Area Sports Briefs: Catawba softball wins three out of four
From staff reports
Catawba’s softball team swept a doubleheader against Tusculum on Saturday, winning 4-0 and 5-4.
Carley Tysinger pitched the shutout in the opener, holding the Pioneers to three hits and striking out 12.
Holli Chandler had three hits. Natalie Naturile, Delane Smith, Taylor Adams and Kim Fesperman (South Rowan) had two hits each.
• In the second game, Catawba rallied to win in the bottom of the seventh. Katherine Shumaker had the game-winning hit.
Smith and Gina Gerone had three hits each. Adams had two hits and two RBIs. Shumaker homered and drove in three.
Tysinger (11-7) won in relief, striking out five in three innings.
• Catawba split a Sunday makeup at Mars Hill, winning 5-0 and losing 3-2 in eight innings.
Tysinger pitched a shutout in the opener, fanning 11 and allowing five hits.
Shumaker and Caroline Turner drove in two runs each. Naturile had two hits.
In the nightcap, Tysinger fanned eight in long relief but the Indians fell in extras. Naturile and Adams had RBIs.
Carson junior Zachary Marchinko’s 9:26.26 time in the 3200 meters in the Raleigh Relays on Saturday was the fastest 3200 by a Rowan County athlete in 35 years, but it’s second all-time in the county.
West Rowan’s Jeff Hutchinson ran 9:21.09 in the 1980 NCHSAA Championships.
Hutchinson accomplished that fast 3200 time on his second race of the day. He’d already run a record-setting 4:08.01 clocking in the 1600.
In the Jimmy Anderson Boys Invitational in Jacksonville, N.C., South Rowan’s Davis Richards shot 71 for the first-round lead.
Cannon School’s Michael Childress shot 73. East Rowan’s Nick Lyerly shot 75 and East’s Logan Shuping shot 81.
Avery Rogers (East Rowan) pitched well in relief for Guilford on Saturday, retiring eight Bridgewater batters. He struck out three, walked two and allowed one hit.
Rogers helped Guilford rally for a 7-6 win.
• East Carolina’s Eric Tyler (South Rowan) went 1-for-2, walked twice and scored two runs in a 4-1 win against Memphis on Saturday.
Catawba’s women won 12-9 on Saturday at Shuford Stadium.
Megan Shortt scored four goals for the Indians (6-5, 5-2 SAC).
• Catawba’s men’s team lost 8-5 to Coker on Saturday at Shuford Stadium.
Ty Sellers and Zach LaFavre had two goals each for Catawba (3-8, 1-6 SAC).
Livingstone lost to Fayetteville State 5-4 on Saturday.
LC is 1-9 overall and 1-8 in the CIAA.