Area Sports Briefs: North baseball finishes season
From staff reports
North Rowan’s baseball team ended the season with a 7-4, rain-shortened loss at Providence Grove in the first round of the CCC tournament on Thursday.
Sixth-seeded North (5-16) got a two-run triple from Kyle Munday in the first inning but couldn’t hold the lead.
Munday finished with two hits and three RBIs. Travis Honeycutt and Thomas Baker also had two hits. Dakota Brown scored twice.
Patrick Snider (3-5) went the distance on the mound. Rain stopped the game in the sixth.
It was North’s last 2A season for a while. The Cavaliers will compete in 1A next season and will have an experienced nucleus to build around.
“Last year we had senior pitchers ó this year we had sophomore pitchers,” North coach Rob Linder said. “We’ll miss Honeycutt’s bat a lot, but we’ll have a chance to be better.”
* Carson lost a tough NPC game at Lake Norman, leading 3-0 early but losing 6-3 when the Wildcats rallied for four runs in the sixth. Will Misenheimer went the distance on the mound for the Cougars.
Second baseman Julio Zubillaga had a Gold Glove defensive game. Tyler Freeze hit his fourth home run.
“We played a very good game,” Carson coach Chris Cauble said. “In the sixth, they got some walks and couple of hits of the handle. Will threw another great game for us.”
Scottie Williams and Ross Whitley did the job on the mound for the Wildcats, who clinched a tie for first place.
* East Rowan rode strong pitching by Cody Laws and Thomas Allen and four double plays to a 7-2 NPC victory against Statesville.
Laws held a 3-2 lead after four innings, and Allen came in to throw three shutout frames.
Ben DeCelle had three hits and two steals for the Mustangs, while David Ijames had a double and a triple.
Casey Little was credited with a rare two-base sac fly when two Statesville outfielders collided after a running catch.
* Zach Burkhart was the winning pitcher and knocked in three runs for West Davidson in an 11-1 CCC tournament victory against Lexington. Joe Patterson and Jake Everhart homered for the Green Dragons.
* Keaton Hawks hit a home run and pitched East Davidson to a 5-2 win against Ledford in the first round of the CCC tournament.
* A.L. Brown was eliminated from playoff contention with a 5-1 loss against SPC foe Porter Ridge.
The Wonders had the bases loaded twice but couldn’t cash in. They scored their only run on an error.
John Tuttle and Justin Kidd pitched well. Wesley Summerlin had two hits. Wesley Honeycutt hit the ball hard all night but had only a double to show for it.
Brown wraps the season tonight at home against rival Concord.
– Perfect game
East Rowan’s jayvee baseball team beat Statesville 25-0 on Thursday.
Curtis Ward pitched a five-inning perfect game for the Mustangs and struck out 10 of the 15 batters he faced.
Jamey Blalock went 3-for-3, including a three-run homer. He scored four runs. Wesley LeRoy went 2-for-2 and scored twice.
East is in second place in the jayvee standings. Mooresville is on top after two tight wins against the Mustangs. East finishes against South on Monday.
– Intimidators fall
Lakewood pitcher Tyler Cloyd shut down Kannapolis 2-0 on Thursday in New Jersey.
Cloyd work seven innings and outdueled Kannapolis hurler Greg Infante.
The Intimidators had a chance to equalize in the ninth inning. Kannapolis (15-12) had the tying run in scoring position with two outs against reliever Ryan Bergh, but Jon Gilmore grounded out to end the game.
– Middle school
First-place Southeast topped Erwin 6-2 on Thursday.
Chance Bowden had three hits for the Patriots (8-1, 6-1). Greg Tonneson had two hits, while Devon Peacock pounded a double.
Peacock did the work on the mound, going the distance and scattering six hits for the win.
Dalton Moose and Connor Johnson collected two hits each for the Eagles.
Southeast tangles with West Rowan today.
– Homeschool Stallions
The Cabarrus-Rowan Homeschool Stallions baseball team advanced to the second round of the state tournament with an 8-3 win over Wake County on Thursday.
Christian Hicks led the way with four hits, while Daniel Newton had three and Bobby Zimmerman two for the Stallions (19-5).
Kyle Kiker pitched the victory, giving up just one earned run in six innings.
The Stallions play today at 3 p.m. against Townville, S.C.
The state tournament is being held at Intimidators Stadium in Kannapolis.
– Catawba baseball
Catawba senior shortstop Chris Ahearn has been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine District III All-Academic Baseball Team.
Ahearn has a 3.97 GPA while majoring in Sports Management.
Ahearn, who is a Dean’s List and Presidential Honor Roll student at Catawba, has also twice been named first team All-SAC. He is currently batting .354 with five homers and 37 RBI.