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Thursday, May 13, 1976 - THE GRYPHON _ Page Eleven
WARD SLIDES IN — Gaiy Ward safely slides into third base
against Northern Nash.
Carter’s Machine Fails
As Season Ends
Rocky Mount traveled to
Richmond County carrying a 7-6
record and a bag of hopes for
the Easter tourney. The
Gryphons won the first two
games by overwhelming scores
of 9-2 each. Unfortunately the
Easter Bunny’s charms wore off
too quickly and the Rocky
Mount natives fell victim to
their own sloppy play as they
allowed Richmond County to
bowl over them 7-2 to capture
the tourney honors, the Gryph’s
return home was met by two
successive defeats at the hands
of Bertie and Northern Nash.
For their first appearance in
the Pete Hogan Invitational
Tournament, the Gryphons did
not fare to badly as they brought
home second place honors.
Mike Upchurch, RMSH catcher,
was named to the all-tourney
team.
In their first game, the
Gryphs met Raeford-Hoke.
Carter’s Machine surprised
their opponents and blasted
them off the diamond 9-2. On
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In Conference Play
Gryphs Hit Hot Streak
the second day Rocky Mount
defeated Wadesboro Bowman
9-2. They were aided by Buddy
Luper’s home run and Garry
Ward’s two hits.
Rocky Mount advanced to the
finals in a game against tourney
host Richmond County. Two
errors in the fifth inning proved
to be the Gryph’s downfall. The
game changed from a 2-2 tie
into a 5-2 Raider runaway. The
Raiders added two more runs to
end the tournament with a 7-2
victory over Rocky Mount.
With an improved 9-7 record
the Gryphs travelled to Bertie
and fell to the Falcons 7-3. The
Gryphons visited Northern Nash
hoping to avenge a previous 5-4,
eight-inning defeat. For three
innings, the teams shared a 1-1
tie. Three Northern hits started
the Knight’s rally. Rocky Mount
tried unsuccessfully to battle
back. They were able to score
two more times to leave the final
score 5-3. The Gryphon effort
included seven hits.
Conference championship
hopes grew considerably higher
for the Lady Gryphons as they
defeated conference foes North
eastern and Greenville. Runn
ing their record to 1-2, after
losing two games to non
conference opponent West
Edgecombe and picking up a
win from Kinston, the Gryphons
went on to defeat their next
three opponents, with only one
loss, and turn a 1-2 record into a
4-3 record. Mary White ran her
record to 4-2, while Merlyn
Joyner, Gail McClain, Arlinda
Harrison, Mary White, and
Donna Arrington emerged as
leading hitters.
The Lady Gryphons, led by an
attack of 27 hits, avenged their
loss to West Edgecombe by
defeating Kinston 15-6. Rocky
Mount, although falling behind
5-4 in the third inning, came
back under a hitting attack by
Merlyn Joyner with five hits,
and Gail McClain, Diawana
McNair, Kelly Bullard, and
Mary White with three hits
each. Redding, Loffin, Patter
son, and Alves each had two hits
for Kinston.
Mary White increased her
record to 3-1 and Rocky Mount
increased its record to 3-2 as the
Lady Gryphons defeated con
ference foe Northeastern 15-8.
Rocky Mount was led by the
home run hitting on Arlinda
Harrison and Mary White, who
hit one home run each, and the
hitting of Merlyn Joyner and
Donna Arrington, with four hits
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WHITE- IN ACTION — Maiy White follows through
on her pitch during the Greenville game.
and three hits respectively.
Cindy Meekins led Northeastern
with four hits.
The hot bats of the Lady
Gryphons cooled off for their
game with Greenville. Pounding
out only eight hits, the
Gryphons still defeated Rose
6-1. Rocky Mount was led by
Gail McClain and Arlinda
Harrison with two hits each.
Mary White picked up her
fourth win against one loss.
Leading hitter for Rose was
Barbara James with two hits.
The Lady Gryphons dropped
their first conference game of
the season to Bertie, 6-2.
Although Berfie had only two
hits, they were able to pick up
their six runs from 11 costly
Rocky Mount errors. Arlenda
Harrison led the Gryphon six hit
attack with two doubles. Mary
White picked up the loss and
her record for the season
dropped to 4-2 while the team
conference record dropped to
2-1.
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