Northern, Southern win at Webb Easter tourney
Northern Vance is back at .500 with Thursday’s 7-0 win over Roxboro Community School in the J.F. Webb Easter Tournament.
The Vikings improved to 3-3 on the season behind six scoreless innings from Zach Pegram at Granville Athletic Park. Kevonte Hanks came on to finish the game for Northern.
Pegram, still battling back from an early season injury, finished with eight strikeouts.
“His arm is not in pitching shape, but he came in and did what we asked of him,” said Northern coach Benji Nelson. “Zach is a competitor and I expect him to go in there and gut it out.”
Northern faces Roanoke Rapids at 5 p.m. Friday in the round-robin tourney. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Vikings in the 2011 championship game and again last season on Day 2.
“We know it’s going to be tough tomorrow,” said Nelson. “We have to bring even more intensity than what we had today and play good defense.”
TaBrian Scott and Barry Purnell each finished with two base hits for Northern, which scored one run in the first inning, two in the second and four in the fifth.
Pegram, Hanks, Thomas Abbott, and Travon Scott also added base knocks.
Travon Scott scored Tyquan Bryant on a triple in the second to make it 2-0 before TaBrian Scott knocked his brother in with a single out of the leadoff spot.
Hanks had a two-run single to highlight the fifth inning for the Vikes.
“We played solid defense, swung the bat OK,” said Nelson. “I preached patience to them the whole game. That’s something we could have done a better job with, being more patient at the plate and swinging at better pitches.”
“Maybe we’re starting to get in a groove which is what we need,” added Nelson.
Raiders get big win over Roanoke Rapids
Roanoke Rapids struggled with control early on and Southern Vance maintained its lead for a 9-4 win Thursday at the Webb Easter Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets walked six Raider batters in the second inning and six runs came across. Southern led 8-1 before the Yellow Jackets cut the lead in half in the fifth.
The Raiders lost to Roanoke Rapids 16-0 just two weeks ago.
“We’re getting better. We just have to play,” said Southern coach Tony McGee. “They’re a good baseball team and we’re excited to get the win. Excited about playing tomorrow.”
Sophomore Brandon Salmon got the win for Southern, tossing four innings before Kyle Lawrence finished off the game.
“He’s got to get his curveball in the neighborhood of the plate,” McGhee said of Salmon. “And tonight was the first night he was able to either throw it for a strike or get somebody to swing for it out of the zone. That was the difference tonight. He did a great job.”
Southern faces Franklin Academy Friday at 11 a.m.
Warriors shut out by Franklin Academy
J.F. Webb opened its Easter tourney Thursday with a 1-0 loss to Franklin Academy.
Webb coach Mike Carroll praised the performance of the Franklin Academy pitcher.
Carroll added errors were costly for Webb, which faces Roxboro Community today at 2 p.m.
Webb Easter Tournament, Day 2
11 a.m. — Southern Vance vs Franklin Academy
2 p.m. — Webb vs Roxboro Community School
5 p.m. — Northern Vance vs Roanoke Rapids
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