Area sports briefs
From staff reports
South Rowan’s varsity baseball team is home against Carson in a key NPC matchup tonight.
South (5-2) has jumped out 3-0 in the NPC. Carson (5-4) is 3-1 in the league. The Cougars got off to a slow start, but they’ve won their last three.
The teams split last season, and the all-time series is tied at 3-3.
Catcher Joseph Basinger (.500, two homers, 13 RBIs), shortstop Gunnar Hogan (.368, 11 runs, six RBIs), first baseman Kyle Bridges (.364, nine runs), second baseman Kyle Youngo (.333, nine runs) and third baseman Josh Martin (.333, eight RBIs) have been the top hitters for the Cougars.
South has been led at the plate by first baseman/pitcher Preston Penninger (.467, two homers, 10 RBIs), center fielder Tyler Kowalczyk (.450, nine runs, six steals), catcher Eric Tyler (.381, seven runs) and shortstop Dylan Goodman (.304, 10 runs).
In North Rowan’s 10-7 loss to West Montgomery on Friday, Alex Morgan had three hits and two RBIs, and Wes Barker scored three runs. Morgan is batting .706 with 11 RBIs.
Ross Oden (East Rowan) placed 10th in the 1000 meters in the Shamrock Invitational at Myrtle Beach, S.C., as USC Upstate got its outdoor track season under way. Oden was timed in 33:40.39, a personal best.
In the Charlotte 49er Classic, Charlotte’s Makenzie Mullinax (South Rowan) tied for seventh in the women’s pole vault, and Western Carolina’s Wayne Parker (East) tied for fifth in the men’s pole vault.
Western’s Ryan Pless (East) placed 18th in the discus, while Western’s Olivia Jacobs (South) was 30th in the 5000 meters.
Catawba’s softball team split with Mount Olive on Sunday at Whitley Field, losing the opener 4-0 before taking a 4-0 win of its own.
Emily Huneycutt (8-6) pitched the shutout in the nightcap for Catawba (17-13), allowing only three hits. Alli Justice (double, RBI squeeze bunt) and Tara Gibbs (three RBIs) led the offense in the second game.
Top-ranked Mount Olive used an eight-run fifth to beat Pfeiffer 15-7 on Sunday and sweep a weekend series. Kevin Price drove in three runs for the Falcons (13-18, 6-6).
Ross Steedley (East Rowan) had two RBIs, and Justin Roland (East) went 1-for-3 with a sac fly as Charlotte beat Harvard 7-2 on Sunday.
Virginia’s Will Collins (Salisbury) shot 73-72-76 — 221 and helped the Cavaliers finish third at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.