Area sports briefs: Sands homers

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 8, 2011

From wire and staff reports
Jerry Sands (Catawba) hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7-1 win against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, but he was more excited about pounding a 410-foot triple.
“When I get going, I can run a little better than people assume,” the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder told the L.A. Times.
A non-roster invitee, Sands, 23, still isn’t expected to make the team out of Spring Training, but he’s hitting .462, has been the Dodgers’ hottest bat this spring, and is making a case for an early-season callup.
Sands was third in the minor leagues last season with 35 homers. He has two this spring.
“Sands is legit,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s only going to keep getting better.”
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday, but the New York Mets lost to the Detroit Tigers 7-1.
Prep baseball
Salisbury fell 10-6 to Concord on Monday afternoon in a game that was moved to Salisbury’s Robertson Stadium because of wet field conditions at Concord.
Concord (3-0) took advantage of 10 walks, a hit batsman and three errors.
Salisbury (1-1) pieced together five hits and three walks for its runs.
“We’re trying to find a couple of pitchers to go with our No.1 and No. 2 guys, but we have a ways to go,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “At no level can you put 14 men on base without them getting a hit and expect to compete — much less win.”
Brian Bauk and Nolan Meyerhoeffer led Salisbury’s offense with two hits apiece.
Meyerhoeffer took the mound loss.
See Wednesday’s edition for the boxscore.
Davie County stayed unbeaten with a 9-1 win against Guilford County’s Oak Ridge Military on Monday.
Davie scored eight runs in the first two innings.
Davie junior Corey Randall allowed one hit in six innings, and that was an infield hit. Randall walked five, but he fanned seven.
Jacob Barber and Joe Watson knocked in two runs apiece for the War Eagles. Watson, Randall and Alex Newman had two hits each.
Newman, who is headed to Gardner-Webb, swiped three bases, while Ryan Foster and Carson Herndon pilfered two bags apiece.
There’s been a time change for Davie’s game against East Rowan on Wednesday. The teams will play a jayvee-varsity doubleheader at Rich Park. The varsity game should start at approximately 7 p.m.
West Davidson shelled High Point Andrews 22-4 on Monday.
Tyler Hudson drove in seven runs, while Colby Bessette knocked in four. Tyler Redd was the winning pitcher.
Prep soccer
Salisbury’s girls soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw with Statesville on Monday night.
Salisbury is ranked 12th in 2A, while the Greyhounds (1-0-1) are ranked ninth in 3A.
Karen Presnell scored the Salisbury goal. Susannah Dixon’s cross initiated the scoring play, and Katie Washington redirected the ball to Presnell, who beat the keeper.
Presnell has scored nine of Salisbury’s 11 goals this season.
Sierra Davis had a big effort in goal for the Hornets. Coach Matt Parrish credited her with making a half-dozen outstanding saves.
“The tie doesn’t leave the best taste in the girls’ mouths, but I’m happy,” Parrish said. “We’ve played West Rowan and Statesville, probably the best teams in their 3A league. We pulled one out against West and drew with Statesville. These games will make us battle-tested for conference and the playoffs.
Salisbury (3-0-1) is at Albemarle (0-3) on Thursday.
North Rowan beat South Davidson 7-1 in a YVC game. Jade Lomax and Meredith Sokolowski scored three goals each, and Daisy Lemke had one.
Prep basketball
North Rowan and Salisbury are pre-selling tickets at the schools for Saturday’s basketball state championship games.
The cost is $9. The cost at the door will be $10.
North Rowan fans should enjoy free parking for the game at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. Salisbury fans can expect a $5 parking charge at Chapel Hill’s Smith Center.
Prep tennis
West Rowan’s unbeaten tennis team rolled to a 9-0 NPC victory against West Iredell on Monday.
See Scoreboard for results.
Prep golf
North Rowan shot 213 and was third behind West Davidson (161) and South Rowan (184) in a recent golf match at Corbin Hills.
Jesse Pinkston (45), Kyle Collins (48), Rafe Harrison (59) and Scottie Loflin (61) were the scorers for the Cavaliers.
Leading South were Evan Neas (40), Hunter Chapman (46), Josh Lowder (48), Luke Rary (50) and C.T. Welch (50).
Jake Hartman shot 36 to pace the Green Dragons, and Jesse Curry fired a 39.
Salisbury shot 140 and easily won a golf match at Fox Den on Monday against North Lincoln (158), Lincolnton (188) and South Iredell (191).
Roy Dixon, Eric Edwards, Alex Lee and Troy Beaver all fired 35s for the Hornets. Joseph Rusher shot 38, and Alex Nianouris carded a 40.
North Lincoln’s Sam Lawing shot 38.
Local golf
Anthony Baker and Steve Mabry shot 125 for two rounds and held off Blake Wray and Roy Dixon by two strokes to claim the Two-Man Mulligan title at Warrior.
Jason Meadows and Ronnie Mangum shot 131 to win the first flight. See Scoreboard for complete results.
Thirty-eight GA RS members played a Captain’s Choice tournament at Corbin Hills on Monday.
Buddy Barger, Bobby Bryant, Doug Lingle and Clive Mahaffey shot minus-9 to win the event.
Three teams shot minus-7, and three more shot minus-6.
Cliff Cutrell made the longest putt on No. 9.
North Rowan’s Simon Connolly, Damon Ellis, Tyler Powers, Brandon Lemmon, A.J. Chambers, Thomas Fowler, Garland Archie and Will Robertson made the All-YVC wrestling team.
Chatham Central’s Shelton Sales was named YVC Wrestler of the Year.
North Rowan’s Tim Pittman was runner-up for coach of the year honors to Chatham Central’s Joe Little.
North Rowan’s Teaunna Cuthbertson and Tiffany Brown made the All-YVC girls basketball team.
Other team members are Albemarle’s Paige McConlogue and Akela Branch; Chatham Central’s Sienna Courie and Elizabeth Little; East Montgomery’s Brandy Rush and Delana Hinson; North Moore’s Coco Brower, Katelyn Sheffield and Tashonna Farmer; South Davidson’s Larsen Sigmon, Hunter Sigmon and Abbie Hedrick; South Stanly’s Allison Greene, and West Montgomery’s Latoya Cuthrell.
McConlogue was named YVC Player of the Year, with Brower runner-up.
North Moore’s Sammy McNeill was named YVC Coach of the Year.
North Rowan’s Jesse Pinkston, Mason Jennings and Dusty Agner and Gray Stone’s Richard Griffin, Alexander Bernal and Patrick Snyder were on the All-YVC boys swimming team. All-YVC girls swimmers included Gray Stone’s Brittany Allyn, Jessica Roy and Jordan Seabolt.
Raquetball champ
Salisbury’s Dave Hibbard took home two state titles in the North Carolina Racquetball Tournament held in Greenville over the weekend.
Hibbard captured the men’s Elite Division by beating Chengcheng Li of Greenville 8-15, 15-8, 11-6 (tiebreaker) in the final.
Hibbart also captured the men’s 45 Open Division by defeating Currituck’s Richard Sampson 15-10, 15-13 in the final.
7th-grade hoops
North Rowan’s girls rolled past Erwin 43-16 on Monday. The Mavericks (9-4) dominated the second half.
Special Washington led the winners with 21 points. Destiny Robinson scored all 10 of her points after halftime. Jordan Morrison added six points. Zykeria Tucker and Morrison led North’s rebounding.
Shenell Pharr led Erwin (10-3) with six points. Brittany Small added five points and nine rebounds. Shenique Pharr grabbed seven boards.
North Rowan’s boys (10-3) held off upset-minded Erwin and took a 47-44 victory. The Mavericks were led by Josh Handy and Bravon Goodlett with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Maddox McCloud and Xavier Partee added nine and eight, respectively.
Logan Shuping had 14 points for Erwin (3-10). Cody Meadows scored 13 points, and Austin Love had 10.
West Rowan’s boys beat Corriher-Lipe 33-25. Both teams were missing key players. Devon Morrison had 16, five blocks and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-3). Alejandro Roldan made five steals. von. Daniel Day scored five points. Dearius Phillips pulled down eight rebounds, and Joshua Lindsey grabbed seven.
Brandon Egnor scored 11 points for the Yellow Jackets.
China Grove’s boys beat Mooresville 54-35. Michael Morrison led the Red Devils with 21 points. Ryan Bearden added seven, with Colton Sims and Austin Corriher contributing five each.