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Thursday's prep roundup: Nash Central tennis wins big

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By PATRICK MASON
Sports Writer

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Nash Central boys’ tennis team cruised to an Eastern Plains Conference win on Thursday over SouthWest Edgecombe.

The Bulldogs swept the match, earning a 9-0 decision.

Cameron Johnson won at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2, while teammate Isaiah Hernandez won, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. The pair teamed at the top doubles slot to earn an 8-2 victory.

Other winners for Nash Central were Israel Brown at No. 3, Elijah Brown at No. 4, Keshav Patel at No. 5, and Gabriel Woodard at No. 6. All wins were straight-set victories.

It was the second win of the season for Nash Central, which had played three previous matches against Big East Conference teams. The Bulldogs earned a season-opening win against Northern Nash, before suffering losses to Rocky Mount High and Southern Nash.

“Rocky Mount is really good,” Nash Central coach Michael Johnson said. “They blitzed us. Southern Nash is quite good, too, and we had some close ones, so that was encouraging.”

Nash Central (2-2) will face Southern Nash (6-1) again, this time in Bailey at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Southern Nash 8

Northern Nash 1

The Firebirds cruised to their sixth win of the season with a Big East Conference win over the host Knights.

Southern Nash No. 1 Zach Perry needed a third set to defeat Coley Corbin, 6-1, 2-6 (10-5), in the tightest contest of the match.

Jacob Glover (No. 3 singles), Parker Strickland (No. 4), Hector Perez (No. 5) and Dylan Alligood (No. 6) all earned wins for the Firebirds. Glover and Blaize Graham teamed to earn a win at No. 1 doubles.

For Northern Nash (2-3), Owen Hans earned the lone win at No. 2 singles. He defeated Graham, 6-4, 6-1.

Baseball

Rocky Mount Academy 8

Raleigh Grace Christian 4

Rocky Mount Academy continues to play solid baseball en route to its fourth win in as many tries.

On Thursday, the Eagles needed to battle back from an early deficit and used a five-run third inning to take the lead for good. Woodall Rose earned the win, striking out five over five innings. Rose allowed four runs in the first inning, but the bats picked him up.

The Eagles (4-0) got four extra-base hits, including a triple from Jacob Braddy and Will Stewart. Thomas Griffin and Rose each smacked a double. Braddy added three RBIs, with Griffin batting in a pair of runs.

RMA is back in action on Monday when it travels to Greenville to play Oakwood.

Faith Christian 13

Raleigh St. Thomas More 1

Faith Christian had little trouble earning its fifth win of the season with a nonconference road win on Thursday.

The Patriots (5-0), coming off a state title last season, haven’t lost through the first five game. Offense has been a large part of FCS’ success, scoring no fewer than seven runs in each game.

The Patriots travel to Harrells Christian Academy for a 4 p.m.start this afternoon.

Softball

SouthWest Edgecombe 8

Hertford County 1

SouthWest Edgecombe moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season after defeating Hertford County, 8-1, at home.

The Cougars (3-2) rebounded after losing the first two games of the season, to win the next three. On Thursday, the Cougars scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, then tacked on three more in the third.

One more run in the fifth, followed by two more in the sixth was enough to withstand a late push from the Bears, who managed to score a run in the top of the seventh.

Girls’ Soccer

Rocky Mount High 4

Nash Central 1

The Gryphons scored a pair of goals in each half to hand the Bulldogs their first loss this season.

Nash Central scored one goal in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net in the final 40 minutes. The Bulldogs (3-1) opened the season with a win at RMH.

The Gryphons (2-3) answered back, with a win on Nash Central’s home field. The teams don’t meet again this season after Nash Central’s conference switch.

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