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Southern Nash falls to Rocky Mount HS
LOOKING IT OVER. Southern Nash’s Tyler Jenkins takes a pitch at home plate during last week’s home setback against the Rocky Mount Gryphons in a Big East Conference baseball contest in Stanhope. (Submitted photo by David Hahula)
STANHOPE -- Probably the only two Southern Nash baseball players who flashed a smile last Thursday evening were sophomores Tevin Boykin and Zack Parris.

Why?

Because they were the only two Firebirds that managed to get a hit off Rocky Mount junior Benton Moss as the Gryphons blanked Southern Nash 7-0 in Big East action.

Rocky Mount (15-2, 4-0), which registered its second straight conference shutout (3-0 win over Wilson Fike Tuesday), scored four runs in the second off Southern junior starter Daniel Tyson and three more against senior Kyle Shields in the seventh. The Firebirds left the contest with a 5-8 overall record and 0-4 in league play.

Moss, who has verbally committed to North Carolina, turned in one of his best performances of his career. He walked one, hit two batters and piled up a career-high 16 strikeouts. For good measure, he mowed down Southern’s last three batters in order in the seventh to end the game.

A two-run single by Spencer Bell and a two-run double by Collins Cuthrell got the Gryphons their lead.

Shields, who is headed to Francis Marion next year, came on in relief in the seventh. But one of his fastballs was slammed by RMHS junior Taylor Clontz over the fence in left center for a three-run home run that gave the Gryphons some insurance.

On Tuesday, Southern Nash suffered a 24-1, five-inning loss to Wilson Hunt at home. Shields took the loss in Big East meeting. Southern’s lone run came in the third.

Hunt senior catcher Kyle Pittman had the biggest day of his career as he hit two grand slams in one inning (third), added another solo shot later in the game to pile up 10 RBI.

Ironically, he tied a state record with a gentleman in the opposite dugout -- Southern Nash assistant coach and alum Ricky Howard.

Howard also hit two grand slams in a game in 2002 against Louisburg. Howard also tallied 10 RBI in the game - one off the state record of 11.

NCHS:
The Nash Central Bulldogs got their first Big East win of the season last Tuesday in a 13-5 decision at Northern Nash.

Nash Central (11-4, 1-2) tallied 15 hits and scored six runs in the seventh to salt away a game that was tied at 5-all as late as the fourth inning.

T.J. Taylor’s two-run home run in the first got the Bulldogs off to a fast start. NCHS had a quick 3-0 lead after its first at-bat.
Northern countered with a run in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 3-1.

Nash Central delivered two more runs in the top of the third to go 5-2. Northern Nash (3-8, 1-2) seemed destined for a comeback and made it 5-3 in the bottom of the third when head coach Eddie Loesner was tossed from the game by the umpires.

Northern, playing with an abundant amount of youth, did rally and tied the score at 5-all on RBI-singles by Jeremy Lucas and Brandon Denton.

But the Bulldogs ended up scoring the last eight runs of the contest.

Trellis Ashley got the win for the Bulldogs, while Denton, one of just two seniors starters, absorbed the loss.

On Thursday, Wilson County’s two schools in the league came to Nash County and left with victories.

Wilson Fike stopped Northern Nash 7-2, while Nash Central went down to Wilson Hunt 10-2.

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