New Hope Christian girls reach NACA final
DAYTON, Tenn. — The New Hope Christian Academy Phoenix girls surged into the NACA national finals of their bracket with a 61-28 win over Hamilton Heights on Thursday.
The tough swarming defense that New Hope plays is giving opponents lots of problems. The title game is tonight at 6:30.
BISHOP 11, OAK LEVEL 1 (5 INNINGS)
KERNERSVILLE — Nick Burns finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs as Bishop McGuinness topped Oak Level 11-1 in five innings in the season opener for both schools on Thursday.
Matt Neidert struck out four to get the win, while Stuart Spiers added four Ks in relief. Chris Angiolino was 1-for-2 with two RBIs for Bishop, which plays host to Atkins today at 4.
HPCA 16, HICKORY GROVE 4
HIGH POINT — Senior catcher Chris Corbett went 3-for-4 with a double and two three-run home runs, including a walk-off blast in the sixth inning, as High Point Christian Academy opened the season with a 16-4 romp past Hickory Grove in six innings on Thursday.
Corbett finished with seven RBIs, while Levi Gesell went 2-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and a double. Kennedy Hardy was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI triple for the Cougars, while Ben White was 2-for-4 with an RBI double.
WHEATMORE 4, RAGSDALE 0
JAMESTOWN — Gareth McKee homered on the game’s second pitch as Wheatmore opened its season with a 4-0 win at Ragsdale on Thursday.
McKee finished with two RBIs for the Warriors, who got 10 strikeouts on three hits in 4 2/3 innings from winner Chase Saunders, wo also had an RBI at the plate. Clint Marsh delivered an RBI single for Wheatmore.
Ragsdale’s Tim Ambrose took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Wheatmore plays host to East Davidson today at 4:30. Ragsdale faces D.H. Conley in Wilson on Saturday at 4 p.m.
WESLEYAN 11, VANDALIA 1 (5)
HIGH POINT — Wesleyan Christian Academy opened the season with an 11-1 win over Vandalia Christian on Thursday.
Jake Moebius got the win in relief, working the final two innings. Beau Myers started and went three strong innings for the Trojans. Hayden Manuel and Johnny Rollins each went 2-for-4 with a RBI for Wesleyan.
WHEATMORE 12, ASHEBORO 1 (6 INNINGS)
ASHEBORO — Morgan Halo starred on the mound and at the plate as Wheatmore opened the season with a 12-1 romp past Asheboro in six innings on Thursday.
Halo struck out six and scattered four hits with one unearned run in the complete-game effort. She also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Katie Kennedy sparked a balanced Warrior attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Katie Bailiff was 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI, while Nicole Hunter was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Stephanie Fortner was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Sydney Peele was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and Jessica Myers was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
TRINITY 5, HP CENTRAL 0 (5 INNINGS)
TRINITY — Noelle Butler struck out 11 in a five-inning 1-hitter as Trinity blanked High Point Central 1-0 in the season opener for both schools on Thursday.
Johna Mizzi went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Bulldogs, while Hannah Rich finished 3-for-3 with a double and RBI. Trinity plays at Ragsdale today at 4:30 p.m.
HP CENTRAL 7, ASHEBORO 2
ASHEBORO — High Point Central improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 7-2 win at windy, chilly Asheboro on Thursday.
Carter Gay, Alex Hill, Robert Tutton, Bobby Little and Mack Earnhardt won in singles for the Bison. Sam Utley-Gay and Matt Amos-Earnhardt prevailed in doubles for Central, which plays host to Southern Guilford on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
REAGAN 5, SW GUILFORD 4
HIGH POINT — Reagan netted a 5-4 win over Southwest Guilford on Thursday.
In singles, Reagan’s Collin Thomson defeated Austin Lynk 6-3, 6-4; Southwest’s Danny Gillespie downed Michael Leyendecker 6-4, 2-6, 10-8; Southwest’s Steven Michel nipped Shawn Gilloly 3-6, 6-3, 10-5; Reagan’s Grahame Evans beat Jacob Arett 6-2, 6-1; Southwest’s Sai Hari (SW) stopped Sean Buitendorp 6-1, 3-0 (retired); and Reagan’s Dylan Smith edged Alex Gavric 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.
In doubles, Lynk/Gillespie defeated Thomson/Gilloly 8-6; Leyendecker/Evans downed Arett/Chris Seo 8-2; and Reagan’s Andrew Atterbury/Smith beat Hari/Gavric 8-1.
Reagan stands 1-0. Southwest fell to 1-1.
LEDFORD 8, CENTRAL DAVIDSON 1
WALLBURG — Rick Ydrovo led a string of singles winners as Ledford beat Central Davidson 8-1 on Thursday.
Thomas Freeman, Jackson Somers, Landon McGinn, Matt Hartzell and Andy Buchanan also prevailed in singles for the Panthers (1-1), who got doubles wins from Ydrovo-Freeman and Somers-McGinn.
LEXINGTON 9, T.W. ANDREWS 0
LEXINGTON — Lexington downed T.W. Andrews 9-0 on Thursday.
The Red Raiders (0-2) visit North Forsyth on Monday at 4:30.
ASHEBORO 2, HP CENTRAL 0
HIGH POINT — Asheboro nipped High Point Central 2-0 on Thursday night at frigid High Point Athletic Complex.
Mary Mryan Smith served in goal for the Bison (0-1), who got solid defensive work from Krystal Conner. Central plays T.W. Andrews on Monday at 6 at HPAC.
RAGSDALE 3, PAGE 1
JAMESTOWN — Lauren Merritt, Erica Oakley and Montana Flemming scored as Ragsdale downed Page 3-1 in the season opener for both schools on Thursday.
Flemming and Lindsay Kubrick dished assists for the Tigers, who got stellar goalkeeping from Keller Dixon and Erin Rine.
BISHOP GIRLS 9, HOUGH 8
KERNERSVILLE — Megan Shortt scored six goals and dished an assist as the Bishop McGuinness girls opened the season with a 9-8 win over Hough on Thursday.
Adaire Hudson added two goals and an assist for the Villains, while Annie Lamuraglia netted a goal. Collen Gillooley tallied an assist for Bishop, which got 11 saves in goal from Adora Nsonwu.