• 86°

Prep Baseball: South baseball wins again

LANDIS —  If  you’re wondering why South Rowan is in first place in the South Piedmont Conference or why the Raiders have won 70 percent of their games the last four seasons (65-28), the formula is simple.

“We’re doing a good job of giving ourselves a chance,” coach Thad Chrismon said. “We’re making routine plays, and we’re throwing strikes.”

The Raiders don’t beat themselves with walks and errors, and they came out on top again Friday, taking care of visiting Hickory Ridge 4-2. South Rowan’s offense wasn’t exciting — six singles and a double — but it was enough.

South Rowan hurlers issued two walks while South Rowan defenders put another zero in the error column. That was the difference.

Keys to victory were shortstop Peyton Penninger and second baseman Chandler Corriher, who gobbled groundballs, and pitchers Bo Corriher and Dillon Norton, who threw pitches that produced groundouts. Give an assist to catcher Shaggy Wyatt for a solid job behind the plate.

Bo Corriher pitched into the sixth inning for the win. Norton, a calm sophomore lefty, got the last five outs for a save.

“Our starters are doing a good job of going as hard as they can and then trusting the next guy,” Chrismon said. “That’s the best job Bo has done as far as attacking the hitters.”

Chandler Corriher’s single, Peyton Penninger’s sacrifice, and Hunter Travis’ single gave the Raiders (6-1, 6-1 SPC) a 1-0 lead in the first against Hickory Ridge hurler John Riley Hathcock.

The top of the third was big for Bo Corriher. The Ragin’ Bulls had runners at second and third with one out, but Corriher struck out the No. 2 and No. 3 hitters to protect that 1-0 lead.

“I kept it down, hit my spots,” Bo Corriher said. “My curveball was working pretty good.”

The bottom of the lineup scratched two runs for South Rowan in the  third. A walk preceded Wyatt’s groundball to the mound that resulted in a disastrous, three-base throwing error. Then No. 9 hitter Tyler Rary punched a single to make it 3-0.

Hickory Ridge (3-4, 2-4) filled the bases against a tiring Bo Corriher with one out in the sixth, but Chrismon called on Norton.

Norton got a groundball for a force out at the plate, but then Chase Garofolo rapped a sharp, two-run single to left. The Ragin’ Bulls had the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but Norton maintained the 3-2 lead by getting a routine groundball to Chandler Corriher.

South Rowan picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on two errors, a bunt and a wild pitch.

Then it was up to Norton in the seventh. He quickly put away the visitors 1-2-3.

“The seventh was easier than the sixth because I had my feet wet,” Norton said. “I just tried to make my pitches and not let them get anything big.”

 

Hickory Ridge         000  002  0 — 2   5  3

South Rowan         100   201  x —   4   7   0

W — B. Corriher (1-1). L — Hathcock (0-2). S —  Norton (1).

Comments

Business

In lieu of annual festival, New Sarum turns Cheerwine beer release into celebration

Education

RSS says federal money won’t be long-term solution for staff pay

China Grove

Main Street Marketplace combines local ingredients, community with farm-to-table dinner

Business

Business roundup: New managing director takes helm at Piedmont Players Theatre

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cases continue decline as week brings 12 new deaths

News

Letter: Privileged to work where artists are valued

Brincefield Cartoons

Mook’s Place: COVID-19

Lifestyle

Library notes: New podcast coming in October

Lifestyle

In ‘This is Salisbury,’ Manier paints people who make city a better place to live

Lifestyle

Stokes earns best in show at Carolina Artists Guild’s Expo

Education

Livingstone College passes goal for UNCF kickoff

News

Commissioners to consider tax incentives for developer planning 63,000-square-foot facility in southern Rowan

Local

OctoberTour will return to in-person tours, require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests

Business

Keepin it poppin’: The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company adapts during pandemic, earns honor

East Spencer

East Spencer mayor says board knew about new administrator’s sexual battery charge before hiring

College

College football: Catawba holds on for 3-0 start

Business

Salisbury-based Lutheran Services Carolinas expands refugee program

Nation/World

Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

Nation/World

One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden’s reset

Crime

Defense witness gives tearful account of deadly shooting in Fishzilla murder trial

News Main

High school football: Hornets easily handle unbeaten Thomasville; North, Davie also romp

Elections

Judges strike down state’s voter ID law

Crime

Jury finds Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald ends release appeal from infamous 1970 slayings