Gators get huge win in soccer, stumble on the diamond

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Spring Creek’s women’s soccer and baseball team both traveled to Rosewood last week and the Lady Gators offense exploded for five runs in the first half allowing them to cruise past the Lady Eagles 7-2, but unfortunately the baseball team came out flat against Rosewood losing 16-0. The baseball and softball teams were back in action on Thursday hosting Princeton and North Lenoir, but both Gator teams had no answer as baseball lost their second game of the week 13-1 to Princeton and softball was shut out by North Lenoir 19-0.

Baseball

The Gators went to Rosewood last Tuesday hoping to right their wrongs from their previous game against a team that was playing their first game. The way Rosewood came out as if they were in midseason form from the start as they scored at least three runs in each of the first four innings giving them a 16-0 lead and Spring Creek failed to get a run across in the top half of the fifth enforcing the mercy rule. Spring Creek had a tough day at the plate finishing the game with a .067 team batting average and the one hit came from Sophomore Mark Aviles who went 1-for-2 against Rosewood. Next up on the schedule for the diamond Gators was a matchup with the bulldogs of Princeton on Thursday night in the cold.

Coming into the ball game, the (0-2) Spring Creek baseball team was looking to hopefully begin building momentum toward getting themselves into the win column. Princeton came out with their bats on fire scoring six runs in the first, three runs throughout the next two innings and four runs in the sixth to hand Spring Creek their third loss of the season 13-1.

After the explosive first two innings from Princeton, Spring Creek was able to retaliate by bringing across a run in the bottom half to reduce Princeton’s lead to 7-1 going into the top half of the third.

Princeton’s offense capitalized on every single missed pitch throughout the entire game and in the third inning, the Bulldogs would make up for giving up a run to the Gators in the second inning by scoring two runs pushing their lead to 9-1.

Spring Creek’s offense would be held silent for the rest of the game and after adding four runs in the sixth, Princeton was able to pick up a road win over Spring Creek winning 13-1.

Women’s soccer

Spring Creek’s women’s soccer team traveled to Rosewood and their offense exploded for five runs in the first half allowing them to cruise past the Lady Eagles 7-2.

After the first two games of the season were canceled due to bad weather, the Lady Gators finally played their first game of the season. On a cold day, Spring Creek’s offense was anything but. Senior Madison Sullivan got the Gators’ offense rolling when she scored a goal early on in the first half giving Spring Creek the 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Michelle Roblero followed Sullivan’s lead when she scored a goal off a penalty kick pushing the Gators’ lead to 2-0. The Gators showed up on defense just as strongly as they did on the offensive side as they controlled the game only allowing Rosewood to even cross midfield a handful of times. Spring Creek consistently capitalized on having the Lady Eagles on their toes scoring three more goals in the first half to push their lead to 5-0 heading into half-time.

Rosewood came out more determined in the second half as they were able to finally get on the board scoring two goals in the second half. Spring Creek didn’t let the Lady Eagles have all the fun though as they scored two goals of their own pushing their lead to 7-2.

Rosewood didn’t have enough offense to complete the comeback over the Gators as Spring Creek was able to win their first game 7-2. Senior Madison Sullivan finished with three goals, sophomore Michelle Roblero scored two, and sophomores Leslie Reyes and Taylor Smith both scored one goal to help the Gators pick up the win.

Softball

A young inexperienced Spring Creek softball team looked to knock off the Hawks of North Lenoir to pick up their first win of the season. Spring Creek quickly found themselves in a hole as the Lady Hawks built an 11-0 lead after the top half of the second inning.

Spring Creek was able to get a runner on as Anna West reached base after being hit and she would go on to steal two bases to reach third, but that Gators threat would, unfortunately, end without scoring a run. North Lenoir would have a huge inning in the top half of the third scoring eight runs that would all but solidify North Lenoir’s first win of the season 19-0.

Spring Creek baseball, softball, and women’s soccer teams all hosted Midway on Tuesday in East Central 2A conference action, all three Gator squads will host East Duplin on Friday. Soccer will kick off at 6 p.m., baseball’s first pitch will be at 6:30 and softball is set to start 7.

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