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Area Sports Briefs: Hanes hits slam in Catawba victory

From staff reports

Malachi Hanes hit a grand slam to lead Catawba to an 8-4 win against St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday at Newman Park.

Freshman Bryan Ketchie (4-1) got the win for the 22nd-ranked Indians (16-7).

Jeremy Simpson (West Rowan) and Hunter Shepherd (Cabarrus Stallions) had three hits each. Shepherd had a game-tying double in the fourth when Catawba trailed 1-0. Simpson had a run-scoring double in the fifth to put Catawba ahead. After two walks, Hanes hit his grand slam to make it 6-1.

The visitors (6-5) fought back to 6-4, but RBIs by Jackson Raper and Bryce Fowler pushed the lead back to 8-4.

Catawba’s bullpen was good in the seventh, eighth and ninth. Bryan Blanton closed it.

Catawba is home on Tuesday, hosting Belmont Abbey at 5 p.m.


Freshman Lee Poteat (West Rowan) is doing very well at St. Andrews. Poteat leads the Knights in doubles, triples and hits. He has an on-base percentage of .500. Poteat has 31 RBIs in 28 games.


Michael Pinkston (West Rowan) had two RBIs for Guilford in a Sunday sweep of Muhlenberg.

College swimming

Queens won its third straight D-II national championship in women’s swimming.

McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) finished third in the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle. She swam on the second-place 800 freestyle relay team and the third-place 400 freestyle relay team.

College tennis

Christopher Newport’s Alexandra Drye (Salisbury) won three singles matches as the Captains won three out of four on a trip to California.

Men’s basketball

Augusta’s Keshun Sherrill scored 24 points in his final college game on Sunday.

Sherrill ended his career as the leading career scorer in Augusta and Peach Belt Conference history.

Augusta lost in Charlotte to Queens, 88-82, in a semifinal in the D-II Southeast Regional.

Todd Withers scored 25 for Queens.

South Atlantic Conference clubs Queens and Lincoln Memorial, a 70-64 winner against Limestone, will vie for the regional title and a spot in the Elite Eight on Tuesday at Queens.


College golf

N.C. State’s Davis Richards (South Rowan) had a stroke average of 71.9 in five tournaments, including a 66.


George Mason’s Eric Edwards (Salisbury) shot 72-71-66 (7-under) and tied for 12th in the Seminole Intercollegiate.


Richmond’s Isabella Rusher (Salisbury) shot 75-70-80 (9-over) and tied for 17th in the River Landing Classic.

East Carolina’s Carley Cox (China Grove) shot 72-77-79 and tied for 29th in the River Landing Classic. ECU’s Grace Yatawara (Salisbury) shot 78-82-81.






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