Daily Roundup: April 9, 2019
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New Hanover 8, Hoggard 1
Holland Baynard won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles and teamed with Alan Dimock for an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles to help the Wildcats clinch a fifth consecutive Mideastern Conference title.
Dimock rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 win at No. 3 singles. New Hanover (12-0, 12-0 Mideastern) also got a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 11-9 victory at No. 5 from John Hewlett West. Westley Gaines (6-3, 6-1 at No. 2) and Knox Lamar (6-2, 7-6 at No. 6) were the other singles winners.
Gaines and Griffith Waren won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles and West and Lamar won 8-3 at No. 3.
“We haven’t taken anyone for granted and we’ve played every match as hard as we could,” New Hanover coach Kirk Schmidt said. “Every match is important and it doesn’t matter if we win 9-0 or 5-4.”
Hoggard (13-3, 10-2) got a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles from senior Jake Ferner. It is the only court an opponent has taken off New Hanover this season.
Laney 9, Ashley 0
The Buccaneers concluded their season with a dominant victory thanks to 6-0, 6-0 singles wins from Simms Balkcum at No. 1 and Landon Batts at No. 2.
Laney (8-5, 8-4 Mideastern) also got singles victories from Aidan Sullivan (6-2, 6-3 at No. 3), Wesley Kanyok (6-2, 6-0 at No. 4), Cohen Sechrist (6-2, 6-2 at No. 5) and Aidan Swivel (6-2, 6-1 at No. 6).
Ashley ended its season with a 3-10 overall record and a 3-9 league mark.
South Brunswick 7, West Brunswick 1
Hoggard 17, South Brunswick 1 (5 innings)
The Vikings exploded for seven runs in the first inning and put the game away for good with 10 more in the fourth.
Jason Culley, Trey Clucas and Nick Hargrove each had a pair of hits for Hoggard (2-11, 2-7 Mideastern), which finished with 14. Twelve players scored at least once and 11 had an RBI.
“This group has been close all year long,” Hoggard coach Tommy Bowker said. “To finally punch the ticket and break through, I’m really hoping this carries forward.”
Junior righty Sam Fox allowed an unearned run on four hits and struck out five in a complete game to earn the victory.
South Brunswick (9-6, 4-5) got a pair of hits, including a double from Cameron Burgess. Tommy Hawke and Austin Hawke also doubled.
Topsail 3, Ashley 2
UNCW signee Aidan Smith singled home Elliot Blanton with two outs in the top of the seventh to lift the Pirates to the road win.
Topsail (5-8, 4-5 Mideastern) led 2-0 after 3 1/2 innings thanks to an RBI groundout from Smith and an RBI single from Marshall Sugden.
Ashley (10-4, 6-4) was able to tie the score in the bottom of the second without registering a hit, but they stranded the bases loaded.
Bryan Holland got the victory, tossing three shutout innings and allowing only one hit out of the bullpen. Ashton Evans took the loss despite striking out 10 over seven innings.
Laney 6, North Brunswick 2
Sam Garcia struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings and his offense provided plenty of run support in the home victory.
Laney (10-4, 7-3 Mideastern) scored three runs in the second inning and extended the lead to 7-0 after six innings before North Brunswick (6-10, 0-9) finally got on the board in its final at-bat.
Brooks Byers went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. Jake Ettefagh, Grayson Irwin and Garcia all drove in a run.
New Hanover 14, West Brunswick 0 (6 innings)
Blake Walston and Chase Hardee combined on a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the lopsided victory.
Walston fanned eight in his four innings before turning things over to Hardee who allowed only one hit with four strikeouts in two innings.
Kyle Smith led the New Hanover (12-0, 9-0 Mideastern) offense by going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and three runs. Jac Croom had a single, two walks, three runs and an RBI, while Alex Sniffen went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two RBI and a run.
West Brunswick (9-6, 6-3) got a pair of hits, including a triple, from Dylan Jeffries.
Richlands 3, Trask 1
Ashley 6, Topsail 2
Katie Floyd belted a grand slam and Cameron Rivenbark followed with a solo home run in the six-run fifth inning that helped the Screaming Eagles pull off the upset.
Roni Barberich and Mollie Cox each had two hits and a run for Ashley (6-8, 4-6 Mideastern). Barberich also got the victory by allowing one earned run and striking out five in a complete game.
Topsail (11-2, 7-2) got two hits from leadoff hitter Sydney Hartgrove as well as a double and a run from Tyesha Williams.
Laney 10, North Brunswick 0 (5 innings)
The Buccaneers bounced back nicely from Monday’s tough loss to Topsail.
Tristen Horrell hit a pair of home runs and also struck out nine in the circle. Laney (11-4, 7-3 Mideastern) also got a home run from Belle Nance. Horrell finished 3-for-3 with three RBI.
After scoring a pair of runs in the first innings, the Buccaneers added seven more in the second.
North Brunswick’s (5-9, 4-5) lone hit was a double off the bat of Lexis Lewis.
Hoggard 10, South Brunswick 0 (6 innings)
Senior Jesse Mathis tossed a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts and the Vikings scored six runs in the third inning to cruise.
Hoggard (9-6, 5-3 Mideastern) led 3-0 after two innings and increased it to 9-0 after the big third. Skyler Walker scored the game-ending run on a wild pitch. Isabella Colbert went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs and Kira Soodek went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run.
South Brunswick is now 0-9 overall and 0-8 in league play.
West Brunswick 12, New Hanover 1 (5 innings)
A seven-run first inning was more than enough for the Trojans, who now sit alone atop the Mideastern Conference.
West Brunswick (9-2, 8-1) tacked on four more runs in the second inning. Taylor Pigott had a double and three RBI, while Hailey Wilson and Gracie Griffin each had two RBI and two runs.
New Hanover (1-11, 1-8) leadoff hitter Emilee Sutton went 2-for-2 with a walk and the lone run scored.
Richlands 7, Trask 3
Ashley 17, Topsail 12
Sophomore Devon Cavanaugh found the back of the net six times and also dished out a pair of assists to keep the Screaming Eagles one game behind Hoggard in the Mideastern Conference standings.
Ashley (12-1, 10-1) also got hat tricks from Emmie Foxall and Alexa Burghardt. Megan Trout scored twice and dished out three assists. Emily Blake finished with 12 saves in the cage.
Topsail is now 8-3 overall and 5-3 in league play.
Hoggard 16, South Brunswick 2
Twelve Vikings scored, led by a hat trick from Claire Witmer, in the dominant road win.
Witmer also added two assists and five ground balls, while sister Katie finished with a goal, three ground balls and eight draw controls. Hoggard (10-1, 9-0 Mideastern) also got a pair of goals from Sydney Beckwith and Maia Porzio.
South Brunswick dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-9 in the conference.
West Brunswick 14, New Hanover 1
Cecelia Vergara finished with a game-high six goals to go along with four assists and eight draw controls and the Trojans picked up a lopsided victory.
West Brunswick (5-7, 3-7 Mideastern) also got four goals and four ground balls from Elizabeth Norfleet as well as three goals, three assists, three draw controls and six ground balls from Kara Cheers. Goalkeeper Moe Brown made seven saves.
New Hanover fell to 4-8 overall and 1-8 in the MEC.
Laney 19, North Brunswick 0
The Buccaneers got four goals a piece from Camden Knowles and Nick Lord to improve to 12-2 overall and 11-1 in the Mideastern Conference.
Wilkerson Garrett and Riley Campbell each had two goals, while eight others finished with one.
North Brunswick is 0-11 overall and in the conference.
New Hanover 21, West Brunswick 8
Gage Tanner scored five goals and the the Wildcats had no trouble picked up a Mideastern Conference victory.
Smith Anderson and John Murray each chipped in four goals and two assists and Jojo Shaw found the back of the net twice for New Hanover (8-6, 6-5 Mideastern).
West Brunswick is now 2-11 overall and 2-9 in the league.
Topsail 16, Ashley 7
The Pirates avenged an earlier-season loss thanks to four goals a piece from Hunter Bradley and Eli Copeland.
Jake Volpe and Nick Bedson each found the back of the net twice for Topsail (6-4, 6-4 Mideastern), which also got three assists, three caused turnovers and three ground balls from Logan Meehan. Junior goalkeeper Car Sessoms finished with eight saves,
Ashley (7-6, 7-5) got three goals and an assist from Max Hunt as well as four assists from CJ Tyson.
Hoggard 19, South Brunswick 1
Ashley 9, Topsail 0
Mia Hogan, Kayla Stewart and McKenna Gardner each had two goals and the Screaming Eagles earned a mercy-rule victory.
Ashley’s (10-4-1, 8-2 Mideastern) other goals came from Bri Reynolds, Ava McKoy and Hannah Stafford. Goalkeeper Maleah Bainer earned the clean sheet.
Topsail is 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the MEC.
Laney 6, North Brunswick 2
Delaney Arthurs scored in the sixth and 48th minutes and the Buccaneers picked up their seventh straight victory.
Lina Vasquez, Maddie Gnolfo, Vivian Jones and Lauren Reynolds also scored for Laney (12-2-1, 8-1 Mideastern), which will play at league-leading Hoggard on Thursday night. Gnolfo also had an assist and Chloe Wright dished out two assists.
Peyton Godbey scored both North Brunswick (4-9, 1-8) goals.
Hoggard 4, South Brunswick 0
Blair Barefoot opened the scoring in the 47th minute and the Vikings added three more goals to remain unbeaten in the Mideastern Conference.
Erin Willis, Summer Beesley and Talia Porzio also scored for Hoggard (15-2, 9-0 Mideastern). Keilah Panz had two assists, while Avery Lemley and Willis each had one.
Barefoot and Phoebe Simpson each saw time in goal to share the clean sheet.
South Brunswick is now 5-7 overall and 3-7 in league play.
New Hanover 2, West Brunswick 0
Hannah Brigham assisted on the first goal and scored the second to help the Wildcats improve to 9-4-1 overall and 6-3 in the Mideastern Conference.
Brigham’s assist went to Joanie Richardson. Mary Archer Boyd had the other assist. Junior goalkeeper Frances Coleman preserved the shutout by stopping the lone shot she faced.
West Brunswick dropped to 2-9 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
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