Area sports briefs: Seager has big night
From staff reports
Seattle’s Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus, UNC) had a big night against Texas’ celebrated signee Yu Darvish on Monday. Seager went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs in his first two at-bats with a double and a single.
Texas did rally to win the game 11-5.
The Kannapolis Intimidators lost to Delmarva on Monday when the Shorebirds rallied for five runs in the ninth to win 7-4.
Leighton Pangilinan and Rangel Ravelo had run-scoring hits as Kannapolis (1-3) took a 4-2 lead.
The series continues tonight with first pitch at CMC-NorthEast Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
Jerry Sands (Catawba) went 1-for-4 on Monday in Albuquerque’s 10-6 loss to Iowa.
Rob Lyerly (Charlotte 49ers) hit two homers in a game for the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Saturday.
Lyerly, 24, is a third base prospect for the New York Yankees. Both his parents are Rowan County natives.
The Davie Enterprise Record’s Brian Pitts announced Monday that Davie coach Mike Herndon has broken the school record for baseball coaching victories.
Herndon tied the mark set by David Hunt when the War Eagles beat Carson last week. That was Herndon’s 200th victory.
He got No. 201 and No. 202 on Saturday.
There’s only one NPC league game this week, but it’s a big one tonight in Olin. Dillon Parker is expected to pitch for South Rowan in a makeup game at North Iredell. South rallied to win 10-4 the first time the teams squared off on March 13.
South can ill afford a loss tonight, and it’s definitely a must-win for North Iredell if it’s going to stay in the playoff hunt.
North Iredell (2-4) only owns two league wins, but it also owns a big lead against Statesville in a suspended game that will be finished April 18. North Iredell also has beaten Carson, so if it can manage a season split with South tonight, it’s still in the hunt.
Fourth-place South (4-4 NPC) has been swept by second-place West Rowan (6-3 NPC), but it has split with third-place West Iredell (5-3 NPC). South has other league games remaining with Carson, East Rowan and Statesville. South won its first matchup with East, but the Raiders lost to Carson.
Four of the seven NPC teams will make the 3A playoffs.
First-place East Rowan (6-2 NPC), which has swept West Iredell and Carson and still has two games to play against last-place Statesville, is the only sure thing at this point.
East is scheduled to play Kernersville Glenn (6-4) at home tonight.
North Rowan is scheduled to play at Central Davidson (4-9) on Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup. The Cavaliers return to YVC play Friday at North Moore.
Thursday’s matchups in the F&M Bank High School Classic at CMC-NorthEast Stadium are East vs. A.L. Brown at 10 a.m.; West vs. Northwest Cabarrus at 1 p.m.; South vs. Mount Pleasant at 4 p.m., and Carson vs. Robinson at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Fans interested in attending all three days can buy a tournament pass for $12 ($10 for students and seniors). Play will continue in Kannapolis on Friday and Saturday.
Salisbury is playing in the Hall of Fame Classic in Orlando today through Friday.
The Hornets (3-11) face Maryland’s Bishop McNamara (6-8) today at 10 a.m.
Salisbury takes on Ft. Lauderdale’s University High (9-1) on Wednesday night and plays Gainesville’s St. Francis Catholic (11-7) on Thursday morning. Salisbury’s opponent and gametime on Friday will be determined by how the Hornets fare in the event.
St. Francis Catholic is coached by Kevin and Randy Maris, sons of baseball great Roger Maris.
University High is coached by Hall of Famer Rich Hoffman, who was Alex Rodriguez’s high school coach.
Coach Scott Maddox said Brian Bauk will start on the mound in the tournament opener.
Ft. Lauderdale’s Westminster Academy is the tournament favorite. Maddox said the school has 11 Division I signees and two All-Americans.
“This is going to be quite an experience for all our guys,” Maddox said.
Catawba is at home tonight at 6:30 p.m. for a game with Wingate that won’t count in the SAC standings. The Indians also are home Wednesday night against USC Aiken.
Catawba men’s lacrosse
Catawba’s men’s lacrosse team is at home tonight at 7 p.m. against Wingate in a Deep South Conference Tournament regional semifinal.
The Concord-based Carolina Force is 3-0 in the American Indoor Football League after routing the Virginia Badgers 54-13 on Saturday. C.J. Washington Jr. caught four touchdown passes.
The Force plays against the Cape Fear Heroes this Saturday night in Fayetteville.
The Pfeiffer men’s volleyball team (18-6, 8-1) has clinched the Conference Carolinas regular-season championship for the first time and will be the top seed for the upcoming tournament.