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Nash Central soccer wins another in overtime

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Telegram Reports

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Nash Central girls’ soccer team seems to have a knack for extending matches into overtime.

Tuesday was no different as the Bulldogs scored a tying goal in the second half to send their third consecutive match into overtime, and fourth overall this season.

Nash Central earned a 2-1 win in a home Eastern Plains Conference match after scoring in the first overtime. This one didn’t need penalty kicks to decide the winner, something that decided each of the previous two matches — one win and one loss.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in extra-time matches.

Rocky Mount High 2, Southern Nash 0

Rocky Mount High (10-7, 7-4) scored two goals in the second half to earn a road big East Conference win. The Gryphons broke a scoreless tie with under eight minutes to play, and would add another late goal to cap the scoring.

This was the second consecutive win for RMH, which ended a three-match losing streak with an overtime win over Northern Nash on Monday.

Southern Nash (8-8) lost for the second time in as many matches, and next plays on April 29 at Nash Central.

Farmville Central 4, SouthWest Edgecombe 1

SouthWest Edgecombe (9-5, 3-4) couldn’t extend its two-game winning streak in a road Eastern Plains Conference loss.

The conference-leading Jaguars (10-4, 8-0) haven’t lost in league play.

Softball

Southern Nash 11, Rocky Mount High 1

The Firebirds (14-2, 9-0) secured the Big East Conference championship title with the five-inning, home Big East Conference win.

Carrigan Ewers hit a three-run home run, her fifth of the season. Ewers ignited an eight-run third inning which blew open the game. Anna Strickland went 3-for-3, Ricki Barley added a two-run double, and Elisabeth Collie had an RBI single.

Kierstin Cooper earned the win in the circle, allowing one hit over five innings with 11 strikeouts.

Baseball

Rocky Mount High 4, Southern Nash 3

The Gryphons secured a tight Big East Conference home win.

Rocky Mount High (13-5, 6-3) scored all of its runs from the fourth inning on, and a two-run sixth completed the comeback for good.

Southern Nash (6-12, 3-7) held a 3-0 lead through the top of the fourth.

Sam Mills had two RBIs, both coming via sacrifice fly, and also started and went four innings and struck out seven. Evan Hart came on in relief and earned the win. Hart allowed one hit over the final three innings.

RMH has now won five of its past six games.

Wilson Fike 5, Northern Nash 4

Northern Nash (2-14, 0-9) dropped a Big East Conference game on the road on Tuesday. It was the first one-run loss for the Knights this season.

Northern Nash hosts the conference-leading Demons (15-1, 8-1) on Thursday to finish the season series.

Nash Central 6, North Johnston 3

Nash Central (13-4, 7-0) has now won its past nine games, including all seven conference games, after Tuesday’s home Eastern Plains Conference win.

Chandler Padgett pitched 6 ⅔ innings and struck out 11 for the Bulldogs. Trey Whitley collected the final out of the important conference win. Whitley earned the save with a strikeout.

North Johnston (15-1, 6-1) entered the game undefeated and held a 2-0 lead heading into the third. That’s where the Bulldogs took the lead by scoring four runs in the inning off hits by Whitley (a two-run double), Zach Vaughn and Scott Henry.

Drifton Padgett scored two runs in the inning.

Nash Central travels to North Johnston on Thursday to continue the series.

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