Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball clinches SAC title
Published 12:31 am Sunday, April 24, 2016
From staff reports
Catawba’s baseball team swept Wingate — 10-3 and 5-3 — on Saturday and clinched its fourth straight South Alantic Conference championship.
Catawba (31-16, 17-6 SAC) got a complete game in the opener from Shaefer Shepard (5-4). He struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter. Shepherd retired 14 straight batters from the third through the seventh.
Malachi Hanes homered, tripled and drove in three runs. Luke Setzer (East Rowan) had two doubles.
In the second game, starter Sean Grant (3-1) and Bryan Blanton, who earned his eighth save, did most of the pitching. Will Albertson homered, while Kyle Smith had two hits.
Catawba will be the top seed in next week’s conference tournament in Kodiak, Tenn.
The Indians will play at noon on Friday against the lowest remaining seed from Thursday’s play-in games.
Catawba and Tusculum split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Edmonds Field.
The Catawba Indians claimed the opener 1-0, while the Pioneers fought back for a 3-0 decision in the second game.
Catawba (34-13, 18-4) finished second in the SAC, two games behind Lenoir-Rhyne, which swept Carson-Newman.
Carley Tysinger fanned 22 batters in the doubleheader and didn’t allow an earned run.
Tysinger (27-8) got that 27th win in the opener to tie the school record for a season.
Lynnsey Taylor had two hits for Catawba in the opener. Beth Ann Martin (South Rowan) scored the only run of the game.
Morgan Brann and Taylor Adams had two hits each for the Indians in the nightcap.
Catawba faces Newberry in the SAC Tournament on Thursday at 12:30 pm. The tournament is Thursday through Sunday in Hartsville, S.C.
Seby Zavala and Landon Lassiter had two hits each for Kannapolis in a 4-2 home loss to Delmarva. Lassiter is batting .400.
Attendance was announced at 4,023.
Brian Bauk (Salisbury) got his fourth save in Appalachian’s 6-5 win against Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Joe Harrison pitched a complete game as North Rowan routed Thomasville 14-0 on Friday.
North Rowan will host Salisbury at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The teams are tied for first in the CCC with 7-1 records.
Davie won 8-7 at Alexander Central (17-4) on Saturday. Sierra Ferguson hit two homers and drove in seven runs for the War Eagles. Olivia Boger and Julie Gough shared duties in the circle.
The Rowan Lady Flames AAU Basketball Club and The National Basketball Academy are hosting a weekly girls basketball skills development program every Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Grace Academy in Rockwell.
Contact Coach Matt Randolph at email@example.com or (470) 313-4278.