West Brunswick baseball extends streak to 17; Topsail, Hoggard ball clubs get conference wins

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West Brunswick 10    Laney 0

 The win streak is now at 17 games for West Brunswick  as the Trojans used a big fourth inning rally to break open a two-run ballgame in a 10-0 victory at Laney.

Dylan Jeffries. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Dylan Jeffries. Photo by Joe Catenacci

Freshman right-handed hurler Dylan Jeffries threw just 41 total pitches in the effort, allowing one hit and one walk over five innings, with three strikeouts. Jonathan Carlyle paced the lineup in the sixth spot, going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in.

West Brunswick grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third and plated eight runs during the following frame to pick up their 18th win of the season. Tyler Stanley went 1-for-2 atop the order, with 2 RBI’s and one run scored. Owen McDowell added two hits and two runs scored in the nine slot. Tristan Lewis and Hunter Ashburn also drove in one run each.

The Trojans remain unbeaten in league play at 7-0 in conference and 18-1 overall. Laney dropped to 0-8 in the division and 4-15 on the year.

Box score            R  H  E

West     002 80    10 9 0

Laney   000 00     0  1  2

WP: Dylan Jeffries     LP: Stephan Hagewood

 

Topsail 2     New Hanover 0

 After clinching a 2-0 victory behind a strong effort on the mound by senior Payton Rice earlier this season against New Hanover, the Topsail ball club repeated the conference victory Tuesday night as the Pirates earned a season sweep over the Wildcats.

Topsail grabbed a 2-0 win against New Hanover on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Harriet Rice.
Topsail grabbed a 2-0 win against New Hanover on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- Harriet Rice.

Rice scattered two hits and one walk over four innings, with six strikeouts to move to 6-0 on the mound this spring. Payton Phelps tossed three scoreless frames in relief to earn the save.

Topsail was held to just one hit, but the only difference in the game came in the bottom of the fourth. Sam Hall singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a ground ball to the right side. Hall eventually stole third and later scored on a bunt by Gavin Finley. After the Pirates loaded the bases, Aaron Beach walked to force in Bryce Cota for the two-run advantage.

New Hanover had just three hits. Kyle Smith had two of those atop the lineup, while Max Hildreth went 1-for-3. Finley and Beach recorded the runs batted in for Topsail.

After Smith led off the sixth with a single, Phelps induced a fly ball to Cameron Kimrey for the first out, which was followed by an around the horn double play to get out of the inning. Finley started the 5-4-3 put out at third base, giving a good feed to Chase Riker at second, who made the turn to first baseman Josh Madole.

Topsail remains one game back from West Brunswick for first place in the Mideastern Conference. With a pair of games against the Trojans looming, the Pirates improved to 6-1 in the division and 12-6 overall.

New Hanover fell to 5-3 in conference and 12-5 on the year.

Box score                 R H E

NHHS  000 000 0     0  3  1

Topsail 000 200 X    2  1  1

WP: Payton Rice    LP: Blake Walston

 

Hoggard 9    South Brunswick 2

Sam Schmidt. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.
Sam Schmidt. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.

A confident South Brunswick ball club took the trip to Wilmington on Tuesday night, with the Cougars having shown a ton of improvement this spring due to big contributions from the entire roster.

Caleb Clemmons put the Cougars on the board with a solo shot in the top of the first, but Hoggard went ahead for good with a 2 RBI base hit by Sam Schmidt as the Vikings exploded for 15 hits in the ballgame to grab a 9-2 victory.

With a 3-1 advantage after three full innings of play, a bases-loaded walk forced in a run to bring South Brunswick to within one before Brad Pennington relieved Rob Wilkerson on the mound to shut the door. Wilkerson had eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings, while Hoggard rallied for three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth thanks to the offensive surge.

Connor Simpson picked up 2 RBI’s with a stand-up triple. He and Schmidt finished with three hits apiece. Wilkerson also had three runs batted in for the Vikings, who moved to 5-3 in conference and 13-4 overall.

S. Brunswick 100 100 0   –  2  5  2

Hoggard          003 033 X  –  9  15 0

 

 

West Craven 4    Ashley 1

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