Area sports briefs
From staff reports
Northwest Cabarrus baseball coach Joe Hubbard saw a familiar figure step into the battersís box on his TV screen on Sunday night, and a moment later that figure was rounding the bases after hitting a long home run.
Kyle Seager, a prospect ticketed for Double A ball, played with Seattleís major leaguers on Sunday and homered in the eighth inning off veteran Texas Rangers hurler Dave Bush to tie the game 4-4.
ěIt was just pretty cool watching that,î Hubbard said. ěWhen itís one of your guys, itís just a great feeling. I started calling everybody.î
Seager entered the game as a replacement for Chone Figgins.
The Mariners lost 5-4 in 10 innings.
Seager starred at Northwest, for the Kannapolis American Legion team and for UNC. He was a third-round draft pick by the Mariners and had a devastating season in the minors in 2010, with 14 homers and a .345 batting average.
The middle brother in the Seager family, Justin, homered for the Charlotte 49ers on Sunday.
The youngest Seager, Corey, a Northwest junior, didnít get a chance to homer on Friday night. Jay M. Robinson hurlers intentionally walked him four straight times. Heís committed to South Carolina, although many baseball analysts project him as a very high draft pick in 2012.
n Prep softball
South Rowan pounded Statesville 18-1 on Friday. South is tied for second in the NPC with a 2-1 record.
Winning pitcher Kirstie Corriher had an inside-the-park homer for the Raiders, and Katherine Starnes also homered inside the park.
Starnes, Kim Fesperman and Mackenzie Dabbs had two hits each, with Fesperman and Dabbs blasting triples.
Nicole Barringer, Kayla Corriher, Brenna Pruitt, and Caitlin Burdett added a hit apiece.
n Chelsea White struck out eight, walked one and allowed three hits as East Rowan stayed unbeaten in the NPC with a 3-1 win against North Iredell on Friday.
Sydney Poole went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk. Steffi Sides went 2-for-3.
White, Ericka Nesbitt and Kayla Kirk added one hit apiece.
East has a big game on Wednesday against undefeated South Stanly, one of the top teams in 1A.
n Carson fell to 2-2 in the league with a 6-5 loss to West Iredell on Friday.
n College lacrosse
Eric Benesch scored seven goals to lead Mars Hill past host Catawba 12-5 in Deep South Conference menís lacrosse action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium.
Catawba fell to 7-2, 3-1 in the DSC.
Michael Pecchia stopped 13 shots for Catawba (7-2, 3-1 DSC).
n Youth football
The High Rock Volleyball Serve-ivors (gotta love that name) are the 13U Gold regional champions.
Team members are Sarah Henry, Sara Boyd, Elena Turnbull, Rachel Gunsch, Lara Withers, Brittany Small, Morgan Hester, Leah Hart, Jordon Osborne and Ashton Rogers.
Selected for the all-region team were Osborne, Small,Turnbull and Hester.
n College football
Catawbaís annual Blue-White spring football game will be held Saturday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m.
n Middle school soccer
Knoxís boys split two games, beating China Grove 8-0 but losing to Mooresville 2-1.
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