Prep Roundup: Arrington, Vikings improve to 2-0
Northern Vance pitcher Nate Arrington threw his second consecutive complete-game two-hitter on Wednesday and the Vikings (2-0) defeated visiting Southern Vance 7-2.
Arrington fanned 15 Raider batters, following a 13-strikeout performance last week against Warren County to open the season. The senior right-hander gave up one unearned run to Southern, which scored both of its runs in the first inning.
Northern tied it up in the bottom half of the first before plating three runs in the third and two in the fifth.
Eric Lemmond (1-for-1) and Jabe Montgomery (1-for-4) each had a pair of RBIs for the Vikings.
“We’re really struggling offensively,” said Northern head coach Benji Nelson. “We’re finding ways to get runs across though.”
The game marked the earliest meeting in a season between Northern and Southern since 2009. The crosstown rivals, no longer in the same conference, meet again March 19 at Southern and the schools’ softball teams meet today at Southern.
Northern’s baseball team will try to get a jump on the rain in the forecast for Friday and get in a game against Granville Central at home today at 4 p.m.
Southern is scheduled to visit J.F. Webb on Friday.
Northern drops league opener
The Northern Vance tennis team opened conference play with an 8-1 loss at Cedar Ridge on Wednesday.
The Vikings (1-1, 0-1) host Warren County today at 4 p.m. and are scheduled to make up Monday’s home match with J.F. Webb on Friday at 4 p.m.
CEDAR RIDGE 8, NORTHERN 1
No. 1 — CR’s Zac Marion def. Dar Sedigh 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — CR’s Erik Lutz def. Nathan Oakes 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 — CR’s Isaac lutz def. Blake Manning 6-0, 6-0.
No. 4 — CR’s Peyton Pappas def. Barry Bobbitt 6-0, 6-0.
No. 5 — CR’s Trevor Thares def. Chris Pendergrass 6-0, 6-1.
No. 6 — CR’s Tyler Herbst def. Ray Cheever 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 — NV’s Sedigh and Oakes def. Henry Manderille and Ty Knight 8-2.
No. 2 — CR’s Sam Michol and Ari Farber def. Manning and Pendergrass 8-6.
No. 3 — CR’s Trevor Stephens and Stephen Jones def. Bobbitt and Cheever 8-4.
Eagles downed by Bunn, 6-3
Warren County’s tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision Wednesday in its 2-A Northern Carolina Conference opener against Bunn.
Austin Bender and John Aguas picked up their first wins of the season for the Eagles and Mohammed Hussein played in his first.
Warren County visits Northern Vance today.
BUNN 6, WARREN COUNTY 3
No. 1 — BUNN’s Josh Kwiatowski def. Bryan Bender 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 — WC’s Austin Bender def. Jacob Stephens 6-3, 7-5.
No. 3 — WC’s John Aguas def. Nolan Winstead 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-3.
No. 4 — BUNN’s Jake Moore def. Torre Caparatta 6-4, 6-1.
No. 5 — BUNN’s Ryan Callahan def. Drew Fleming 6-2, 6-3.
No. 6 — BUNN’s Kyle Champion def. Mohammed Hussein 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 — BUNN’s Kwiatowski and Stephens def. B. Bender and Aguas 8-3.
No. 2 — WC’s A. Bender and Caparatta def. Winstead and Champion 5-2 (suspended, darkness).
No. 3 — BUNN’s Callahan and Champion def. Fleming and Hussein 5-0 (suspended, darkness).