Roundup: All local teams win ahead of spring break
Pam Pack perfect against Kinston
Logan Everette and Hunter Hall faced the minimum of 15 batters in Thursday’s 12-0 win over Kinston. They struck out all 15 for a perfect game.
Washington’s bats dominated the Vikings from the start. The Pam Pack plated nine runs in the first inning en route to the lopsided, five-inning win.
Cooper Anderson, Tyler Harrell, Drew Ferguson and Braxton Phelps each had two hits. Eight other Washington batters registered a hit as coach Kevin Leggett made plenty of substitutions following the nine-run first inning.
Washington will compete in Northside’s Easter tournament on Saturday and Monday. The Pam Pack begins with Mattamuskeet.
Washington blasts Kinston in three innings
Haylee Simpkins scored three times, and Mary B. Dixon was 3-for-3 at the plate to help Washington improve to 8-0 with a 16-0 beat down of Kinston Thursday.
Desiree Maurizzio and Summer Campbell each had two hits. Four others also notched a hit in the win.
Washington jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first before pouring on seven more runs in the second. The Lady Pack pushed four across in the third to force the mercy rule.
Campbell handled pitching duties. She allowed just one hit and struck out nine Lady Viking batters.
Washington began competition in Conley’s Easter tournament on Friday.
Pungo scoots past Hobgood
HOBGOOD — Nate VanStaalduinen, Miller O’Neal and Dylan Simmons all scored in the second inning to help Pungo to a 6-4 win at Hobgood Thursday. The close win puts the Raiders back above .500 in Tar Heel Independent Conference play, and gives them momentum heading into this weekend’s Northside Easter tournament.
Pungo extended its lead to 4-0 by the midway point of the third inning. The hosts cut the deficit in half with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, but the Raiders kept mustering up runs to keep Hobgood at arm’s length.
Pungo will play Southside in the first game of the tournament Saturday morning.
Craig leads Northside past Jones Senior
TRENTON — Freshman Cam Craig impressed by going 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI in Northside’s 15-4 win at Jones Senior Thursday. Four other underclassmen had a hit, too.
Senior Reg Bishop also left his mark on the game. He was 2-for-4 with four runs scored and another four batted in. Northside scored no fewer than three runs in each of the first four innings.
The Panthers built an 11-0 lead before Jones Senior scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Alex Waters, Douglas Dixon, Bishop and Matthew Adams combined to handle the pitching. Adams led Northside with 2 1/3 innings in which he conceded two runs (both earned) on two hits and three walks.
Lady Panthers maul Jones Senior
TRENTON — Rylie Newman was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs in Northside’s 10-0 win at Jones Senior Thursday. Savannah Slade, Whitney Cromwell, and Kaitlyn Spain each had a pair of hits, as well.
Emori Smith provided the evening’s highlight with a home run. It was one of five extra-base hits for the Lady Panthers.
Rebekah Williams gave up just two hits and struck out 10 in the six-inning shutout.
Southside pounds Cougars
ROBERSONVILLE — Brantley Cutler was 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in Southside’s 14-1 win at South Creek Thursday. The Seahawks also got multiple hits from Jarrett O’Neal, Davis Porter, Hundley Stallings, and Will Warren.
The Seahawks tallied three runs in the top of the first, but were quiet until erupting for eight runs in the fifth.
Grant Jensen worked through five innings in which he allowed a run (earned) on three hits and two walks. He fanned seven. Logan Langley handled the other inning.
Cutler had two doubles on the evening. Five of Southside’s 14 hits went for extra bases.
Lady Seahawks endure South Creek
ROBERSONVILLE — Southside emerged victorious in a defensive duel Thursday at South Creek. It got two runs in the top of the eighth to scoot by with a 3-1 win.
Delaney Ayers and Symone Ruffin led the offense with two hits apiece. Three others had also had a hit.
Junior Alyssa McLawhorn masterminded Southside’s defense. She gave up an unearned run as she scattered five hits and a walk over the eight frames. She struck out 14 of the 31 batters she faced.