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Prep Sports Roundup: NECP baseball eases past Hobgood Charter
An 11-run second inning was all the Huskies needed to pull away and defeat Hobgood Charter 17-3 in a nonconference game on Wednesday.
Tyson Watson led NECP (2-1 overall) with three hits and four RBI, while Jarrett Warren also collected three hits, Jalil Everette added two hits (one a home run) and an RBI and Landon Browning provided two hits (one a double).
Chipping in with one hit each for the Huskies were Chandler Mitchum (double), Will Anderson (two RBI) and Carson Keeter (RBI).
Browning picked up the win on the mound for NECP. He worked 2.2 frames and allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts and two walks.
SWE 17, Rocky Mount 14
SouthWest Edgecombe scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and added two more in the fifth frame to rally past Rocky Mount in a nonconference game on Wednesday in Pinetops.
The Cougars emerged 6-0 overall while the Gryphons fell to 0-6.
SWE put up 10 runs in the first inning and matched RM with two runs in the third. The Gryphons then collected 11 runs in the top of the fourth to take a 13-12 advantage.
Rocky Mount amassed 10 hits against Cougar pitching.
Jack McKellar went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI, while Alex Beasley was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Adding one hit each were Justin Long (RBI), Kelijah Evans, Isaiah Silver (RBI) and James High (two RBI).
Four Gryphon pitchers (Stephon Jones, Long, Beasley and McKellar) combined to allow 11 hits and 17 runs (eight earned) with 10 walks and two strikeouts.
Jarin Abrams, Tyler Mears and Brysten Keel worked on the mound for SouthWest.
Nash Central 8 North Johnston 3
A pair of four-run innings (the fourth and the sixth) helped Nash Central improve to 4-3 overall with a nonconference win over North Johnston on Wednesday in Micro.
The Bulldogs finished with 15 hits against the Panthers as five players had multi-hit games.
Hannah Hudlow belted two home runs, went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in five runs for Nash Central, while Alexis Hedgepeth homered, went 3-for-4, added a double and scored once while driving in two runs. Maci Worrells, Peyton Langley (double) and Taylor Rooks had two hits each.
Contributing one hit each were Layla Lafferty, Abby Joyner and Dana Webb. Lydia Hill had the other RBI.
Hannah Frazier earned the win in the circle for the Bulldogs. She went all seven innings and allowed eight hits and three runs (all earned) with two strikeouts and two walks.
NJ scored its three runs in the bottom of the sixth frame after Nash Central had built an 8-0 advantage.
Hobgood Charter 13, NECP 8
North East Carolina Prep fell to 1-1 overall on the season following a nonconference loss to Hobgood Charter on Wednesday.
The Raiders improved to 1-1.
Southern Nash 9 North Lenoir 0
Solid possession of the ball combined with good passing helped the Ladybirds control the flow of the match, and they scored four goals in the first half and five more in the second stanza for an easy nonconference victory over the Hawks in LaGrange on Wednesday night.
Charlotte Benson collected four goals and an assist for Southern Nash (4-2) while Amber Patterson also had four goals and Emory Gibson added one goal and three assists. Blair Batchelor provided the other assist.
The defense allowed just two North Lenoir shots on goal, and Mercedes Ledbetter, Emily Terry, Erika Landa and Brenda Martinez played well off the bench, according to Ladybirds head coach Robbie Kennedy.