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Area Sports Briefs: East romps in baseball opener; Carson falls 1-0

From staff reports

Scores for high school and middle school spring sports can be reported to mike.london@salisburypost.com. Scores also are accepted via Twitter at mikelondonpost3.

Chandler Blackwelder socked a two-run homer to bring East Rowan’s 11-1 baseball win against Mooresville to an early conclusion on Tuesday.

East  got three RBIs from John Owen in the six-inning game. Bryson Wagner had a double and drove in two runs.

Matthew Mathis had two hits.

On  the mound, Owen struck out five in three shutout innings. Corbin Moss also pitched three innings. He allowed two hits and one run.

East coach Brian Hightower sat the game out, dating back to an ejection in last year’s playoffs.


Carson lost to Davie County at Rich Park, 1-0, on Tuesday.

Owen White pitched six innings for the Cougars. He threw 73 pitches, allowing two hits and striking out eight.

Davie (2-0) scored an unearned run in the third to beat White — on a hit by Hite Merrifield, a sac bunt by Jake Barneycastle and a throwing error on Chris Reynolds’ roller toward third.

Davie hurlers Carson Whisenhunt, Zach Hudspeth and Reynolds limited Carson to four hits.

Hudsepth got the win. Reynolds got the save. Whisenhunt struck out four in three shutout innings.

White, Ben Shoaf, Clayton Gilmore and Logan Ridenhour had a hit each.

Carson coach Chris Cauble sat the game out, dating back to an ejection in last year’s playoffs.

Davie hosts the Greater Cabarrus Stallions on Friday. Carson is at Mooresville today and opens SPC play at Central Cabarrus on Friday.

College baseball

Catawba outfielder Luke Setzer (East Rowan) repeated as SAC Player of the Week.

Setzer batted .591 with seven RBIs to share the award with  Trejon Smith, of Newberry.

Catawba has moved  today’s home game with UNC Pembroke to 3 p.m. due to weather concerns.


Lee Poteat (West Rowan) had a double and drove in two runs for St. Andrews in a 9-8 win against Pfeiffer on Tuesday.

Prep basketball

Freedom’s girls held high-scoring Mahaley Holit to five points, none in the first half, and beat Central Cabarrus, 59-35 on Tuesday in a 3A regional semifinal played in Morganton.

Freedom led at halftime, 30-12.

Freedom will play Hickory Ridge in Saturday’s West Regional final.

Elanna Peay scored 16 for the Central girls, and Kasey Rowden had eight.

Ariyanna Williams scored 21 for the Patriots, and Amaryah Corpening had 20.


Hickory Ridge’s undefeated girls won against Ashbrook, 51-44, on Tuesday.

Nia Daniel had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jiera Shears had 13 points, four assists and four steals for the Bulls (30-0).

Ashbrook, which eliminated West Rowan and Carson, finished 27-3.


In a 3A regional semifinal, Robinson’s boys lost at Freedom, 88-85, despite 34 points by Lavar Batts Jr.


Wendell Moore Jr. had 21 points and 10 rebounds in Cox Mill’s 55-52 win against Hickory in a game played at Cox Mill.

Jacari Johnson had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Chargers.


College golf

Lincoln Memorial fired a second round 285 and won the Richard Rendleman Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament by one shot over first-round leader Queens.

Catawba hosted the tournament  at the 6,665-yar, par-71 Country Club of Salisbury.

Catawba followed an opening 308 with a 299 on Tuesday, but could not make up any ground. Tyler Mulkey (North Rowan) finished in 20th for the Catawba Indians as he had a second-round 72 to finish at 148. Mack Sheppard ( Hickory Ridge) was 29th at 151.

Brad Robinson, of Lenoir-Rhyne, held his first-round lead, taking medalist honors with a 138 total after rounds of 68 and 70.


Men’s basketball

The Wingate  Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed in this week’s South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball tournament, which gets under way Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena.

Wingate hosts No. 6 seed Catawba at 8 p.m. on ESPN3.

The Bulldogs enter the postseason after winning 16 of their final 18 regular season games, posting a 19-9 overall record with a 16-6 mark in SAC play. Catawba is 18-10 overall after going 12-10 in conference play.

Wingate and Catawba met twice during the regular season, with each team winning on their home court. The Bulldogs won 97-82 in Cuddy Arena in January, getting a career-high 30 points from Mike Baez.

The Bulldogs and Indians met a week ago in Salisbury, with Catawba prevailing 89-57.  Jerrin Morrison had 24 points to lead the Indians.


The No. 22 Pfeiffer men’s basketball team (26-3) survived an upset bid from the hot-shooting Erskine Flying Fleet (9-20) in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

Pfeiffer won, 86-84, and will host Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s championship game at Merner Gym where the Falcons are 15-0 on the year.

Erskine hit 22 3-pointers.

Mike Smith led the way for Pfeiffer, scoring 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

Josh Calhoun added 17 points,  and Keith Jumper tallied 14.

Women’s basketball

Catawba plays at Anderson tonight at 7 p.m. in the first round of the SAC tournament.

Local golf

Fifty-seven GARS members played in foursomes at Lexington Golf Club.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Gary Schenk with a net of 66.26.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was Frank Masingo with a 68.83.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was James Lambert with a net of 71.00.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was John Daniels with a net of 69.90.

O.J. Chandler, 87, shot an 86; Clayton Steele, 84, shot an 81, and Winsten Mahaffey, 80, shot a 78.

College tennis

Newberry posted wins over Catawba in  men’s and women’s South Atlantic Conference tennis action on Tuesday afternoon at the Cayce Tennis Center.

The Newberry men took a 9-0 victory to improve to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in the SAC, while the women won 8-1 in moving to 10-3 and 2-0. The Catawba Indian men are now 7-5 and 3-2 with the women falling to 9-3 and 2-3.

7th-grade hoops

West Rowan’s girls defeated Knox, 36-23.

  Trinity Moreland  scored 28 points.  Kenadi Sproul, Allie Burns and Devin Martin played tough defense and helped West improve to 10-3.


Erwin’s boys won against China Grove, 39-35. The Eagles’ next game is at Knox on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Prep tennis

Davie opened the season with a a 5-4 win against Reagan.



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