Area sports briefs: Catawba baseball rallies
From staff reports
Ethan Satterfield’s chopper down the third-base line scored Brett Underwood with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, and Catawba’s baseball team rallied for a 4-3 win against Barton on Wednesday at Newman Park.
Catawba (30-8) trailed 3-2 entering the ninth.
Catawba tied the score when Ryan Bostian (South Rowan) hit a sac fly that scored pinch-runner Justin Morris (East Rowan).
J.J. Jankowski (9-0) was the winner in relief. He pitched the ninth, tuning up for this weekend’s massive SAC series at Tusculum. Julio Zubillaga (Carson) scored the Indians’ first run on a hit by Cameron Beard, and Craig Brooks homered for the second run.
John J. Tuttle (A.L. Brown) started. Nate King entered in the fourth and his solid work gave the Indians a chance to win.n Pfeiffer lost to Wingate 9-3 at Ferebee Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Jacob Karr’s grand slam keyed the win for the Bulldogs (26-16).
Elon freshman Chelsea White (East Rowan) made her college debut on Wednesday in a 5-0 loss against Charlotte.
White, who is coming back from a torn ACL, pitched a scoreless seventh inning. She walked one, struck out two and got the other out on a groundball.
Catawba’s football program had another recruiting coup recently when it was able to sign South Iredell back Cam Mattox.
Coach Chip Hester explained that Division I recruiters moved on to other prospects when Mattox didn’t have his standardized test scores taken care of early, but he turned in a solid ACT score recently and accepted an offer from the Indians.
As a senior, Mattox rushed for 2,055 yards, scored 33 touchdowns and led South Iredell to the third round of the 2A playoffs.
Mattox was the first South Iredell back to rush for 2,000 yards since 1991.
North Rowan’s Alex Morgan will continue his baseball career at Methodist. He’ll join teammate Mason Jennings.
The versatile Morgan has caught and played the infield and outfield this season. As a junior, Morgan batted .408 with 36 RBIs in 2011.
A story on Morgan is upcoming.
North Hills defeated Victory Christian 13-3 on Tuesday.
Matt Ward went the distance on the mound and struck out 10.
Leonard Murdock went 3-for- 4 with four steals. Wes Fazia added three RBIs as the Eagles improved to 3-2 in the league.
The biggest game on the baseball slate tonight is the NPC showdown at Staton Field between East Rowan and West Rowan.
West (6-2) is in first place by a half-game over the Mustangs (5-2). The Falcons won the meeting in Mount Ulla 9-8 after rallying from an 8-1 deficit.
Bradley Robbins is certain to pitch for East tonight. West could go with either lefty Justin Evans or right-hander Michael Ball.
In other NPC contests, South has a virtual must-win at North Iredell, and is expected to send Dillon Parker to the mound.
Carson plays at last-place Statesville.
In the YVC, North Rowan has a key home game against East Montgomery.
In the CCC, Salisbury will try to finish off a season sweep of Lexington after beating the Yellow Jackets 12-6 on Tuesday.
In the SPC Hickory Ridge is at A.L. Brown, while Northwest Cabarrus is at Central Cabarrus.
East Davidson’s Avery Bowles raised his record to 6-0 by beating Central Davidson 6-1 on Wednesday.
Preston Gammons went 2-for-2, and Josh Craven homered and knocked in three for the Golden Eagles (5-1 CCC), who split the season series with Central (2-3) after an upset loss on Tuesday.
East Rowan’s softball team lost 2-1 at West Iredell on Tuesday, putting North Iredell (7-0 in the league) in the driver’s seat for the conference championship.
East has won the NPC the past four seasons, while West Rowan won it six straight seasons (2002-07) prior to the Mustangs’ run.
At 6-2 in the NPC, East is a lock to make it to the state playoffs, but the league’s remaining two playoff berths are up for grabs among West Iredell (4-4), West Rowan (4-4), Carson (3-4) and South Rowan (3-5).
West Iredell took a giant step toward the playoffs by beating the Mustangs on Tuesday.
West Rowan also won a significant game Tuesday, splitting its season series with South with a 9-6 victory.
Marissa Yow hit a big homer for the Falcons. Kristine South was the winning pitcher. Hunter Gibbons, Catherine Whitley, Sarah Perrine and Kaylee Anglin had two hits each.
South has split with West Iredell and West Rowan.
Carson has lost twice to East and once to West Rowan, but it owns victories against West Iredell and South and still could sweep those rivals.
North Rowan romped to an 18-1 YVC win against South Davidson in a five-inning game played in Denton on Tuesday.
Samantha Jacobs pitched a one-hitter and fanned 13.
Taylor Sells went 5-for-5 and pounded three doubles. Lindsey Hinson was 3-for-3. Anna Lingle had two doubles. Jacobs and Emily Gobble had two hits each.
North is at East Montgomery today.
Carson’s game with West Davidson on Wednesday was rained out.
The Kannapolis Intimidators open another season tonight at 7:05 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads will provide the opposition.
In Ladies Golf at Corbin Hills, Phyllis Durand won low gross, with Beth Calhoun second and Kristi Laton third.
Eileen Full won low net, with Sheryl Johnson second and Joan Harvell and Mary Seaford tied for third.
Catawba’s women’s lacrosse team lost to Catawba 18-7 on Wednesday.
Catawba (2-8) got three goals from Ebony Mills.
WINSTON-SALEM — Winston-Salem State University is looking to build on its most successful football season ever by holding a clinic designed to help expand its fan base.
The Deborah Reaves Football Series runs for three days beginning Tuesday at the Thompson Center on campus.
The clinic is named for the wife of Winston-Salem State chancellor Donald Reaves.
The clinic is modeled somewhat after the Jim Grobe Women’s Football Clinic at Wake Forest University.
Some of the things that will be covered include terminology and the general rules of the game.
Coach Connell Maynor and some of his staff will join the clinic and answer questions.
The Rams finished 13-1 last season, won the CIAA championship and reached the NCAA Division II semifinals.
The clinic is free and open to the public.
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