ROWLAND —The Fairmont baseball team achieved perfection on Friday, but the final game of the team’s 14-0 conference run left plenty to be desired.
The Three Rivers Conference champions had only four hits and struggled with four errors in a 7-6 win at South Robeson (8-12, 4-10).
“We did finish 14-0 in the conference but tonight didn’t feel like one of our good games,” said Fairmont coach Sandy Thorndyke. “It might have been one of the worst games we’ve played all year.”
Fairmont (21-2, 14-0) got the winning run after getting a runner on base, moving him with a sacrifice bunt and then scoring him on an error.
The team has had six hits in the last two games, Thorndyke said.
Jacoby Oxendine had half the Golden Tornadoes’ hits, going 2-for-3, with Alec Brewington and Chance Leggett picking up the other two hits. Cole Lovin got his eighth win of the season, throwing two innings of relief and striking out five of the six batters he faced.
Devin Smith and Bryce Nephew each led South Robeson with two hits and Smith took the loss.
The teams will meet again Monday in the first round of the Three Rivers Conference tournament in Red Springs.
A seven-run stretch allowed the Fairmont softball team (12-7, 8-6) to beat South Robeson (9-14, 6-8) 11-6.
The Golden Tornadoes had their best hitting game of the season, with 13 hits off Taylor Jacobs.
Breanna Hunt went 3-for-5 to lead the hitting with Courtney McCormick (3-for-4) and Jill Goodyear (2-for-3) also finishing with multi-hit games.
South Robeson went ahead 5-3 after the second inning before Fairmont had three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth, including a three-run home run by Tiffany Hicks. Katelon Floyd picked up her ninth win of the season.
Lumberton soccer takes conference title
LUMBERTON — The Lumberton soccer team clinched its spot atop the Southeastern Conference standings with a 6-0 win against Purnell Swett, giving the Pirates sole possession of first place.
The team continued to downplay the achievement with limited celebration as it prepares to host the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals and finals next week.
“We realize this is just a stepping stone,” said coach Kenny Simmons. “This was an exclamation point on our season in our conference run.”
Michaela Nash scored four times, including the team’s lone goal in the first half. Peyton Singleton and starting goalie Brittany Bolin also had goals for the Pirates. Bolin was replaced in net by Hannah Monteiro for the majority of the second half.
Simmons credited Swett goalie Rebecca Jacobs with keeping the Pirates’ offense down.
Pirates rally, upend Scotland
LAURINBURG —Lumberton’s seen its fair share on narrow games in the Southeastern Conference this season.
It was fitting that Friday’s finale at Scotland had plenty of drama.
Justice Sampson delivered a game-tying two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded before a wild pitch plated Lumberton’s go-ahead run as the Pirates held off the Scots, 5-4.
Despite early trouble in the bottom half of the frame, Odum, aided by a double play off a bunt attempt that backfired, finished the deal for the complete-game victory, his fifth of the season.
Purnell Swett kept its playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 win at Hoke.
Lumberton (14-8, 7-3) and Pinecrest (18-4, 7-3) will have a coin flip to determine the SEC’s second-place finisher.
Cameron Sharpe’s two-run home run powered Scotland’s softball team to a 3-0 victory over Lumberton, putting the Pirates’ playoff hopes in Jeopardy. Scotland’s Kenleigh Callahan faced only 22 batters in her complete game and allowed two hits.
Red Devils post dramatic win
RED SPRINGS —Roosevelt Chavis delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh Friday night as Red Springs edged St. Pauls, 7-6, in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Red Devils (11-10, 6-8) trailed 6-5 entering their final at-bat before Chavis’ heroics helped Antwaun McNeill to the complete game win. He helped his own cause at the plate with three of Red Springs’ 11 hits.
The Red Devils will host next week’s Three Rivers Conference tournament beginning with two first-round games on Monday.
St. Pauls beat the Red Devils 19-3 in softball.
Friday’s Box Scores
Red Springs 7, St. Pauls 6
St. Pauls 003 003 0 — 6 6 2
Red Springs 012 020 2 — 7 11 3
WP — Antwaun McNeill LP — Hancock.
Leading hitters — RS: McNeill 3-3; Johnson 2-4; C. McNeill 3-4; Chavis 1-4. STP: Thomas 1-2; Wyatt 1-2; Thompson 1-3.
Records — Red Springs 11-10, 6-8; St. Pauls 3-19.
Fairmont 7, South Robeson 6, 8 innings
Fairmont 103 110 01 — 7 4 3
South Rob 121 101 00 — 6 7 4
WP — Cole Lovin. LP — Devin Smith.
Leading hitters — F: Brewington 1-3, Leggett 1-1, RBI,3 BBs, Oxendine 2-3; SR: Smith 2-5, Nephew 2-4, 3 RBI, 2B.
Purnell Swett 4, Hoke 2
Swett 200 100 1 — 4 6 2
Hoke 001 000 1 — 2 10 1
WP — Lowry. LP — Freeman.
Leading hitters — PS: Williamson 2-4, 2 runs, 3B. H: Spencer 2-4, Virgil 2-3, Rushing 2-4.
Fairmont 11, South Robeson 6
Fairmont 301 340 0 — 11 13 4
South Robeson 140 010 0 — 6 11 4
WP — Floyd (9-4). LP — Jacobs (9-13)
Leading hitters — F: B.Hunt 3-5, 2B, RBI; McCormick 3-4; Goodyear 2-3, Hicks 1-4, HR, 3 RBI; SR: H. Chavis 2-3, 2B, 2RBI; C. Chavis 2-4, 3B; Murphy 2-4.