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Area Sports Briefs: Freshmen key Salisbury wins in baseball and soccer

From staff reports

Salisbury won a 2-1 pitching duel at Forbush on Thursday. The nonc-onference game was scoreless until Forbush’s Tyler Campbell hit a solo shot.

Salisbury trailed 1-0 until the sixth when Salisbury’s Riley Myers and J.T. Austin drew Salisbury’s only two walks back-to- back with two outs, bringing to the plate freshman Chandler Lippard. Lippard’s two-run double scored Salisbury’s runs.

“Big hit by the freshman, that’s for sure,” SHS coach Scott Maddox said. “He did a great job of staying back and taking that  pitch the other way.”

Harrison Smith was outstanding on the mound for the Hornets (4-1).

“Probably Harrison’s best game as a Hornet,” Maddox siad. “He didn’t have his curve ball tonight,  so he relied on location and changing speeds and was masterful at it. He pitched to contact, which really helped keep his pitch count down. That  allowed him to stay in the game.”

Myers anchored the Salisbury defense at shortstop.

Lippard had two hits.

Salisbury is at home Monday against South Stanly.

• South Rowan’s baseball team suffered its first loss  of the season on Thursday, falling 8-0 at SPC foe Cox Mill.

Julian Smith pitched six shutout innings for the Chargers, who moved into a tie for first in the SPC (3-1) with East Rowan and South Rowan.

“We just didn’t play very well early defensively, didn’t get off the field when we had our chances,” South Rowan coach Thad Chrismon said. “And you stake a pitcher of Smith’s caliber to a lead and you’re in trouble. He was pounding the strike zone and we never got a key hit.”

Bo Corriher (1-1) pitched three innings and took the loss.

• Reagan beat Davie County 5-1 in CPC action on Thursday.

Colby Cranfill pitched well for five innings but took the loss.

Mitchell McGee went  3-for-3 and scored the run for Davie.

• Matt Brown pitched a one-hitter and led A.L. Brown to a 2-0 MECKA win against North Meck on Thursday.

Brown struck out six.

Tyler Hendley scored on a double by Shaun Fogleman. Daniel O’Kelley scored on a double by Kameron Sherrill.

The Wonders (2-2, 1-1)  split the two-game series.

• West Davidson stayed unbeaten with a 5-1 non-conference win against Central Davidson.

Justin Freeman pitched six innings, allowed two hits and struck out eight batters.

Tyler Hunt pounded two hits for the Green Dragons (3-0).

SAC

Wingate leads the SAC’s overall athletic excellence standings after the winter sports season with 83.5 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne is second with 67.5 points.

The standings:

Rank     School                          Total

1.           Wingate                       83.5

2.           Lenoir-Rhyne              67.5

3.           Carson-Newman         60

4.           Anderson                    57.5

5.           Lincoln Memorial       55.5

6.           Mars Hill                      51

7.           Newberry                    50

8.           Tusculum                     45

9.           Queens                        43

10.        Catawba                       41

11.        Coker                           31.5

College tennis

Catawba’s women’s tennis team (7-6) won 9-0 against Daemen on Thursday in Tampa.

• Catawba’s men’s team (9-5)  also won 9-0 against Daemen.

Catawba plays against Lees-McRae on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

College golf

Livingstone’s men’s golf team finished second in the CIAA  Southern Division Championship held at Larkhaven Blue in Charlotte.

Phillip Harrison led the Blue Bears with a a three-over par 147 and placed second. LC’s Harry Standberry tied for eighth at 161.

Chowan finished first.

The Blue Bears return to action on March 22.

College swimming

Catawba’s   Sebastian Holmberg  earned All-America honors on Thursday at the Swimming & Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium. Holmberg swam to a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly.

His finals swim of 46.73 was the second fastest 100 fly in school history, behind only his own record at last month’s Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships where he posted a time of 46.51.

• Queens freshman McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) was fifth in the 200 freestyle prelim in the D-II Nationals on Thursday.

Prep soccer

Julia Honeycutt’s unassisted goal with eight minutes left in the first half lifted Salisbury to a 1-0 win against Mount Pleasant.

It was the freshman’s first  career goal.

Mount Pleasant goalkeeper Maleri Frye stuffed three Salisbury breakaways and kept her team in the match.

“We came out flat and led 1-0 at the break,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “We played much, much better in the second half and didn’t get much to show for it despite relentless pressure.”

The Hornets (3-0)  got excellent play from Katie Bullock, Nellie Brown, and Amelia Steinman.

Salisbury travels to Trinity for another non-conference match Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  Annie Habeeb had two goals and three assists in Gray Stone’s 8-2 YVC win against Chatham Central.

Laurie Fogleman had two goals.

Prep softball

Salisbury lost 11-1 to South Iredell on Thursday in a non-conference game.

Caroline Forbis struck out five for the Hornets.

Forbis, Michaela Lemmon and Tiasia Cuthbertson led Salisbury’s offense.

Prep tennis

Salisbury’s boys tennis team improved to  4-0 with a 7-2  CCwin against Lexington on Thursday.

Singles

Spencer Storey (S) d.  Cross  6-0, 6-0

Hunter Carlton (S) d. Wolfe 6-1, 6-0

David Derrick (S) d. Hayes 6-1, 6-2

Carlson (L) d. Matt Sukkasem  7-5, 6-4

Ben Roy (S) d. Worley 6-3, 6-0

J. Burke (L) d. Evan Dunn 6-4, 2-6 (6)

Doubles

Storey/Derrick (S) d. Carson/Hayes  8-1

Carlton/Roy  (S) d. Wolfe/Worley 8-3

Dunn/Adam Drye (S) d. Hedrick/Burke 8-3

Middle school golf

Salisbury Academy shot 178 and defeated Concordia (191), Sacred Heart (200) and Hickory Christian (208) at Warrior on Thursday.

The Jaguars were led by medalist Charlie Barr (39) .

He was followed by Mitch Jeter (46), Hank Robins (46), Walker Hartpence (47) and Will Fowler (47).

The Jaguars will be back in action next Thursday at Warrior in a dual match with Sacred Heart.

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