Area Sports Briefs: Catawba will play Belmont Abbey in first round

Published 12:47 am Monday, May 16, 2016

From staff reports
Columbus State’s baseball team beat Lander, 9-4, on Sunday to win the championship of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
Columbus State also was the PBC’s regular-season champ. Ranked fifth nationally, Columbus State (42-12) will be the top seed and will host the Southeast Regional that starts Thursday.
The NCAA announced its 56-team field for the Division II Tournament on Sunday night.
Catawba, champion of the South Atlantic Conference, is the No. 6 seed in the seven-team regional.
Catawba (34-19) will face a familiar foe in its opening game on Thursday as the Indians will tangle with Belmont Abbey (38-14). The Crusaders won twice against Catawba this season, including a 24-22 slugfest at Newman Park.
Other first-round games will have second-seeded Lander (38-14) against seventh-seeded Mount Olive (30-19) and fourth-seeded USC Aiken (37-16) against fifth-seeded Tusculum (36-16). Columbus State (40-12) will have a first-round bye.
The seven-team regional will last five days with the championship being held on Monday, May 23.
2016 NCAA II Southeast Region Tournament
at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.

Thursday, May 19
G1: #4 USC Aiken vs. #5 Tusculum, 11am
G2: #2 Lander vs. #7 Mount Olive, 3pm
G3: #3 Belmont Abbey vs. #6 Catawba, 7pm

Friday, May 20
G4: G2 loser vs. G3 loser, 11am
G5: #1 Columbus St. vs. G1 winner, 3pm
G6: G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 7pm

Saturday, May 21
G7: G4 winner vs. G5 loser, 11am
G8: G1 loser vs. G6 loser, 3pm
G9: G5 winner vs. G6 winner, 7pm

Sunday, May 22
G10: G7 winner vs. G8 winner, noon
G11: G10 winner vs. G9 loser, 3:30pm

Monday, May 23
G12: G9 winner vs. G11 winner, noon
G13: if necessary (G11 winner beats G9 winner)

WR Basketball Camp
West Rowan Falcon basketball camps will be held on June 13-15 and July 11-13. The cost is $50 for a three-day session. Coach Mike Gurley will lead the camp. Camps are for boys who will be heading to grades 7-9 and for boys and girls heading to grades 2-6.
Call 704-798-2074.

American Legion
Players interested in playing for the Carson Junior Legion baseball team should report to the ball field for a meeting on May 15 at 6 p.m. Call 704-798-2243 for information.
Kannapolis is scheduled to play at Stanly County tonight in a Legion opener.

For the second time in three days the Kannapolis Intimidators were walked off by the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday. Kannapolis (15-20) lost a three-run lead and fell, 6-5. Kannapolis returns home tonight.

Prep soccer
Grya Stone won, 6-0, against Queens Grant in the second round of the 1A state playoffs.
Annie Habeeb scored twice, while Kelsey Kiser, Kate Sullivan and Laurie Fogleman had a goal each for the Knights.
Gray Stone (20-1) hosts Union Academy at Pfeiffer’s field on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Local golf
The McCanless Couples played a Captain Choice’s on Sunday.
The first-place team was Azalee Story, Lexie Miller, David Huneycutt and Harry Owen.
The second-place team was Ty & Beverly Cobb, Mary Seaford and Allen Drew. Seaford won closest to the pin. Miller won longest putt.