Saints struggle in a busy week

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Southern Wayne had a busy week packed with baseball, softball and women’s soccer games and out of six combined games, the softball team was the only team able to able to pull of a victory when they were able to get their revenge for a previous loss with a win over Beddingfield 9-5.

Baseball

The (0-1) Saints baseball team kicked off action last week on Monday when they hosted (0-1) Greene Central. It didn’t take long for the bats to come alive as each team scored five runs in the first two innings, Greene Central with three runs in the first and two in the second, while Southern Wayne scored two in the first and three in the second. The difference in the game would be the third inning for Greene Central as they were able to get a single run pushing their lead to 6-5. The was Rams 8-7 win. Senior Justin Edwards and junior Luke Davis eached knocked in two RBIs in the loss.

Fike high school was next up for the Saints on the baseball field. The Demons had beat Southern Wayne at home the week prior so the Saints looked to hand them some payback on their own turf. Southern Wayne held the lead at 4-2 up until the bottom half of the fourth where the Demons woke up and pelted the Saints scoring three runs in the bottom half of the fourth and six runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead at 11-4. Junior Matthew Kornegay had the best game for the Saints at the plate finishing with a .667 average going 2-for-3, but fellow junior Luke Davis added to his RBI total bringing in two RBIs.

Sitting at 0-3, Southern Wayne headed to South Central in Winterville hoping to finally get into the win column. South Central, who also held a zero in the win column, bested the Saints at 8-4. Senior Dylan Whitley went 3-for-4 for the Saints finishing with an RBI and Matt Kornegay went 2-for-4 an RBI as well.

Softball

Last Wednesday, the Southern Wayne softball team unloaded with eight runs in the final three innings to beat Beddingfield 9-5, making up for their loss to the Bruins last week.

The Lady Saints immediately got down to Beddingfield in the top half of the first inning as the Bruins took a 3-0 lead in their first opportunity at the plate. Southern Wayne had a chance to retaliate in the bottom half, but the Saints would go down in order, allowing Beddingfield to maintain their 3-0 lead heading into the second. 

Pitcher Dawn Anderson came out with a different mentality in the second inning, the senior struck out the first two batters in the inning and got a ground ball to second base to hold the Bruins’ bats silent with the Saints coming to bat looking to make up some ground. It didn’t take long for the Saints to get something going as freshman Layla Rackley hit a single to kick off the rally. Senior Caroline Summerlin laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Rackley up to second which eventually led to a score after sophomore Abbey Parker hit a single to reduce the Southern Wayne deficit to two at 3-1 after two full innings.

Anderson pitched another shutout in the top half of the third setting up a big three-run inning coming off of three consecutive RBIs to take the lead 4-3. In the top half of the fourth, Anderson had given up a walk to the first batter of the inning, but she was unphased striking out the next two batters. Anderson would give up another walk to the next batter and now sitting with two runners on base, the senior stayed composed and got a big strikeout to end the Beddingfield threat.

Southern Wayne would go on to score two more runs in the next two innings while Dawn Anderson continued her strong performance on the mound. Layla Rackley added two more RBIs to her tally giving Southern Wayne a 9-4 lead heading into the top half of the seventh.

Beddingfield continued to battle. With two outs, Anderson finished off her commanding performance by catching a flyout to end the game allowing Southern Wayne to pick up their second win of the season 9-5. 

The Lady Saints also traveled to South Central on Friday looking to take down the undefeated Falcons. The Saints fought, but had no answers for the Falcons as they were held scoreless. South Central scored four runs in the bottom half of th fifth ultimately ending the game 11-0 leaving the Saints sitting with a 2-2 record.

Women’s soccer

The Lady Saints traveled to Winterville on Thursday to face off against a tough South Central squad. The Lady Falcons flexed their muscles qucikly in the match as South Central scored eight goals in the first half alone. Trailing 8-0 coming out of the half-time break, the Lady Saints fought to make a comeback, but South Central was just too much to overcome and with one goal in the second half, the game was all but in hand with South Central winning over the Lady Saints 9-0.

Southern Wayne’s softball team played at Goldsboro on Monday, and three squads hosted conference opponent New Bern on Tuesday. The baseball team will be in action again tonight at 5 and the women’s soccer team will head to Greenville to play against J.H. Rose on Thursday. Match kick off is set to start at 5 and the baseball and softball teams will face off against J.H. Rose. First pitch for both games will be at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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