Softball rolls in first week of April

High school sports roundup

Adriana Miller was named to the all-tournament team after Hoke softball had a successful run in the Slugfest tourney. (Photo courtesy HCHS Bucks Softball)

Here’s a look at the week that was in Hoke County sports, including a successful week on the softball field.


The Hoke County girls’ softball team won both games last week to improve to 9-5 on the season, 2-4 in the Sandhills Conference. The Bucks have now exceeded last year’s win total, both overall and in conference and are looking to finish over .500 in a full season for the second time in the last six years.

The Bucks opened play last week with a 10-9 win over North Brunswick. Junior Kalea Parker drove in three runs and scored one, hitting a double and stealing a base. Junior Chayna Locklear had 2 RBIs in the win.

A day later, Hoke went to extras to beat Fairmont, 7-6, coming back from a 3-0 deficit. Freshman McKenzie Freeman doubled and drove in three runs to lead the way.

The Bucks host Lee County this week, then travel to Richmond as they look to make up ground on two of the teams ahead of them in the Sandhills standings.


After breaking through with their first two wins of the season the previous week, Hoke County baseball dropped a pair of games last week. The Bucks came out on the short end of a 6-3 game against North Brunswick, then fell to Heide Trask, 9-3.

Reynell Capellan Reyes had a big week. The senior went 2-for-3 and drove in a run against North Brunswick, while stealing four bases. In the following game, he went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, a run and another three steals.

Eric “EJ” Carter supplied the other extra base hit of the week for Hoke, doubling and driving in two runs against North Brunswick. He also scored a run against Heide Trask.

Hoke is now 2-14 on the season, 0-8 in conference. The Bucks resume their conference schedule this week with a home-and-home series against Union Pines.

Girls’ Soccer

The wait is almost over for Bucks girls’ soccer. Hoke County hasn’t played since March 25 and will end their spring break this week by returning to play at home against Pinecrest. The Bucks also have a home game against Scotland this week.

Hoke is now 3-6-2, 1-2 in the Sandhills. The Bucks are one of just four teams in the conference with a positive goal differential, however, scoring 11 and allowing 7 in conference games.

Also on the schedule

Hoke’s boys’ tennis team returns to action with a home game against Richmond. Boys’ and girls’ track will also compete in a meet at Pinecrest this week.