Hoggard 4 Dixon 0
After $150,000 worth of renovations to Spike Corbin Field, the Hoggard Vikings took the field for the first time under beautiful conditions and grabbed a 4-0 victory over Dixon in the season opener on Monday.
Thanks to the efforts of the nonprofit Friends of Hoggard Baseball, the ballpark along Shipyard Boulevard underwent a complete face lift during the off season. Among some of the features to the field include: a new brick back stop and netting, fencing along the foul lines, protection barriers in front of each dugout along with a brand new press box and concession stand.
Brad Pennington doubled to left in the win. Matt Suggs also went 2-for-3 with a pair of extra base hits and two RBI’s.
Cameron Godfrey allowed three hits and struck out eight over five innings of work to aid in the shutout.
New Hanover 11 South Johnston 7
Freshmen Blake Walston and Kyle Smith each had three hits apiece to guide New Hanover in an 11-7 road win at South Johnston on Monday.
Smith smacked a two-run triple, while Caleb Bishop earned the start on the mound. The lefty allowed five runs – two earned – on three hits over four innings, with five strikeouts. Adam Pecoraro gave up one earned run on two hits in three innings of relief.
The Wildcats improved to 1-0 and travel to Pender on Tuesday.
Laney 9 Pender 6
Ty Hayward went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs batted in as Laney outlasted Pender 9-6 on Monday. John Speight earned the win on the mound.
Hoggard 10 Dixon 0
Morgan Mathis pitched a complete game shutout as Hoggard blanked Dixon 10-0 to grab an opening day result.
The Viking bats got going early as Olivia Hawkins smacked a triple in the top of the first and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nia Green. A pair of errors with two outs led to five runs in the second for Hoggard, while Mathis fanned the side in the bottom of the frame to maintain a 5-0 lead.
With Dixon threatening in the third, Jessie Mathis made heads-up play to preserve the shutout, while Amanda Pennington put the game in check when the sophomore drove in a pair of runs to make it an eight-run cushion after 5.5 innings.
Trask 9 West Brunswick 2
Whiteville 13 Laney 1
Junior Jackson Young (Laney) fired a six-over-par, 77, on the Par 71 6,000-yard course at Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead to grab individual honors at the season opening Mideastern Conference Golf Tournament on Monday.