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Hornets drop thriller

From staff reports
Trevor Leonard walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to lift Central Davidson to a 2-1 victory over visiting Salisbury in CCC baseball on Tuesday.
“We’re just struggling at the plate right now,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “It’s one of those games where you hate to see either starting pitcher lose. Alex Britt pitched great for us.”
Leonard pitched 71/3 sharp innings for the Spartans. Zack Briggs got the win in relief.
Ben Frazier homered for the first Central run after Salisbury right-hander Britt kept the Spartans off the board until the fifth.
Salisbury was limited to five hits. Dustin Dupre had two.
– Justin Livengood (5-0) pitched CCC leader Ledford to a 7-1 victory over North Rowan.
Nick Smith pitched a complete game for the Cavaliers, who are still looking for their first victory. Kyle Munday went 1-for-3 and scored a run to lead North’s offense.
Patrick Koontz had two doubles for the Panthers (13-1, 6-0), who finally broke open a tight game with a four-run sixth. Sam Berrier had two RBIs.
“North’s improved tremendously since the start of the season,” Ledford coach Chris Adams said. “We were glad to get out of there with a win.”
– Kevin Michael, Ryan Coleman and Bryson Faulkner drove in four runs apiece as East Davidson battered Lexington 19-1 in the CCC.
– Carson rallied to take a lead in the fifth inning, but couldn’t hold off second-place Mooresville and lost 7-4 in the NPC on Tuesday.
Nathan Abraham scored four runs for the Blue Devils, and Aubrey Meadows smacked three hits to back the strong pitching of Chris Beaver.
Zack Bottenfield, Gunnar Hogan and Zack Wright knocked in runs in Carson’s three-run fifth that erased a 2-0 deficit.
“Beaver is one of the league’s hardest-throwing pitchers, so I was proud of the way we fought back,” Carson coach Chris Cauble said. “He had his good stuff, low 90s, but we had taken the momentum there until we failed to make a couple of plays defensively.”
Carson starting pitcher Randy Shepherd allowed seven runs, but only two were earned.
– Jordan Farrell had three hits, including the game-winner, to lift Lake Norman to a 7-5 NPC victory over Statesville.
– Davie County fell to Mount Tabor 7-6 in a CPC game. Mount Tabor got a three-run homer in the seventh from Ross Plummer to pull the game out. Clint Howell took the loss.
The War Eagles (13-3, 3-1) trailed 4-0 before rallying for six runs in the sixth.
Zach Russell-Myers had a two-run triple for Davie. Jacob Vernon hit a two-run homer for the War Eagles. Garrett Benge had a run-scoring single.
– Intimidators fall
Asheville defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 2-0 behind the pitching of Jhoulys Chacin at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Tuesday. Chacin worked out of two bases-loaded jams.
Kannapolis’ Charlie Shirek was the hard-luck loser.
The teams meet again today at 10:05 a.m. Call 704-932-FANS for tickets.
– Junior varsity baseball
Chandler Jones had two hits, two RBIs and two runs as West Rowan beat NPC foe North Iredell 11-5 on Tuesday.
Madison Osborne added two hits and two RBIs, and Chris Neal was the winning pitcher for West (8-4, 5-2).
– Middle school baseball
Matt Miller pitched a four-hitter and struck out six as West Rowan defeated Knox 13-0.
Chandler Collins had three RBIs. Bryce Burns homered and had two RBIs. Taylor Garczynski, Hunter Teeter and Corbin Foster had two hits and two RBIs each.
West had 11 hits and stole 14 bases.
– Erwin defeated Southeast 5-2.
Southeast (3-2, 1-2) was held to two hits, a double by Greg Tonneson and a single by Chase Johnson.
– Prep soccer
Salisbury beat East Davidson 6-1 in a battle of CCC unbeatens on Tuesday.
The second-ranked Hornets (9-0, 5-0) knocked off a team that’s been a nemesis in recent seasons.
“This was a driver’s seat game for us, and I considered us the underdogs until we proved differently,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “The game had been postponed four times, so I was worried that we could get ’em jacked up again, but the girls really played well in a very important game.”
Karen Presnell scored to put the Hornets on top. Lindsey Davis and Jamie Dagenhart added two goals each, and Kaitlyn Cuevas connected on a free kick to provide the exclamation point.
Cuevas had two assists, while Presnell, Davis and Maria Tonseth had one each.
Mackenzie Overcash stepped in at keeper because of an illness and turned in a solid job for the Hornets.
– Prep golf
Salisbury finished third in a CCC golf match at Lexington Country Club.
The Hornets shot 173. Roy Dixon (38), Randy Almeida (42), Clint Riddle (45) and Zack Kirchin were Salisbury scorers.
Led by Jeff Boyan’s 36, Ledford won with a 151 total. West Davidson, paced by medalist Justin Clement’s 35, placed second.
North Rowan shot 200 and finished sixth. Miller Sokolowski shot 49 for the Cavaliers. Kyle Collins and Andrew Hallett shot 50s. Jon Robertson shot 51.
– Catawba athletics
Catawba’s football team will hold its annual spring game this afternoon.
– Catawba’s 26th-ranked baseball team nipped Barton 9-8 on Tuesday on Chris Ahearn’s ninth-inning home run.
Chad Baker hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the eighth for Catawba (29-14).
Brett Hatley was the winning pitcher in relief. Baker and Link had three hits each. Link hit his first career homer and scored three runs.
Catawba is ranked fourth in the latest South Region media poll.
– Catawba’s softball team got strong pitching from Rachel Christian and Meghan Cobb swept SAC foe Newberry 2-1 in eight innings and 7-2 on Monday.
Jac White’s RBI single tied the first game in the sixth for Catawba (21-20), and Sarah VanBuskirk knocked in the winning run in the eighth.
Allie Marshall had a run-scoring double and White had a two-run single to highlight a five-run sixth in the nightcap.
– Catawba’s women’s tennis team beat Livingstone 9-0 on Tuesday at Johnson Tennis Center.
Catawba beat SAC foe Mars Hill 6-3 on Monday.
Results are in Scoreboard.
– Catawba’s men’s golf team finished fourth in the rain-shortened Carolina Sands event at White Lake.
Coker claimed the team title with a score of 286. Catawba shot 296. Allen Tuttle led Catawba with a round of 71. He tied for fifth.
– Pfeiffer athletics
Freshman right-hander Adam Sedberry pitched Pfeiffer to a 3-2 victory over Armstrong Atlantic on Tuesday.
– Allison Braswell pitched a two-hit shutout in the second game to lead Pfeiffer’s softball team to a 5-0 victory and a sweep of Anderson.
Dacia Ijames scattered seven hits and drove in three runs to lead the Falcons to a 7-3 victory in the opener.
– Middle school tennis
China Grove’s boys defeated Corriher-Lipe 7-2 on Monday 7-2. 
Results are in Scoreboard.
– Middle school golf
Salisbury Academy defeated Davidson Day 166-199 in a match at Mooresville Golf Club.
The Jaguars were led by medalist Alex Nianouris, who shot 37. Scott VanderPoel (41), Alex Lee (44) and Joseph Rusher (44) were other scorers for the Jaguars (7-0).
– North Hills defeated Sacred Heart 173-187 on Tuesday at Rolling Hills.
Co-medalists were North Hills’ Cameron Beck and Sacred Heart’s Eric Edwards with 38s.
John Murphy (43), Tripp Caldwell (44) and Carson Mann (48) were other scorers for North Hills.
Other Sacred Heart scorers were Michael Strobel (46), Spencer Storey (51) and Jordan Pring (52).
– Erwin defeated Southeast 185-199 at Corbin Hills on Tuesday.
Conner Lowman and Jared Hough led Erwin with 43s.  James Lohr shot 48, while Jared Deveileger and Zach Jones shot 51s. 
Matt Yates led Southeast with a 46.  Garrett Yelton shot 48, Chuck Parks shot 50 and Bryan Burke shot 55. 
– Golf events at Corbin
Fifty-six golfers played in a GARS tournament with a Captain’s Choice format at Corbin Hills on Monday.
The first-place team at 8-under consisted of Tony LaBarbera, Bert Bollinger, Bill Bradley and Cliff Cutrell.
Taking second place, also at 8-under, was the team of Lanny Morris, Ken Miller, Andy Anderson and Paul Dombrowski.
The third-place team also shot 8-under. It consisted of Tom Talbert, Bill Kernodle, Gene Dukes and Harry Hammer.
Jim Adams, Winston Mahaffey and Larry Perrell won closest-to-pin honors.
– The Corbin Hill Ladies Golf Association played a low gross-low net event on Tuesday.
Mary Seaford and Miriam Gruber tied for first place low gross. Beth Calhoun was first low net, with Karla Swanson and Ruth Bowles tied for second.
Low putts went to Toni Iossi.
– The third annual Davie County Hospital Golf Tournament will take place at Pudding Ridge Golf Course on Saturday, April 26.
The tournament begins with lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by a shotgun start at 2. Team registration is $300 and includes green fee, cart and lunch for four. The cost for individual players is $75.
Team prizes include $200 for third place, $300 for second and $500 for first.
In addition to player fees, several sponsorship levels are being offered for the Golf Tournament. Gold Level sponsorship, which includes scoreboard signage, a hole sponsor and four-person team fee, is offered for $600. A Silver Level sponsorship is $400, while Bronze Level sponsorship is $300. Hole sponsorships are available for $150 each.
Teams interested in competing should contact Craig Allison at 336-407-6100 or callison@yadtel.net.
– Millbridge golf
Millbridge Elementary PTA is holding its second annual golf tournament at Warrior on Saturday, April 12.
The format is Captain’s Choice, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.
Lunch and sign-in starts at noon.
Entry fee is $220 per team ($55 per person). Some holes are available for sponsorship.
For information on playing or sponsoring, call Sabrina Caudill at 704-232-1921 or Bev Frost at 704-798-8093.

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