Softball has offensive outburst in win

Hoke County puts up 19 runs

Hoke County softball makes a play to get the runner out at third base during the Bucks’ win over Pinecrest (David Sinclair/NSJ)

Here’s a look at the week that was in Hoke County sports, including a history-making scoring explosion for girls’ soccer.


The Hoke County girls’ softball team stayed over .500 with two wins in three games last week. The Bucks fell at home to Union Pines, 9-4, then found the going much smoother on the road. Hoke blew out Pinecrest in their first trip of the week, winning 15-3. The following day, they went to Red Springs and won 19-4. Senior Adriana Miller and freshman Niya Jones picked up wins for Hoke on the mound. Jones also got hits in all three games, including a 4-for-4 day with two doubles and 5 RBIs against Red Springs. The 19-run explosion was the biggest scoring day for the Bucks since a 19-2 win over Seventy-First in March 2019. It was their biggest run output on the road since winning at Seventy-First, 26-0 in March 2018.

Softball is now 6-4 on the year, 2-4 in the Sandhills Conference. They travel to Jack Britt and Scotland this week, then take part in the Robeson County Slugfest over the weekend.


The Hoke County baseball team went 0-3 last week and is still in search of an elusive first win. The Bucks fell at home to Richmond, 11-1, then hit the road for two games. They lost at Red Springs, 8-3, then fell in a rematch with Richmond, 15-5. On the bright side, the five-run output matched Hoke’s second-best scoring day of the season, and eight runs in two games matched its best two-game stretch. Athlete of the Week Reynell Capellan Reyes led the way with four RBIs on the week, while junior Owen Autry drove in two. Jacob Bowman and Connor Oldham also had RBIs during the week.

Hoke is now 0-10 this season, 0-6 in the Sandhills. The Bucks will have multiple shots to break into the win column this week, with a road game at Jack Britt, a home and home with Southern Lee and an as-yet undetermined set of weekend opponents in Lumberton’s Robeson County Slugfest.

Girls’ Soccer

The Bucks lost both games last week to extend their losing streak to three in a row. Hoke fell, 1-0, in overtime at Richmond to start the week. The following day, the Bucks traveled to Jack Britt and suffered a 3-1 loss. Senior Sachi Mathews scored the lone goal in the Jack Britt game, becoming the first Bucks girls’ soccer player to find the back of the net in four games. She also scored one of the Hoke’s two goals in that contest.

The Bucks are now 2-6-2, 1-2 in the Sandhills. They’ll try to get back on a winning track this week with a home game against Red Springs and a road trip to Pinecrest.

Also on the schedule

Boys’ golf played in a meet at Foxfire on Monday. Boys’ tennis traveled to Scotland High for a Tuesday match. Track hosts Scotland on Wednesday.