Area sports briefs: Jones spins no-hitter for Hornets
From staff reports
Freshman Ryan Jones pitched a no-hitter to lead Salisbury’s baseball team to a 4-0 win against Thomasville in a CCC first-round tournament game on Monday at Robertson Stadium.
“Ryan was the story,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “He had total command all night long, and Thomasville didn’t hit a ball hard. Ryan’s breaking ball was working and he was spotting his fastball well.”
Jones struck out seven and walked three.
The third-seeded Hornets didn’t muster much offense against the sixth-seeded Bulldogs. Riley Myers had a sac fly. Kyle Wolfe drove in a run with a groundout. Skyler Mikkelson walked with the bases loaded.
Scott Van der Poel had two of the Hornets’ five hits.
“We needed everything Ryan gave us,” Maddox said. “Their pitcher had us out on the front foot all night with soft stuff away and when we did hit it hard, it was right at somebody.”
Salisbury plays No. 2 seed East Davidson tonight at 7 p.m. in a semifinal at Finch Field.
Carson beat Statesville 12-0 in five innings in a first-round game in the NPC tourney on Monday.
Ethan Free picked up his first win of the season. He fanned five in three sharp innings and allowed two hits.
Austin Bracewell and Blake Cauble pitched an inning each.
Connor Bridges had two hits for the Cougars (15-9). Dylan Carpenter scored three runs. Greg Tonnesen and Colton Laws knocked in two each.
Second-seeded Carson plays No. 3 seed West Rowan in a semifinal at Carson on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In the NPC tournament on Monday, Corey Seager homered and Ryan Keziah pitched a complete game as top-seeded Northwest rolled to an 8-2 win against No. 8 Central Cabarrus.
Northwest plays Cox Mill in a semifinal at Hickory Ridge on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In other SPC contests on Monday, No. 2 seed Robinson ended seventh-seeded A.L. Brown’s season with a 4-0 victory. No. 3 Mount Pleasant beat No. 6 Concord 5-2, and No. 5 Cox Mill handled No. 4 Hickory Ridge 8-2.
Top-seeded Davie will play in a semifinal in the CPC tournament at Reagan on Wednesday.
Carson’s softball team beat South Rowan 10-0 in five innings in the first round of the NPC tournament on Monday.
Heather Yount went 3-for-4 and homered and doubled for the third-seeded Cougars.
Lacee Hunsucker was the winning pitcher.
Chloe Monroe went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Jesse Beach and Morgan Peninger had two hits each. Sidney Grkman tripled. Hunsucker, Jakey Clark and Kayce Kennedy also contributed hits.
The season is over for sixth-seeded South Rowan.
Carson will play No. 2 seed East Rowan in a semifinal at West Iredell on Wednesday.
East Rowan romped 15-0 against seventh-seeded Statesville in a first-round game on Monday.
Alli Mills pitched a no-hitter for the Mustangs and also had two hits.
Courtney Lyerly went 3-for-3.
Sydney Poole had two hits, including a double, and Kaleigh Troutman also had two hits. Others contributing for East were Steffi Sides, Jessica Rummage, Mackenzie Eller and Shelby Benge.
Fifth-seeded West Iredell beat fourth-seeded West Rowan 9-2 in the other NPC first-round game.
West Rowan still makes the 3A playoffs unless West Iredell wins the tournament. West Iredell plays top-seeded North Iredell in a Wednesday semifinal at West Iredell.
Davie smashed Mount Tabor 16-1 in the first round of the CPC tournament on Monday. Morgan Hendrix went 3-for-3 for the War Eagles.
In the YVC, North Rowan lost 7-0 to South Stanly in the first round.
On Senior Night, Salisbury beat East Davidson 3-0 in CCC soccer.
Kristel Rodriguez scored twice for the Hornets (9-6-1, 6-4). Kate Grant had a great outing. She scored a goal and had an assist. Karla Fragoso also had an assist.
Seniors honored were Kailyn Hunter, Katie Washington, Meredith Hovis, Whitney Brown, Carrie Thompson and Doreen Richardson.
The seniors finished 54-17-6.
In YVC soccer, North Rowan beat Albemarle 2-0 on Monday.
Jade Lomax scored the first goal of the game and her first goal of the season for the Cavaliers (8-5-2 YVC).
She’s been out with a knee injury.
Dakota Honeycutt scored in the second half.
“ I thought we played very aggressively tonight, attacking the ball and putting pressure on their defense,” North coach Sallie Hundley said.
North finishes YVC play Wednesday at home against South Davidson.
West Rowan stayed unbeaten in the NPC with a hard-fought 3-0 win against Carson on Monday.
“I’m happy that we were able to get out of there with a win when we weren’t really clicking tonight,” West coach Nick Brown said. “My hat’s off to Carson, as they worked hard all night. I’m glad we were able to find a way to get it done.”
Allison Baucom scored the first goal from 15 yards out on an assist by Toni Lucente.
Rachel Brown scored a clinching goal from 12 yards out late in the second half after getting a cross from Mariah Coleman. Baucom added an insurance goal on a PK.
Alex Allen made 10 saves for the Cougars (7-7-3, 4-5-2).
The 13th-ranked Falcons (17-2-1, 11-0) return home for Senior Night on Wednesday against West Iredell. Carson hosts North Iredell that night.
Brackets for the dual team tennis playoffs were announced on Monday. First-round matches are set for today.
In the 2A playoffs, CCC No. 1 seed Salisbury (13-3) will be on the road in the first round against Northwest No. 1 North Surry (7-8). The Northwest Conference has a higher seeding priority than the CCC.
If the Hornets win their opener, they’ll be at home for a second-round matchup next week with the Brevard-Maiden winner.
In 3A, Carson (9-3) is the NPC No. 2 seed and will play at Hickory (14-2), a No. 1 seed.
NPC champ Statesville (13-1) is home against SPC No. 2 Robinson (12-2).
SPC No. 1 seed Concord (15-0) is at home against Charlotte Catholic (10-3).
Central Cabarrus (10-4) made the playoffs as a wild card and plays at Marvin Ridge (14-2).
Salisbury golfer Troy Beaver will sign a scholarship with Elon today.
A story is upcoming.
The NPC Golf Tournament will be held today at River Oaks in Statesville, starting at 1:30 p.m.
The NPC track championships will be held at East Rowan today.
Field events start at 1:30. Running events start at 2:30.
The field for the Division II softball championships was announced Monday.
As expected, Catawba received a bid for the first time.
The Indians (33-17) are a No. 6 seed and will open play against SAC rival Lenoir-Rhyne (46-11), a No. 3 seed, on Friday in Savannah, Ga.
The other half of the region will play at North Georgia.
Catawba split regular-season meetings with Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Kannapolis Intimidators won 7-0 in Rome, Ga., in a Monday matinee.
Rangel Ravelo’s RBI double in the first inning put the Intimidators ahead to stay.
Scott Snodgress earned his first victory of the year for the Intimidators. He allowed three hits and struck out six in 52/3 innings.
The Carolina Phenoms 14U boys basketball team went 5-0 in the USBA Spring Classic in Charlotte.
The Phenoms beat the Charlotte Rivals 76-53 and the Charlotte Panthers 50-24 in pool play.
The Phenoms defeated the Rivals 53-52 in the quarterfinals, topped the Charlotte Tar Heels 59-40 in a semifinal and won the championship by beating the Charlotte Thunder 69-60.
Team members contributing were Deshawn Troutman, Deshaun Minter, Kreshon Alexander, Donnell Alexander, Wes Fazia, John Yang, Alex Yang, Bryson Collins, Austin Russ, Amara Morris, Ian Bradshaw, Donte Hill and Landon Goodman.
The McCanless Couples played a 4-ball Texas Scramble on Sunday.
Members of the winning team were Ty and Beverly Cobb and Eileen and Cliff Full. Closest to the pin was won by Don Goodnight. Longest Putt was won by Tim Earnhardt.
Gene Seaford suffered a broken ankle while participating.
Frank Adams III of Salisbury shot a 4-under-par 66 at Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte on Monday and qualified for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club.
There were only four spots available to the 89 golfers who played Monday. Two shot 5-under 65s. Adams was one of 10 golfers who competed in a playoff. He birdied the fifth hole just before darkness fell. That earned him the third berth for the event. Adams shot 35 on the front nine and 31 on the back side. He had five birdies and one bogey.