Catawba baseball in title hunt
From staff reports
Catawba’s baseball team enters the final SAC weekend in first place.
The Indians (29-14, 13-5) take on Mars Hill (29-18, 8-9) tonight at 7:30 p.m. and in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader that begins at 2:30 p.m.
Carson-Newman is in second place in the league with an 11-6 record and plays three games at home against third-place Lenoir-Rhyne.
This is also Catawba’s reunion weekend. About 90 former Indians are expected to be honored during weekend festivities and recognized between games of Saturday’s doubleheader.
n Minor Leagues
Beloit’s Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) struck out seven batters in 22/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to Peoria on Wednesday.
Steedley allowed one hit and one walk. His ERA is 0.00 after three appearances.
n Binghamton’s Bobby Parnell got no decision in his start in the Eastern League against Erie on Thursday.
Parnell pitched 42/3 innings. He allowed three hits, six walks and four earned runs.
Erie won the game 10-7.
n Intimidators win
Anthony Carter gave up a first inning home run but cruised after that as Kannapolis ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Asheville at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Thursday.
Carter (2-0) lasted six innings giving up four hits and one run, while striking out seven.
Hector Santiago threw two scoreless innings, and Henry Mabee recorded his first save of the year.
n Prep track
Salisbury swept a home CCC track meet on Thursday.
The Hornet girls scored 107 points to beat North Rowan (57), East Davidson (44) and Lexington (41).
Salisbury took first in 10 events, including three relays.
Shawane Saulters and Dasia McGill swept the hurdles events for Salisbury.
– Salisbury’s boys (118 points) topped North (84), Lexington (49) and East Davidson (27).
Salisbury placed first in nine events, including three relays.
John Bostick, Daishion Barger and Rodney Smith swept the hurdles events for North Rowan.
n The Rowan County Meet is scheduled for Tuesday at East Rowan.
n Prep softball
Kristin Holshouser pitched a one-hitter to lead North Rowan to a 17-0 CCC victory over Lexington on Thursday.
n Prep tennis
Carson won all three doubles matches to nip NPC and county rival East Rowan 5-4.
The doubles teams of Cory Kluttz-Jonathan Hough, Joe Keophilovanh-D.J. Safrit and Mike Wirz-Frank Thomas took victories.
Singles winners for the Cougars were Hough and Ronnie Hayward.
Winners for East (3-6) were Andrew Blank, Mike Meilinger, Justin Brown and Nick Brown.
– West Rowan defeated Carson 6-3 on Wednesday.
Singles winners for the Falcons were Joel Brittain, Ricky Meek, Jesse Myers, Chris Holmes and Landon Locklear.
Winning in doubles for West was the team of Sam Daniel and Holmes.
n Salisbury stayed unbeaten in the CCC with a 7-2 victory over East Davidson.
Winning in singles for the Hornets were Joe Goodman, Stephen Page, Tyler Heilig, Benton Whitaker, Carl Ritchie and Grant Martz.
The combo of Lewis Young-Seth Gentry won for the Hornets in doubles.
n Prep baseball
North Davidson handed Ledford a 12-2 non-conference defeat Thursday in a matchup of Davidson County’s top teams.
Ricky Vaughn (3-1) took the loss for the Panthers (13-2), but he did have two hits and two RBIs.
Zach Joyce was the winning pitcher.
n Middle school baseballWest Rowan Middle (3-1) defeated China Grove 5-4 by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Hunter Tetter drove in four runs for West with two extra-base hits. Taylor Garczynski had three hits, while Corbin Foster had two.
Connor Edwards came on in relief to get the win. He shut down China Grove for three innings.
n Aquatic Club
Rowan Aquatic Club swimmers have times that place them in the top 16 in the state.
Brandon Lemmon, a West Rowan Middle sixth-grader, qualifies in the 100 free, 50 free, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 IM.
Taylor Rodenhuis, a Salisbury Academy sixth-grader, qualifies in the 100, 200, 500 and 1650 freestyle, the 50 backstroke, the 50 and 100 butterfly and the 200 and 400 individual medley.
Sarah Agner, an Erwin seventh-grader, qualifies in the 1650 freestyle.
Garrett Spake, an eighth-grader at Tyro, qualifies in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free.
Andrew McCollister, a freshman at Salisbury, qualifies in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Madi Ralston, a Salisbury sophomore, qualifies in the 1650 free.
Garrison Stevens, a Salisbury junior, qualifies in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Gavin Spake, a West Davidson senior, qualifies in the 200, 500 and 1650 freestyle, the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 IM.
n Prep golf Salisbury finished second to Ledford at a CCC golf match at Sapona on Thursday.
Ledford had four golfers shoot 37 for a 148 total.
Salisbury shot 167. Roy Dixon, who placed seventh overall, shot 39. Clint Riddle (41), Randy Almeida (43) and Zack Kirchin (44) had counting scores for the Hornets.
North Rowan finished seventh at 208. Miller Sokolowski (46), Dillon Mason (52), Jon Robertson (55) and Andrew Hallett (55) scored for the Cavaliers.
n Middle school golf China Grove golfers defeated Southeast 166-193 at Warrior on Wednesday.
Leading China Grove was Alex Austin with a 34. Ryan Craft (39), Dalton Parrot (46), Chris Shuping (47), Spencer Knowles (48) and Jake Barnhardt (48) also competed for the Red Devils.
Matt Yates led the Patriot with a 45. Garrett Yelton (47), Chuck Parks (49), Ryan Burke (52), Connor Gantt (52) and Savannah Ware (55) competed for Southeast.
n Historic girls golf Salisbury Academy and Sacred Heart played what may be the first middle school girls golf match in North Carolina on Thursday.
Salisbury Academy came out on top 133-173. Medalist Isabella Rusher shot 39. Lily Yatawara shot 44, and Mackenzie Beaver shot 50.
Madeline Hoskins (51) and Jordan DeJaco (58) also played for SA.
Scoring for Sacred Heart were Kelly Dulkoski (48), Jordan Pring (56) and Katelyn Storey (59). Also playing in the match were Allana Ansboro (59) and Anna Tonseth (60).
n Lee sixth in event Salisbury’s Allison Lee finished sixth in a Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour event at Bermuda Run.
Lee shot 79-83 ó 162 and finished 20 shots back of the leader, Cary’s Katherine Perry.
n Golf tournaments
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.
Teams interested in competing should contact Craig Allison at 336-407-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
n The 7th annual Food Lion/American Red Cross Golf classic will be held on April 18 at Country Club of Salisbury.
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Start is at 1 p.m.
For details on the tournament format and corporate and team sponsorships, contact Steve Simpson at 704-633-3854.
There will be door prizes, food and good fun.