By Mike London
Area athletes update …
Charlotteís Corbin Shive (East Rowan) had three hits and scored two runs in a 3-1 baseball victory against Rhode Island on Saturday.
Shive and Ross Steedley (East) drove in runs in a loss to Rhode Island on Sunday.
nCaleb Shore (South Rowan) went 1-for-4 in Belmont Abbeyís 15-0 win against Pfeiffer on Sunday. Shore is batting .318 with 14 RBIs and usually starts in right field.
Forrest Buchanan (Salisbury) has pitched in eight games for Belmont Abbey, five as a starter, and has a 1-1 record.
Freshman Taylor West (NW Cabarrus) is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA and has been one of the top hurlers for the Crusaders.
nAlex Britt (Salisbury) was the starting pitcher for Carson-Newman against Mars Hill on Sunday. The Eagles won 6-5. Britt didnít get a decision. He allowed five runs ó all unearned ó in 42/3 innings and struck out seven.
Britt is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in eight starts.
n Brevard freshman Zack Simpson (West Rowan) has been out with an elbow injury and will miss the rest of the college season.
Simpson was 1-1 in four starts before the injury and hopes to return to action with the Rowan County American Legion team this summer.
Will Collins (Salisbury) led Virginia golfers on Sunday when he shot an even-par 71 in the first round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Charleston, S.C.
Western Carolinaís Morgan Wyatt (Davie) hit a grand slam to spark an 8-7 win against Samford on Sunday.
Erin Foster (West) had a run-scoring double for the Catamounts.
Lees McRae freshman Evan Webb (East) finished fourth in the Wake Forest Invitational recently.
n Livingstoneís Bryan Aycoth (West) placed seventh in the javelin (161 feet, 3 inches) in Saturdayís Catamount Classic in Cullowhee.
USC Upstateís Ross Oden (East) competed in the Catamount Classic and was sixth in the 3200 (9:23.36).
Ryan Pless (East) had a great meet for host Western, winning the shot put (48-23/4), placing fourth in the hammer throw (156-6) and fifth in the discus (126-0).
Keith Leonard (East) competed unattached and won the pole vault in the Catamount Classic. He cleared 13-51/4. Westernís Wayne Parker (East) was second, clearing the same height but accumulating more misses.
Westernís Olivia Jacobs (South) won the womenís 3000 in the Catamount Classic (10:51.32) and was 10th in the 1500 (5:04.71).
Westernís Garrett West (NW Cabarrus) won the 3000 (9:06.92), while Chase Fisher (NWC) took second in the steeplechase.
n At the Weems Baskins Relays in Columbia, S.C., Charlotteís Makenzie Mullinax (South) placed fourth in the pole vault.
Charlotteís Jake Deaton (Mooresville) broke his own school record again in the discus with a strong effort of 180-7.
UNC Pembrokeís Diricka Mitchell placed 21st in the hammer throw in the Columbia meet.
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