Winstead no-hitter lifts Eagles
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The Rocky Mount Academy softball team improved on its perfect start to the season on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory at Halifax Christian Academy behind yet another stellar showing from freshman Emily Winstead.
The Eagles (7-0, 2-0) picked up the road NCISAA Coastal Conference win behind a no-hitter from Winstead, who struck out 13 batters. Winstead is now 6-0 this season, and hasn’t allowed a run in 21 innings.
On offense, Gabbi Stewart batted in all three runs, and Elizabeth Winstead added two hits and scored a pair of runs.
RMA scored a run in the top of the first, and were kept scoreless until the seventh when Stewart had a two-out, two-run hit to add a couple of insurance runs.
Southern Nash 2, Wilson Fike 1
Southern Nash earned a road Big East Conference win with the help of a big sixth inning.
The Firebirds (10-2, 5-0) scored two runs in the top of the sixth to come back from a one-run deficit, and held on for the win. Carrigan Ewers hit a score-tying solo home run in the sixth, and opened the door for Ricki Bartley’s go-ahead RBI double later in the frame.
The victory was secured when freshman Alexa Daniel made a difficult catch in center with the tying run aboard. Ewers, Anna Strickland and Taylor Bailey each had two hits to lead SN, which hosts Franklinton on Friday.
Nash Central 4, North Pitt 3
The Bulldogs (9-4, 3-0), needed extra innings to secure the home Eastern Plains Conference win on Wednesday.
Nash Central trailed 1-0 going into the sixth, where it took a 3-1 lead on a Trey Whitley single. But Nash Central allowed a pair of runs and entered the seventh tied 3-3. Drifton Padgett was intentionally walked to load the bases in the seventh, and Chandler Padgett was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run in walkoff fashion.
Southern Nash 7, Northern Nash 2
Southern Nash continued its perfect season with a road Big East Conference win, this one coming as the second win this season against the Knights (2-7, 0-6).
For the Firebirds (13-0, 7-0), Dylan Alligood, Hector Perez, David Vasquez, Adolfo Gonzalez and Michael Hernandez all won singles matches. In doubles, Perez and Gonzalez teamed to secure a win, while Alligood and Hernandez secured a doubles win.
Southern Nash will attempt to improve on its unblemished record on Thursday when it hosts Wilson Hunt.
Rocky Mount Academy 9, Halifax Academy 1
Rocky Mount Academy picked up its fifth consecutive win with Wednesday’s home NCISAA Coastal Conference victory.
The Eagles (9-2, 6-1) will host conference leader St. Thomas More at 5:30 p.m. Friday.