John Crouch
Hoggard remains atop the Mideastern Conference after Fridays win. Photo courtesy John Crouch.
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

Ashley 20     New Hanover 2 (girls)
Ashley: Goals- Natalee Kasden (5); Corissa Alkins   (4); Abigail Efting; Averee Gerold  (7); Bellamy Tyson (2);
Ashley Merritt;  Saves:Kelsea Meadows (11); Jordyn Baker (3)
Topsail 3     Richlands 0
Goals-Carmen Pyrtle; Breanna O’Conner; Amanda Allen; Assists-Lexi Gilley, Carmen Pyrtle; Saves- Hayley Childress (6)


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.
Doubles: No. 1 Linett/Scialabba (H) def. Taffer/McNeill 8-4; No.  Hirchak/Timothy Dixon (H) def. Moore/Michael 8-3; No. 3 Durham/Nathan Bastian (L) def. Styers/Andrew Haskins 8-5.