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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball splits

From staff reports
Catawba’s Tim Holmes tossed a four-hit shutout to defeat No. 11 Tusculum 5-0 and earn a split of a doubleheader Wednesday at Newman Park.
Jared Richmond doubled twice and scored twice to help Tusculum to a 4-3 win in the opener.
Holmes did not allow a runner to reach third until the seventh in posting his first shutout of the season. Holmes struck out four to improve to 5-2.
Kevin McMillan and Cameron White had run-scoring doubles, while Zeb Link knocked in two runs for the Indians (25-14, 13-4).
In the first game, Brett Hatley, Chris Ahearn and White had RBIs against Tusculum (31-13, 16-3).
White and Craige Lyerly each had three hits in the doubleheader for Catawba.
* Tusculum is ranked third in the Southeast Region poll, while Catawba was fourth entering Wednesday’s twin bill. Six teams make the regional ó tournament champions from the SAC, Peach Belt and Conference Carolinas ó plus three at-large teams.
– Major leagues
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the New York Mets’ 7-2 win against San Diego on Wednesday.
Parnell retired the side in order, getting two groundouts and a flyout. His ERA is now 2.08.
– Minor leagues
The Kannapolis Intimidators pitching staff ran its consecutive scoreless innings streak to 21 in a 6-0 victory at Lexington Wednesday morning.
Matt Inouye led the offense for the Intimidators (5-2) with a pair of extra-base hits, including a solo home run.
* Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Johnson (Mooresville) is with a new organization. He is pitching for the Round Rock Express, the Houston Astros’ Triple-A team. Johnson pitched two scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory against Omaha Tuesday and was credited with the win. He’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA out of the bullpen.
– Prep baseball
Salisbury beat Lexington 6-2 at Holt-Moffitt Field on Wednesday.
Philip Tonseth singled in Frankie Cardelle for a 1-0 lead.
Forrest Buchanan’s double and Ryne Maddox’s single helped the Hornets make it 3-0 in the fourth.
Jonathan Lopp’s two-run double closed the gap, but Salisbury added three insurance runs in the fifth on hits by winning pitcher Russell Michalec (14 Ks), Kyle Wolfe, Buchanan and Cardelle and two hit batsmen.
“Russell did a great job on the mound, had them off-stride all night,” SHS coach Scott Maddox said. “John Knox made two spectacular plays at second to key a good defensive effort. Frankie had a good night at the plate.”

* Northwest Cabarrus beat Piedmont 5-4 in the Intimidators Classic on Wednesday and moved into tonight’s 7 p.m. championship game against Hickory Ridge.
Travis Watkins had a key double for the Trojans, and Rob Bain, Austin Noyes and Kevin Hamilton did the job on the mound.
Northwest turned a double play to end the game.
* Jordan Hudson struck out 11 in five innings as West Davidson pummeled Ledford 11-0.
* East Davidson lost to Thomasville 13-3. Keaton Hawks had a double and triple for the Golden Eagles.
– College baseball
Jerod Faggart (NW Cabarrus) hit a three-run homer to help Appalachian State beat
– Prep tennis
West Rowan defeated Carson 7-2 on Wednesday
Jesse Myers, Joel Brittain, Sam Daniel, Ricky Meek, Chris Holmes and Landon Locklear helped the Falcons 9-2, 4-1) sweep singles. Doug Petree and Kevin Robinson won 9-7 at No. 2 doubles.
The doubles teams of Joe Keophilavanh-Michael Wirz (11-8) and D.J. Safrit-Josh Michael (8-6) won for Carson.
– YMCA swim nationals
The Rowan Aquatic Club had a great showing at the recent YMCA Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Rowan finished 24th out of 280 teams.
Caroline Smith set team records in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free and 200 fly. She finished fifth in the 1000 free, 6th in the 200 fly, and 11th in the 500 free.
Tanner Lowman set team records in the 100 and 200 breast. He finished third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 breast.
The RAC’s girls 400 medley relay and 800 free relay teams, with Madi Ralston, Caroline Smith, Garrison and McKenzie Stevens, set team records.
Lowman, Andrew McCollister, Ralston, Smith, Garrett Spake and sisters Garrison and McKenzie Stevens represented the RAC.
Salisbury’s Garrison Stevens will be swimming at Clemson. South Davidson’s Caroline Smith will be swimming at Florida State. East Rowan’s Tanner Lowman is still undecided.
Madi Ralston is a rising senior, Andrew McCollister is a sophomore, Garrett Spake is a freshman, and McKenzie Stevens is an eighth-grader.
– Middle school golf
Southeast defeated West Rowan 167-197 at Corbin Hills.
Chris Hassard shot 40 for the Patriots. Chuck Parks (41) Rob Sawyer (42), Andrew Purcell (44)and Garrett Yelton (44) were the other top Patriots.
Leading the Bulldogs were Jake Kennedy (44), Nathan Kyles (48), Cody Eggers (52) and Logan Stoodley (53).
* West Rowan’s boys defeated Erwin in a sudden-death tie-breaker after each team posted a 187 score for nine holes at Foxwood on Wednesday.
West’s Jake Kennedy won the playoff with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole. He led the Bulldogs with a 40. Eggers (46), Kyles (48) and Colton Sherrill (53) rounded out the top four for the winners.
Chase Cannon paced Erwin with a 43. He was followed by Zach Jones (47), Kyle Leslie (48) and Justin Allen (49).
Erwin’s Emily Cleveland led girls with a 57, followed by teammates Hannah Pressley and Katlyn Smith with 58s.
– College softball
Catawba earned a split of a doubleheader with 23rd-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday. The Bears (30-9, 7-5) won the opener 5-2, while Catawba (21-17, 8-6) took the nightcap 4-3.
Catawba’s Meghan Cobb got the win in the nightcap as she allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits. Ryann Baker snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-out RBI double in the sixth. MacKenzie White scored one of the runs.
– Prep softball
Salisbury defeated Lexington 16-3 on Wednesday for its first win. Lindsay Thompson was the winning pitcher for the Hornets.

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