Briefs: Agner pitches shutout for North
From staff reports
North Rowan’s baseball team won 6-0 in Biscoe against East Montgomery on Tuesday night.
Dusty Agner pitched a three-hitter and struck out five batters.
Matt Mauldin scored three runs for the Cavaliers. Tyler Wyatt had two hits.
Northwest Cabarrus moved into a tie for first place in the SPC (4-1) with Robinson by beating the Bulldogs 2-1 in eight innings on Tuesday.
NWC coach Joe Hubbard said the pitching matchup of NWC’s Weston Smith and Robinson’s Clemson commitment Brody Koerner lived up to the hype. Smith pitched five great innings, and the Trojans prevailed when Corey Seager belted a homer in the eighth. Seager, a junior South Carolina commitment, emerged from a slump with a 3-for-3 effort.
A.L. Brown fell 8-5 to Cox Mill to slip to 1-4 in the SPC. Zach Jones pitched six innings for the Wonders. Quin Gill had a nice game at the plate for Brown, whacking two doubles and driving in two runs.
Brown was out-hit 11-7, and plays surging Carson in an afternoon game today in China Grove. Brown coach Empsy Thompson missed the game due to an illness in his family.
North Davidson beat Davie 5-3 as the top two teams in the CPC squared off.
Ryan Foster led the War Eagles. He went 2-for-3 and drove in a run.
The War Eagles are optimistic shortstop Carson Herndon will only miss two weeks with his wrist injury.
North Hills used a six-run second inning to beat Davidson Day 6-4 on Monday.
Trent Gobble pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs. Drew Kelly came in to get the save.
Bryson Shepherd knocked in three runs for the Eagles (2-1). Matt Ward homered and knocked in two.
Tyler Lequire went 3-for-3 to lead East Davidson to an 11-10 win against Trinity on Tuesday.
East Rowan’s softball team scored six runs in the second inning and cruised to a 12-0 NPC victory against West Rowan in Mount Ulla on Tuesday.
The Mustangs (4-1, 2-0) were led by senior shortstop Ericka Nesbitt and senior pitcher Chelsea White.
Nesbitt, a Campbell signee, reached base in five straight plate appearances and scored all five times.
“It seemed like every time I looked up Ericka and Kayla Kirk were on base, and that gave us a chance to do some things with our speed,” East coach Mike Waddell said.
White, headed to Elon, pitched a two-hitter, walked none, hit one and struck out 13.
Brandy Lloyd and Spencer Nance had the hits for the Falcons.
East lost 1-0 to Central Davidson in a recent non-conference game when the Spartans scored on a squeeze bunt.
“We’ve got a few girls who aren’t hitting yet, but we’ve also got a lot of girls doing some good things,” Waddell said. “We’re being tested by some very good teams, and we’ve got some more scheduled. We want to be prepared for the playoffs.”
The Mustangs take on one of their chief challengers in the NPC — North Iredell — in Granite Quarry on Friday afternoon.
North Rowan’s softball team beat East Montgomery 8-6 in Spencer on Friday. North is 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the YVC. The Cavaliers’ only loss was to East Rowan.
Taylor Sells pitched 52/3 innings, struck out seven, walked just one and pitched around some errors behind her.
Samantha Jacobs got the final out in the sixth and struck out two of the three hitters she faced in the seventh for the save.
Sells went 3-for-3 with a home run and drove in four runs.
Other standouts for the Cavs were Lindsey Hinson (3-for-4) and Chasity Young (2-for-3). Jacobs, Kristin Harmon, Jennifer Oakley and Brianna Mock added a hit apiece.
The Cavaliers continue YVC play this afternoon vs. Chatham Central.
South Rowan lost 9-0 to Statesville in an NPC match on Monday.
North Rowan’s jayvee baseball team defeated East Montgomery 8-5 on Tuesday at North.
John Hartley pitched a five-hitter and struck out 10.
Hartley also had two hits and stole three bases.
Austin Gelow and Matt Tucker contributed two hits apiece.
North (3-1 YVC) stole 13 bases.
Sacred Heart Dolphins
Sacred Heart will host its annual track meet at Salisbury High on Saturday April 2.
The Run with the Dolphin Track Meet features athletes in grades 1-8, competing in 14 events.
Along with the traditional individual and relay running events, Sacred Heart includes field events such as the standing broad jump, long jump and triple jump along with the softball throw and the always entertaining team tug of war.
Salisbury Academy and Community School of Davidson will be joining the host school.
Contact AD Katie Meseroll at 704-633-2841 for information on the event.
Sacred Heart’s young tennis team dropped its opening match 5-4 to Forsyth Country Day.
Walker Latimer, Justin Boyd and Max Fisher won their singles matches for the Dolphins. James Boyd and Latimer won in doubles.
Wachovia Cup standings
The NCHSAA’s Wachovia Cup award continues to recognize the schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
Wachovia has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.
Albemarle leads the competition in the 1A YVC after the winter season.
North Rowan is a strong second after taking wrestling and boys basketball titles and finishing second in boys swimming. Gray Stone is third. n In the 2A CCC, Salisbury boosted its lead with league titles in girls and boys basketball and a second place in girls swimming. Central Davidson is in second place.
In the 3A NPC, East Rowan is on top, with West Rowan in second place.
Carson stands fourth, and South Rowan is sixth.
In the 3A SPC, Robinson and Concord hold down the top two spots. A.L. Brown is sixth, while Northwest Cabarrus is seventh.
In the 4A CPC, Reagan leads the standings. Mount Tabor is second, while Davis is third.
Middle school soccer
North Rowan’s boys soccer team opened conference play with a 2-0 win against West Rowan.
Scoring for the Mavericks were Arnold Lezama from open play and Kevin Ortiz with a beautiful, curling corner kick.
The shutout was mainly due to excellent defending and strong goalkeeping by Dylan Auten.
Erwin’s girls soccer team opened league play with a 3-2 win against Corriher-Lipe.
Erwin took a 2-0 lead at halftime on a perfect free kick hit by Kelby Porter and a well converted corner from Kaleigh Troutman.
After Corriher-Lipe fought back to a 2-2 tie, Troutman scored the winning goal for the Eagles, rounding two defenders to finish from 20 yards.
Another leader for Erwin was Hannah Jones, who had four interceptions and three steals.
Troutman earned player of the game honors.
Middle school tennis
North Rowan experienced some first-match jitters and fell to West Rowan 8-1 to open conference play.
The doubles team of Luke Miller-Gabriel Scheve won for the Mavericks.
Middle school golf
China Grove’s boys defeated Erwin 185-194 at McCanless Golf Club.
Davis Richards led the Red Devils with a 40, while Aaron Rousey shot a 45. Brennan Lambert (48) and Chris Martin (52) rounded out the top four for the winners.
Logan Shuping of Erwin was medalist with a 38.
Others in Erwin’s top four were Jimmy Ritchie (50), Ike Emerson (53) and Ben Rollins (53).
Erwin’s girls had a score of 219 with Kayce Wilson leading the way with a 53. Kathryn Marcum (54), Macey Trexler (55) and Taylor Garris (57) were others in the top four for the Eagles.
Catawba’s Matthew Nicholson was named SAC men’s tennis player of the week. Nicholson, a freshman from Zimbabwe, went undefeated in four singles and four doubles matches.
Four Tusculum pitchers combined on a no-hitter in a 24-1 win against Lane on Tuesday.
Pfeiffer fell 7-5 to Belmont Abbey on Tuesday.