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Catawba baseball splits doubleheader, wins first

Catawba’s baseball team split with Florida Southern on Friday at Newman Park.
Catawba won the opener 7-5, but Florida Southern won the nightcap 2-0.
John J. Tuttle (A.L. Brown) pitched eight innings with four strikeouts and no earned runs in the victory. Tuttle is 1-1.
Paul Kronenfeld and Mario Parisi had three hits each, while Dylan Richardson drove in three runs.
Julio Zubillaga (Carson) hit the Indians’ first homer of the season, and Ethan Satterfield had a run-scoring double.
• Sean Grant pitched brilliantly into the sixth inning in the second game but took the loss.
Keith Curcio hit a two-run homer for the visitors.
Catawba (1-4) had nine hits to Florida Southern’s four but rapped into two double plays.
The teams hope to play against this afternoon at Newman Park.
Catawba plays at Tusculum this afternoon, with a SAC doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Follow the action on WSAT-1280.
• Livingstone plays at Shaw this afternoon in a CIAA doubleheader.
Catawba’s women’s tennis team lost 8-1 at UNC Pembroke on Thursday. Ally Prior won at No. 6 singles.
A.L. Brown’s girls lost 73-36 to Mallard Creek in MECKA action on Friday.
North Rowan’s Cody Dollarhide was 22nd in the 500 meters in the 1A-2A state meet in a personal-best time of 5:37.79.
• South Rowan’s divers competed Friday in the 3A championships in Cary.
Madyson Campbell placed eighth, with Brittany Luckey 10th, and Katie Carlton 13th.
The 3A swim championships are today with South Rowan, East Rowan and Carson swimmers competing.
The 1A-2A track championships will be held this morning, with the 4A championships this afternoon.
In the 1A-2A meet, Salisbury’s Jaleesa Smoot is one of the top runners in the 300 and 500 meters.
Salisbury’s Cheyenne Gloster is one of the top shot-putters.
North Rowan’s best hopes today are shot putters Alexis Archie and Shane Parker and female runner Payton Russell.
Champioships in four classifications will be decided today in the NCHSAA’s 25th annual dual team wrestling championships.
The championships are held on high school campuses, alternating years between Eastern and Western sites. All of the teams advancing to the Saturday championship matches in 2A, 3A and 4A earned a pair of victories on Thursday night to gain a shot at the state title, while the 1-A schools wrestled only the regional round with fewer schools in the tournament.
Both the 4A and 3A matches are repeats of last year’s finals.
Winston-Salem Parkland (51-0) seeks its eighth consecutive dual team title, with three at the 3A level and then the last four 4A crowns. The Mustangs will host Fayetteville Jack Britt for the 4A championship.
Parkland has an incredible 56-8 record all-time in dual team wrestling playoff matches, in 18 appearances in the tournament. Parkland downed Britt a year ago for the title, 28-20.
The 3A final sends Fred T. Foard (36-3) to Eden to face Morehead (37-1). Morehead has five previous NCHSAA dual team championships, with the last in 2006. Foard beat Morehead 41-27 in last year’s championship match.
Dixon (22-1) will travel from Onslow County to battle Newton-Conover (51-1). The host Red Devils are the defending dual team champions and are in the finals for the fifth time. Dixon eliminated last year’s runner-up, Newport Croatan, in the third round.
In the 1A championship, Chatham Central (19-4) hosts Mitchell (36-7). Mitchell was the runner-up in the very first dual team championship in 1990 while Chatham Central was the 1A/2A champion in 2005.
West Wilkes had been the Western representative in the finals the previous five years, with four consecutive state titles.

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