NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A ROUNDUP: Bunker Hill grabs 200th career win for head softball coach

Published Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Winning pitcher Payton Bryant played a key role on Tuesday night as Bunker Hill High collected career softball win No. 200 for head coach Randy Joines.

Bryant drew a game-winning, walk-off walk in a 4-3 home victory over Hibriten in a Northwestern Foothills 2A game.

Lillie Pennington hit a two-run inside-the-park home run for the Bears (3-0, 2-0) in the fourth inning while Camryn Bryant’s hit in the bottom of the seventh tied the game.

The Bears, who had eight hits, scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning but the Panthers (3-2, 2-1) scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning for a 2-all tie.

Hibriten got a run in the top of the seventh inning to lead 3-2.

The Panthers finished with six hits.

Joines has 80 of his 200 wins at Bunker Hill with the other 120 coming at North Wilkes.

Draughn 13, West Iredell 0, 5 inn.

The Wildcats scored two runs in the first inning and four in the third inning, heading toward a conference win on the road.

West Iredell had eight hits, led by two each by Aslan LaClair and Madison Dyson, and Dyson pitched five innings (10 hits, six of 11 runs earned, no walks, eight strikeouts).

Draughn has a non-league game at home against R-S Central on Thursday at 6 p.m. while the Warriors play North Iredell in a non-conference game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at West Iredell.


Fred T. Foard 7, Patton 1

Jeremiah Wike shook off a rough start and led the Tigers (3-1, 3-0) to a victory by going six innings and striking out 16 at Foard.

Patton (1-3, 1-2) scored its only run via a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. After that, Matthew Byrd’s double was the only hit off Wike.

Caleb Peschel pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two, in relief of Wike.

Wike had two doubles and Haden Lail added two hits and an RBI for the Tigers.

Foard is at home Thursday against Bunker Hill for a league game (6:30 p.m.) moved up by one day.

Patton plays a non-conference game at McDowell on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

West Iredell 12, Draughn 2, 6 inn.

The Warriors had a seven-run second inning en route to a conference win at home.

Colby McHargue went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs and winning pitcher Eli Kitchens drove in three runs for West Iredell (3-3, 1-2).

Kitchens pitched five innings, allowing four hits, two runs (both earned) with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Mason Mozeley had two of the four hits by Draughn (1-4, 1-1).

Tyler McKinney took the loss for the Wildcats, going 1 1/3 innings. He gave up three this, seven runs (five earned) with two walks and two strikeouts.

West Iredell plays a non-league game at North Iredell on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and the Wildcats will be at home Friday at 7 p.m. for a conference game against Patton.

R-S Central 18, East Burke 0 (Monday)

Emery Propst had East Burke’s only hit in a non-conference loss on the road.

The Cavs remain on the road for a non-league game on Wednesday, facing West Lincoln at 7 p.m.


R-S Central 3, East Burke 0

Senior Arianna Hawks made 21 saves and sophomore Andie McNeil had four for the Cavs, who fell in a non-league match.

East Burke is at home Friday at 6 p.m. for a conference match against West Iredell.

Fred T. Foard 6, Patton 0

The Tigers scored three goals in each half to win a league match at home, improving to 4-2-1, 1-0-0).

No other match details were available.

Foard will be at home Wednesday at 5 p.m. to play Shelby.

Patton plays at Draughn in a league match on Friday at 6 p.m.

  • Information for the roundup includes reports by Randy Joines, Bunker Hill head softball coach; Channon Vogel, Fred T. Foard head baseball coach; Sabrina Powell, East Burke head girls’ soccer coach; and Brian Branch, East Burke head baseball coach.

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