Indians split with L-R
From staff reports
Clear skies and 73-degree temperatures were just what the doctor ordered for Garrett Furr’s surgically repaired shoulder.
Catawba’s veteran DH had the clutch hit that put the Indians in command of Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader at Newman Park.
After losing the opener 9-5, 14th-ranked Catawba bounced back to rout Lenoir-Rhyne 11-1 in the nightcap.
“Over the years,” said Catawba coach Jim Gantt, “Furr has come through with an awful lot of big hits for us.”
Catawba had two outs and no one on base in the third inning when a crisp single by Chris Dula and Paul Kronenfeld’s blistering double into the right-field corner put two men in scoring position.
With first base open, Furr didn’t know if he’d get anything decent to swing at, but he ripped a pitch up the middle to stake Catawba starter Ross Whitley to a 4-0 lead.
“He threw me a curveball on 2-2, and I put a good swing on it and I got a good outcome,” Furr said.
Kronenfeld powered a sky-scraping homer to straightaway center on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth to officially put the game on ice, and Furr capped a 3-for-3 outing with a loud homer of his own in the sixth.
“My shoulder is loosening up a lot more now that the weather is getting warmer,” Furr said.
L-R scored seven early runs, knocked out Catawba starter John J. Tuttle (4-4) in the third inning of Game 1 and went on to win 9-5.
Colton Hansley homered twice for the eighth-place Bears (10-19, 5-10), including a tape-measure shot. Chris Dula walloped his eighth and ninth homers in a losing cause for the Indians (20-7, 10-5).
Whitley watched the Bears belt five homers in the opener, but he silenced their bats when it was his turn on the bump.
“I knew they could hit, but I had pretty good stuff today, and I was able to establish my fastball early and do my job,” Whitley said. “And then the boys started putting up a bunch of runs to make it comfortable for me.”
Whitley (5-0) worked six innings, struck out five and didn’t allow an earned run.
Catawba produced 13 hits in the seven-inning nightcap, with Dula, Kronefeld, Julio Zubillaga and Ethan Satterfield getting two each. Jon Wallace drove in two runs.
Even though it only split Saturday’s doubleheader, Catawba also won Friday behind Nick Lomascolo, took the series two games to one, and resides in second place in the SAC, a game behind Wingate.
It’s a balanced year in the SAC. Some years you have to pile up sweep after sweep to stay in the race, but taking two of three each weekend might be good enough this time.
“Some teams that haven’t been winning are winning, and anything can happen,” Furr said. “It’s pretty even in this league, and whoever comes to play wins. We’ve got to fight for every game to get to where we want to be at the end.”
Catawba looked great in Saturday’s second game, but the first one was ugly enough to make Gantt shake his head.
“I’m not sure we should be ranked 14th or ranked anything,” he said. “There’s so many areas where we have to get a lot better just to have a chance to win this league — much less anything beyond that.”
North Iredell’s Brooke Redmond was named NPC Player of the Year for girls basketball, and North Iredell’s Bradley Gabriel was named NPC Coach of the Year.
West Rowan’s Shay Steele, Khaila Hall and Nycieko Dixon; Carson’s Kelly Dulkoski and Allison Blackwell; East Rowan’s Karleigh Wike and Kelli Fisher, and South Rowan’s Avery Locklear were named to the All-NPC team.
North Iredell’s Brittani Carter and Mariah Johnson and West Iredell’s Elizabeth Webb were named All-NPC.
• Statesville’s Josh Gaither was named NPC Player of the Year for boys basketball, and Statesville’s Sonny Schofield was named NPC Coach of the Year.
West Rowan’s Celexus Long, Seth Martin and Daisean Reddick; Carson’s Tre Williams, Colton Laws and D.J. Love; South Rowan’s T’Vadis Wesley, and East Rowan’s Donte Means were named All-NPC.
Statesville’s Jaquan Warren, Breon Borders, Justin Daniels and Marquis Willis were named All-NPC, along with North Iredell’s Brantley Chambers and West Iredell’s Lance Johnson.
Noah Holmes (East Rowan) homered twice, scored four runs and knocked in three as Appalachian State split with Cornell on Saturday.
Appalachian State won 9-4 and lost 15-5.
Preston Troutman (East) drove in two runs for the Mountaineers.
Seth Elkins drove in five runs and led Chatham Central to a 12-0 YVC victory against North Rowan on Friday.
• Davie beat Forbush 11-3 on Friday. Karch Arey, Elijah Jones and Nathan Howard had two hits each for the War Eagles (6-1).
Tristan Comer held Forbush to two hits in five innings to earn the win.
• In East Rowan’s 6-2 NPC loss at North Iredell, NI pitcher Austin Hartness struck out 11 in five innings, and Dylan Brown hit a home run.
Pfeiffer’s women’s basketball team lost to Limestone 67-52 in a Southeast Regional semifinal played in Morrow, Ga., on Saturday.
Maria Young, Limestone’s all-time scoring leader, had 19 of her 25 points in the first half.
Christina Harvey scored 22 for Pfeiffer, while Brittany Cox had 12. Jodie Lemons had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Pfeiffer finished 25-7.
Catawba’s men’s team broke a five-game losing streak by beating Florida Tech 14-8 in Deep South Conference action on Friday. John Scheich scored four goals to lead the Indians (3-5, 1-3).
• Catawba’s women’s team beat Newberry 9-8 on Saturday. Bethany Davis made 16 saves for Catawba (2-5). Meredith Jones scored three goals.
Catawba was swept 3-1 and 11-2 by Anderson on Saturday in a SAC doubleheader at Whitley Field.
Abby Child had a three-run homer in the opener for Anderson. Tara Gibbs knocked in the run for the Indians (19-11, 1-3).
Carley Tysinger (13-4) took the loss despite 13 strikeouts.
Amanda Terry hit two solo homers for the Indians in the nightcap.
In the two-person St. Patty’s Member Appreciation Tournament held on Friday at McCanless with a modifield alternate shot format, Shane Benfield-George Benfield won low gross with a 72.
Todd DeVlieger-Jared DeVlieger shot 73. Kristi Laton-Ronnie Eidson shot 74.
Winston Smith-Gilbert Sprinkle shot 61 and won low net in a scorecard playoff with Scott Curry-Nancy Curry and Donna DeVlieger-Donna Lowman.
A cornhole tournament is being held at Carson on Saturday, March 23. The event is being held to raise money for several girls basketball players who will be making a mission trip to the Dominican Republic over spring break.
Registration is at noon. The tournament starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $10.
Barbecue and hotdogs will be sold. There will be competitive divisions based on age and experience. Cash prizes for top finishers. Contact Brooke Misenheimer at 704-855-5034 to pre-register.
Registration for Mighty Kickers spring soccer (ages 3-4), spring soccer (boys and girls, ages 5-14) and flag football (boys and girls, ages 4-14) last through March 23.
Contact Joe Finney at 704-279-1742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.