Sports briefs: Catawba baseball wins
From staff reports
10th-ranked Catawba got a three-run bomb from Chris Dula in the first inning and that was all it needed to beat Belmont-Abbey 3-2 at Newman Park Tuesday night.
Dula hit his team-best 11th homer of the season after hits from Brett Underwood and Ethan Satterfield.
Clay Watson got the win in relief for Catawba while Ross Whitley started and threw two scoreless innings. Cameron Beard had three hits for the Indians (37-10).
Salisbury pounded Thomasville 12-1 in CCC baseball played at Robertson Stadium on Tuesday.
The Hornets (4-15, 4-2) scored six times in the first to take control.
Parker McKeithan went three innings to earn the win, and Riley Myers closed out the victory.
Ben Ritchie had two hits for the Hornets, and McKeithan and Myers drove in two runs apiece.
“It was good to get a much-needed win,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “Thomasville helped us with walks, but that’s part of the game and and we’ve certainly had our troubles finding the plate at times this year.”
Salisbury travles to Lexington on Thursday and heads to Thomasville on Friday in key CCC games for the Hornets.
• Northwest Cabarrus used a strong pitching effort by Ryan Keziah to beat A.L. Brown 8-4 in SPC baseball on Tuesday.
• North Iredell surprised East Rowan 6-4 in NPC play. Drew Weibley pitched a six-hit complete game to earn the victory.
Dylan Brown had a two-run double in the fifth to give North a 5-2 lead.
Carson’s Matt Saul pitched a no-hitter to lead Carson’s jayvees to a 10-0 win against South Rowan. South had only one baserunner on a hit batsman.
Hickory defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-5 Tuesday thanks to a four-run fifth inning for the Crawdads.
Rougned Odor tripled to put Hickory ahead for keeps at 6-4. Kannapolis reliever Jefferson Olacio threw four scoreless innings.
Salisbury defeated Lexington 9-0 Tuesday in a CCC match.
Michael Ogden, Alan Lebowitz, Abraham Post, Brock Overcash, Clint Comadoll and Chris Derrick recorded singles victories.
Ogden/Overcash, Lebowitz/Post and Comadoll/Derrick teamed up for doubles wins.
Sawyer Strickland singled in Hunter Shepherd with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth innihng as the Greater Cabarrus Homeschool Stallions defeated Lake Norman Charter 3-2 Tuesday.
Shepherd knocked in the other two runs with two doubles and got the save after replacing Noah Jarrett in the seventh. Josh Endicott and Travis Cone each had doubles for the Stallions (12-5), who play Southlake Christian’s jayvee team Friday at West Rowan Middle School at 4:30 p.m.
East Rowan handed North Iredell its first NPC loss in a 3-2 win Tuesday. The win kept the Mustangs in the race for the NPC title. North still leads the league with three games remaining.
Steffi Sides, Josie McNeely and Courtney Lyerly had two hits apiece for East. Sydney Poole scattered 12 hits for the Mustangs and allowed two runs. With the bases loaed, Lacey Fox lined out to East third baseman Steffi Sides to end the game.
• Carson’s softball team beat South Rowan 5-3 on Tuesday.
Lacee Hunsucker was the winning pitcher and went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Chloe Monroe had two doubles. Michaela White and Sidney Grkman had two hits each, while Jakey Clark and Heather Yount contributed one hit for the Cougars.
• The Salisbury softball team will hold a yard sale and carwash Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the Burger King and Leatherman Insurance office on Jake Alexander Blvd. All proceeds will benefit the team.
Salisbury was two shots better then West Davidson in a CCC match at Lexington Golf Club Monday.
The Hornets shot a 153 thanks to scores of 38 from Alex Nianouris, Eric Edwards and Joseph Rusher. Clark Alcorn and Troy Beaver each shot 39.
Salisbury leads the season by 12 strokes over West Davidson as the Hornets sit with a 448 team score after three matches.
In the SAC Golf Championships in Conover, Catawba’s men finished eighth. Matt Hardman shot 79-71-74 — 224 for ninth place to lead Catawba.
• Catawba’s women’s golf team finished sixth in the SAC Championships played in Conover.
Leading the Indians was Madison Kennedy (Salisbury). She shot 77-79-82 — 238 to place 12th.
North Rowan beat Corriher-Lipe 9-6.
Rob Monroe led the Mavericks with three hits, while Corbin Smith and Jake Pritchard contributed two hits each. Brandon White was the winning pitcher, allowing only four hits with six strikeouts The Mavericks improved to 3-4.
Salisbury Academy shot a 194 to finish third in a middle school golf match at Warrior Golf Club.
Leading the way for the Jaguars was co-medalist Grace Yatawara with a sizzleing 36.
Other scores for SA were Robbie Bergstone’s 47; Jacob Crosby’s 53 and Boyd Temple and Harrison Smith with 58’s.
Sacred Heart finished second and was paced by Michael Childress’s 37. Concordia won the team honors with 168.
Southeast’s undefeated boys rolled 6-0 against Mooresville.
Brandon Flores and Ricky Maldonado scored two goals each, while Ahmedin Salcinovic and Bryan Fragoso had one apiece.
Assists were by Flores, Fragoso, Daniel Nava and Pedro Perez. Peter Lor led the defense.
Southeast’s girls lost to Mooresville 4-2.
Farrah Jordan scored twice for the Patriots on assists by Maria Delgado and Josiea Robinette. Defensive player of the game was Graciela Nunez.
Erwin’s boys tennis team beat Knox 8-1 on Tuesday.
Winners in singles for the Eagles were Chance Brown, Logan Shuping, Ike Emerson, Robert Gray, Tanner McNabb and Nick Pillsbury.
Winners in doubles were Brown, Shuping, Timmy Kane and Ben Rollins.
Quanera Hayes finished second in the women’s 400 metes in a school-record 54.38 seconds in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational.
She’s a qualifier for the D-II Nationals.
• Brittany Burton won the women’s high jump (5-33/4).
• Ahmad Garrison set a school record in the discus (158 feet, 11 inches) and placed second in the meet.
• B.J. Grant (South Rowan) placed second in the high jump, clearing a season-best 6-8.
• Bryan Aycoth (West Rowan) placed second in the javelin (178-5).
• Justin Avery (West) was eighth in the 200 (22.25).
• Livingstone’s track teams will compete in the CIAA Championships. Championships on Friday and Saturday at Virginia State.
Wells Fargo Cup
In the statewide Wells Fargo Cup standings for overall athletic excellence:
• N.C. School of Science & Math leads 1A. North Rowan is tied for 13th.
• In 2A, Salisbury is fourth behind first-place Carrboro, Shelby and North Lincoln.
• None of the NPC teams are in the top 15 in 3A. Robinson is 12th. Cardinal Gibbons leads.
• In 4A, Cary Green Hope is on top. Reagan is ninth, and Mount Tabor is tied for 11th.
East Rowan defensive back Wesley LeRoy has committed to join Methodist’s football program. A story is upcoming.