Area briefs: Regional pairings set
From staff reports
Pairings for the Southeast Regional baseball tournament have been set.
Top seed USC Aiken (39-17) is the host team. Games will be played May 14-17. Game times will be announced today.
No. 4 seed Catawba (35-16) plays No. 3 Georgia College & State (37-17) in Thursday’s first round. Peach Belt regular-season and tournament champion USC Aiken takes on No. 6 seed Belmont Abbey (34-24), while No. 5 Tusculum (36-16) plays No. 2 Francis Marion (36-13-1).
* N.C. State’s Wade Moore (West Rowan) had a run-scoring single and his ninth steal as N.C. State beat UNC 9-4 on Sunday to win a weekend series. Moore reached base on three straight trips to the plate in Friday’s 3-0 victory against the Tar Heels.
Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus) went 3-for-3 and hit his fourth homer for the Tar Heels on Sunday. Seager scored twice as the Tar Heels beat the Wolfpack 5-2 Saturday.
Seager’s draft stock is rising. Scouts like the junior’s chances to make the big leagues as an offensive-minded second baseman ó some have even compared him to Philadelphia’s Chase Utley ó and mock drafts have him going among the first 60 picks in next month’s draft.
* Davidson’s Brett Shore had three hits, including a triple, for Davidson in an 11-5 loss against Virginia Tech.
* Pitt Community College’s Trey Holmes (East Rowan) is batting .361 with four homers, 13 doubles and 47 RBIs. He has scored 52 runs and has a .424 on-base percentage.
– Minor leagues
The Kannapolis Intimidators were demolished 9-0 by Lake County on Sunday.
* Stockton’s David Thomas (Catawba) led off the ninth with a single and scored the walk-off run in a 4-3 victory against Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.
* Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) pitched an inning for New Britain in an 8-7 loss to Portland on Saturday and allowed two walks and two unearned runs.
* Jerry Sands (Catawba) has been placed on the reserve list by the Great Lakes Loons.
– Prep baseball
Salisbury takes on East Davidson tonight for the CCC tournament championship. The game between two darkhorses is at Ledford at 7 p.m.
The Hornets, the No. 7 seed, knocked out No. 2 seed Central Davidson and No. 3 seed Providence Grove. Fourth-seeded East Davidson beat No. 5 Ledford and No. 1 West Davidson.
Either Salisbury or East Davidson will earn the league’s No. 2 seed ó and a home game ó for the 2A state playoffs, which begin Friday.
East Davidson is assured of a playoff berth, win or lose. Salisbury’s season is over if it loses tonight.
* Carson finishes the regular season with a home game against West Rowan tonight. West can still tie Mooresville for third if it beats the Cougars and the Blue Devils lose to league champ Lake Norman. East leads Mooresville by one game in the race for second and plays South Rowan tonight at Staton Field.
* Davie starts the CPC tournament today at Rich Park. The fourth-seeded War Eagles play No. 5 R.J. Reynolds at 4:30 p.m. at Rich Park. The winner advances to tonight’s semifinal game against No. 1 seed Mount Tabor at Rich Park.
The championship game will be played Tuesday night at Rich Park.
– Prep softball
North Rowan finished the CCC regular season with a 10-2 win over Lexington. The winning pitcher was Samantha Jacobs. Jessica Nelson, Marquita Thomas and Emily Gobble also were standouts for coach Jeff Shuping’s team.
The Cavs (4-12, 4-10) are in the CCC tournament today against East Davidson. No. 7 seed Salisbury plays at No. 2 seed Central Davidson tonight in a first-round matchup.
* East Rowan has clinched a share of the NPC championship with a 15-2 record and will finish alone in first if it beats South Rowan at home this afternoon on Senior Day. Northwest Cabarrus beat Lake Norman 3-1 Friday to stay one game behind the Mustangs. Northwest finishes the regular season today at Statesville.
* Also important is today’s West Rowan at Carson contest, which will start around 6 p.m. West and Carson are both 6-11 in the league. The loser calls it a season, but the winner is likely to get the NPC’s sixth and final playoff berth. South Rowan (6-10) also still has a chance to finish sixth.
Besides today’s East game, the Raiders are scheduled to play a makeup game at North Iredell on Tuesday.
West beat South twice, so it owns the tiebreaker if both finish at 7-11.
Carson split with South.
– Prep soccer
Salisbury lost to Ledford 1-0 in Friday’s seeding game to determine the No. 2 and No. 3 playoff berths from the CCC. Adrienne Graeub scored the goal. As the No. 3 seed, Salisbury is on the road Wednesday at North Lincoln.
* Statesville won a seeding tiebreaker against Northwest Cabarrus Friday, prevailing 2-1 to get the NPC’s No. 2 seed and a first-round home game.
* West Rowan is the NPC’s No. 5 team and is on the road to take on the Mountain Athletic Conference No. 1 in the first round of the 3A playoffs.
– Prep track
A.L. Brown’s boys placed second in the Midwest Regional on Saturday, taking five first places.
Sprinter Artrele Louis, who missed the football season because of medical issues, won the 100 and anchored winners in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, where he teamed with Jamill Lott, Dillon Robinson and Billy Simiton. Simiton won the high jump, while Tavis Bailey took the discus.
A.L. Brown’s girls tied for fourth in the regional. See Scoreboard.
– College softball
Carson-Newman beat Lenoir-Rhyne 2-1 on Sunday and advanced to the Super Regional in Salem, Va.
* Georgia Tech beat Florida State 3-1 in Sunday’s ACC championship game.
– Local racing
Kannapolis native Ben Hinson won the South Atlantic Road Racing Association’s “Spec” Miata race at the Virginia International Raceway May 9 in only his second time at that race track and only his third Miata race.
Besting 38 experienced competitors, Hinson dominated the 3.27 mile track that winds its way through the hills of Alton, Va.
Hinson’s father Kim also competed in the race.
– Rowan Alliance
The U13 FCCA Rowan Alliance boys soccer team finished the season with a 20-8-2 record.
They began the season as a finalist in the Adidas Cup Tournament in Charlotte. After posting two wins in the NCYSA President’s Kepner Cup, their season ended with a 2-0 loss against Triangle United Silver.
Team members Zachary Sukkasem and Banks Fisher are Olympic Development Program players. Other team members include John Canipe, Lucas Capito, Bobby Cardelle, Clint Comadoll, Sam Cooley, Angel Domingez, Nick Greene, Ashlyn Heidt, Ian Lins, Sean Mahaffey, Garrett Owens, Philip Simons and Carlos Zanudo.
The team was coached by Dr. Yut Sukkasem and Frank Cardelle.
Tryouts for FCCA Rowan Alliance soccer for boys U8 to U12 and girls U8 to U18 will be held soon.
Contact Frank Cardelle 980-621-0098.
– Middle school soccer
Southeast’s boys defeated Erwin 6-0. Ivan Hernandez and Emilson Turcios scored two goals each. Edwin Zuniga had a goal, and there was one own goal. Southeast got good defensive play from Sam Coley, Luis Diaz, Antonio Perez and Enrique Garcia.
* Southeast’s girls defeated Erwin 2-1. Lyndsey Moore and Maritsa Marouradis scored for the Patriots, while Jade Estes, Claudia Molina, Jackie Salzar and Elizabeth Cardona led the defense.
– Pfeiffer cycling
Pfeiffer Male Athlete of the Year Joey Rosskopf was the top individual racer at the Collegiate National Bicycle Championships held in Fort Collins, Colo.
– Landis Recreation
The Landis Recreation Department will hold registration for its Babe Ruth League (ages 13-15) through May 22 at Landis City Hall and Dale’s Sporting Goods.
Registration is $60 for Landis residents, $70 for non-residents. Games will be played in June and early July.
Call 704-857-4114 for info.
– Hurley YMCA
Register now through May 31 for a T-ball clinic for ages 4-6. Only 20 participants will be accepted.
* Register through June 26 for a T-ball league for boys and girls ages 4-7 and a Coach Pitch league for ages 6-9. Free cap and shirt.
* Register through June 12 for a sports combo camp that will include football in the morning and soccer in the afternoon, followed by swimming.
Contact John Peterson at Hurley YMCA at 704-636-0111.
– West hoops meeting
West Rowan basketball coach Mike Gurley will hold a meeting for all rising ninth-graders planning to play basketball on Tuesday, May 12, in the school gym from 5:30-6 p.m.
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