Rain extends Indians’ reign
Catawba’s scheduled baseball doubleheader at Newman Park with Carson-Newman was rained out on Saturday.
Wingate’s doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial also was rained out, so Catawba and Wingate were declared SAC co-champions with 20-7 records. Catawba was crowned as a regular-season champ for the third time in four years.
Catawba took two out of three from Wingate during the season, so the Indians will be seeded No. 1 for the SAC tournament that starts Thursday at Forest City’s McNair Field.
In the first round, Catawba will play No. 6 seed Anderson at noon, while Wingate will take on fifth-seeded Tusculum at 3:45 p.m. No. 3 Lincoln Memorial plays No. 4 Newberry at 7:30 p.m.
It’s unlikely any SAC teams will make the regional field other than the SAC tournament champion.
• Catawba hosts Belmont Abbey in a Senior Night game on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
It will be the final home game for a number of senior standouts including second baseman Julio Zubillaga (Carson) and pitcher John J. Tuttle (A.L. Brown), local products who have enjoyed great four-year careers.
• East’s Preston Troutman (1-for-2, 3 walks, 2 runs) and Salisbury’s Brian Bauk (1-for-1, 1 run) helped Appalachian State beat Elon 10-4 on Saturday.
Catawba lost 1-0 and 9-2 to Brevard on Friday.
The good news is the Indians (24-19, 9-13) still qualified for the SAC tournament by finishing eighth.
The tournament starts Thursday at Lincoln Memorial. Catawba plays top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in the first round at 5:30 p.m.
Wingate beat Tusculum 5-3 to win the SAC men’s tourney in Rock Hill on Friday.
• Tusculum rallied to beat Newberry 5-4 for the women’s championship.
Catawba lost 18-7 to Queens in a SAC women’s tournament semifinal on Friday. Meredith Jones scored four goals for the Indians.
Alyssa Corace scored her school record 37th goal of the season, and Jones set a record with her 11th assist.
The Wingate men and Queens women won the inaugurl SAC track championships on Saturday.
Saturday’s game between the Kannapolis Intimidators and West Virginia Power has been postponed due to continuing rain and unplayable field conditions at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. The teams will make up this week’s rainouts with doubleheaders in Kannapolis on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:05 p.m. and Wednesday, April 30, at 10:05 a.m. One ticket is good for both games of a doubleheader, which will consist of two 7-inning games.
South Rowan Legion
South Rowan American Legion sign-ups are set for Saturday, April 26.
Sign-ups are at Gary’s Barbecue at 4 p.m. Players should bring a birth certificate and need to have a parent present. Contact coach Ben Hampton at 704-490-2691 or Craig Honeycutt at 980-521-2646 for information.
South Rowan Junior Legion sign-ups are Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. at the South Rowan field.
All players will need to have a parent present and bring a copy of their birth certificate. This is a sign-up/informational meeting only.
Contact Bret Johnson at 704-791-7734.
The big Easter baseball tournament at CMC-NorthEast Stadium wil be held April 23-25, with consolation games, except for the third-place game, being played at A.L. Brown.
Participants include Salisbury, South Rowan, North Rowan, Carson, A.L. Brown, Northwest Cabarrus, Robinson and Mount Pleasant.
• East Rowan is hosting a six-team round robin on April 24-26 at Staton Field. East, West Rowan, North Iredell, West Iredell, Mooresville and Uwharrie Charter are participating in that one.
Pairings for both tournaments are in Scoreboard.