Area sports briefs
From staff reports
Alan Cress, head pro at The Club at Irish Creek, made a hole-in-one on No. 15 earlier this week.
Cress used a 5-iron on the 188-yard hole. It was his third career ace. Witnesses were Jim Atkinson, Doug Sadosuk and Ken Sparks.
Jake Petricka pitched the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 5-2 win against Lexington on Thursday and a sweep of the SAL series.
In the independent American Association, pitcher Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) was traded by the Grand Prairie Air Hogs to the Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks.
Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) was the winning pitcher for New Britain in Thursday’s 10-9 victory against Portland. Steedley (2-1) walked four in 21/3 innings of relief, but he didn’t allow any hits or runs.
Wilmington’s Whit Merrifield (Davie) continued his onslaught against Carolina League pitching on Thursday. He went 2-for-3 in a 5-4 loss to Salem to bump his batting average to .327.
Due to prom conflicts on Saturday, Salisbury and West Rowan will play second-round home games tonight in the soccer playoffs. The Hornets play Piedmont, while the Falcons take on Marvin Ridge. Games start at 7 p.m.
Ravenscroft’s Carolina Lindquist was named Gatorade Girls Player of the Year for North Carolina. She’s a UNC signee.
The 3A State Meet is today at North Carolina A&T, starting at 10.
Admission is $6.
South Central is the defending girls champion, while Asheville is the defending champ in the boys ranks.
West Rowan, Rocky Mount, Fayetteville Byrd and Forestview won recent boys regional titles.
Top-seeded East Rowan plays second-seeded North Iredell for the NPC Tournament championship tonight at Carson at 6 p.m.
Middle school tennis
Knox edged Erwin 5-4. Singles winners for the Trojans were Abraham Post, David Derrick and Evan Dunn. Post-Dunn and Derrick-Robbie Slate won in doubles.
West Rowan Middle defeated China Grove 6-3, with Chase Webb, Juwan Everett and Andrew Timmerman winning in singles for the Bulldogs. Doubles winners for West were Matthew Long-Webb, Sam Kennedy-Everett and Timmerman-Chris Peele.
North Rowan finished a strong season with a loss to Southeast.
Middle school baseball
Corriher-Lipe beat North Rowan 10-0 in five innings in a regular-season finale.
Kameron McVay pitched a one-hitter and struck out 10. He went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
Eric Stowe and A-rod Kennerly also had two hits and two RBIs apiece for the Yellow Jackets.
Trey Holmes (East Rowan) had three hits for Appalachian State in a 6-5 loss to High Point on Thursday.
The 9th annual Bob Hundley Golf Tournament will be played at Corbin Hills on Saturday. North Rowan boosters put on the tournament. There will be a 2 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $45 per player.
Catawba softball camp
Catawba will have summer softball camps at Whitley Field on June 20-23 and July 18-21.
Camps are from 9 until noon and cost $100.
Contact Adrian Gantt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-213-2438 for information. Checks should be made to Catawba Softball Camp.
Catawba will have its last junior clinic session on Sunday, May 15.
Contact Jeff Childress at 704-637-4265 or email@example.com for information on clinics and Catawba summer camps.
Catawba is ranked fifth in the latest Southeast Regional poll.