Hobbton wins in battle of the cats

By David Johnson - Sports Writer
Zaylea King slides home in the first inning on a past ball. The Lady Wildcats took out James Kenan 16-2 Wednesday evening. -
Jackson McLamb delivers a strike early in the game. He reached his maximum number of pitches and Brayden Herring took over and finished the game. -

The Hobbton Wildcats Spring sports are underway with the black and yellow taking two wins on their home field for softball and baseball. Facing off against rival school James Kenan on Wednesday, the girls won big 16-2 while the boys barely survived 1-0.

Softball

The Hobbton Wildcat softball team got off to a roaring start of their season taking out James Kenan 16-2 Wednesday night.

“I think the offense and the defense played one heck of a game,” commented Hobbton coach Brian Christopher. “Cameron Lee did a great job on the mound. She kept a lot of stuff low and she had a very nice curve ball, also.”

“The defense played very aggressive. Catcher Zaylea King did an outstanding defensive job. Sophomore Nina Odom got very little playing time but made a crucial out in the first inning on a hard shot to right field,” added Christopher.

“Offensively, Lee got an infield homerun and we had great base running all around,” coach concluded.

Weather permitting, the Wildcats will host Goldsboro Thursday.

Baseball

In a hotly contested game against James Kenan, the Hobbton Wildcats sneaked by the Tigers 1-0. The first four inning were scoreless.

“It was a great win for Hobbton tonight,” commented Hobbton coach Christopher Carroll. “I am super proud of the guys for playing a great game. Jackson Mclamb and Brayden Herring were phenomenal on the mound. Grayson Rogers made it on. Preston Daughtry came behind him and provided a hit to score Rogers in the bottom of the 5th.”

“James Kenan played a great game and I applaud their coach for a well developed team. The win tonight shows the hard work and dedication my guys have put forth,” he concluded.

With the Tigers behind them they’ll look to take on Goldsboro with their Lady Wildcats Thursday, depending on the weather.

Zaylea King slides home in the first inning on a past ball. The Lady Wildcats took out James Kenan 16-2 Wednesday evening.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Zaylea-King.jpgZaylea King slides home in the first inning on a past ball. The Lady Wildcats took out James Kenan 16-2 Wednesday evening.

Jackson McLamb delivers a strike early in the game. He reached his maximum number of pitches and Brayden Herring took over and finished the game.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Jackson-McLamb.jpgJackson McLamb delivers a strike early in the game. He reached his maximum number of pitches and Brayden Herring took over and finished the game.

By David Johnson

Sports Writer