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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball finishes sweep

From staff and wire reports
Catawba completed a three-game sweep at Brevard with a 9-8 win on Sunday.
The Indians, who lead the South Atlantic Conference, got themselves in trouble with five errors, but they hit their way to their third straight tough win against the Tornados.
Bryan Blanton earned his second save of the series when he got the final out with two men on. D.J. Laxton (2-0) got the win in relief of starter Connor Johnson.
Catawba (23-11, 13-5) owns a 10-game winning streak.
Bryce Fowler hit a two-run homer and Jake Kimble had a two-run double.
Chance Bowden and Jeremy Simpson had three hits each for the Indians. Will Albertson extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
Catawba is home on Tuesday against Mount Olive at 5 p.m.
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Pfeiffer won 8-2 against Limestone on Sunday in Gaffney, S.C.
Dylan Goodman (South Rowan) had a two-run single for the Falcons (13-23, 6-12 CC).
Anthony Allende was the winner on the mound.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Tuesday at home against St. Andrews at 4 p.m.

Prep golf
East Rowan’s Nick Lyerly shot 70-74 — 144 and tied for fifth at the 8th Jimmy Anderson Boys Invitational in Jacksonville, N.C.
Lyerly finished even for his two rounds and finished two shots back of winner Seth Lomison. Lyerly made 30 pars, three birdies and three bogeys.
Cannon School’s Michael Childress shot 77-76 — 153 and was 39th.
Both Rowan and The Cannon School will play on Monday at Treyburn in Durham, NC in the TYGA NC High School Invitational.

Local golf
The McCanless Couples played a Texas Scamble on Sunday.
The first-place team was David Huneycutt, Frank Foster, Susan Houston and Azalee Story.
The second-place team was Harry Owens, Susan Wydner and Mary Seaford.
Story won closest to the pin. Foster won longest putt.

Pro golf
HUMBLE, Texas — Jim Herman delivered a masterful performance at just the right time Sunday in the Shell Houston Open.
Herman, winless in 105 previous starts on the PGA Tour, chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th and finished with two solid pars for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot victory that sends him to the Masters for the first time in his career.
Herman tapped in for par and thrust both fists in the air after his one-shot victory over Henrik Stenson.
“This is pretty unreal,” Herman said, admitting he had to go through Q school seven times before sticking on the Tour.
The Houston Open was the final opportunity for players to get into the Masters, and Herman seemed like a long shot at No. 191 in the world whose only professional victory was six years ago at the Moonah Classic in Australia.
Stenson missed an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 68 to finish one shot behind.
Dustin Johnson tried to overcome a double bogey on the 11th hole. He made three birdies coming in, but had to settle for a 69, and was two shots back.
Jordan Spieth made four straight birdies early, but two shots into the water led to double bogeys and a 70. He was seven back in a tie for 13th.

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