Area briefs: Davie tops North
From staff reports
Joe Watson pitched four eventful innings for Davie in a 6-2 win against North Rowan on Monday at Rich Park.
Watson allowed no hits, but he fanned six, walked six and plunked two.
North (0-2) failed to take advantage of numerous baserunners early, and Davie (2-0) snapped a 1-1 tie in the fourth on key hits by Ryan Foster and Alex Newman.
Patrick Snider took the loss for the Cavaliers, who were held to three hits. Travis Honeycutt, Matt Laurens and Zach Buchholz had hits North.
* Salisbury lost 4-2 to Statesville in its season opener at Robertson Stadium on Monday.
The Hornets were limited to three hits ó singles by Russell Michalec, Forrest Buchanan and Nolan Meyerhoeffer.
Michalec singled in the first inning, advanced two bases on Philip Tonseth’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Frankie Cardelle’s groundout for a 1-0 lead, but the Greyhounds scored twice in the third when Skylar Stroud produced a key hit.
Walks helped Statesville add insurance runs in the fourth and sixth.
Buchanan singled to drive in Tonseth with Salisbury’s second run in the sixth.
Michalec was the starter and loser for the Hornets. Spencer Carmichael had a strong relief outing, allowing one hit in 3 2/3 innings.
* Forbush nipped Mooresville 3-2 despite homers by Aaron Meadows and Jake Beaver.
Ian Walters pitched four strong innings with six strikeouts for the Blue Devils (1-1).
* West Rowan’s game against Mooresville has been moved to 7 p.m. tonight. It’s the NPC opener for both.
– Prep tennis
Salisbury’s boys tennis team opened CCC play with a 9-0 victory against East Davidson on Monday.
Steven Page, Austin Flynn, Alan Lebowitz, Seth Gentry, Grant Martz and Wes McNeely won singles matches for the Hornets (2-0, 1-0). Page-Flynn, Lebowitz-Gentry and Martz-Alex Weant won in doubles.
* West Rowan won 7-2 against North Stanly on Monday. Jesse Myers, Joel Brittain, Sam Daniel, Ricky Meek, Chris Holmes and Landon Locklear won in singles for the Falcons (2-0). Brittain-Daniel won in doubles.
Last week, West pulled out a 5-4 win against Central Cabarrus. Doubles were played first, and Holmes had the clinching singles victory.
Brittain, Meek and Locklear also won singles matches. Holmes-Locklear claimed doubles wins.
– Prep soccer
Duke signee Callie Simpkins and Molly Calloway scored goals for Northwest Cabarrus in a 2-0 NPC victory against West Rowan on Monday.
– Prep golf
Northwest Cabarrus and Lake Norman shot 158s and tied for first in an NPC golf match at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis on Monday.
Garrett Ray’s 35 led the Trojans.
East Rowan and West Rowan tied for fifth at 177.
Tyler Crossen shot 42 for Carson. The Cougars shot 180 for seventh.
South Rowan tied for eighth at 182. Ben Fesperman shot 43 to lead the Raiders.
NPC teams will tee it up again on March 12 at Lakewood.
– Indians in noon game
Catawba’s men’s basketball team will play the noon game on Saturday in the first round of the Southeast Regional tournament at Augusta State.
The sixth-seeded Indians (21-9) take on No. 3 seed Armstrong Atlantic, a Peach Belt Conference club.
Armstrong Atlantic (23-6) has four players averaging in double figures, including a trio of 6-foot-6 performers ó Brian Moultrie, Dwight Tolbert and Calvin Wilson.
Catawba has lost in overtime in the first round of the regional the last two seasons. Catawba is 1-7 in regionals and last won a regional game in 1998.
Catawba and Armstrong Atlantic have met once previously, with the Pirates taking a 94-86 decision two seasons ago.
If Catawba wins its opener, it will play the winner of the USC Aiken-Lenoir-Rhyne game in a 5 p.m. regional semifinal matchup on Sunday.
Tickets for the regional are $10 per session. The game will be available through free Webcasts through Augusta State and the Peach Belt Conference. Tickets are also available in advance through Augusta State.
– Pfeiffer picks Thomas
Jill Thomas has been named as head women’s basketball coach at Pfeiffer.
Thomas was an assistant coach and interim head coach this past season when the Falcons were 9-20. With Thomas as interim head coach, the Falcons surged late in the season and won seven of their last nine.
Thomas, a native of Idaho, coached at Dakota Wesleyan before coming to Pfeiffer. Thomas was a standout player at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.
– Seventh-grade hoops
North Rowan’s seventh-grade boys won 68-44 against Southeast.
Mike Connor led the Mavericks (8-1) with 23 points. Jaquan Boyd and Michael Bowman scored 14 apiece.
Tre Williams led Southeast with 14. Brock Miller and Cody Dale had nine apiece.
* Erwin’s girls clinched a share of first place with a 40-25 victory against China Grove. Josie McNeely had 13 points, five steals and five rebounds for the Eagles (11-0, 10-0), while Karleigh Wike had 11 points, 13 boards and eight blocked shots.
Katie Kepley had seven points and nine rebounds, and Lauren Thomas had seven points and seven rebounds.
China Grove (5-6, 4-5) was led by Katie Cole with 11 points. Madison Weast scored five for the Red Devils.
Erwin’s boys (2-9, 2-8) edged China Grove 37-36 when Donte Means hit two free throws with six seconds left.
Shawn Spry had given the Red Devils a one-point lead with nine seconds to left with a three-point play.
Means paced Erwin with 16 points. Dock Corpening had seven points and eight rebounds. Chase Brown also scored seven points.
China Grove (2-8, 2-7), was led by Spry and Tyler Fuller with 10 points each. Eric Goldston and Will Zentmeyer scored seven apiece.
– Catawba softball
Catawba’s softball team swept Limestone 8-1 and 10-9 in Gaffney, S.C. on Monday.
Ryann Baker (East Rowan) hit three homers in the twin bill.
Jamie Wells pitched four no-hit innings for the Indians (9-9) in the opener.
Catawba collected 13 hits, with Baker opening the game with a homer. Jessie Whitesides also homered. Baker, Callie Gordy and Cassie Markham had two hits each.
Baker and Allie Marshall hit two homers each in the nightcap. Marshall singled home two runs in the first and Baker hit a two-run shot in the second as Catawba took a 5-0 lead. Brittany Murray was the winning pitcher in relief.
Baker, Marshall and Carly Sabat had three hits each. Markham had two hits.
– College baseball
Pitt Community College’s Trey Holmes (East Rowan) smacked out six hits, including a homer, and had four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Florence-Darlington Tech over the weekend. Pitt has won all nine of its contests.
– Pfeiffer leads
Pfeiffer’s women’s golf team took a 20-shot lead after the first round of the Dana Rader Intercollegiate tournament in Charlotte.
– Senior Club
Kannapolis Intimidators have announced that the Senior Club, which debuted for the 2008 season, will return again this spring.
The Senior Club is geared for adults ages 55-over looking for a fun opportunity to get together at a baseball game.
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