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Area sports briefs

From staff reports
Catawba’s baseball team lost a tough struggle at Mount Olive 5-3 on Sunday.
Catawba scored twice in the third inning on Chris Dula’s RBI single and Garrett Furr’s RBI groundout.
Furr connected for a solo homer in the eighth.
John J. Tuttle (A.L. Brown) took the loss on the mound. Tuttle (6-2) allowed six hits and four runs in 62/3 innings.
Eleventh-ranked Catawba is 40-13, while second-ranked Mount Olive is 39-7.
Mount Olive, which won two of the three games in the weekend series, is expected to be the No. 1 seed for Southeast Regional Tournament that will be held on May 19-22.
Catawba also is expected to land a regional bid.
Liberty’s Keegan Linza (North Rowan) was the winning pitcher in a 5-1 victory against Le Moyne on Sunday.
Linza (7-3) pitched his fourth complete game of the season. He struck out seven and walked two.
Pro baseball
The Kannapolis Intimidators struck out 13 times in a frustrating 4-3 loss at Hickory on Sunday. Hickory’s Justin Grimm fanned 11 in seven innings.
Kannapolis’ Trayce Thompson and Juan Silverio were ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Dan Black and Drew Lee knocked in runs for the Intimidators.
Local golf
Jim Harris made a hole-in-one on the No. 15 hole at Irish Creek on Saturday.
Harris used a 6-iron to ace the 177-yard hole. Darrell Fullem, Dave Yandow and Barry Bagwell witnessed the feat.

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