Cleveland pushed across four runs in the top of the seventh inning to down defending state 3A softball champion and Eastern Carolina 3A Conference rival C.B. Aycock 9-6 Friday night.
The Rams led 5-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning but Aycock scratched out three runs to go ahead.
“I was so impressed with my team tonight,” said Cleveland coach John Wood. “When the wheels starting falling off the cart in the fifth inning, they could have folded up camp and gave up, but they didn’t. They found a way to hit the ball when they needed to, and I was so pleased that we came away with a win.”
Taylor Dayton and Courtney Ireland started the Ram seventh with singles, then Heather McLean singled home Drayton with one out to tie the score. Ireland scored on a Golden Falcon error that allowed McLean to advance to third.
A second Aycock error sent McLean home before Tabby Herzig singled home Brianna Morgan for a 9-6 lead.
McLean was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Ireland and Drayton had two-hit nights.
Drayton got the win, holding Aycock to three hits on the night.
“The fact that we held a fantastic hitting ballclub to only three hits is amazing,” Wood said. “The one thing C.B. Aycock can do, and do well, is hit the ball. Taylor did a fantastic job of keeping them on their toes, and not giving them anything to beat us with.”
Corinth Holders, Roanoke Rapids split: Corinth Holders' baseball team moved to 6-0 with a dominating 11-0 win at Roanoke Rapids Friday night in a battle of previously unbeaten teams.
The Yellow Jackets remained unbeaten in softball with an 11-4 win over the Pirates.
Rams win tournament final rematch: Cleveland rolled by C.B. Aycock 4-0 in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Carolina 3A Conference girls soccer tournament championship match.
Emily Truelove scored twice and assisted on another goal for the Rams. Monique Torres had two assists, while Estefanie Pedrozo had one. Briele Cochran and Courtney Morris accounted for the other Cleveland goals.
Falcons beat Rams in baseball: Cleveland fell to C.B. Aycock 10-5 in baseball on Friday night. Alan Michael Stephenson was 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the loss for the Rams.
Aycock jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed.