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Ladybirds soccer team overwhelms Nash Central 8-0

Cooper leads Ladybirds over SW Edgecombe

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Senior Neftali Gonzalez and junior Brisa Savilla-Castro each had a hat trick for the Southern Nash High varsity girls soccer team Monday afternoon in an 8-0 victory over Nash Central.

Sophomore Jada Zimmerman had two goals for the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds, who improved to 4-1 overall. To date, Southern Nash has netted 23 goals, while conceding just one in its sole loss, a 1-0 decision to Cleveland.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kathryn Robinson oversaw the shutout for Southern Nash behind a defense of sophomore Michaela Gibson, sophomore Briana Cobos-Garcia, senior Melissa Hernandez, junior Marley Winstead and sophomore Rubi Guttierrez-Aleman.

Nash Central, Southern’s former Big East foe now affiliated with the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, fell to 1-3.

Southern Nash gets an opportunity to avenge its only loss Thursday when it travels to Cleveland.

PINETOPS — Southern Nash varsity softball sophomore pitcher Kierstin Cooper continued her hot start in a 15-3 five inning road win over Southwest Edgecombe on Monday.

Cooper pitched all five innings while allowing three runs and striking out 13 for her second win of the season. Cooper also notched two hits and three runs batted in.

The Ladybirds (3-1) of the 3-A Big East scored 15 runs to match their season high this season. Sophomores Taylor Bailey and Alissa Bailey had three hits apiece. Junior Elisabeth Collie, senior Kelsey Bryant, and sophomore Ricki Bartley all finished with at least one hit and an RBI.

The Ladybirds hit the road to face Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon. Southern Nash’s only loss of the season came to the Lady Rams, 6-2, on March 6.

Firebirds 5-0 after beating Bulldogs

The Southern Nash boys tennis team kept its record perfect with a 7-2 nonconference win against visiting Nash Central on Monday.

The Firebirds got singles wins from Dylan Alligood, Hector Perez, David Vasquez, Adolfo Gonzalez and Michael Hernandez while doubles points came from Perez-Gonzalez and Alligood-Hernandez.

Southern Nash, now 5-0, was scheduled to open 3-A Big East Conference play at Fike on Tuesday. Game time was after The Enterprise’s press deadline.

Ladybirds mercy-rule Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT — Behind sophomore Kierstin Cooper’s big night on the mound and at the plate, the Southern Nash High varsity softball team picked up their second win of the season on the road at Nash Central on Thursday night with a 13-3 victory.

The Ladybirds (2-1) of the 3-A Big East Conference put together 13 hits — including three from Cooper, who went 3 for 3. Cooper also picked up her first win of the season after pitching five innings and only allowing three runs, one of them earned. Freshman Alexa Daniel also picked up her first hit at the varsity level.

Firebirds can’t hold lead vs. Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High varsity baseball team owned a 6-0 lead after two trips to the plate but couldn’t hold off host Nash Central’s comeback in an 11-7 nonconference loss on Thursday afternoon.

The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds fell to 1-2 overall, with senior Jason Montague’s 2-run double highlighting Southern Nash’s four-run second inning. Southern Nash led 7-5 entering the bottom of the fourth, but the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bulldogs (3-1) closed play with six unanswered runs.

Matthew Horrigan, a junior, was 2 for 4.

On the mound, junior A.J. Jones took the loss in relief, tossing the last four innings. Four of his eight runs allowed were earned.

Unbeaten Firebirds edge Bulldogs 5-4

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High varsity boys tennis team entered doubles needing just one point to defeat Nash Central and got it from the No. 3 pair of Dylan Alligood and Michael Hernandez to win 5-4 on Thursday.

Alligood, a senior and Hernandez, a junior, delivered a 8-5 win in doubles over junior Gabriel Woodard and senior Elijah Brown. The pair are now 2-0.

The 4-0 Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference were able to win the Nos. 3-6 singles matches. Junior Hector Perez, senior David Vasquez, junior Argel Anguiano and sophomore Eric Hernandez all won in straight sets for Southern Nash.

The Bulldogs of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference fell to 1-1.

Ladybirds lose at home to Cleveland

Host Southern Nash couldn’t take advantage of scoring opportunities in a 6-2 varsity softball loss to nonconference visitor Cleveland on March 6.

The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds (1-1) trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth but had runners on second and third with one out. However, the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference Lady Rams (2-0) escaped without any damage and then used four Ladybird errors and a wild pitch to plate three runs in the top of the seventh.

Cleveland rams Firebirds 16-5

A 4-0 lead after two innings did nothing to stop the coming onslaught of Cleveland for the host Southern Nash varsity baseball team in a 16-5 loss on March 6.

The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Rams (3-0) steamed past the Firebirds with five runs in the top of the third inning and led 8-4 before Southern Nash responded with a single run in the bottom of the sixth.

Cleveland then administered the coup de grace with eight runs in the top of the seventh, sending the 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds to their first loss after an opening win.

Senior Jason Montague had a double and two RBIs to lead Southern Nash’s offense while Hunter Ward doubled, tripled and drove in four runs for the Rams.

Firebirds tame Cleveland 9-0

CLAYTON — The Southern Nash High boys tennis team secured its second unblemished victory over Cleveland in the span of a week March 5, remaining unbeaten through three matches with a 9-0 win over the Rams.

Southern Nash (3-0) of the 3-A Big East Conference clinched the outcome in singles play, getting wins from senior Parker Strickland, senior Dylan Alligood, senior David Vasquez, junior Michael Hernandez, junior Bryan Penaloza and senior Tristan Rocco. Penaloza won a third-set tiebreaker over Cleveland’s Louis MacDonald, while Rocco dispatched the Rams’ Jay Ricapito in a pair of tiebreakers to prevail in straight sets.

In doubles, the tandems of Strickland-Vasquez at No. 1, Alligood-sophomore Eric Hernandez at No. 2 and Penaloza-junior Angel Anguiano all won for the Firebirds.

Strickland-Vasquez brezzed by Cleveland’s Jacob Siegert-Jimmy Evans by an 8-0 margin at No. 1 doubles.

Cleveland of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference dropped to 1-3.