Area sports briefs
From staff reports
Catawbaís baseball team has battled its way into the finals of the SAC tournament being played at Forest Cityís McNair Field.
The Indians will face Wingate, which is still unbeaten in the double-elimination event, today at 1 p.m.
Catawba would have to win two more games today to win the title, and the pitching staff is getting thin.
Catawba beat Lincoln Memorial 6-5 in an evening elimination game after a rain delay.
Josh Hohn had three hits, and Ryan Bostian had two hits, including a triple.
John Tuttle pitched six innings, allowing 10 hits and three runs while striking out nine.
Nathan Furr pitched two scoreless frames for the win. Wil Huneycutt worked the ninth for his ninth save.
n Catawba beat Newberry 5-0 late Saturday night.
Catawba took advantage of defensive lapses to push across all five runs in the ninth inning, and the Indians got an extraordinary pitching effort from Austin Moyer.
Moyer threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts.
Bostian, Chris Dula and Blake Houston had two hits each, and Houston provided the gameís only RBI.
Regular-season champ Catawba should be in the regional tournament win or lose today, but the tournament winner gets the leagueís only automatic berth.
n College softball
Catawbaís softball team is in the same position as the baseball squad.
Catawba qualified for todayís championship game in Jefferson City, Tenn., but will have to beat Lenoir-Rhyne twice to win the title.
Catawba lost to L-R 2-1 on Friday despite a strong pitching effort by Emily Huneycutt. Carly Sabat scored Catawbaís run.
n Catawba stayed alive by beating Carson-Newman 4-3. Amanda Terry went 2-for-2, Tara Gibbs knocked in two runs, and Huneycutt pitched a five-hitter.
n Prep baseball
Sixth-ranked East Rowan, Carson, South Rowan and West Rowan will be in action in a baseball tournament next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the F&M Bank Classic at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.
The format is Rowan vs. Cabarrus. Second-ranked Northwest, Mount Pleasant, Robinson and A.L. Brown will represent Cabarrus.
Wednesday, April 27
NW Cabarrus vs. South Rowan
East Rowan vs. Mt. Pleasant
Robinson vs. West Rowan
A.L. Brown vs. Carson
Thursday, April 28
Robinson vs. East Rowan
NW Cabarrus vs. Carson
A.L. Brown vs. West Rowan
Mount Pleasant vs. South Rowan
Friday, April 29
West Rowan vs. Mt. Pleasant
Carson vs. Robinson
A.L. Brown vs. South Rowan
NW Cabarrus vs. East Rowan
n Prep softball
North Davidson coach Mike Lambros won his 700th game earlier this week.
The Black Knights who have won 49 in a row are scheduled to play East Rowan today at 5 p.m. in the Alexander Central Jamboree.
n Pro baseball
The Kannapolis Intimidators were rained out on Friday. Kannapolis plays a doubleheader against West Virginia tonight. First pitch is at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5:30.
n Wade Moore (West Rowan, Catawba) had two hits, two walks and three RBIs as Hagerstown embarrassed Hickory 17-1 in a South Atlantic League game on Friday.
Hagerstown teenager Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 and knocked in six runs.
n Middle school baseball
Southeast got a complete-game pitching effort from Brandon Newton and beat Knox 3-0 on Thursday.
Chris Hill was the leading hitter for the Patriots (7-3).
n Middle school tennis
Knox was defeated by Southeast 6-3. Abraham Post and David Derrick won singles matches for the Trojans, while Post-Robbie Slate won in doubles.
n Basketball tournament
There will be one-day menís basketball tournament at the Dunbar Center in East Spencer on April 30.
The single-elimination event will have a $60 entry fee.
Contact Greg Sims at 704-267-6175 or Greg Tinsley at 704-267-103 ot firstname.lastname@example.org.
n Youth basketball
The Centralina Crossover program will host a tournament in Charlotte on April 29-May 1.
Register by calling 704-881-0472 or go to piedmontpal.org.