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Northside softball rallies for victory

By Staff
Staff reports
COLUMBIA -- Northside High School's softball team pulled out a victory in the top of the seventh inning to beat non-conference foe Columbia Friday afternoon at Columbia High School.
The Panthers rallied with four runs in the top of the final inning to capture a 7-4 victory to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Northside went into the seventh inning down 4-3 with its sixth, seventh and eighth batter coming up to bat. The first two batters grounded out and struck out respectively.
Megan Hollowell singled then stole second. Myra Steppe drew a walk to open up the possibility for a force play at any bag. However, Tricia Mercer singled to left, scoring Hollowell and moving Steppe to third. The single tied the game and gave Northside new life.
Steppe stole home for the go-ahead run and Roxanne Tankard singled in Mercer. As an insurance run, Crystal Cooper doubled in Tankard.
Northside picked up the win with Hollowell, a freshman, on the mound. It was her first start on a varsity squad. Hollowell saw two innings of play Thursday against Jamesville.
Northside will play a make up game against Pamlico County Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Yeatesville.
Northside 100 110 4 -- 7 8 5
Columbia 020 020 0 -- 4 4 0
WP: Megan Hollowell; LP: Arland Furlough
N. -- Tricia Mercer 1-3, Roxanne Tankard 1-4, Crystal Cooper 1-2, Phelan Fletcher 1-3, Megan Hollowell 2-3; C. -- Liverman 1-4, Furlough 1-3, K. Cahoon 1-3, N. Everett 1-3.
Greene Central tops Eagles
VANCEBORO -- Greene Central tripped up West Craven 2-0 Friday afternoon in baseball action.
The Rams scored both runs in the first inning then held off West Craven for the duration.
Edward Saint Paul, Blake Herring and C.G. Hardy were all 1-for-3 and all connected for their hits in the first inning. Paul opened the inning with a one-out double, then scored on an RBI-double by Herring. With two outs in the book, Hardy dropped in a single to score Herring.
West Craven dropped to 2-3, while Greene Central moved to 3-2.
Lemmie Barwick dropped to 2-1 on the season for the Eagles. He had seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.
The Eagles will host New Bern Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Greene Central 200 000 0 -- 2 3 x
West Craven 000 000 0 -- 0 2 x
WP: Blake Herring; LP: Lemmie Barwick (2-1)
WC – Adam Huges 2-4; GC -- Edward Saint Paul 1-3 (2B), Blake Herring 1-3 (2B, RBI); C.G. Hardy 1-3 (RBI).
Washington falls in ninth
LITTLEFIELD -- Washington High School's junior varsity baseball team lost 10-9 in the ninth inning Friday afternoon against Ayden-Grifton.
The Pam Pack rallied in the top of the seventh inning to score one run and force two extra innings after a 9-9 tie at the end of regulation.
A walk, a hit and an error put Ayden-Grifton's runner on third in the bottom of the ninth. The winning run scored on a passed ball.
Steven Everett took the loss for Washington.
Josh Fulcher was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Scott Wilkerson was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Dennis Butts also added two hits. Dusty Duckwall and Steven Everett tacked on one hit each. Everett had three RBIs as well.
Washington had two big innings, scoring three in the third and three in the sixth.
The Pam Pack dropped to 2-2 and will host Williamston Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Northside boys, girls finish second
The Northside High School boys and girls track team took second place overall Wednesday against Jamesville and Pamlico County High Schools.
Amanda Preston scored a first-place win and qualified for the regional meet in the one-mile run with a time 6-minutes, 21-seconds.
Teammates Danielle Selby and Renae Braddy also placed first in their individual events. Braddy had a time of 1:17 in the 400-meter run and Selby had a time of 2:55 in the 800-meter run.
Esther Wilson walked away with two second-place victories in the 100-meter and 200-meter run.
Terrence Leggett took first play in the long jump competition. His leap was 19-feet, 5-inches. Leggett also had a time of 11.66 second s in the 100-meter run, which was just short of the 11.4 seconds needed to qualify for regionals.
Pamlico County took first place in 14 boys events. Jamesville claimed first in two events.