Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
Catawba’s baseball team scored nine runs in the fourth inning and crushed St. Andrews 20-1 in a Monday road game.
Matt Seabolt, Travis McSweeney and Joe Kelly got the job done on the mound for the 23rd-ranked Indians.
Craige Lyerly (East Rowan) hit a grand slam and drove in five runs for the Indians. Chris Ahearn had four hits, while Matt Kepley had three. Bubba Morris (North Rowan) had a two-run double and three RBIs in the huge fourth inning. Ryan Query (A.L. Brown) had two hits and two RBIs. Jerry Sands went 2-for-2.
Catawba (33-14) is ranked second in the media South Region poll.
– Brown to UNC Pembroke
Surry Community College left-handed pitcher Zach “Rudy” Brown has signed with UNC Pembroke.
Brown struck out 71 batters in 521/3 innings his senior season at South Rowan in 2006 and posted a 3.34 ERA.
Brown was outstanding for the South Rowan Legion team in 2006 with a 4-3 record, 68 strikeouts and a 2.79 ERA. He was 6-5 with a program-record 86 strikeouts last summer and also hit 10 home runs. He shares that record.
A story on Brown is upcoming.
– Intimidators fall
The Kannapolis Intimidators gave up five runs in the ninth inning and fell 8-3 to Hickory at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Monday.
Danny Jordan hit a two-run homer for the Intimidators (5-7) for a 3-3 tie in the second inning and it stayed that way until Hickory’s big ninth.
– Jacobs to Catawba
South Rowan cross country and track standout Olivia Jacobs has signed with Catawba’s cross country program.
Jacobs is a two-time county cross country champion and has been county distance MVP in track.
She has qualified for the state cross country and outdoor track meets twice and the indoor state track meet three times.
A story on Jacobs is upcoming.
– Track postponed
Because of the cold, the Rowan County Track Meet has been postponed until Wednesday at East Rowan. Field events begin at 4 and running events at 5.
* The East Rowan track will be closed to all walkers today and Wednesday because of the county meet.
– Catawba softball
Catawba’s softball team swept Chowan 9-1 and 11-1 at Whitley Field on Monday. The Indians (24-23) were led by Kathryn Geouge, who had five RBIs and four runs scored on the day, and Ryann Baker (East Rowan) who had four hits, including a three-run homer in the nightcap.
Erin Witalison (Gray Stone) homered as a pinch-hitter in the nightcap.
The doubleheader marked the last career home games for seniors Jac White (West Rowan), Sarah VanBuskirk and Lizz Dunkman, who missed the season with an injury. White had an RBI single in the opener.
Meghan Cobb pitched a two-hitter in the opener. Rachel Christian threw a six-hitter in the nightcap.
– Prep soccer
Carson defeated rival South Rowan 1-0 on Monday for the first home victory in program history.
The Cougars (3-10 overall, 2-10 NPC) won despite playing a man down after a player received a red card five minutes into the second half.
Sarah Hayden scored an unassisted goal, and goalkeeper Casey Devlin recorded the shutout for Carson. The victory was not only the team’s third of the season but also the third ever. The Cougars went winless in their inaugural season in 2007.
Carson also swept its biggest rival after winning at South Rowan earlier this season.
* West Rowan had five players score in a 5-0 victory against West Iredell.
Lacy Heglar, Nicole Lucente, Katie Russell, Brittany Gibbons and Christina Wood all contributed goals for the Falcons (8-6 overall, 8-5 NPC). Russell and Taylor James had assists, and goalkeepers Katie Cox and Autumn Foster combined for the shutout.
– East Rowan lost 5-0 to Lake Norman.
Colleen Cowie had 21saves for the Mustangs (5-9, 5-8). Earlier this season, East lost 11-0 to the Wildcats, who are ranked second in the state 3A coaches’ poll.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” East coach Eduel Atkins said.
– Prep tennis
Salisbury’s CCC match at Lexington was postponed until this afternoon.
– Prep baseball
West Rowan will play its home varsity game against Statesville today at 5 p.m.
* Central Davidson overwhelmed Lexington 15-0 for a CCC victory on Monday.
Nick Musgrave pitched for the Spartans. Trevor Leonard went 3-for-3.
– Middle school baseball
Corriher-Lipe defeated Knox 15-2 on Monday. Nathan Lambert and Blake Morrow combined for a four-hitter.
Jordan Kennerly and Dylan Goodman had three hits apiece, and Lambert, Parker Hubbard, Matt Miller, Casey Deal and Dillon Parker each contributed two hits.