Prep roundup: Firebirds softball completes undefeated conference mark
Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Southern Nash softball team completed an undefeated conference season on Thursday with its 2-1 victory over Franklinton on the road in a Big East Conference game.
The Firebirds (15-2, 10-0) needed to come back from a 1-0 deficit, and Kierstin Cooper found a way to do just that. Cooper’s two-run single in the fourth gave Southern Nash the lead for good.
Carrigan Ewers made the margin stand in the circle, striking out 11 in a complete game.
Rocky Mount Academy 3, Wayne Christian 0
Rocky Mount Academy (11-1) earned a home non-conference win on Thursday behind a no-hitter from Emily Winstead.
The freshman recorded 17 strikeouts in the circle over six innings.
On offense, the Eagles scored in the third when singles by Elizabeth Winstead and Gabbi Stewart followed a Mary Jones RBI triple to produce two runs. The Eagles added another run in the fifth on a triple by Elizabeth Winstead, who later came around to score.
Nash Central 1, North Johnston 0
Nash Central (7-6, 6-2) won its first game in regulation since April 4, breaking a stretch of three matches that reached overtime.
With the Eastern Conference Plains win, the Bulldogs strengthened their stronghold on second place in the conference with third place Wilson Beddingfield (5-4 Big East) losing to SouthWest Edgecombe.
Farmville Central leads the conference with an 8-0 record
SouthWest Edgecombe 1, Wilson Beddingfield 0, 3OT
SouthWest Edgecombe (10-5, 4-4) needed three overtime periods to earn a home Eastern Plains Conference win.
The last time the two teams met was on April 3, a 1-0 win for Beddingfield. Thursday’s match was tight, too. Neither team scored until the Cougars found the back of the net in the third overtime session.
North Johnston 4, Nash Central 2
Nash Central (14-5, 7-1) lost its first Eastern Plains Conference game this season, as North Johnston and the Bulldogs traded blows this week. Nash Central handed the Panthers (16-1, 7-1) their first loss of the season on Tuesday.
Trey Whitley went all six innings on the mound for the Bulldogs, allowing three earned runs. He also batted home a run late to tie the score at 2-2. Nash Central couldn’t hold the lead, and a chance in the seventh with the tying run on second base fell through.
Nash Central’s next game is on Saturday at the Golden Leaf tournament.
Wilson Fike 16, Northern Nash 2
Northern Nash (2-14, 0-10) couldn’t keep up with the visiting Demons in a Big East Conference loss.
The Knights are scheduled to play North Johnston on Saturday and Faith Christian on Monday in the Golden Leaf tournament.
Northside-Pinetown 2, Tarboro 1
Tarboro (10-8, 7-4) dropped a road Coastal Plains Conference game by allowing two late runs.
The Vikings scored in the top of the first and held a 1-0 lead until Northside-Pinetown scored a run in the bottom of the sixth. Tarboro allowed another run in the seventh and lost.
Faith Christian 11, Thales Academy 1
Faith Christian (11-3) had little trouble earning a non-conference home win on Thursday.
The Patriots are now 7-0 at home, and will start a stretch of road games played in Wilson during the Golden Leaf invitational which begins Saturday.
Rocky Mount Academy 17, Wayne Country Day 2
Rocky Mount Academy (11-3) picked up a smooth non-conference win.
Will Stewart started and earned the win for the Eagles, with Jacob Braddy pitching as well. Stewart was also 2-for-2 at the plate.
RMA is in action at 3 p.m. Saturday against Ragsdale in the Golden Leaf tournament.