Area sports briefs: Big Salisbury win for Hornets
From staff reports
Whitney Brown and Kristel Rodriguez scored two goals each to lead Salisbury’s soccer team to a 4-2 CCC win against West Davidson on Monday night.
Coming off a long layoff, the Hornets scored two early goals.
Brown passed the ball to Rodriguez, who beat two defenders for the first goal. After a foul in the box, Brown converted the PK for a 2-0 lead just 12 minutes in.
West Davidson charged back for a 2-2 tie at halftime.
“I challenged the girls at halftime, and they really responded with a very strong second half,” SHS coach Matt Parrish said.
Brown scored on another PK, and Rodriguez scored on an assist by Madeline Labovitz.
Essential to the Salisbury victory was the defense of Emma Labovitz and Kristen Harman. They held West Davidson striker Callie Wynn to one goal.
“She’s very good, and we contained her as well as we could have hoped to,” Parrish said.
Salisbury is now 3-3 in the CCC and hosts league-leading Central Davidson (5-1) on Wednesday.
Freshman Carson Herndon (Davie) had a strong effort on the mound for Liberty on Sunday in a Big South game at Winthrop.
Herndon (3-1) pitched six innings, walking three and allowing three hits and one run in an 11-1 romp by the Flames.
Charlotte’s Justin Roland (East Rowan) had three hits, including an RBI single, in a 3-2 win against Temple on Sunday.
Catawba’s women’s golf team is in sixth place after two rounds of the SAC tournament being played at Rock Barn in Conover.
Catawba’s Madison Kennedy (Salisbury) is tied for fifth at 77-79 — 156.
Catawba’s men are in ninth place. They’ve been led by Matt Hardman’s 79-71 — 150. He’s tied for ninth individually.
West Rowan rolled at Robinson 8-2 in a game played on Monday afternoon in Concord.
Matt Miller pitched five innings for his second win and got relief help from Omar Bautista.
Nick Collins’ three-run triple in the first inning was the key hit. Collins knocked in four. Bryce Burns had three hits. Hunter Teeter had two hits and two RBIs.
West (9-10) returns to NPC action Friday against North Iredell.
West’s game scheduled for Wednesday against Salisbury has been canceled because the Hornets had to reschedule a CCC rainout for this week.
The time for East Rowan’s varsity game at North Iredell today has been moved to 4:15 p.m. because of the weather forecast.
South Rowan is scheduled to play at Carson tonight in a game that (weather permitting) will help sort out the NPC playoff picture. Carson won the first one.
North Rowan dropped a 1-0 struggle at North Moore on Friday and fell to seventh place in the YVC standings.
The Cavaliers (7-9, 5-7) lost despite a complete-game effort on the mound by Clint Veal, who fanned six and walked six. North was held to three hits, a triple by Jake Smith and singles by Alex Morgan and Thomas Tucker.
North is at home against YVC foe Gray Stone tonight.
South Rowan lost 1-0 to Gray Stone on Monday.
Logan Lowery pitched a five-hitter for the Raiders, but South was held to three hits. Emma Pope doubled, while Kaitlyn Jones and Leah McCoy singled.
Heidi Foreman blasted a triple for the Knights, while Sydney Freeman contributed a double.
Statesville shot 160 and prevailed in Monday’s NPC match at Statesville Country Club with West Rowan (165), East Rowan (167), Carson (169), North Iredell (181), South Rowan (186) and West Iredell (192).
West Rowan’s Jake Kennedy shot a 36 for medalist honors. Other West scorers were Denny Triche (41), Coyte Kyles (43) and Chris Hassard (45).
East was led by Jordan Shepherd (38), Jared Hough (41), James Lohr (41) and Weston Rogers (47).
Carson scorers were Andrew Purcell (41), Rob Sawyer (41), Christian Shuping (43) and Matt Yates (44). Pacing South were Davis Richards (40), Aaron Rousey (48), Hunter Altman (49) and Dalton Little (49).
The Intimidators lost 4-3 at Hickory on Monday night. Grant Buckner went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Kannapolis. Zach Cone homered for Hickory.
The Carolina Heat 14U baseball team has two straight tournaments, taking the Nations Baseball 14U Premier Battle of the Carolinas in Charlotte in March and following up by winning the 14U Open Spring Super Regional in Pineville over the weekend.
This win qualified the Heat for the All-American Summer Championship in June.
The team’s players are from China Grove, Corriher-Lipe, Southeast, Erwin and North Hills.
The Heat will be in action again the weekend of May 12-13 at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The McCanless Couples played with a four-person Best Ball format on Sunday.
The first-place team was Harry Owens, Don Goodnight, Randy Honeycutt and Ricky Honeycutt.
The team of David Huneycutt, Tim Earnhardt, Marty and Toni Lowman finished second.
Closest to the pin was won by Don Goodnight. The longest putt winner was David Huneycutt.
The McCanless Ladies Golf Association played its Spring Handicap tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
Treva Honeycutt won the first flight with a two-day total of 125. Robin Leslie won the second flight with a total of 134.
Southeast’s undefeated boys rolled 6-0 against Mooresville.
Brandon Flores and Ricky Maldonado scored two goals each, while Ahmedin Salcinovic and Bryan Fragoso had one apiece.
Assists were by Flores, Fragoso, Daniel Nava and Pedro Perez. Peter Lor led the defense.
Southeast’s girls lost to Mooresville.
Farrah Jordan scored twice for the Patriots on assists by Maria Delgado and Josiea Robinette. Defensive player of the game was Graciela Nunez.
Quanera Hayes finished second in the women’s 400 in a school-record 54.38 seconds in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational and is a national qualifier.
Brittany Burton won the women’s high jump (5-33/4).
Ahmad Garrison set a school record in the discus (158 feet, 11 inches) and placed second in the meet.
B.J. Grant (South Rowan) placed second in the high jump, clearing a season-best 6-8.
Bryan Aycoth (West Rowan) placed second in the javelin (178-5).
Justin Avery (West) was eighth in the 200 (22.25).
Livingstone’s track teams will compete in the CIAA Championships. Championships on Friday and Saturday at Virginia State.