South falls to Catholic
From staff reports
South Rowan fell to Charlotte Catholic 2-1 in the second round of the state 3A playoffs.
The Raiders loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh trailing 2-0. Tyler Fuller drove in a run on an RBI infield single to cut the lead in half but South couldn’t complete the rally.
“We just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it,” South coach Thad Chrismon said. “We played our butts off and had a chance to win at the end.”
South pitcher Aaron Bare started and went 5 1/3 innings. Dillon Parker got the final two outs. Charlotte scored one run in the first and once in the third.
• Piedmont ended Salisbury’s season for the third straight year in a 6-1 win for the Panthers.
Piedmont scored twice in the third and four times in the fifth. Salisbury allowed seven walks and eight hits. Riley Myers pitched the first 4 1/3 innings with Brian Bauk finishing it out.
Chance Bowden had an RBI single and Will Myers doubled for Salisbury highlights.
• North Rowan lost 11-0 to South Stokes in Walnut Cove in the second round of the 1A playoffs on Tuesday.
Clint Veal (5-5) pitched into the fourth inning in the 10-run-rule game. Travis Holshouser finished up on the mound.
“Clint didn’t really pitch bad,” North coach Aaron Rimer said. “They just had some throw-your-bat bloop singles.”
Thomas Tucker played well defensively for the Cavaliers (11-13).
North was in the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Cavaliers will return to the 2A ranks in the fall.
• CCC champion East Davidson’s season ended with an 11-4 loss to Cuthbertson on Tuesday in the second round of the 2A playoffs.
Trevor Jones and Tyler Stroup had two hits each for the Golden Eagles.
Cuthbertson (18-6) had two five-run innings and got three RBIs from Bailey Connell to beat Braxton Shetley.
East Davidson, which had seven seniors, finished 21-4, the best mark in school history.
• West Forsyth defeated Davie 4-1. The War Eagles ended the year 17-7.
South Rowan sophomore Davis Richards shot 69 on Tuesday and finished at 142 for the two rounds of the 3A state championships at Foxfire.
Richards finished tied for third, two shots back of Gastonia Forestview’s Will Long.
Richards had a tremendously solid round on Monday, making four birdies and one bogey. He hit 18 straight fairways and reached 16 greens in regulation.
“I stuck to my gameplan, which was to stay away from my woods and just try to iron the course to death,” Richards said. “I never used my driver — hit a 3-iron or 4-iron off every tee.”
Richards shot 36 on the front side and 33 on the back.
“I thought I might be in contention if I could shoot 31 or 32 on the back,” Richards said. “I knew I was pretty close. I was very happy with how I played.”
Richards was playing as an individual and spent most of his time in the Pinehurst area with Carson senior Andrew Purcell, who also qualified as an individual.
“We hung out together, went bowling together, practiced together,” Richards said. “It was a good time.”
Richards plans to contend for a state championship the next two seasons, and he hopes to lead South to qualifying as a team next year.
“That’s a very big thing for me,” Richards said.
Purcell shot 75 on Tuesday to finish at 154. He tied for 18th.
Forestview won the team title.
North Carolina pitchers Reilly Hovis, Chris McCue and Chris Munnelly combined for a one-hitter in UNC’s 2-0 win against Appalachian State Tuesday.
Landon Lassiter hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning and Brian Holberton had an RBI single in the sixth for the game’s only runs.
Middle school baseball
China Grove won 9-2 against Knox in the first round.
Isaac Bell was the winning pitcher, and Hayden Wilson had two hits.
China Grove won 12-4 against Corriher-Lipe in a semifinal. Walker Joyce was the winning pitcher. Dillon Norton closed and struck out the side in the seventh.
Chandler Norton, Wilson and Joyce had three hits each. Bell, Tyler Bel, Bailey Rayfield and Dillon Norton had two hits each.
China Grove (14-2) plays in today’s championship game (vs. Erwin-North winner) at North Rowan Middle at 4:30 p.m.
• Steven Thurston had four hits to lead North Rowan Middle to a 9-4 win against Erwin in a tournament semifinal on Tuesday.
Tyler Shepherd and Will Anthony had two hits each. Mcgwire Smith was the winning pitcher.
Seventh-seeded North will play China Grove for the championship today at 4:30 p.m. At North Middle.
• North won 6-4 against second-seeded West Rowan in the first round.
Thurston, Javin Goodine and Shammond Corbin had two hits each for the Mavericks. Brandon Walton homered.
Shepherd was the winning pitcher.
Tyler Wheeler had three hits for the Bulldogs, while Brett Graham had two.
The Lexington Legends beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-1 on Tuesday.
Kale Kiser homered for the Intimidators.
Lefty pitcher Jason Ridenhour (North Rowan) is playing for the Evansville (Ind.) Otters in the independent Frontier League.
The 11th annual Bob Hundley Golf Tournament was held at Corbin Hills.
The winners were Eric Mulkey, Jason Bernhardt, Michael Bowles and Josh Harrington. They shot 53.
Mike Mills, David Johnston, Bill Meek and Gary Powers shot 55 for second place.
Mills won the longest drive. Sandee Michaels won the women’s longest drive. Meek won closest to the pin.
The North Rowan Booster Club sponsored the tournament. Proceeds will benefit the student-athletes at North Rowan.
• Treva Honeycutt shot 1st place low gross and Kristi Laton was second for the Corbin Hills ladies Tuesday. Low Net was Anna Robinson and Carol Payne was second. Low putts was awarded to Eileen Full.
Middle school golf
Erwin won the boys County championship played Tuesday at Country Club of Salisbury with a 174 score.
Nick Lyerly shot 38 to earn medalist honors and Bryson Sprinkle shot 40 for the Eagles. Will Garland and Jamie Cruse added 48s.
Corriher-Lipe shot 178 for runner up. C-L was led by Parker Chavis and Drew Hubbard shooting 41. Landon Johnson shot 45. Southeast and China Grove tied for third with a 190. Patrick Street led CG with a 44. Titus Honeycutt shot 46 for Southeast’s lowest score. West Rowan (196) was fifth and Knox (199) came in sixth.
The boys all-conference team was Lyerly, Sprinkle, Chavis, Hubbard, Street and Simon Post of Knox.
Micah Furr, Becca Rousey, Bailey Overcash and McKenzie Holshouser made the girls all-conference team.
Cougar Hoops Camp
The 7th annual Carson Cougar basketball camp for rising 2nd-6th boys and girls will be held July 8-11 at Carson.
The gym opens at 8 a.m. Camp is from nine until noon.
The cost is $60 and includes instruction, accident insurance and camp T-shirt.
Contact Coach Brian Perry at 704-855-5039.
• The 4th annual Little Dribblers Camp for 4-year-olds through rising first-graders (boys and girls) will be held July 15-17 at Carson.
The gym opens at 8:30 a.m. Camp is from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $35 and includes instruction, accident insurance and camp T-shirt. Contact Coach Perry at 704-855-5039.
Former professional pitcher and Chicago White Sox draft pick Keegan Linza (North Rowan) is offering lessons at Extreme Performance.
Contact Linza at email@example.com or call EP at 704-633-3200.