Area briefs: Salisbury soccer hurting but winning

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From staff reports
An injured ankle didn’t stop Madison Kennedy from playing on Monday, and she contributed a goal and an assist to a 5-2 CCC win against Central Davidson.
“She didn’t want to let anyone down, and everyone knew she was going to play if she could walk,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “She’s just so competitive, but were able to get her out of there and rest her about the last 15 minutes or so.”
Fifth-ranked Salisbury (12-0-2, 7-0 needed Kennedy. It was a tough match. The Hornets trailed early 1-0 after the Spartans scored on a breakaway.
Kennedy scored on an assist by Karen Presnell to tie it, and Presnell finished on an assist by Marlee Murphy for a 2-1 halftime lead. Murphy’s shot may have found the net anyway, but Presnell made sure.
The Hornets scored three goals in the first 18 minutes of the second half to put the match away.
Presnell, Murphy and Jenna Bryan scored. Kennedy and Susannah Dixon had assists. Bryan’s goal came on a direct kick.
Central Davidson scored late for the 5-2 final.
“They scored first and last, but we were fortunate to get those five in the middle,” Parrish said.
Alee Johnson (ankle) saw her first action in four weeks, while Dixon (knee) also is less than 100 percent.
Salisbury plays Ledford, a team it tied early in the season, tonight.
“It’s a tough game, but it’s also non-conference, and we’ve got some tough decisions to make as we look at the big picture,” Parrish said. “All our girls are going to beg to play against Ledford, but our biggest consideration right now is trying to get everyone healthy.”
Prep baseball
A.L. Brown lost a 2-0 SPC game to Concord that lasted less than 90 minutes.
The Wonders managed five hits, while the Spiders had three.
“Unfortunately, one of theirs was a two-run homer out into the road,” Brown coach Empsy Thompson said.
Ryan Blackmon, Tyler Sides and Dylan May hit doubles for the Wonders.
May (ankle) was able to make his first start on the mound since March 18, and he shut the Spiders down for the most part.
“It was a solid game, a cleanly played and well-pitched game,” Thompson said. “We just couldn’t find any offense, and their kid on the mound (Patrick Jenkins) was very good tonight.”
The teams will meet again tonight at Veterans Field.
Carson is at home tonight in a key NPC matchup against West Iredell, while North Rowan (at West Montgomery) and Salisbury (at Central Davidson) have big road games.
East Davidson beat Glenn 2-0 on Monday.
Prep golf
East Rowan won an NPC match played at Lakewood on Monday.
East shot 156 to win by two strokes over Statesville.
Preston Rogers led East with a 37. Conner Lowman shot 38, Mason Preslar shot 39, and James Lohr carded a 42.
Carson shot 173, with Andrew Purcell’s 42 leading the Cougars.
James DeCoster’s 41 led West Rowan. The Falcons shot 176.
Josh Lowder’s 40 led South Rowan. The Raiders shot 179.
East trails Statesville by five strokes for the season going into Wednesday’s NPC tournament.
The Rowan County Tournament will be contested today at 1 p.m. at McCanless, with Salisbury the obvious favorite.
Local golf
Seventy-nine GARS members played with a Texas Scramble format at Warrior on Monday.
Low ‘A’ players with a net of 59.85 were David Adams and O.J. Chandler.
Low ‘B’ player with a net of 60.09 was Butch Grambow.
Low ‘C’ player with a net of 55.61 was Bennie Rainwater.
Low ‘D’ player with a net of 55.66 was Harold Caudill.
J.C. Hilton, 85, had a fine round, shooting a net of 78.
College baseball
Catawba’s Garrett Furr was named SAC Player of the Week.
He batted .533 and hit two grand slams.
Pro baseball
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost 6-1 to the Hickory Crawdads on Monday. It was Hickory’s third straight win in the series.
Kannapolis starts a five-game series with West Virginia tonight at home.
Kannapolis hurler Jake Petricka was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.
He was 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00 in two starts.
Middle school soccer
North Rowan’s boys edged rival Knox 2-1.
Tanisha Archie scored in open play, while Chenoa’ Taffa converted from the penalty spot.
Middle school baseball
West Rowan beat Erwin 2-1 in an emotional, 15-inning marathon.
Omar Bautista and Juan Garcia pitched for the Bulldogs.
Bautista’s double scored Margarito Romero with the winning run.
The Bulldogs (7-2) return to action on May 2 against Mooresville.