Area sports briefs: Salisbury soccer wins
Four Salisbury Hornet soccer players scored their first varsity goals in a 9-0 CCC win over Thomasville on Monday.
Madeline Labovitz, who had three goals, Meredith Hovis, who had two, Allie Murphy and Katie Washington all found the net for the first time for Salisbury (5-4-1, 2-2 CCC).
Whitney Brown and Adna Music also scored. Brown, Washington and Kate Grant had assists. Doreen Richardson, playing her first game as goalkeeper, made a save on a penalty kick.
West soccer rolls
West Rowan’s girls soccer team beat West Iredell 5-2 on Monday to stay unbeaten in the NPC.
The Falcons (9-2-1, 6-0) couldn’t convert opportunities early, but took control 30 minutes in, when Allison Baucom produced a hat trick in six minutes. She scored on her rebound of her own shot, converted a pass from Rachel Brown, and scored on assist by Toni Lucente.
The match changed after halftime. The Warriors (6-4, 3-3) got goals from Camila Piedrahita and Amber Holt to get within 3-2. But the Falcons finally put away the Warriors with two goals off corner kicks by Mariah Coleman. Lucente and Rebecca Parker converted.
Coleman’s sister, senior Janna, turned in an excellent effort on the back line.
“I thought we played really well outside of giving up two goals,” WR coach Nick Brown said. “West Iredell showed why they are usually a playoff team and also that they can score quickly. Our response to giving up two goals was first-class.”
The Falcons travel to second-place Statesville on Tuesday. Statesville’s only league loss was a 1-0 setback against the Falcons on March 12.
East Rowan banged out 16 hits but managed just four runs in a 10-4 loss to Davie County on Monday. Bobbi Thomas had three hits and two RBIs for the Mustangs.
East (7-4) fell 17-0 to Alexander Central on Saturday.
Salisbury beat Central Davidson 8-1 as Michael Ogden, Alan Lebowitz, Abraham Post, Brock Overcash and Clint Comadoll all won singles matches. The doubles teams of Ogden-Overcash, Lebowitz-Post and Comadoll-Chris Derrick won for the Hornets, who remained unbeaten in the CCC.
Carson (8-2 NPC) topped South Rowan 7-2 in NPC action on Monday. Hayden Faulkenberry, Garrett Thomas, Phillip Wirz, Jonathan Martin, Matthew Martin and Casey Lucas swept singles for the Cougars. Faulkenberry-Lucas won in doubles.
North Hills rallied to beat Statesville Christian 11-10 in eight innings on Monday.
Leonard Murdock went 4-for-4 with two triples and four stolen bases. Zach Byerly had two hits and three RBIs to help the Eagles (2-2) rally in the seventh. Grayson Whicker went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Carson Mann got the win.
North Hills defeated Hickory Christian 7-6 on Friday as Murdock went 3-for-4. Byerly picked up the win in relief.
There are two big NPC games on tap tonight with East Rowan (4-2) making the trip to West Iredell (5-2), and South Rowan (4-3) playing at home against West Rowan (5-2).
East beat West Iredell 7-2 in Granite Quarry but likely will face WI ace Sean Grant for the first time this season tonight. South lost 10-0 to West Rowan in Mount Ulla.
The South-West game could include a Matt Miller vs. Matt Miller pitching matchup.
All four teams are contending for the NPC championship and also are trying to lock up one of the four playoff berths that the league will get. Carson, idle tonight, is 3-4 in the league.
In the YVC, North Rowan is home against South Davidson.
In the CCC, Salisbury plays at home against Lexington.
In the SPC, A.L. Brown is at Hickory Ridge.
East Rowan shot 148 and won the NPC match played at Warrior on Monday. Kyle Venrick shot 34 to lead the Mustangs. Other scorers were Conner Lowman (35), Jared Hough (38) and James Lohr (42).
South finished third at 162. Freshman Davis Richards was medalist with a 33. Other scorers were Evan Neas (40), Hunter Chapman (44) and Josh Pope (45).
West Rowan and Carson tied for fourth at 163.
West scorers were Jake Kennedy (37), Chris Hassard (41), Coyte Kyles (42) and Denny Triche (43).
Carson scorers were Andrew Purcell (40), Christian Shuping (40), Matt Yates (41) and Rob Sawyer (42).
Middle school baseball
Southeast (2-3) used a six-run seventh inning to beat North Rowan 9-4 on Monday.
John Yang led the Patriots (2-3) with two hits. Joey Ward had three RBIs, Brandon Newton banged a double and knocked in two runs and Pearce Wilhelm had two RBIs. North (1-4) struck out eight times against winning pitcher Tanner Christy.
Appalachian State has re-entered college baseball’s national rankings at No. 30 in this week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. With last week’s 4-0 showing, Appalachian moved to 22-5 on the season.
Kevin Lentz and Shane Benfield won the championship flight of a two-man tournament at Corbin Hills with a score of 134, beating out Lee Frick and Jason Bernhardt by a shot.
Other team winners:
First Flight: Corey Basinger-Blake Wray (138)
Runnerup: Derek Lipe-Ty Roten (141)
Second Flight: Randy Bingham-Stan Honeycutt (143)
Runnerup: Brian Jones-Greg Hill (144)Third Flight: Bob Whitley-Jerry Allman (148)
Runnerup: David Dorsett-Steve House (149)Fourth Flight: Bryan Moore-Jeff Shirley (151)*card playoff
Runnerup: Brian Collins-Tim Collins (151)Fifth Flight: Danny Crosby-Don Bishop (155)
Runnerup: David Johnston-Terry Mulkey (159)
Catawba’s Dana Hicks and Pfeiffer’s Brittany Cox were named to the North Carolina All-State College Division women’s basketball team.
The 2012 edition of the Intimidators has arrived in Kannapolis. Prospects include outfielder Keenyn Walker, the top draft pick of the Sox in 2011. The rotation is expected to include Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Blair Walters, who went 9-0 at Great Falls, Mont., last season.