The latest recap from Tuesday's softball and baseball action involving local high school teams.
ANGIER — Harnett Central found itself in the win column for a second consecutive night following Tuesday's 8-3 home victory over Western Harnett to open All American Conference play.
Central (2-1, 1-0 AAC) coach Scotty Scarborough saw the group take an opening day shutout loss to defending 3A state champion Southern Alamance last week– a defeat he says hardened the group for back-to-back wins against talented teams.
"I thought we played heads up ... they (Western) made a lot of nice plays, so it wasn't anything that was given to us. We had to really work for it," he said.
"We didn't have many strikeouts. ... Good things are gonna happen when you put the bat on the ball."
The Lady Trojans stared at an early deficit against Hunt Monday before using an eight-run fifth inning to claim a 17-8 win. They clung to a two-run lead deep into Tuesday's contest before bringing four across in the sixth to grow the margin to 8-3.
Evan Blake led the Lady Trojans with a 4-for-4 outing at the plate, including two RBIs– the last of which came in the sixth to bring in Ashley Bliven and make it 7-3. Savannah Bain, Lauren Faulkner and Ella Magnum each had multi-hit efforts as the Lady Trojans totaled 12 for the game.
Western (1-3, 0-1 AAC) had difficulty finding holes in the defense, finishing with six hits and dropping a third straight following the season-opening victory over Pinecrest on Feb. 28.
Central starter Kacey Fulcher (2-0) earned her second consecutive win inside the circle, pitching a complete game while striking out six and giving up just two earned runs.
"(Fulcher) kept us in the game the whole time, she pitched a pretty good game," Scarborough said.
Alyssa Lauber led the Lady Eagles with two hits and came across the plate in the first off a Grace Bancroft RBI double that tied it at 1. After Blake broke the tie in the bottom half, Western used an error to knot things at 2 in the third.
But Fulcher's RBI single in the fourth gave way to a pair of runs in the frame that gave her group the lead for good.
Central travels to Western Friday to finish the season series.
The Western Harnett baseball team gave up Tuesday's first run, but never trailed again en route to a 10-3 road win over Central.
Ian Bristow had a game-high three hits and a trio of RBIs for Western (1-4, 1-0 AAC), who got its first win of the season during its conference opener. Bristow banged a two-RBI single to center in the third to give the Eagles their first lead, 2-1.
Bryson Pope and Chandler Crews also turned in multi-hit outings and an RBI apiece as the Eagles totaled 10 hits and 9 RBIs. They hung seven runs in the final inning to balloon the margin to 10-1.
On the mound, Western starter Zach Hooper (1-1) got his first win after racking up a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings.
Central (0-2, 0-1 AAC) catcher Aidan Taylor and first baseman Dalton Ausley each finished with a team-leading two hits and accounted for both RBIs.
The two teams play each other again at Western on Friday.
Final/7: Midway 0, East Duplin 5.
Final/5: Mintz Christian 0, Cape Fear Christian 22
Final/9: Midway 8, East Duplin 7.
Final/7: Corinth Holders 2, South Johnston 9.
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