Area Sports Briefs: West softball gets first-round victory

Published 1:11 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From staff and wire reports
West Rowan, the No. 2 seed, beat Northwest Cabarrus, 8-4, on Monday in the first round of the South Piedmont Conference softball tournament.
West’s softball and baseball teams were the only winners on Monday. The rest of the scheduled SPC softball and baseball games were postponed by storms.
West’s softball team trailed 2-0 early against the seventh-seeded Trojans and had to wait out a lightning delay of more than an hour before play resumed.
Morgan Corriher doubled and knocked in four runs for West (17-5).
West scored five runs in the third inning to take charge.
Peyton Greene struck out 11 batters and held the Trojans to four hits.
Hannah Roberts scored three runs as a courtesy runner.
“We won this game by being able to get down bunts,” West coach Jimmy Greene said. “And Morgan Corriher had a big hit.”
Brittany Duncan struck out eight for the Trojans. Alli Florian and Phoebe Florian had triples for NWC, which concluded its season.
West moves on to the tournament semifinals and is expected to play on Wednesday. The game will be at West against the winner of the Cox Mill-Robinson contest.

Four Kannapolis pitchers combined to toss a two-hit shutout of the Columbia Fireflies in a 5-0 win on Monday night at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia.
The Intimidators (11-14) picked up their third straight win for the first time this season and finished a road trip, 5-2.
Drew Hasler (1-2) earned the win with three perfect innings from the third through fifth.
The Intimidators are off today before returning home.

Salisbury’s softball team will play West Davidson in the semifinals on Wednesday night at East Davidson.
Salisbury’s soccer game vs North Rowan was rescheduled for tonight.
East Davidson’s soccer team won 2-0 against West Davidson on Monday to clinch the CCC’s No. 2 seed.

College softball
Catawba is headed for the regional hosted by North Georgia.
The Indians will play on Thursday against Georgia College in the first round at 4 p.m.
Pfeiffer will play in the regional hosted by Armstrong. Pfeiffer will take on Lenoir-Rhyne in the first round on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Thunder wins
SAN ANTONIO — Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 on Monday, evening the series at one game apiece when the Spurs failed to score on a wild sequence in the final seconds.
Kevin Durant added 28 points as the Thunder handed the Spurs just their second home loss of the season, rebounding from a 32-point beating in Game 1.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 41 for the Spurs, who 43 percent as a team.