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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.

Spike Corbin Field got a face lift during the off season.
Spike Corbin Field got a face lift during the off season.

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.

 New Hanover took the team title as all four players shot in low 80’s for a total of 325, 21 shots ahead of second-place West Brunswick.  Landon Patterson (West) finished three shots off the pace after hitting 80, while teammate Tucker Vaughn finished at, 83. Patterson and Vaughn both qualified for the 3A state tournament last season.
Coming off appearances in regional competition one year ago, Steve Crowell posted an 84 for Topsail. Hogan Xavier Williams went into the clubhouse at 92 to lead South Brunswick, while Xavier Williams finished with a 93.
Team scores
No. 1 New Hanover            325
No. 2 West Brunswick       346
No. 3 Topsail                    352
No. 4 Hoggard                 359
No. 5 Ashley                     372
No. 6 South Brunswick      389
No. 7 Laney                         410
Top individual scores
New Hanover:  J. Tyler 80, B. Moore 81, W. Stanfield 81, B. Mickle 83
West Brunswick:  Landon Patterson 80, Tucker Vaughan 83, S. Faircloth 90, C. Durham 93
Topsail:  M. Johnson 81, H. Wierse 83, Steven Crowell 84, N. Hepler 104
Hoggard:  Coy Shepard 84, John Schenk 86, Nick Orsa 93, Will Steyskal 96
Ashley:  B. Hudson 82, W. VanAlstein 82, H. Coniglio 104, Z. Pollard 104
South Brunswick:  Hogan Disbrow 92, Xavier Williams 93,  J. Narron 97, M. Hardison 107
Laney:  Jackson Young- Medalist 77, Cole McCarthy 93, Charlie Want 118, Karl Lane 122