Gryphons win Golden Leaf opener


Telegram Reports

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Rocky Mount High baseball team needed runs, and with three outs remaining the Gryphons were short on time.

RMH managed, anyway, using a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up a 4-2 win over C.B. Aycock on Saturday in the opening round of the Golden Leaf invitational.

The Gryphons trailed 4-1 entering the bottom half of the seventh, and the three-run inning highlighted an otherwise tough offensive day.

RMH (15-5) collected three hits, but capitalized on five errors by C.B. Aycock. The Gryphons scored a run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 2-1, but couldn’t get any closer until the seventh. That’s when the Gryphons scored three times to earn the come-from-behind win.

The Gryphons, one of five local teams to play on Saturday, have two games remaining starting with Farmville Central on Monday, then Rocky Mount Academy on Tuesday.

North Johnston 6, Northern Nash 0

Northern Nash (2-15) couldn’t keep pace with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference co-leaders on Saturday in the opening round of the tournament.

The Knights will play Faith Christian on Monday, then Nash Central on Tuesday.

Rosewood 13, Nash Central 3

The Bulldogs (14-6) allowed nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings combined, and the barrage of late runs led to a five-inning loss in the opening round.

Nash Central trailed 3-0 after the first inning, and could only cut the deficit to 4-3 after the top half of the third. That’s where the score stood until Rosewood piled on five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth.

The Bulldogs were coming off a pair of tense Eastern Plains Conference games this past week, splitting with North Johnston. The two teams currently share the conference lead.

Jamestown Ragsdale 3, Rocky Mount Academy 2

Rocky Mount Academy (12-4) dropped a close, opening-round game at the Golden Leaf tournament.

The Eagles will play C.B. Aycock on Monday and Rocky Mount High on Tuesday.

Faith Christian vs. Eastern Christian Homeschool

The start of the Patriots’ tournament-opening game was pushed back, and wasn’t complete by presstime.

FCS (11-3) is working on a three-game win streak, and will play two more games this tournament with Northern Nash on Monday and East Wake on Tuesday.