Area Sports Briefs: Tough night for Rowan baseball teams

Published 11:46 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2015

From staff reports

North Rowan’s baseball team hung in the game a long time with East Davidson in Wednesday’s 2A first-round playoff game, but the Golden Eagles scored eight runs in the sixth and beat the Cavaliers 10-2.

Cory Fries drove in the first run for North Rowan and pitched well.

• Joseph Peeler hit a solo homer, but East Rowan lost 5-2 at Crest in a first-round 3A playoff game on Wednesday.

Crest (17-6) made five errors, but pitcher  Grayson Jenkins pitched around them and held the Mustangs to four hits.

Peeler (4-4) took the loss on the mound, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings.

• Salisbury lost 4-3 at Parkwood in a 2A first-round matchup.

Ryan Jones homered for the Hornets. J.T. Austin doubled in a run, and Alex Yang squeezed home Jones with a run.

“Parkwood is a good team,” Salisbury coach Scott Maddox said. “We failed to execute on two plays and it cost us. Once you get to the playoffs you have to play almost flawless to advance and tonight we didn’t and they did.”

Jones led the Hornets with two hits and Riley Myers was the hard-luck loser, scattering six hits over six innings

“Obviously we are disappointed,” Maddox said. “We we wanted to be playing in June, but we had a good season and I’m certain when the players look back on the year they will be proud of what they have accomplished. I know I’m certainly proud of them.”

Prep softball

Salisbury ended the season with a 4-0 loss to East Davidson in the 2A playoffs on Wednesday. Caroline Forbis struck out seven.

• South Rowan ended the season with a 9-0 loss to Kings Mountain in the 3A playoffs on Wednesday.

Emily Hester shut out the Raiders on five hits and also hit a two-run homer.

Prep girls soccer

South Rowan lost 9-0 to Weddington in the 3A soccer playoffs on Wednesday.


Local golf

In a U.S. Open local qualifier held Tuesday at Duke University Golf Club, Gardner-Webb’s Jake Kennedy (West Rowan) shot 69 and was one of five golfers to advance to sectional qualifying.

UNC Greensboro’s Carter Jenkins also qualified with a 69.

• Rich Workman made a rare hole-in-one on a par-4 at McCanless on Tuesday while playing in the Rowan County Church Golf League.

Workman aced the 300-yard No. 8 hole from the white tees. Workman hit a driver.

He was playing with teammate Mike Williams and competitors Todd Morgan and Mary Seaford.

• Stu Lockerbie made a hole-in-one on the 160-yard  No. 15 hole at The Club at Irish Creek  on Tuesday.

Lockerbie used an 8-iron. Tom Kilby witnessed the feat. It was the first ace for Lockerbie.

Prep track

The 2A state track meet will be held in Greensboro on Saturday at North Carolina A&T, with North Rowan and Salisbury athletes competing. Action in the field events will begin at 10 a.m. and running events will start at 11 a.m.

Admission is $8.

Officiating clinic

There will be a three-day teaching/training basketball officiating clinic at UNC Charlotte in June.

The clinic will be conducted by the Metrolina Basketball Officials Association in conjunction with the UNCC Team Camp on June 19-21.

All games will be played in Halton Arena and will be observed/evaluated by experienced NCHSAA officials and staff.

Anyone interested in  officiating at the middle school and hig school level in the Metrolina area is invited to attend and participate.

Email or call  Rick Ridenhour at 704-213-9950 for more details and information.

Youth soccer

The FCCA U11  Green Dragons soccer team finished their season with three wins and placed third in their league with a 7-3 record.

Scoring for the Dragons were Maddox Goodnight with four goals, and Christopher Portillo, Bennett Clark and Ben Childress with two goals each.

Ben Sweet, Oscar Enciso, Wade Robins, Reed Brixey and Nick Antosek played well on defense.

The Dragons finished their overall season with a record of  20-13-3.

Hoops Unlimited

Following are the sites and dates for the 22nd annual Hoops Unlimited Basketball Camps.

• East Rowan High, June 15-18, rising 2nd-5th grade boys and girls

  June 22-25, rising 6th-10th grade boys and girls

• North Stanly Middle School,  July 6-9 , rising 2nd-5th grade boys and girls

   • July 13-16, rising 6th-10th grade boys and girls

The cost of the all day camp is $110, which includes an “all you can eat” lunch each day.  Each camper will also receive a camp T-shirt. For brochures and information, go to, or call camp director Rick Roseman at 704-279-7334.

North Hills athletics

Award winners for the school year:

The Eagle Award for attitude, enthusiasm and leadership went to Leonard Murdock. He was all-conference in soccer, basketball and flag football.

• The  Outstanding Christian Athlete Awards for character and athletic effort went to Olivia Houghton and Chris Taylor.

Team MVPs and co-MVPs:  Audrey McGrail (cross country), Sieria Eagle (volleyball, basketball),  Houghton (volleyball, basketball), Murdock (soccer, basketball, flag football),  Taylor (basketball), Cassie Profit (softball), Brittney Hogan (softball), Carrie Morgan (softball), Colin Turner (baseball), Dean Gilmore (baseball), Collin Lewis (golf), Nolan Parish  (golf) and   Austin Patterson (flag football)

Team character awards: Cora Carmichael (cross country), Brianna Caraccio (volleyball),  Christian Miller (soccer), Maddie Sweitzer (cheerleading), Sarah Lynn Carlton (basketball),  Felisaty Morgan (softball), Matthew Long (baseball), Alex Gilmore (baseball), Avery McGrail (golf), Rook Wetzel (flag football)

Coach’s Awards:  Carlton (cross country), Camantha-Rea Lyerly (volleyball), Marissa Murdock (volleyball), Lewis (soccer), Savanna Alligood (cheerleading), Catherine Johnson (basketball), Garrett Beck (basketball), Sweitzer (cheerleading),  Jacob Hunsucker (baseball), Alex Gilmore (baseball), Luke Offenberger (golf),William  Johnson (flag football) and Monte Allison (flag football)

Most Spirited Award:  Katie Hunsucker (cheerleading)

Most Improved:  Johnson (basketball)

College baseball

Noah Holmes (East Rowan) had a triple that helped Appalachian State rally for a 5-4 win against East Tennessee State on Tuesday.

College track

Livingstone sprinter Quanera Hayes and thrower Ebony Moore were named to the U.S.  Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association team.

• Carson-Newman pole vaulter Tori Gaul (East Rowan) made the All-Southeast Region team.

Gaul broke Carson-Newman records this season in the pole vault as well as the 400 hurdles.

East Rowan YMCA

Registration lasts through June 6 for an indoor softball league for men and women 18-over.

The cost is $250 per team. A coaches meeting will be held on June 9 at 7 p.m. Games are Monday and Tuesday evenings at the East Rowan YMCA. The 10-game season, plus tournament, begins June 15. Contact Joe Finney at 704-279-1742 or


Basketball camp

Timeout Basketball Camps will be held  at Hall Gym on June 15-18 and July 13-16.

The camps are for ages 5-17.

Get more information at or contact Jim Baker at 704-647-4558.

There are discounts for early sign-ups and families with multiple campers.