Area sports briefs: Falcons win tournament
From staff reports
West Rowan’s rebounding baseball team won 7-2 against Hoggard Wednesday in the championship game of an Easter tournament in Wilmington.
The Falcons (5-6) ran their winning streak to five games.
Tournament MVP Brantley Horton was the winning pitcher. He allowed one earned run in four innings. D.J. Webb earned a save, holding the Vikings to one hit in three frames.
Brett Huffman, Hernan Bautista and Tyler King had two hits each for the Falcons. West trailed early, but Bautista delivered a game-tying RBI, and a single by King put West ahead to stay. King added a run-scoring double in the seventh.
n WNBA draft
N.C. State guard Shayla Fields (Salisbury) is expected to be picked in today’s WNBA draft.
The draft, which begins at 3 p.m., has three rounds. Each round has 13 selections, and Fields is considered by some as a top-25 prospect.
The first round will be on ESPN2. ESPNU and NBATV will air the rest.n Minor league baseball
The Kannapolis Intimidators open their season tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium against the Asheville Tourists.
n Right-handed pitcher Garrett Sherrill (A.L. Brown) has been assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League.
The 21-year-old Sherrill played three years at Appalachian State and was a 12th-round pick by Milwaukee last June. His teammates include outfielder Cutter Dykstra, Lenny’s son.
n Right-handed pitcher Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) will open the season with the New Britain Rock Cats, Minnesota’s Double-A farm team.
The 25-year-old Ward is expected to work out of the bullpen initially but could move to the starting rotation. He’s flip-flopped between starter to reliever since being drafted out of Gardner-Webb.
n Left-handed pitcher Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) will open the season in the bullpen of the Ft. Myers Miracle, Minnesota’s advanced Class A team.
The 23-year-old Steedley was drafted after being a two-way standout at Charlotte. He finished last season in Ft. Myers.
n College baseball
Catawba’s Corey Parker scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning to beat 11th-ranked Erskine 15-14 at Newman Park on Wednesday. Catawba (20-13) rallied from an 11-4 deficit to snap a four-game skid.
Ryan Query (A.L. Brown), Cameron White and Craige Lyerly (East Rowan) had three hits each for the Indians. Josh Hohn hit a two-run homer. Kevin McMillan (North Rowan) hit a solo homer. Blake Ketner (NW Cabarrus) was the winning pitcher in relief and improved to 7-2.
n Jerod Faggart (NW Cabarrus) went 3-for-4 and scored three runs as Appalachian State beat Tennessee 9-7 on Tuesday.
n Zach Glass (Salisbury) doubled in a run for Lenoir-Rhyne in an 8-5 win against Newberry on Tuesday.
n Matt Ingold (South Rowan) scored two runs for UNC Pembroke in a 9-3 victory against Chowan.
n Wake Forest’s Micah Jarrett (East Rowan) went 1-for-2 and knocked in a run in a 20-14 victory against USC Upstate on Tuesday.
n College softball
Catawba split a SAC doubleheader at Mars Hill on Wednesday, winning 6-1 and losing the nightcap 4-2.
Chelsea Wallace pitched a four-hitter in the opening game, and Allie Marshall hit a two-run homer.
Carly Sabat had three hits. Cassie Markham and Jessie Whitesides had RBI doubles for Catawba (18-16, 5-5).
Ryann Baker (East Rowan) homered for Catawba’s only run in Game 2.
n Prep baseball
The Rowan-Cabarrus Homeschool Stallions won 10-0 against Parkwood in six innings.
Stephen Shue, who belted a home run, and David Bancroft had two hits apiece. Kyle Kiker went the distance on the mound, allowing three hits.
The Stallions (11-1) play J.M. Robinson today.
n Jess Cartner had two RBIs for Davie in a 5-4 CPC loss against Mount Tabor Tuesday.
n Prep softball
Northwest Cabarrus stayed on top in the NPC with a 10-0 win against Lake Norman on Tuesday. Alex Yohe homered and threw a two-hitter.
n Prep tennis
An important CCC match between Salisbury and Lexington, originally slated for Wednesday, has been rescheduled and will be contested at a later date.
n Prep football
Central Davidson hired West Forsyth assistant Mark Hoover as its new head football coach.
Hoover has been a head coach at Chatham Central and West Lincoln.
n Mooresville is interviewing candidates and may be close to announcing a replacement for Barclay Marsh.
n Bobby Jackson league
Anyone wishing to coach in the Bobby Jackson Summer Basketball League should attend a meeting at Hall Gym on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
A background check will be conducted, and coaching experience is preferred.