County teams post solid week

Published 4:28 pm Friday, March 15, 2024

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The local high school baseball and softball teams mixed superlative individual performances with timely team play on the way to non-conference victories this week.

Baseball: Northside (4-1) has won three in a row, including Monday’s 2-1 11-inning thriller against Bear Grass and a 5-3 road victory over Manteo.
Sophomore catcher Holden Boykin had a walk-off single that scored Jamie Corprew to beat the Bears after junior James Sawyer pitched 5.1 innings of shutout relief. Sawyer, an ECU commit, struck out nine of the 18 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit to earn the win. Boykin had three hits and drove in Corprew, who walked five times, for both runs.
Boykin, Corprew and Ashton Willard lead the Panthers with .400 averages, while Swayer has fanned 19 batters in 12.2 innings.

Southside: The Seahawks are 3-3 after an 8-4 victory over N. Pitt and a 9-4 loss at Columbia this week. Shortstop Salil Desai is batting a team-best .571, while Taylor Ashley is at .500

Washington: The Pam Pack (0-4) is off to a slow start at the plate with nine runs and 15 hits in the first four games, while the pitchers have allowed 27 runs and 29 walks. They lost at East Carteret, 3-2 and at Southern Nash, 6-4, this week after being outscored 18-3 against J.H. Rose and Wilson Fike to open the season.

Softball: Northside (5-0) is batting .397 as a team after victories over Bear Grass (6-3) and Manteo (12-0) this week. Seniors Taylor Willard and Jorden Clark are batting .643 (9-14), while classmates Jaden Clark (.529) and Emaleigh Cherry (.500) are right behind them. Jorden Clark has driven in a team-high 12 runs, while Londyn Keech and Bella Boykin have not allowed an earned run in 16 innings with 26 strikeouts.

Southside: Senior outfielder Jacqueline Gutierrez has started the season on a tear at the plate, ripping 13 hits in 18 at-bats for a .722 average as the Seahawks defeated N. Pitt 9-8 and Columbia 16-1 at home this week. Junior shortstop Lily McLean is 12-19 (.633) with 10 runs scored, 10 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Carolina Crisp has struck out 34 batters in her first 20.1 innings. Southside is 3-3 to start the season.

Washington: The Pack (4-1) took its first loss, 2-0, at Richlands Wednesday. Junior left-hander Emma Orr has dominated in the circle with 69 strikeouts in 34 innings. She’s allowed just 13 hits and eight walks and fanned all 21 East Carteret batters in a game last week. Orr and catcher Addison Miller are the leading hitters with .474 averages. Orr has a pair of home runs, four doubles and six RBI. Freshman Ryleigh Elks is batting .417