Trojan Football Gets Things Kicked Off

The Trojan Football team got the summer portion of the 2009 season as they held a 7 on 7 scrimmage on Tuesday at Green Hope. High School OT covered the game and has an article and a photo gallery that can be found HERE

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Trojans Walk Off with Win Over Spartans

The Trojans returned home on Monday night as they welcomed the defending Eastern Regional Champion the Sanderson Spartans to town.

Garner gave the ball to Will Norris who was looking for his second consecutive win for the Trojans. But, Norris would not factor in the decision as he left the game in the fourth with the Trojans trailing 7-3. The Trojans then brought in Bryan Woodard who did an outstanding job in relief going the final three inning and gave up just one run.

Despite the outstanding performance from Woodard Garner was still trailing by three going to the bottom of the sixth, and things were looking very bleak for the Trojans. But Connor Torruella led off the inning with a single and later scored on a Jackson Pleasant single. The two hit single by Pleasant brought up CJ Schmitt and on a two ball one strike pitch, Schmitt bolted a two run game tying home run to dead center field which tied the game.

In the top of the seventh, Sanderson got a runner to second base but did not score and in the bottom half, the Trojans found a way to win.

Brett Bailey walked to start the inning and advanced to third on back to back wild pitches. With one out, Brett Walters reached on an error which set the stage for Connor Torruella who had a three, one count and lined a seeing-eye single up the box to win the game for the Trojans.

The win moves Garner to 5-2 on the year as they host Fuquay on Wednesday at 7

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Woodard

Losing Pitcher: JP Cochran

JV Trojans Still Un-Defeated

The JV Trojans scored early and often on Monday as they defeated Sanderson 12-3. The Trojans got five in the first as they sent 12 batters to the plate against the Spartan starter. The big hit of the first inning was an RBI triple from Carrington Austin.

After two second inning runs, Garner put up another five spot in the fourth, but Garner didnt get many extra base hits as they used seven singles to score five runs in the fourth.

While Garner was scoring all these runs, they got great pitching from starter, Steven Brown who pitched three innings giving up two runs and four hits. But give a tip of the cap to Scotty McCreery and Bob Doak who both pitched great in relief.

The Trojans are still un-beaten and will host Fuquay on Wednesday at 5:00

Trojans De-Claw Cougars in Summer League Romp

After a 13-3 win over Smithfield on Wednesday night, Garner picked up right where they left off on Thursday against Wake Forest. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Cougar starter, Nick Boutieller walked five consecutive batters as Garner put up a three spot in the opening inning.

But the Trojans were far from done in the bottom of the second, Garner really got to Boutieller as they scored six runs. With one out, Jackson Pleasant singled which really got things going, Josh Randle would follow with a single to load the bases and Brett Bailey and Alec Hulmes both delivered RBI singles before Brett Walters singled to score a run and Jared Newbry capped the scoring with his first Varsity RBI.

With the Trojans up 9-2 going to the bottom of the fourth, you could tell the Trojans wanted to end the game in just four and a half innings and they did just that. Brett Walters was the first Trojan to hit in the bottom of the fourth and on a one ball, two strike pitch, Walters blasted a solo shot to right field, which was extra special for the Trojan left fielder as his grandmother was in the stands celebrating her birthday.

Again the Trojans kept on going after back to back walks Jackson Pleasant and CJ Schmitt had back to back singles. However, the big blow of the inning came from Brett Bailey who doubled to left field to clear the bases and give the Trojans at 14-2 lead.

While Garner was pounded the Cougar pitching, Jackson Pleasant and Alec Hulmes were dealing on the bump for the Trojans. Pleasant who would start the game for the Trojans worked only three innings giving up just one run, scattering six hits and picked up his second win of the season.

Wake Forest added a late run in the top of the fifth, but it wouldn't be nearly enough as Garner improved to 4-2 on the year as they host Sanderson on Monday at Trojan Park, beginning at 7:00

Winning Pitcher: Jackson Pleasant

Losing Pitcher: Nick Boutieller

JV Trojans Keep On Rolling

It was the same story, different day for the JV Trojans as they hosted Wake Forest at Trojan Park on Thursday afternoon. The Trojans got three runs in the bottom of the first as Vince Jefferies singled to start the inning and would later score on a pass ball which preceded RBI base hits from Jake Faucette and Levin Woodall.

That would really be all that the Trojan pitchers would need, but give Wake Forest credit, they really hung in the game down just 4-1 going to the bottom of the fourth. That's when Garner really began to bust the game open. Matt Hawley doubled to begin the Trojan fourth and scored on a bases loaded walk to Taylor Stephens another bases loaded walked scored Woodall and the fourth inning scoring was capped when Carrington Austin got a very painful RBI as he was hit by a pitch, but his pain paid off for the Trojans as Austin Walker scored.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans kept pouring it on with a four spot to take a 11-2 lead and with the bases loaded and just one out. The game was called due to the JV time limit. But the Trojans still got the win to improve to 6-0 on the year.

They also host Sanderson on Monday beginning at 5:00

Winning Pitcher: Jared Newbry

Losing Pitcher: Cory Brookins

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Baseball Changes Summer Schedule

The Summer Baseball team changed their schedule around to accommodate a game that needs to be made up with Clayton. That game will be played at home on July 8 and Garner will travel to Middle Creek on July 17.

You can find a printable version of the schedule HERE

Trojans Slay Spartans to Sweep Season Series

After a 4-2 win at Smithfield on Tuesday night, the Trojans hosted the Spartans at Trojan Park on Wednesday night. Garner started Matt Hawley who was making his first career Varsity start and didn't pitch bad.

Hawley gave up a first inning run on a solo home run by Kevin Rose, but Garner would respond in the bottom half as Jesse Fisher led off the bottom of the first as he homered on the very first pitch to tie the game.

After the Spartans got two in the top of the third, the Trojans bounced right back in the bottom half with a three spot as CJ Schmitt singled home Fisher and Brett Bailey and Alec Hulmes both had RBI singles to chase the Spartan starter from the game.

But, the Trojans were no where near done as they sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored six runs all six runs came on solid singles and a few Spartan walks.

Garner would end the game in the bottom of the fifth as they were up 10-3 going into the fifth. With one out, Schmitt singled, which was followed by a Josh Randle singled and a Brett Bailey single which scored Schmitt and Hulmes singled to score Bailey and the game winning hit came from Brett Walters who singled to left to plate the game winning run and give the Trojans a 13-3 win over SSS.

Garner is now 3-2 on the season as they host Wake Forest-Rolesville at Trojan Park tomorrow night.

Winning Pitcher - Matt Hawley

Losing Pitcher - Blake Mitchell

JV Still Undefeated with Win over SSS

Garner gave SSS a first inning run in the JV game but responded in the bottom half with three runs. Vince Jefferies singled and scored on a two run double by Jake Faucette and Aquail Sanders scored the final first inning run for Garner as Austin Walker singled him home.

The game was tied at four going to the bottom of the fourth when Garner began to put some distance between themselves and SSS as they score two runs in the fourth, but the big inning for Garner was the fifth inning as Taylor Stephens singled and advanced to second on a throwing error, Skylar Strickland then reached and both he and Stephens scored on Spartan errors.

The inning continued for Jared Newbry who singled to right and later scored on a two run triple by Vince Jefferies. The big blow of the inning came from Aquail Sanders who homered to DEEP left center field to give the Trojans an 11-4 lead.

Garner would go on to win the game 12-4 and improve to 5-0 on the year. Garner will also host Wake Forest-Rolesville at 5:00 on Thursday

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Galavatti

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Casselbury

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Norris Dominant In Win Over Spartans


Will Norris was the tough luck loser in his first Varsity start this summer against East Wake and after a tough loss at South Central, the Trojans rebounded very nice on Tuesday night at Spartan Field at SSS.

With the game scoreless in the top of the second, the Trojans struck first as CJ Schmitt led off the inning with a single and after a walk, Colin Perry laid down a bunt that the Spartan pitcher miss handled allowing Perry to reach which set up a sacrifice fly from Brett Walters then, Alec Hulmes laid down a great bunt as Garner squeezed home a run.

After another great inning from Norris, Garner went right back to work in the fourth with two outs as Brett Walters sent a looping fly ball to left field which fell in for a hit and hustling all the way, Walters ended up at second which proved to be hit as the very next batter, Alec Hulmes doubled to left to plate another run and give Garner a 3-0 lead.

The final Trojan run of the game came in the sixth when Colin Perry led off the inning with a single and Connor Torruella got his first Varsity hit of the summer and it was an RBI single back up the middle and Garner led 4-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, Garner sent Norris back out to try for the complete game shut out and after getting the first out, he ran into a bit of trouble as he loaded the bases with two outs before Blake Mitchell got a two run single which lifted Norris from the game as the Trojan crowd gave him a good hand as Jacob Baker came in to get the final strikeout of the game and his first save of the summer.

The 4-2 win gives the Trojans at 2-2 record on the season as they host Smithfield-Selma tomorrow at 7:00 at Trojan Park. The JV game begins at 5:00.

Winning Pitcher: Will Norris - 6 2/3 Innings, 7 Hits, 2 Runs, 1 Walk, 8 Strikeouts

Losing Pitcher: Hunter Jones - 5 1/3 Innings, 8 Hits, 4 Runs, 2 Walks, 5 Strikeouts

Save: Jacob Baker - 1/3 Inning, 0 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 Walks, 1 Strikeouts

JV Improves to 4-0

The JV Summer team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 12-7 win over SSS game one of the double header. Steven Brown got his second win of the season for the Trojans who scored 10 runs in the second inning and staved off a late Spartan rally to win the game.

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Summer League Splits With East Wake

After a very impressive win over Knightdale to begin the season, the Varsity Trojans dropped their first game of the summer as they fell to East Wake 5-1 at Trojan Park on Thursday night.

East Wake got on the board in the opening frame on a three-run home run by Taylor Griswold off Trojan starter Will Norris. However, after the rough first inning, Norris would settle down allowing just one more run over his final five innings of work and Norris gave his team a chance to win.

But, it wouldn't be the night for the Trojans as Garner couldn't string hits together leaving a total of 9 runners on base. The loan Trojan run of the night came in the fifth when Jackson Pleasant doubled home Brett Bailey from first, but that would be about the only highlight for the Trojans on the offensive side as they fall to 1-1 as they head into their first road game of the year on Monday night at South Central High School.

Winning Pitcher: Eric Hardin

Losing Pitcher: Will Norris

EW 5 9 2
GAR 1 9 2

JV Improves to 2-0 with another Run-Rule Victory

After a 15-1 bombing of Knightdale on Monday afternoon, the JV Trojans picked up right where they left off against East Wake. Steven Brown got the ball for the Trojans in game two and pitch four outstanding shut out innings for the Trojans giving up only two hits and picking up his first win of the year.

Meanwhile, the Trojan offensive was getting it done. Garner put three runs on the board in the very first inning as Aquail Sanders doubled home Vince Jeffries and after a RBI ground out by Jake Faucette, Carrington Austin capped the first inning scoring with an RBI single to right.

Garner really poured it on in the third as they put a four spot on the board to make it 8-0. But, the Trojans were not done as the plate two more runs, one in the fourth and fifth to take home their second win of the year.

The JV Trojans are back in action Monday at Green Hope.

Winning Pitcher: Steven Brown

Losing Pitcher: Logan Jones

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Post 232 Washed Away Again

Garner Post 232 and Benson Post 109 got to the bottom of the fourth inning at South Johnston High School on Wednesday night, then the rains came down in buckets. Since the game did not reach the fifth inning, the game will have to be replayed from the beginning which is a good thing for Post 232 as they were trailing.

The game will be played at Trojan Park a week from Friday during the Joye Family Invitational which features eight teams over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Post 232 returns to action tomorrow night at 7:00 when they travel to Clinton High School to take on Warsaw.

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The Garner Citizen News & Times has put together a graduation for GMHS, they also have photos available on their Web Site

You can also access the graduation video by Clicking Here

Thanks to the Garner Citizen for displaying the positives of the Garner Community and promoting the Class of 09!

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Summer Teams Sweep Knights in Home Opener

After finishing the regular season third in the Conference and going to the second round of the State Playoffs, the Varsity Summer Baseball team at Garner was looking to build upon that success as they hosted and defeated the Knightdale 10-4 at Trojan Park to begin the summer campaign.

Garner starter Jackson Pleasant, gave up two early first inning runs on a two run home run by Knightdale’s Michael Green, but following the home run, Pleasant settled down and bulldogged his way through five innings allowing just the two runs in the opening frame.

It didn’t take long for the Trojans to respond offensively as they picked up runs in each of the first three runs to take a 4-2 lead. But, Garner really opened things up in the fourth inning as they plated four runs and chased the Knightdale starter from the game. However, the Garner cause was really aided by six Knightdale errors.

Garner would add runs in both the fifth as sixth as they scored in every inning to take the 10-4 lead going to the seventh inning and Jacob Baker came on to nail things down for the Trojans.

Winning Pitcher: Jackson Pleasant

Losing Pitcher: Michael Green

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GAR 10 11 4

JV Summer Team Jousts the Knights in Opener

The JV Summer team got off to a good start in their season opener at Trojan Park on Monday as they hosted the Knightdale Knights.

Garner gave the ball to Scotty McCreery in the season opener and McCreery was in a word, spectacular allowing just one run and scattering three hits in just four innings of work as the Trojans scored early and often as they blasted the Knights 15-1.

Jared Newbry had a big day offensively for the Trojans as he hit in the lead off spot and was three for three at the plate and reached base all four times he was up. The Trojans also sent all nine batters to the plate in each of the first three innings before the game was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

Winning Pitcher: Scotty McCreery

Losing Pitcher: CJ Nedam

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GAR 15 14 0

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Post 232 Splits Sunday Double Header

Garner Post 232 Split at Double Header with Ahoskie on Sunday afternoon at Trojan Park.

Garner won game one of the twin bill by a final of 6-1. In game one, Sean Willingham got the win for Post 232 and Daniel Terry went deep. Former Garner Trojan, Paco Martin also had a pair of RBI's for Garner in the win.

In game two, Post 232 would go up 3-0 in the third, but Post 102 would come storming back and eventually win the game 5-3 in 11 innings.

Post 232 is back in action on Monday at 5:00 at J.F. Webb High School against Kerr Lake in a double header. Game one begins at 5:00 and game two will follow at 7:00. Both games will be 7 Inning games.

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Trojans Rack Up All-Conference Selections For Spring Sports

The Spring Sports All Conference Selections were officially announced and the Trojans placed several on the All Conference teams in the Greater Neuse River Conference.

First with Soccer, Coach Connie Barnes saw three players on the All-Conference team:

Meagan Proper
Rachel Gogal
Jenna Carroll

Proper was also named Offensive Player of the Year in the Conference

Track saw four young men placed on the All-Conference team, all from the 4x100:

Terell Sanders
Jeremiah Davis
Dominique Mathis
Ian Hunter

Men's Tennis also came away with a successful season and as a result, Head Coach Joe Walls was named Coach of the Year and the following players were selected to the All-Conference Team:

Jake Smith
Patrick Holmes
Alex Bennett

After a third place finish in the Conference and a trip to the second round of the playoffs, the Baseball team also saw three players as selections to the All-Conference Team:

Jeremy Conyers
Phillip Myrick
Jacob Baker

Last but certainly not least, the Softball team, which went to the third round of the playoffs, saw Head Coach Moe Barbour pick up Coach of the Year, Christie Wright was pitcher of the year and Nadia Jeffries was selected as Player of the Year. In addition, the following players were All-Conference for Softball:

Christie Wright
Halie Warner
Mary Scott Powell
Nadia Jefferies

Raven Smith
Ashley Carroll
Kasey Hamrick

Congratulations to all the players for an outstanding season!

Post 232 falls to Cary

Post 232 fell to Cary 10-0 in 8 innings on Thursday night to drop their record to 9-6 on the season.

They host Ahoskie Sunday in a double header with games at 1:00 and 3:30

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Post 232 Downs Clayton to Stay in First Place

Post 232 returned home on Monday night as they welcomed Clayton Post 71 to town. Garner would get 6 strong innings from starter Sean Willingham, as he allowed just three runs, as Post 232 held on to defeat Clayton 8-5 on Monday night.

Garner got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when Hunter Brown doubled down the right field line to plate Micheal Zeblo to give Garner a 1-0 lead. Clayton would answer in the top of the second to tie the game.

But Post 232 would come right back in the bottom of the third as Zeblo scored again this down on a Post 71 error. But, again Clayton would answer in the top of the fourth to tie the game again.

Garner would finally get to Post 71 starter Chris Hinton in the sixth, Jeremy Conyers led off the inning with a double to right center, Pat Monahan then tried to get down a sac bunt, but the throw over threw third base as they tried to get Conyers who was on the move and Garner had runners at the corners.

After a walk to Zeblo loaded the bases, Dillon Creech singled to plate Conyers. Fuquay alum, Daniel Terry was the next to hit and he laced a double to right which scored two more runs and gave Garner a 6-2 lead. Post 232 added two more runs in the sixth when Hunter Brown singled home Terry and Paco Martin singled home Brown.

Matt Keil would come on to pitch the seventh and and got the first two outs of the ninth inning, before running into a bit of trouble and giving way to Zeblo for the save as Garner got the win 8-5 improving to 9-4 on the season as they remain in first place in Area I.

Garner travels to Riverside High School tonight to take on Durham Post 7 at 7:00. They return to Trojan Park on Thursday night as they host Cary Post 67 at 7:00.

CLA 5 11 4
GAR 8 12 2

Winning Pitcher: Sean Willingham

Losing Pitcher: Chris Hinton

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Garner Post 232 Begins 09 with a Bang

Garner Post 232, began their 2009 season earlier this month and so far Garner is off to a 8-4 start. But Garner is playing good baseball as of late as they have won 3 out of their last 4 games.

Post 232 is made up of players from Fuquay, Broughton, Wake Christian and several current and former Trojans. The 2009 Roster inculdes these Garner players:

Hunter Brown
Jeremy Conyers
Dillon Creech
Drew Gay
Matt Keil
Paco Martin
Pat Monahan
Phillip Myrick
Matt Powell
Jordan Young

Post 232 contiunes their 2009 season tonight at home aganist Clayton Post 71. They travel to Riverside High School on Tuesday night before returning home on Thusday night aganist Cary.

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