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Area Sports Briefs: Big game for West grad Gibbons

From staff reports
Western Carolina freshman Hunter Gibbons (West Rowan) hit two homers and drove in seven runs to lead the Catamounts’ softball team to a 10-2 win against Mercer on Sunday.
Gibbons hit her first career grand slam in the first inning. She hit a two-run homer in the third and a sac fly in the sixth.
Gibbons has eight homers and 34 RBIs.
Western Carolina (33-22) is seeded third for this week’s Southern Conference tournament in Greensboro.
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Southern Wesleyan pitcher Logan Lowery (South Rowan) made the All-USA South Conference second team.
The sophomore went 13-5 in the circle with 89 strikeouts and a 2.94 ERA.

College baseball
East Carolina’s Eric Tyler (South Rowan) leads the Pirates with 31 RBIs and is batting .298.
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Matt Vernon (Davie) leads Appalachian State with a .295 batting average and has knocked in 34 runs.
Two-way player Brian Bauk (Salisbury) has 16 RBIs, two wins and five saves for the Mountaineers.

College golf
Richmond’s Isabella Rusher (Salisbury) shot 72-76-84 — 232 in the Stanford Regional to close her freshman season.
UNC and Wake Forest were among the six teams advancing from the regional to the national tourney.

College track
Lees-McRae’s Cody McNeely finished second in the 800 in 1:53.83 in the Conference Carolinas Championships. McNeely (West Rowan) also ran on a second-place 4×400 team.
Lees-McRae’s Ben Wilson (West Rowan) placed sixth in the javelin in the Conference Carolinas Championships.
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Western Carolina’s Josh Little (East Rowan) took second in the 100 (10.96) and third in the 200 (22.13) in the Catamounts’ most recent meet in Cullowhee.
Western’s Jordan Bostian (West Rowan) was third in the 5000 meters.
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Carson-Newman’s Tori Gaul (East Rowan) and Marshall Shank (East) won SAC pole-vaulting titles.
Gaul cleared 11 feet, 10 inches to win the women’s crown, while Shank topped the bar at 14 feet, 5.5 inches.
Gaul was also eighth in the high jump and 10th in the javelin.
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Wingate’s Quinton Phifer (West Rowan) took fourth in the javelin in the SAC Championships with a throw of 163 feet, 6 inches.
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N.C. Central’s Christa Landy (West Rowan) ran on the third-place 4×100 team in the MEAC Championships.

Intimidators win
Right fielder Antonio Rodriguez brought a crowd of 2,042 to its feet with a perfect throw home to preserve a one-run lead in the seventh inning, and the Kannapolis Intimidators beat Lakewood, 3-2, on Sunday.
Dante Flores drove home the deciding run in the bottom of the eighth.
Johnathan Frebis earned his third win for the Intimidators (15-15).
Kannapolis hosts Lakewood tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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