Area Sports Briefs:
Catawba’s baseball team lost 13-12 at Lincoln Memorial on Friday in the opener of a three-game SAC series.
Catawba (9-10, 5-4) had 17 hits, including three by Paul Kronenfeld and two each by Keaton Hawks, Ethan Satterfield, T.J. Wharton, Jon Wallace and Craig Brooks. Hawks drove in four runs. Cameron Beard and Malachi Hanes had two RBIs each. Julio Zubillaga (Carson) hit his second homer of the season.
Catawba fell behind 7-1 in the second inning and trailed 12-5 going to the seventh.
Catawba scored five in the seventh and two in the eighth, but Lincoln Memorial pushed across one in the seventh and held on.
Beard and Hawks had two-run singles during the Indians’ seventh-inning rally. Hanes delivered a two-run single in the eighth as a pinch-hitter.
John J. Tuttle (A.L. Brown), the first of four Catawba hurlers, took the loss and fell to 2-2.
Josh Coker hit two homers and drove in five runs for the Railsplitters (13-5, 9-3), who moved into first place in the SAC. Coker also earned his sixth save. Coker got Kronenfeld to hit into a double play to end the Catawba eighth with LMU clinging to a one-run lead.
A doubleheader is scheduled for today.
• Freshman Dylan Goodman (South Rowan) went 3-for-4, drove in a run and stole a base in Pfeiffer’s 5-3 victory against Newberry. Jesse Park (Carson) pitched a scoreless inning and was credited with the win.
• Appalachian State was snowed out in Friday’s scheduled home opener against UNC Asheville. A doubleheader has been scheduled for today in Boone.
Freshman Keshun Sherrill (West Rowan) went 10-for-10 at the foul line and scored 25 points as GRU Augusta rolled 99-87 against North Georgia in a Peach Belt Conference tournament quarterfinal.
Keshun’s brother, K.J. Sherrill (West), had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Ranked fourth in the Southeast Region, Augusta made 35 of 40 free throws.
• Limestone will head to the South Atlantic Regional after winning the Conference Carolinas tourney as a No. 4 seed.
• CIAA tournament champion Livingstone is 10th in the latest Atlantic Region rankings.
Salisbury’s Frank Adams III and Will Collins have made the cut in the eGolf Tour’s Championship at Callawassie in Okatie, S.C.
Adams has shot 71-75 — 146 in cold, damp conditions, while Collins is at 76-71 — 147.
West Rowan Middle’s boys won 52-34 against Southeast.
Anthony Chance led the Bulldogs (6-6) with 17 points, five steals and four blocks. Robert Caldwell had nine points, six steals and six assists. Payne Stolsworth and Cole Hales scored eight points each. DaVae Vaughn had eight rebounds. Jacob Perez added five points.
Malik Robinson led the Patriots with 14 points, and Blane Roberts scored nine.
West led 32-16 at halftime.
West hosts Knox on Monday.
Albemarle’s Al Andrew was named YVC West Coach of the Year for boys basketball. Albemarle’s Lee Autry and North Stanly’s A.J. Atkins were named co-players of the year.