Tigers, Aggies play a tight one in softball

It was high-level softball at Williams on Thursday afternoon. A defensive struggle took place between the Aggies and the visiting Tigers of Hallsboro. Hallsboro scored the game’s only run in the top of the seventh to eke out a 1-0 victory.

Hannah Andrews went the distance in the circle for the Tigers. She allowed four hits, walked no one and struck out three. The Hallsboro defense was rock solid behind Andrews all game long. Williams’ Peyton Duncan pitched well enough to win, striking out nine Tigers, but the Aggies could not give the necessary run support.

Hallsboro’s Alanna Deal singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Sanuawa Campbell followed with a stand up double to score Deal with the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run.

Duncan, Gracie Spivey, Malea McDowell and Alexuz Barnes collected hits for Williams.

Hallsboro was also victorious, 13-7, in the baseball contest. Jerome Beck was the winning pitcher.

Central defeated Nakina 13-2 in softball. Haley Wyatt had two hits in an 11-run Hornet third inning. Wyatt was also the winning pitcher. Tessa Nicholson pitched in relief for Central.

Melena Hester led Central with three hits, including two doubles. Marissa Ivey was two for three with a triple. Madison Phipps contributed two hits to the Central attack.

Kaylee Etheridge and Maddy Watson had hits for Nakina.

Central’s boys shut out Nakina 11-0 behind the pitching of Fisher Soles. Soles pitched four and one-third innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight. Issac Etheridge recorded the final two outs on the mound.

Kevin Ezzell led an eight-run Central fifth inning. Ezzell slammed a triple and single during the rally. John Lawson Cook drove in three runs. Josh Bowen, Bud Baldwin and Ty Lawson contributed hits for the Hornets.

Jackson McPherson and Tyler Long collected Nakina’s hits.

Acme-Delco’s softball team continues to wear out the base paths. The Trojans downed Chadbourn 18-0. The Trojan baseball team also came out on top with a 12-2 win over the visiting Tigers. Acme-Delco will face a different set of Tigers when Hallsboro comes calling Monday afternoon.

Ethan Hilbourn struck out seven batters in three innings to help Cerro Gordo defeat Evergreen 15-1. Hilbourn helped his own cause with three hits. Justin Connor also had three hits. Austin Booth and Ethan Hinson collected two hits apiece.

A schedule of upcoming games can be found at nrcolumbus.com/sports.

SCC softball & baseball on positive rolls

Put aside the Rams baseball 7-16 overall record. SCC is coming off a three-game sweep of Region 10 foe Lenior CC. The Rams took Saturday’s twin bill by scores of 9-0 and 7-6. Sunday, coach Daniel Britt’s squad was even more impressive, winning 11-0. Southeastern has now won four games in a row. SCC hosts USC-Sumter in a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 2 p.m.


The Rams softball squad dropped the first game of Sunday’s double header 11-8 to Pitt CC ending a five-game winning streak. SCC bounced back to win game two 7-4. The Rams scored five runs in the bottom the sixth to take the come-from-behind victory. Southeastern has won nine of its last 12 and is 19-10-1 overall.


TRC softball, baseball close in on halfway point

Next Thursday will begin the second round of Three Rivers softball and baseball action. With most teams having completed six conference games, South Columbus softball and Whiteville baseball are undefeated.

South Columbus defeated Red Springs 3-0 Thursday night as Anna Caroline Suggs hurled the shutout. Alexis Suggs drove in what proved to be the only run needed with a second-inning single. South added two runs in the fourth with the aid of a couple of Red Devil errors.

South’s closest pursuers, Whiteville and East Columbus both won Friday, but in much different fashion. Whiteville had no problem with South Robeson, winning 12-2. East Columbus won a back and forth affair with a hard to predict Fairmont squad 10-9. Fairmont has played one-run games with both East and South Columbus, but lost to West Columbus 9-4 Thursday. West Columbus, looking for their second TRC win, fell to previously winless St. Pauls 11-3 Friday.

Whiteville baseball topped South Robeson 14-2 Friday night. Brooks Baldwin went the distance to pick up the win for the Wolfpack. Baldwin also drove in three runs with a triple and two singles. Lincoln Ransom knocked in four runs to give him seven RBIs for the week.

St. Pauls (4-1) remained a game and a half back of Whiteville with a 4-2 win over  West Columbus (3-3). The Bulldogs and Vikings played an extremely interesting contest especially if you had no dog in the fight. More on that contest in Monday’s print edition. Brad Smith of East Columbus (3-2) continues his push for Coach of the Year honors as East Columbus defeated Fairmont (1-5) 5-2. Cyrus Jacobs took the mound win and contributed two hits. Travin Squires pitched the final two innings to record the save. The Gators five overall wins match its win total from last season. South Columbus continued to flourish with Devan Penny on the mound in conference play. Penny has a record of 3-0 in TRC action after defeating Red Springs (1-5) 10-1 Thursday. The Stallions are 4-2 in the conference and trail St. Pauls by a half game for the #1 2A playoff spot. The Bulldogs already have a win over the Stallions.

Cartrette edges Parker in TRC Golf

South Columbus’ Anthony Cartrette rebounded from a below average performance on Monday to claim medalist honors in the Three Rivers Golf match held Thursday at Land-O-Lakes Golf Club. Cartrette’s score of 73, just one over par edged Fairmont’s Zack Parker by one stroke.

South Columbus freshman Landon Rising placed third with a score of 79. Wesley Bryant’s 80 was fourth best. Fairmont’s Daniel Leonard and Whiteville’s Brent Davis rounded out the top five with scores of 81.

South Columbus also won the team event with a score 316. Fairmont finished second with a total of 330 and Whiteville third at 338. Red Springs, West Columbus and South Robeson also competed in the match.

Wednesday Soccer, Tennis

Coach Marc Edge’s West Columbus squad took a big road victory with their 4-3 triumph over Red Springs. Emma Leah Dippel scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Vikings. Lexi Bowen scored twice and Madison Arnold once in regulation for West Columbus. Assists were credited to Arnold Chiara-Marie Strickland and KK Horne.

Whiteville shut out St. Pauls 9- nil. Eight different players scored goals for the Wolfpack. Olivia Smith scored twice. Logan Schultz, AJ Jamison, Lauren DiMuzio, Amber Torelli, Riley Lanier, Morgan Rasberry and Claire Smith each score once. DiMuzio contributed two assists. Olivia Smith, Lanier, Schultz, Logan Jackson and Grace Nance had one assist apiece.

South Columbus fell to 3A West Brunswick 4-0.

South Columbus Boys Tennis remained undefeated with an 8-1 victory over Whiteville. East Columbus took a 7-2 win over county rival West Columbus.

Almost perfectly perfect on Tuesday

Mackenzie Gore

Whiteville senior left-hander Mackenzie Gore is talented enough that pitching a no-hitter should not come as a shock. Last Tuesday, Gore and junior righty Brooks Baldwin combined to throw a five-inning perfect game against Red Springs. For those of you that do not follow high school baseball closely, the contest is ended if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after five innings.

Gore topped that performance Tuesday at East Columbus. Not only did he not allow a baserunner in the 11-0, five-innng Wolfpack win, all 15 outs were via the strikeout route. Catcher Brooks Baldwin did have to block a pitch in the dirt on a swinging third strike and throw to first baseman Cameron Cartrette to complete the strikeout. Otherwise. it was pitch and catch for Gore and Baldwin. The performance brought back memories of former Whitevile football coach Bob Lewis’ comment after losing to Northside-Jacksonville in the football playoffs. Lewis said, “Tonight we brought a pocket knife to a gun fight.”

Whiteville put together a good night offensively as well, banging out 15 hits. Jake Harwood was 4 for 4. Dylan Lawson had three hits in three at-bats. Brooks Baldwin and Earl Grubbs collected two hits apiece. Lincoln Ransom blasted a bases-loaded double in the first to give the Wolfpack a quick lead.

St. Pauls took over sole possession of second place in the TRC with a 10-2 win over South Columbus.

West Columbus evened their conference record at 2-2 by defeating South Robeson 5-1.

Red Springs rallied from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Fairmont 4-3. The Red Devils broke an 18-game losing streak against Fairmont.

Call the Fire Dept., Gators and Pack softball play a barn burner

Kelsey Carroll sprints to third.
Arianna Daniels prepares to make a throw.

East Columbus was cruising along with a 7-0 lead entering the top of the seventh inning against rival Whiteville. Whiteville exploded for 10 runs in the seventh frame to take a 10-7 lead.


Whiteville’s 10-run explosion came from seven singles, two errors and two walks. Laura Blair Thompson connected for two hits in the inning.

Rather than go through the bottom of the seventh stunned, the Gators returned to the attack, scoring the four runs necessary to win 11-10.

Kaleigh Patrick led off the Gator seventh with a single. After a ground out, Rosalind Harper was hit with a pitch. A double steal placed runners on second and third. Valerie Carter’s infield single loaded the bases. Lauren Smith single in two runs. Whiteville picked up a second out on an infield pop up. Diamond Porter stepped up to the plate and sent Gator fans home happy when her single scoredCarter and Smith for the 11-10 victory.

The outcome leaves South Columbus alone in first place in the TRC at 5-0. Whiteville and East Columbus are tied at 4-1.

South Columbus’ Alexis Suggs shut out St. Pauls on five hits and the Stallions scored five runs in the first and fifth innings. Alexis Suggs also contributed a two-run double to the Stallion attack. Hailey Sarvis and Anna Caroline Suggs each slugged a double.

South Robeson topped West Columbus 14-3. Red Springs outscored Fairmont 12-9. West Columbus, Fairmont and St. Pauls are winless in conference play, but the Vikings face the Tornadoes on Thursday and the Bulldogs on Friday.

Gator JVs top Columbus Christian

The East Columbus junior varsity baseball team took a 17-0 victory Monday over visiting Columbus Christian Academy.

SCHS hosts TRC Golf at Diamondback

South Columbus showed plenty of depth on its golf team with a win in the Three Rivers match held at Diamondback Golf Club Monday. The Stallions four combined top scores added up to 344, 24 strokes ahead of second-place Fairmont. Fairmont edged Whiteville by a single stroke. Also competing were golfers from Red Springs, South Robeson and West Columbus.

The Stallions’ Wesley Bryant earned medalist honors with a round of 84. Two shots back were two more Stallion golfers, Paxton Stewart and freshman Landon Rising. Fairmont’s Zack Parker finished fifth with an 87. South Columbus’ Hugh Smith and Connor Ward each shot 88 to tie for fifth. Brent Davis and Jared Burris carded scores of 90 to top Whiteville’s effort.

The next Three Rivers match is Thursday at Land-O-Lakes Golf Club, north of Whiteville. This s a make up match postponed form March 13.





Hallsboro softball earns win over rival

Monday’s action featured softball and baseball contest between rivals Hallsboro and Central. Hallsboro won 11-6 in softball. Central took a 4-1 win in baseball.

Hallsboro banged out 15 hits in the softball win. Sanawua Campbell led the way with four hits. Karli Godwin had three hits. Alanna Deal and Janiya Cummings each collected two hits. One of Cummings hits was triple. Deal, Hannah Andrews and Ava Watts pitched for the Tigers, giving up six hits and striking out eight. Marissa Ivey connected for three hits for Central. Tessa Nicholson contributed two hits and Emily Hewett added a triple.

Central baseball earned it second victory in as many games Monday with a 4-1 victory over Hallsboro.  Jacob Allgood pitched a complete game, yielding one run on two hits. Allgood struck out ten and walked one.  Kevin Ezzell continued to swing a hot bat, going three for four with a double.  Other Hornets with hits were Ty Lawson, Eric Carr and Bud Baldwin.  For Hallsboro, Naseem McAllister doubled. Jerome Beck and Ashton Smith collected the other Tigers hits.

Acme-Delco made the long trip to Cerro Gordo. Cerro Gordo won the baseball game 11-3. Justin Connor and Ethan Hinson combined to pitch a four-hitter, striking out 12. Ethan Brown led the Stingers with three hits. Connor and Ethan Hilbourn each collected two. Colton Powell drove in three runs. Jaheim Brown and Alan Ellis each doubled for Acme-Delco.

Acme-Delco won the softball contest 31-1. See below for photos from Acme-Delco at Cerro Gordo softball and baseball.

Nakina’s boys jumped out to a quick 3-0 first-inning lead over host Tabor City. The Eagles responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. The Mustangs stretched the lead to 5-3 with two more runs in the third. Tabor City matched the two-run third and added six more runs in the fourth and fifth frames for a 10-5 lead. Nakina struck for three in the sixth, but the comeback ended there as Tabor City earned a 10-8 win.

Austin Mayo and Gabe Johnson had three hits apiece for Tabor City. Mayo blasted a triple and Johnson drove in three runs. Raegan Worley added a triple and single for the Eagles. Mayo, Worley and EJ Tisdale all saw mound duty for Tabor City. They combined to strike out 12 and allowed just two hits, but gave up nine walks.

Gavin McRae drove in two runs for Nakina with a single. Chase Marlowe had the other Nakina hit. Marlowe and Blake Strickland combined to strike out 14 Eagles.

Nakina earned a split with a 10-7 win in softball.

Evergreen took two games from Chadbourn. The Wildcats’ softball team won 19-1 and baseball was victorious 20-4.

On Tuesday, Williams swept visiting Evergreen. Williams won the softball contest 15-0 and the baseball game 11-1.