Sports briefs: Wonder shows heart
From staff reports
A.L. Brown baseball coach Empsy Thompson was shocked to see outfielder Quin Gill arrive at the ballpark on Tuesday for a game with Parkwood.
Gill’s mother passed away during Brown’s recent Easter tournament. Her funeral was held Tuesday afternoon.
“Quin said he didn’t want to sit around the house feeling miserable and wanted to be with his teammates,” Thompson said. “He said his mom would’ve wanted him to play. Quin’s father said it was Quin’s decision, and he understood we weren’t pushing him to play or expecting him to play.”
Gill hit a three-run homer to temporarily get the Wonders back in the game, but they made double-digit errors and lost to their SPC foe 15-5.
Besides Gill, Thompson had praise for young pitchers Zach Jones and Zach Erwin, but they didn’t get much defensive support. The Wonders (4-13) had three dropped flyballs in the sixth inning.
* South Rowan jumped to a 5-1 lead but fell 6-5 at Statesville when the Greyhounds scored in the bottom of the seventh.
Blake Houston and Josh Herring had two hits each for South in the NPC contest. J.D. Bare pitched into the seventh but took the loss.
* Salisbury lost 5-1 at West Davidson. The Hornets were held to two hits the first six innings by Alex Grubb. Forrest Buchanan and Jeremy Forbis had Salisbury’s hits.
Russell Michalec and Philip Tonseth limited the Green Dragons to six hits, but three costly Hornet errors led to four runs.
* North Rowan was shut down by East Davidson hurlers Keaton Hawks and Ryan Coleman and fell 5-0 in CCC play.
North had two hits in the first inning but failed to score and didn’t get many more chances.
Dakota Brown pitched a complete game but took the loss.
* Davie (9-5, 3-1) beat North Forsyth 11-4 in the CPC behind strong pitching by Josh Berryhill. Alex Newman and Josh Cartner banged out three hits each, and Connor Bodenheimer also enjoyed a big day.
* Nick Lomascolo struck out nine and led Lake Norman to a 6-2 NPC victory against West Iredell.
* Mooresville beat North Iredell 7-0 for an NPC victory behind young lefty Keith Little. Jake Beaver knocked in three runs.
* In a wild CCC game, Central Davidson scored five runs in the seventh to beat Ledford 7-6. UNC signee Chaz Frank stole home to tie the game, and Nick Musgrave followed with a game-winning hit.
– Middle school baseball
Chance Bowden had three hits to lead Southeast to a 6-5 win against China Grove Tuesday.
Justin Evans had two hits, including the game-winning blow in the ninth. Winning pitcher Colton Laws and Austin McNeil rapped doubles for the Patriots.
– Prep softball
Chelsea White stuck out 16 batters as East Rowan defeated Carson 8-1 in the NPC. Lindsay Smith and Kayla Kirk had two hits each for the Mustangs.
– Minor leagues
The Kannapolis Intimidators fell to the visiting Greenville Drive 5-3 on Tuesday..
Justin Greene and Kenny Williams homered for the Intimidators.
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer for the Drive.
The NC State Cyclones 11-under AAA baseball team won the Greensboro Super NIT with a 5-0 record and earned a paid berth to the Elite 24 Tournament at Walt Disney World.
The Cyclones beat the Carolina Fury out of Raleigh 6-5 to win the championship.
Offensively, the Cyclones were led in the tournament by Bryant Godsey’s 11 hits, Michael Morrison’s 10 hits and Hunter Travis’ nine hits.
Defensively, the Cyclones were led by pitchers Brandon White, Trevor Wilson and Cole Faulk,who all pitched their maximum nine innings, and by Morrison, who pitched two innings to close the championship game.
Other Cyclones are Jacob Peace, Taylor Wilson, Trevor Slack and Jesse Redding.
The Cyclones are being moved up to the Major division in USSSA and the Premiere division in National Baseball, the highest level a travel team can attain.
– Catawba baseball
Junior Craige Lyerly (East Rowan) extended his hitting streak to 26 games and was one of three Catawba players to collect four hits in a 17-6 win over visiting St. Andrews Tuesday at Newman Park.
Catawba (30-15) rapped out 21 hits. Brett Hatley (West Rowan) and Zeb Link (West) also had four hits.
Lyerly, Hatley and Josh Hohn drove in three runs each and scored three times.
Corey Parker gave Catawba the lead in the second on a sacrifice fly. Lyerly homered to lead off the third to extend his hitting streak. He added a second homer in the fourth. Hohn hit a two-run shot for a 7-0 lead.
Ryan Query (A.L. Brown) also belted a two-run homer.
Travis McSweeney worked five innings for the win.
– Catawba golf
Carson-Newman led wire-to-wire to win the SAC Women’s Golf Championship.
Catawba finished third and was led by first team All-SAC selection Kelsey Babos, who was runner-up at the tournament.
Babos finished two shots back and had a tournament low round of 73 on Monday.
* Newberry won the men’s championship.
Catawba finished ninth in the event and was led by second team All-SAC pick Eric Schmehl. He finished 19th with a total of 226.
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