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North Central drops pair of Friday contests in Buford

Posted: April 10, 2017 2:43 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Having evened things at five with a three-run, fifth inning blast from Kevin Smith, North Central was unable to hold off Buford in a 7-5 loss on Friday night in Lancaster County.

The setback was the second of the week for Robbie Cash’s Knights who fell to 6-6 in Region 4-AA with two conference games left on the ledger.

The Knights opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning as Cam Holley led the game off with a double to left center. He would score on a one-out single off the bat of Chance Mangum.

The host Yellow Jackets answered the NC run by scoring five times in their half of the opening frame. The big blows in the four-hit first were two-run singles from Michael Lewis and Ryan Bailey.

North Central evened things at five by scoring four times in the top of the fifth.

Tyler Faulkenberry touched off the two-out rally with a walk and a stolen base. Wesley Roberts then worked his way for a free pass before Faulkenberry made it a 5-2 game when he scored on Jeremiah Jenkins’ single to right. Smith then drove a three-run blast to center field to tie the game at 5-5.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Jackets broke the deadlock with Brett Sistare drawing a leadoff walk and scoring the eventual winning run on Bailey’s two-out single. Bailey would later move to third on balk and score on a passed ball to make it 7-5.

NC threatened in both the sixth and seventh frames but came up empty both times.

In the sixth, a double play from home to second base killed a possible rally. An inning later, Roberts and Jenkins had consecutive one out singles but the pair were left on the corners as Sistare recorded consecutive strikeouts to close the game.

The Knights out-hit Buford, 9-7, with Roberts, Jenkins and Smith having two-hit nights from the fifth through seventh holes in the NC batting order.

The Knights will take a break from conference action this week as they play in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Tournament. NC will face Camden tonight in a 7:30 p.m. start before meeting Richland Northeast at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Thursday’s final day of the tournament will be played at Memorial Stadium in Columbia at yet-to-be determined times.

Lady Knights upended twice: Cheraw scored an unearned run in the first inning and went on from there to take a 12-2 win over North Central in a softball game played last week in Boonetown.

The error in the first was one of seven committed on the evening by the Lady Knights which helped allowed Cheraw to coast to the Region 4-AA win.  

Cheraw scored in every inning except the third while North Central could not get any runs until the bottom of the sixth when the game was out of hand.  

The Lady Knights collected four hits but never got anything going until scoring in the bottom of the sixth.  

Kali Tomlin had the lone RBI for NC with Peyton Holley and Abby Outlaw scoring on a single and a fielders’ choice.  

Holley led the way for Mike Grigsby’s squad with two hits. Outlaw and Greer Beckham had a hit each.

On Friday, the Lady Knights fell to 3-9 in 4-AA play with a 12-0 road loss to Buford.

After having this week off for spring break, the Lady Knights return to action next Tuesday when they host Chesterfield in a 5:30 p.m. start in Boonetown.

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