The Corinth Holders baseball team moved to 5-0 with wins over rival Clayton on Monday and Warren County Tuesday.
The Pirates took a 12-6 win over Clayton, rallying from a 5-0 deficit with an eight-run third inning. Dakota Amant had two RBIs and two hits for the Pirates in the win.
Nick Peach worked 4 2/3 innings of relief for Corinth Holders to get the win, while Sam Berman held Clayton without a hit over the final two innings.
Tuesday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Warren County, the Pirates scored 11 runs in the game’s first three innings. Berman and Jake Lewis had two hits each in the win. Berman also walked twice and drove in three runs.Amant got the win, striking out five.
Corinth Holders girls win five-team meet: Corinth Holders boys and Cleveland’s girls team prevailed in a track and field meet featuring five Johnston County Schools held Tuesday at Smithfield-Selma’s Tucker Stadium.
Both teams scored more than 50 points each in the field events. Corinth Holders’ girls totaled 144 points, 42 ahead of runner-up Clayton.
Cleveland’s boys had 141 points, with Corinth Holders second at 97 ½ and Clayton third at 95 ½.
Anthony Mercado of Corinth Holders won three events on the afternoon: the 800 meters (2:13), the 1,600 (5:09) and the 3,200 (11:38). His girls counterpart and teammate Arden Vessie also won the 800 (2:28), the 1,600 (5:27) and the 3,200 (12:03).
Cleveland’s boys had seven individual event wins. Dylan Caldwell took both throws.He won the shot at 42 feet, 8 ½ inches. In the shot, he edged another talented thrower – Connor Barbour of Clayton – by 14 inches. Caldwell won at 139-7, while Barbour went 138-5. Babour and Caldwell’s throws were nearly 40 feet better than their nearest competitors.
Donqua Williams won the triple jump for the Rams (41-1), while Montreal Williams took the 200 (22.0) and Khailil Willaims won the 300 hurdles (42.9). Josh Sanders added a run of 51.1 seconds in the 400 to Cleveland’s win total and Josh Carter took the 110 hurdles at 15.4 seconds.
Cleveland’s 4-by-100 (44.4) and 4-by-400 (3:46.4) relay teams earned victories as well.
Corinth Holders won the 4x800 at 9:16. The Pirates’ Matt Duncan won the pole vault at 9-6. Spencer Powell was second for Smithfield-Selma in the pole vault, also clearing 9-6.
Cedric Harris of Clayton was the fastest man at the meet, winning the 100 in 11.1 seconds.
In addition to Vessie’s wins, Corinth Holders notched four other girls individual event wins. Essence Scott won the long jump (15-8) and the triple jump (33-5) for the Pirates. Marie Pickett cleared 4-8 to win the high jump and fellow Corinth Holders entry Jasil Young went 31-11 in the shot put.
Clayton’s Kennedy Thorn won the 300 hurdles (46.6), while Sam Nelson won the 400 in 1:06.3, Kristen Duncan won the pole vault (9-6) and Alexis Teel completed the Comet individual winners in the 100 at 12.2. Clayton also won the 4x400 relay (4:14).
Smithfield-Selma was the leader in the 4x100 at 53.1 seconds. SSS entries Niasha Theet (the 200 in 26.1) and Sasheonna Richardson (the discus at 83-3) won their respective events. Cleveland won the 4x800 girls relay in 11:39.
SSS finished fourth in both meets, while Neuse Charter was fifth. Taylor Davis finished fourth in the girls 400 for Neuse Charter, while Maurice Watson was fifth in the boys 400.
Whitley paces Rams: Kodi Whitley struck out nine in a 4-0 baseball victory for Cleveland over Southern Wayne on Wednesday. Whitley, a senior right-hander, limited the Warriors to two hits.
Cody Johnson, Alan Michael Hales and Trevor Poole had run-scoring hits for the Rams. Chase Jackson reached base three times and tripled in the sixth.
Cleveland softball team piles up hits, runs: Cleveland’s softball team moved to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Eastern Carolina 3A Conference with a 15-5 five-inning win over Southern Wayne on Wednesday.
The Rams pouned out 15 hits in the win with Courtney Ireland homering and Heather McLean and Taylor Drayton notching doubles. Drayton picked up the win on the mound.