New Hanover 4 Southern Wayne 2
The New Hanover Wildcats improved to 5-0 on the young season following a 4-2 victory over non-conference foe Southern Wayne at Legion Stadium on Friday. Southern Wayne was looking to bounce back after falling to the Wildcats last night (2-1) in the back end of a home-at-home series.
With the game scoreless in the bottom the second, the Wildcats needed an offensive spark to get the bats going. After Fulton Hill led off the inning with a double, Alex Sniffen drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single and freshman catcher Kyle Smith followed with an RBI double as part of a four-run rally.
Lambert Long and Burke Estes each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Estes also hit a run-scoring single in the second and Jack Croom added an RBI single.
“I love Kyle, he is my best bud, he is one of my favorite freshmen on our team,” said senior pitcher Adam Pecoraro.
Once the Wildcats got the lead, their defense and pitching did the work to preserve it for the rest of the night. Pecoraro scattered four hits and one walk as Southern Wayne scored a pair of earned runs in the fourth.
“I tried to get ahead as often as I could,” Pecoraro added. “I got a little tired at the end of the game, but I beared down at the end so I could get a first pitch strike so I could mix it up and just work with what I had.”
“We are happy with the effort at the plate as far as getting in there and being aggressive,” said Assistant Coach Erik Bron.
The Wildcats return to the diamond for their first conference game of the season on March 18 against Topsail. The Pirates are coming off an 11-10 win against Jacksonville High School Thursday night after they trailed 9-0 early in the game.
West Brunswick 8 North Brunswick 2
West Brunswick erased a two-run deficit by scoring six runs in the top of the fourth in an 8-2 victory at North Brunswick on Friday.
Dylan Jeffries and Greg Noll pieced together big innings on the mound for the Trojans, while Tyler Stanley finished with three RBI’s. Stanley and Tyler McDuffie had two hits apiece.
South Brunswick 4 Pender 3
Laney 5 Jacksonville 4
Jordan Vass went 3-for-3 at the plate for Laney in a 5-4 road victory at Jacksonville. Shelton Lewis picked up the win after tossing 4.2 innings before giving way to Stephen Hagewood, who recorded the final seven outs of the ballgame.
Hunter Gainey and Gage Vass also had one extra base hit each for the Bucs, who improved to 3-1 overall.
Topsail 10 Laney 2
The Pirates continued their early season success by using contributions from the entire lineup to close a perfect week in league play as Topsail pounded 15 hits en route to a 10-2 win over Laney on Friday.
Right-handed hurler Victoria Elder struck out eight in a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits. The junior cleanup hitter also went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles, while classmate Hunter Bizzell finished with four hits in the leadoff spot.
“Today was definitely a confidence booster for our team,” said Bizzell. “We still need to focus on swinging the bats, a few mental things and need to stay level-headed.”
Tanesha Williams delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the second to bring in MacKenzie Williams and Danielle Parks for a 2-0 lead. After Tanesha Williams moved to second on the play thanks to a Bucs throwing error, Christine McLean smacked a base hit up the middle for an early three-run cushion.
Elder added to the advantage in the third with a two-strike single down the right field line, scoring Hunter Bizzell from second. Bizzell finished 4-for-4, including a triple to left to lead off the ballgame, one run batted in and one run scored. McLean and Tanesha Williams went a combined 4-for-6 as the Pirates’ eight and nine hitters.
“The awesome thing about our team is our upperclassmen don’t act like they’re big and better,” Bizzell added. “We’re all equal. We’re close like a family and I think that is a big reason why we’re successful.”
Laney got one back in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to three. Kirstie Langley lined a double into the gap in right-center and Savannah Watkins hit a hot shot up the middle to bring in the run, but Bizzell flashed some leather at shortstop for 6-3 put out.
The Pirates answered with three more runs in the fifth and tacked on two in the sixth. Hayley Grizzle finished the big day at the dish for Topsail with her only hit of the contest, a two-run single to close out the scoring.
Savannah Watkins paced Laney with two hits and two runs batted in, including a double down the left field line. Langley and Savannah Capobianco also added an extra base hit.
Topsail improved to 2-0 in conference and 3-0 overall. Laney dropped to 1-3 on the year and 0-1 in the division.
Box score R H E
Topsail 031 132 0 10 15 1
Laney 001 010 0 2 7 3
North Brunswick 6 West Brunswick 5 (9 innings)
Jessi Williams gave up just two earned runs and struck out 12 in nine innings of work as North Brunswick edged West Brunswick 6-5 on Friday.
Alleigh Himes went 1-for-3 and knocked in the game winning run to give the Scorpions the walk-off win. She also walked twice in the result. Kelsey Ray hit a triple for North Brunswick, while Williams and Val Renna finished with two hits apiece.
New Hanover 8 South Brunswick 4
Ryleigh Tuttle earned the win on the stripe as New Hanover continued its improved play on Friday night with an 8-4 win over South Brunswick.
Tuttle struck out six in the effort. Alissa Boyette hit a pair of doubles and Makayla Himes finished with two hits.
The Wildcats improved to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in conference.
Cardinal Gibbons 4 Laney 1
Baley Edwards scored the lone goal for Laney in a 4-1 loss to against Cardinal Gibbons on Friday night.
Cape Fear Academy 1 Lejeune 1
Cape Fear Academy played to a 1-1 draw with Lejeune on Friday.
Caitlyn Campbell scored on a penalty kick early in the first half to grab an early lead for the home side, but Abby Yeargan found the equalizer for Cape Fear Academy off a corner kick by Sophia Aimone in the 64th minute to level the scored one-all.
The Hurricanes are now 1-0-1 overall and play at home against Topsail on Monday, March 14.
West Brunswick 5 North Brunswick 1
Claire McNeil notched three goals to guide West Brunswick in a 5-1 result over North Brunswick. Greer Josselyn and Madeline Jackson also found the back of the net for the Trojans.
Hoggard 10 Ashley 7 (girls)
Ashley- Goals: Ashley Merritt (4); Katie Houston (1); Averee Gerold (2); Assists: Corrissa Alkins (3); Averee Gerold (1)
Hoggard 17 Ashley 7 (boys)
Hoggard goals: Gunner Philipp (6); Luke Frankeny (2); Donovan Jones (3); Cullum Crowley (2); Carson Whitaker (2); Andy Kotz (2); Assists: Gunner Philipp (3); Luke Frankeny; Donovan Jones; Carson Whitaker; Alex Burbank (2); Cullum Crowley; Saves: Trenton Novelli (7)