Softball nears winning record for regular season

High school sports roundup

Hoke County’s softball team lines up prior to a game earlier this season. The Bucks are looking to clinch a winning regular season record. (Photo courtesy HCHS Bucks Softball)

Here’s a look at the week that was in Hoke County sports, including a the softball team closing in on a milestone.


Hoke County’s softball team split two league games last week. The Bucks beat Lee County in extras, -4, to extend their winning streak to three straight. That got snapped the following outing, however, when Richmond got the best of Hoke, 8-0. The Bucks are now 10-6 on the year and 3-5 in the Sandhills. Freshman McKenzie Freeman had three hits and an RBI in the win over Lee. Fellow freshman Niya Jones doubled and scored, while Adriana Miller went all nine innings on the mound for the win.

The Bucks will try to clinch a winning regular season record with one more victory in their final four games on the schedule. Three of them come this week, with a home game against Southern Lee, followed by trips to Scotland and Union Pines.


The baseball team got swept by Union Pines last week, extending their losing streak to four straight.

The Bucks fell, 7-2, at home, then went to Union Pines and lost 13-2.

Reynell Capellan Reyes continued to provide the bright spots on offense for Hoke. He went 2-for-3 in the first game and 2-for-2 in the finale, with a pair of doubles and 2 RBIs. Carson Hewitt also had a two-hit game, while Eric (EJ) Carter added a double and Connor Oldham drove in a run.

Hoke is now 2-16 on the season, 0-10 in the Sandhills conference.

The Bucks have two more shots to get a conference win this season with a home-and-home against Pinecrest this week. They also host Red Springs in a non-conference game as the regular season enters its second-to-last week.

Girls’ Soccer

Weather kept the girls’ soccer team off the field for one more week, as a game against Scotland was washed out.

Hoke remains 3-6-2, 1-2 in the Sandhill and hasn’t played since March 25.

The Bucks are scheduled to resume play this week—weather permitting, of course—with a road game at Union Pines, another trip to Lee County and home games against Richmond and Pinecrest.

Also on the schedule

Boys’ varsity golf had a meet on Monday, at Bayonet. Boys’ tennis hosted Union Pines on Tuesday, Richmond on Wednesday and Pinecrest on Thursday in a busy three-match week. Track competes in a meet at Pinecrest.