Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Catawba’s baseball team swept Mars Hill on the road Saturday, got some help from rival Tusculum and won the SAC regular-season championship outright.
Catawba battered the Lions 18-3 in the opener and held on for a 7-6 win in the nightcap.
Ranked 28th in Division II, Catawba (33-14, 21-6) finished a game ahead of Wingate when the Bulldogs split with Tusculum. Tusculum rallied for three runs in the final inning of the nightcap to beat the Bulldogs on Heath Comerford’s walk-off, three-run homer.
In Saturday’s opener, Blake Houston (South Rowan) had four hits and scored three runs. Julio Zubillaga (Carson) had three hits and four RBIs. Garrett Furr knocked in three runs, while John Wallace (NW Cabarrus knocked in two.
John J. Tuttle (A.L. Brown) pitched six innings, struck out six and raised his record to 9-4.
In the nightcap, Paul Kronenfeld had four RBIs and Houston knocked in two. Keaton Hawks had two hits and scored twice.
Ross Whitley (7-0) pitched into the final inning before needing relief help from Ryan McClintock. Mars Hill scored five runs in the final inning before McClintock got the final out on a comebacker.
Catawba plays Belmont Abbey Tuesday and starts play in the SAC tournament in Forest City on Thursday.
• UNC Pembroke’s Brett Huffman (West Rowan) had two hits in a 13-7 win against Erskine on Saturday.
• Justin Roland (East Rowan) is expected to start at shortstop for Charlotte against George Washington today and would break the program record for most career starts.
• Pfeiffer split with King on Saturday at Ferebee Field. Pfeiffer won 9-5 and lost 3-2.
Catawba’s softball team split Saturday’s Senior Day doubleheader with Newberry.
Newberry won the opener 2-1 on an unearned run in the sixth inning, but Catawba took the nightcap 12-5.
Carley Tysinger (22-8) struck out 10 in the opener and allowed five hits.
Gina Gerone hit a grand slam in the second game. Emily D. Huneycutt also homered. Emily B. Huneycutt (3-6) was the winning pitcher and threw a complete game.
Catawba is the host for the SAC tournament, which begins at Whitley Field on Thursday.
Catawba’s women’s lacrosse team lost 13-10 to Erskine on Saturday. Ebony Mills and Kim McConnery scored three goals each for the Indians.
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost 9-6 to Hickory on Saturday night at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
Hickory snapped a 4-all tie with a four-run fourth. Adam Heisler led the Intimidators with three hits, including two doubles.
Pfeiffer won the Conference Carolinas men’s championship with a 3-1 win against Limestone at Merner Gym on Saturday.
Kwayu Graham resigned as Lexington’s football coach.
Graham decided to move on after one season. The Yellow Jackets went 3-8.
Concord announced that George Walker will be the new boys varsity basketball coach, replacing Scott Brewer.
Colton Laws, Heath Mitchem and John Daugherty had two hits each in Carson’s 11-0 win against Statesville.