Area briefs: Catawba pitcher honored
From staff reports
Catawba sophomore Nick Lomascolo was named SAC Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday.
Lomascolo is 8-1 with a 2.45 ERA.
Catawba third baseman Chris Dula was named SAC Freshman of the Year. Dula is batting .387 average with 53 RBIs and 18 doubles.
Catawba’s Jim Gantt was named SAC Coach of the Year.
Catawba senior reliever Wil Huneycutt (eight saves) was named the SAC Baseball Scholar Athlete.
Lomascolo, Dula, Huneycutt, junior pitcher J.J. Jankowski (7-1) and DH Garrett Furr (nine homers, 46 RBIs) made the All-SAC first team.
Wingate outfielder Dodson McPherson was named SAC Player of the Year. He leads the league with 15 home runs and 72 RBIs.
Catawba senior catcher Josh Hohn, junior first baseman Austin Moyer, freshman second baseman Julio Zubillaga (Carson), junior shortstop Brett Underwood and junior outfielder Ryan Bostian (South Rowan) made the SAC Gold Glove team.
Livingstone’s Bryan Aycoth (West Rowan) had a personal best in the javelin and once again broke the school record with a throw of 191 feet, 8 inches. The provisional qualifying standard for the national championships is 193-7.
Aycoth finished fourth behind three D-I competitors in a weekend meet at High Point.
LC’s Tim Handy (Salisbury) finished second in the 400 (48.42 seconds). Provisional qualifying time for the national championships is 48.0.
Livingstone’s Ahmad Garrison was fourth in the shot put (46-03/4).
Livingstone track and field and golf will compete in the CIAA Spring Sports Championships on April 20-23 in Petersburg, Va.
Catawba senior outfielder Khourtni Hester (10 homers, 34 RBIs) and freshman utility player Kayla Myers (eight homers, .382) were named to the All-SAC first team.
Freshman pitcher Emily Huneycutt (16-8, 2.03 ERA), junior first baseman Alli Justice (six homers, 32 RBIs) and senior outfielder Carly Sabat (.395) were second-team picks.
Catawba attack Braden Artem (MVP), goalie Michael Pecchia, middie Casey Chinn and attack John Scheich were named to the All-Deep South Conference Tournament team.
East Rowan won 4-2 at second-place North Iredell on Tuesday to secure its fourth straight NPC championship.
Ericka Nesbitt went 3-for-4 and had the game-winning hit for the Mustangs (14-1, 9-0).
Sydney Poole and Meagan Kluttz had two hits apiece. Chelsea White went the distance on the mound and didn’t walk a batter.
North Rowan beat West Montgomery 6-5 in YVC action.
Samantha Jacobs struck out 14 batters for the Cavaliers (9-4, 8-3).
Taylor Sells went 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and three RBIs.
Emily Gobble was 2-for-3 with a double. Gobble and Jacobs had RBIs.
Also getting hits for the Cavaliers were Kristi Harmon, Jennifer Oakley, Chasity Young, Artice Feamster and Bri Mock.
Carson battered West Iredell 17-7 to take over third place in the NPC.
Salisbury won the final CCC match at Warrior on Monday, shooting 145 to top second-place West Davidson by five strokes.
The Hornets held a commanding lead in the season race, shooting 874. West Davidson was second at 992, and Central Davidson third at 995.
Individually, Clark Alcorn shot 34 to lead the Hornets. Roy Dixon, Troy Beaver and Alex Nianouris shot 37s, while Eric Edwards and Alex Lee carded 38s.
Dixon was the season leader.
Salisbury beat Ledford 2-1 in non-conference soccer on Tuesday. The Hornets trailed 1-0 at halftime.
“We don’t want it to become our mantra, but it looks like we’re becoming a second-half team,” SHS coach Matt Parrish said.
Salisbury (13-0-2) tied it early in the second half when Kate Grant took a hard foul, and Whitney Brown converted the penalty kick.
Karen Presnell scored the winning goal — her 30th of the season — when the Hornets executed perfectly on a corner and she headed the ball in.
The Hornets rested Madison Kennedy. Alee Johnson and Susannah Dixon, who have been injured, were able to play.
“We avenged a tie we had early in the year with them, but Ledford was a handful,” Parrish said. “We’ll take it. We played without one of our best players, we made adjustments and we won.”
Parrish praised Ledford’s diminutive goalkeeper Katie Patterson.
“She was outstanding,” he said. “One of the two or three best we’ve played against this year.”
East Rowan clinched its second straight NPC title Tuesday with a 14-3 rout at North Iredell. Justin Morris and Andy Austin each had three hits in the win.
The Mustangs (14-4, 10-1) earned the league title with their win coupled with West Iredell’s loss to Carson.
Eight of East’s starting nine had a hit and each starter scored a run. Luke Thomas hit his first home run of the season.
South Rowan beat Statesville 13-1 in five innings on Tuesday. Tyler Corriher pitched a complete game and belted a triple.
Jacob Dietz, Tyler Kowalczyk and Cory Deason had two RBIs apiece, and Dylan Goodman scored three runs.
Matt Laurens and Tyler Blume pitched North Rowan to an 11-2 YVC win against West Montgomery on Tuesday.
Alex Morgan was walked four straight times, but the Cavaliers hit the ball well as a team.
Davie County demolished West Wilkes 10-0 on Tuesday.
In the first inning, Ryan Foster hit a grand slam and Corey Randall whacked a two-run homer.
Jacob Barber and Carson Herndon contributed doubles to Davie’s power outburst.
Joe Watson pitched three innings for the War Eagles (15-2, 7-1).
A.L. Brown beat Concord 6-2 in SPC baseball on Tuesday.
Dylan May hit a three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie, and Ryan Blackmon also homered for the Wonders. Brown broke a long drought and won for only the third time this season.
May, Caleb Jackson and Blackmon had two hits each.
Corey Smith homered for Concord.
n Prep tennis
Salisbury edged Ledford 5-4 in non-conference tennis.
Results are in Scoreboard.
The NPC track meet will be held today at East Rowan. Field events begin at 1 p.m. The 4×800 relay starts at 1:30. All other running events will be at 2.
East Rowan and West Rowan are expected to battle for the boys championship, with East and Carson among the contenders for the girls title.
The Kannapolis Intimidators beat the West Virginia Power 11-7.
Trayce Thompson had four hits, including two homers, and scored four runs.
Ross Wilson also had four hits for the Intimidators.
Winston-Salem’s Daniel Wagner had a double on Tuesday against Myrtle Beach and is batting .256.
Middle school golf
The Rowan County Middle School Golf Championship was played at The Club at Irish Creek on Monday.
Erwin won the team championship with a 180. West Rowan shot 181, China Grove shot 182, and Southeast finished at 205.
China Grove’s Davis Richards was medalist with a 2-over 37.
Richards, Bobby Bauer (China Grove), Logan Shuping (Erwin), Ike Emerson (Erwin), Mason Basinger (Erwin), Jacob Durham (Erwin), Coyte Kyles (West), Denny Trish (West), Marshall Ball (West) and Brandon Lottes (West) were named to the All-County Middle School team.
In the girls division, Erwin’s Kathryn Marcum was the medalist with a score of 51. Marcum and Samantha Liddle (Southeast) were named to the girls All-County Middle School team.
Middle school soccer
Knox’s boys topped North Rowan 3-0. Michael Brown and Hector Salinas scored for the Trojans, and there was one own goal.
Also playing well for Knox were Josh Lynch, Arturo Ramirez, Diego Beltran, Ben Pearson, Matt Wooly and Semir Salcinovic.
Middle school tennis
China Grove defeated West Rowan Middle 7-2. Winning in single matches for Chine Grove were Andrew Pope, Dillon Lookabill, Cody Boulware and Damien Seagraves.
Winning in singles for the Bulldogs were Alexis Archie and Noah Peele.
Middle school baseball
Southeast beat Corriher-Lipe 8-7.
Brandon Newton had three doubles and three RBIs for the Patriots, and Chris Peacock also had three RBIs.
Matt Saul (3-0) was the winning pitcher.