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The suddenly streaking Southern Nash varsity baseball team got its third win in a row with sophomore pitcher Trey Mizzelle also notching his third straight victory in the host Firebirds 15-3 thumping of Smithfield-Selma in five innings Monday.
The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds, now 4-6, battered the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Spartans (0-8) for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning of the nonconference outing.
Mizzelle worked five innings to get his third win without a loss. A.J. Jones struck out two in his inning of relief duty.
Jones led the offense with a 3-for-4 showing that included two doubles and two RBIs while Jason Montague launched his third home run of the season. Dylan Alford went 2 for 4 with a double as he scored four times. Matthew Horrigan doubled.
The Firebirds were scheduled to return to Big East play Tuesday at league co-leader Hunt. That game’s start time was after The Enterprise went to press.
Lady Demons blank Ladybirds in Big East opener
Using a goal in each half, the Fike High varsity girls soccer team opened 3-A Big East Conference play Tuesday night by repelling a trio of dangerous Southern Nash shots in a 2-0 victory.
Fike, which improved to 2-5-1 overall, struck quickly in the third minute. Off a punt from senior goalkeeper Jah’Asia Pernell, freshman Akari Nakaya collected the ball and dribbled towards goal, putting it away for the early lead.
The score stayed there until 25:34 remained, when freshman Hannah Mosley dribbled towards goal and left it for senior Jessa Holyoak. Her shot to the left corner ripped past the line, completing the scoring.
Southern Nash (4-3), also playing in its Big East opener, had three shots carom off the crossbar. Trailing 1-0 in the 39th minute, the Ladybirds had a breakaway with senior Nef Gonzalez. However, Gonzalez’s shot sailed wide, preserving the 1-0 Fike scoreline at the half.
“It’s always good to start off conference play with a win and a shut out for the defense,” Fike head coach Toni Varacchi said. “We created shots on goal, but couldnt put them away. Their keeper (sophomore Kathryn Robinson) played well and she will keep them competitve all season.”
Fike steps out of conference to face South Central on Monday, while Southern Nash is at Northern Nash on Thursday night.
Firebirds 1st in Big East tennis
Southern Nash seized sole possession of first place in 3-A Big East Conference boys tennis with a 5-4 victory Thursday at Rocky Mount.
The Firebirds, now 10-0 overall and 4-0 in league matches, got singles wins from David Vasquez, Adolfo Gonzalez and Michael Hernandez while doubles points were earned Gonzalez-Hector Perez and Hernandez-Dylan Alligood.
The Firebirds were scheduled to play home matches Tuesday against Franklinton and Fike.
The Gryphons exited 4-2 overall and 3-1 in Big East matches.
Ladybirds stop North Johnston 5-1
KENLY — Nef Gonzalez and Kaylin Younes each knocked in a pair of goals for the Southern Nash varsity girls soccer team as the Ladybirds claimed a 5-1 nonconference victory Friday at North Johnston.
Rubi Guttierrez also netted a goal while Layla Austin provided an assist the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds, who climbed to 6-3. Kathryn Robinson made five saves in goal while Dahlia Romero stopped three shots for Southern Nash.
North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference fell to 1-5.
Firebirds evade South Garner 8-6
The Southern Nash High varsity baseball team used a three-run outburst in the fourth inning and a four-run spree in the sixth before holding off a South Garner rally in the top of the seventh to claim an 8-6 victory Thursday.
Southern Nash (3-6) of the 3-A Big East Conference received four strong innings from sophomore starter Trey Mizzelle, who allowed just one unearned run in four innings of work. Mizzelle allowed two hits and struck out four.
Facing a first-year program in the 4-A South Wake Conference Titans (1-6), the Firebirds watched as South Garner trimmed an 8-2 deficit to just two before sophomore Isaiah Bland entered in relief and retired the Titans for his first save.
Offensively, junior A.J. Jones went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and a run batted in for the Firebirds. Classmate Dylan Alford was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Bland and senior Jonathan Stallings each had two hits and two RBIs.
Ladybirds nudge Knights 2-1 on PKs
ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Nef Gonzalez and freshman Kaylyn Younes each converted in a penalty-kick shootout, and sophomore goalkeeper Kathryn Robinson turned in consecutive saves to lift the Ladybirds to a 2-1 victory in penalties over 3-A Big East Conference opponent Northern Nash on Thursday night.
The Ladybirds (5-3, 1-1 Big East) emerged from a scoreless first half after sophomore Jada Zimmerman slammed in a deflection to give Southern Nash the lead, only to see Northern Nash (3-5, 0-2 Big East) tie it up minutes later.
Two 10-minute overtime sessions were insufficient to determine a winner, forcing PKs. Gonzalez countered a Northern Nash goal in the first round, and after a Knights miss in the second round, Younes converted to send the Ladybirds up 2-1, and two straight saves from Robinson allowed Southern Nash to escape with a win.