Area sports briefs
From staff reports
North Rowan lost 5-3 to Albemarle in the seminals of the YVC tournament on Tuesday at West Montgomery.
Wesley Barker and Matt Mauldin had RBIs for the Cavaliers (19-6). Josh Price took the mound loss despite allowing only one earned run.
South Stanly fell 11-6 to North Moore in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Regular-season co-champs North Rowan and South Stanly now will meet in a seeding game today at 4:30 p.m. at West Montgomery.
The winner gets the league’s No. 1 seed for the state playoffs, while the loser drops to No. 3. The tournament champion earns the No. 2 seed. North Moore and Albemarle play for the tournament championship at 7 p.m.
No. 4 seed Salisbury is at home tonight against No. 5 Lexington at 7 p.m. in a first-round CCC tourney game.
The CCC semifinals will be played Friday at Salisbury. Regular-season champion West Davidson will take on the Salisbury-Lexington winner in the early game at 5:30 p.m., while No. 2 seed East Davidson battles the Central Davidson-Thomasville winner in the nightcap at approximately 8 p.m.
Gary Ferguson (6-0) pitched West Davidson to a 1-0 win against Central Davidson in the regular-season finale for both teams on Tuesday.
In the SPC, Robinson edged top-seeded Northwest Cabarrus 4-3 in eight innings on Wednesday and joins Mount Pleasant in the SPC championship game. That game is set for 7 p.m. at Northwest Cabarrus. The tournament champion claims with the league’s No. 2 seed for the state playoffs, while the loser settles for No. 4.
Northwest will be the league’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs, while Hickory Ridge is locked into the No. 3 spot.
At 4:30 p.m. today at Northwest, Cox Mill and Central Cabarrus will meet in a play-in game for the league’s No. 5 seed in the 3A playoffs. The teams split regular-season meetings and tied for fifth in the standings, so a play-in game is necessary.
In the CPC tournament at North Davidson, rain played havoc with the schedule on Tuesday, although No. 3 seed North Davidson did advance to the semis with a 3-2 triumph against No. 6 Reagan.
Davie is scheduled to play a semifinal game at 5 p.m. today against the winner of a weather- suspended R.J. Reynolds-Mount Tabor game.
The championship game is now scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.
North Hills won its final game of the season, rolling past Community School of Davidson 12-3.
Matt Ward led the offensive charge for the Eagles, going 4-4 with two runs and four RBIs.
Trent Gobble had two hits and three steals, while Blake Hickman scored three runs. Bryson Shepherd dominated on the mound with a complete game and eight strikeouts.
West Rowan capped a perfect NPC regular season with a 3-0 win against North Iredell on Tuesday.
Allison Baucom had three assists.
Allison Parker scored on a header off a throw-in for a 1-0 halftime lead.
Mariah Coleman received a passback from Baucom and drilled the ball into the left corner seven minutes into the second half. With 14 minutes left, Baucom crossed the ball from the right corner to Rachel Brown, who made a one-touch shot into the back of the net.
“I like the way we got after it defensively,” West coach Nick Brown said. “I thought Abbie Wilson did a great job in the middle winning most of the 50/50 balls and really set the tone. We had three different people score and it wasn’t any of our top three scorers.”
The Falcons (16-2, 12-0 NPC) open the playoffs next Wednesday at home against Mid-State No. 5 seed Eastern Alamance.
East Rowan (9-10, 6-6) closed the regular season with a 6-0 NPC victory against South Rowan on Senior Night in Granite Quarry.
Eight seniors were honored. Winning three games in three days, East finished fourth in the NPC and qualified for the 3A playoffs.
Seniors Armanda Lee, Rachel Hardy-Simpson, Abby Kepley and Bridge Boling scored goals on Senior Night. Other graduating seniors are Charli Brackman, Katy Bryant, Amber Boling and Courtney Bradway.
Amber Ritchie and Cydney Arey scored the other goals for East.
Carson (7-4 NPC) cruised to 14-0 and 15-0 wins against Statesville in a Tuesday doubleheader.
East Rowan beat South Stanly 7-4 on Wednesday in Norwood.
West Iredell and West Rowan meet for fourth place in the NPC on Friday in Mount Ulla, and a 3A state playoff berth will be the line.
West Rowan won 7-5 in the first meeting. West Iredell is 5-6 while West Rowan is 4-7, but the Falcons would win the head-to-head tiebreaker if they can finish a sweep of the Warriors on Senior Day.
Another possible scenario is a South Rowan upset of second-place North Iredell on South’s Senior Day game. That would lift South to 5-7.
South split with West Rowan but was swept by West Iredell, so West Rowan would still have the edge in the event that there’s a three-way tie for fourth.
West Rowan lost to Forestview 7-2 on Tuesday in the first round of the 3A dual team state playoffs.
East Rowan fell 6-3 to Freedom on Wednesday.
Middle school soccer
North Rowan topped Knox 3-1 behind a hat trick by Narciso Alvarez. Kevin Ortiz, Brian Reyes and Jesus Huerta had assists. Michael Brown scored for the Trojans.
West Rowan’s girls battled to a 1-1 tie with Erwin. Josie Heglar scored the goal for the Bulldogs (4-4-3). Other standouts for West included Addie Coleman, Kelly Boley, Taylor Quinn and Claudia Patterson.
West’s girls fell to Mooresville 2-0. Joanna Samano made nine saves.
Kelly Jankowski, Michaela Lemmon, Aleyris Martinez and Estafany Diaz were standouts for the Bulldogs.
West’s boys lost to Erwin 2-0.
Marco Mercado, Andrew Raynes and Pedro Nichols were defensive standouts for the Bulldogs (0-9-2).
West’s boys lost to Mooresville 3-0. Arturo Carillo had two shots, Raynes made 14 saves, and Nichols and Caleb Epps played well defensively.
Knox’s boys defeated Corriher-Lipe 3-1. Hector Salinas scored twice, and Felix Carillo had one goal.
Elbert Moulton, Kevin Chavez and Cristian Reyes had assists.
Middle school golf
Salisbury Academy won the CCISAA Conference Championship held on Wednesday at Warrior.
The Jaguars shot 158. Concordia shot 166 for second place. Sacred Heart was fifth at 187.
SA’s Isabella Rusher shot 36 and won medalist honors in a playoff with Burlington’s Luke Adams. Both players birdied the first playoff hole. Rusher won with a par on the second.
Following Rusher for the Jaguars were Grace Yatawara (37), Gabe Steinman (41), Coleman Bergsma (44) and Robbie Bergstone (59).
Scores for Sacred Heart included Michael Childress (41), Alex Antosek (47), Spencer Storey (48), Chris Queen (51), Joe Harrison (54) and Adam Habeeb (54).
Rusher, Yatawara, Steinman and Childress were named to the all-conference team.
Middle school tennis
Knox nipped North Rowan 5-4.
Winning for the Mavericks in singles were Mark Moore and Gabe Scheve.
Singles winners for Knox were Abraham Post, David Derrick, and Robbie Slate. Doubles winners were Post-Slate and Derrick-Evan Dunn.
Knox lost to Mooresville 5-4. Singles winners for Knox were Post, Derrick and Quson Brown.
The team of Post-Slate won in doubles.
Middle school baseball
West Rowan topped Mooresville 9-8 in eight innings on Tuesday for a season sweep.
Key hits by Omar Bautista, Hunter Bernhardt and Zach Shaver helped the Bulldogs erase a 6 – 0 deficit.
Juan Garcia struck out the side in the eighth for the Bulldogs (9-2) . West plays at home today against Southeast.
Corriher-Lipe rolled 11-1 against China Grove.
Burke Fulcher pitched a three-hitter and struck out six, and the Yellow Jackets played errorless defense.
Eric Stowe and Chandler Corriher had two hits each.
Corriher-Lipe sent 14 to the plate in a 10-run fourth.
The Rowan Hawks (13-5) beat Carolina International 12-2 on Tuesday.
Hunter Shepherd struck out seven and allowed three hits.
Austin Love led the offense for the Hawks with two hits.
The Hawks play a doubleheader against York Prep on Saturday.
The Kannapolis Intimidators return home tonight for a 7:05 p.m. game against Greenville. Tuesday’s rainout in Hickory will not be made up.
The McCanless Golf couples played nine holes with a Texas Scramble format. Winning was the team of Sharon Miller and Paul Hill Sr.
Gene and Mary Seaford finished second, while Cliff and Eileen Full took third. Closest to the pin winner was Juan Garcia. Longest putt winner was Paul Hill Jr.