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Area Sports Briefs: SHS loses CCC baseball opener

From staff reports

Griffin Myers pitched his heart out, and Chandler Lippard had three more hits.

It still wasn’t enough, as Salisbury lost its Central Carolina Conference baseball opener at East Davidson, 3-2, on Tuesday.

“We’re doing an awful lot of things right,” Salisbury coach Mike Herndon said. “We’re just not coming up with that big hit.”

Salisbury had seven hits, with  freshman Blaine Shellhorn getting two.

Bo Rusher smacked a first-inning double.

The Hornets (5-5) took a 1-0 lead in the first.

East Davidson got a two-run homer from Darin Spivey in a decisive three-run third  inning.

Salisbury scored one run in the sixth.

The pivotal moment came when Salisbury’s Hut Smith rapped into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases full in the fifth.

East Davidson hurler Adam Fore stuck out 10.

Myers (3-2) struck out four.

“We’re throwing a lot of strikes, really pitching it well,”  Herndon said. “But we’ve got to swing the bats better. We’re 1-3 now in one-run games.”

SHS     100     001  0  — 2  7 2

ED       003     000   x  — 3  7 1

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Salisbury also dropped a close one on Monday, losing 7-6 against Trinity in the bottom of the seventh.

The Hornets led 6-2 after five innings.

Myers, Rusher and Jack Fisher had two hits each. Rusher and Lippard drove in two apiece.

Smith pitched well for five innings and struck out five. Will Taylor (0-1) took the loss. Trinity’s Cole McCrary stuck out eight Hornets.

SHS          005    100 0 —   6   7  1

Trinity     200   002  3    7 10  2

Prep baseball

Davie County lost to North Davidson, 6-2, in Central Piedmont Conference baseball on Tuesday.

Beau Byerly had two hits and drove in a run for the War Eagles.

Blaine Curry (3-2) pitched five strong innings for the Black Knights.

The Davie at North Davidson game this week has been moved up to Thursday due to weather concerns.

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A.L. Brown got a big MECKA win, beating Mallard Creek, 2-1, on Tuesday, to move into a tie for second place.

Robby Clarke drove in Lane Argabright and Matt Baucom in the first inning, and Drake Vernon made those runs stand up. He pitched into the seventh.

Jacob Tuttle got the save for the Wonders (10-3, 5-2).

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  The Greater Cabarrus Stallions defeated High Point Christian 2-1 on Tuesday.

Camron Wallace tossed a four-hitter.

The Stallions were led offensively by Jeremy Whitehead with two triples. He scored both runs on RBI singles by Dalton Lankord  and Seth Cauble.

McConner Wallace and A.J. Knight had  two hits each.

The Stallions(15-3) will play at East Montgomery on Thursday.

Prep softball

Davie County routed Parkland 17-0 in Central Piedmont Conference softball on Tuesday.

River Simpson pitched a two-hitter in the three-inning game.

Anna Devereaux led the Davie offense. She was3-for-3 with a double and a triple and drove in four.

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A.L. Brown stayed on top in the MECKA by beating Hopewell, 7-0.

Catawba signee Allie Baker had four hits for the Wonders (13-1, 8-0 MECKA). Ashlynn Stokes was strong in the circle and struck out five. Kelly Chrismon drove in a run, and the Wonders took advantage of a lot of errors.

In Monday’s 4-3 win against Myers Park, Lauren Ritchie had two hits and Stokes struck out six.

Local golf

Fifty-six GARS members played at Lexington Golf Club on Monday.

Low ‘A’ Flight player with a net of 67.94 was Clayton Steele.

Low ‘B’ Flight player with a net of 66.16 was Bobby Bryant.

Low ‘C’ Flight player with a net of 69.00 was Tommy Lambert.

Low ‘D’ Flight player with a net of 63.69 was Gerald Osborne.

Buddy Barger ,82, shot a 78. Clayton Steele, 84, shot an 80.  O.J. Chandler 87, shot an 83, and J.C. Ritchie 92, shot an 87.

College softball

Catawba hosts Coker in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader today, starting at 1:30 p.m.

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The No. 9 Pfeiffer softball team (31-3) swept Tuesday’s doubleheader against Winston Salem St. (7-21) at Jack Ingram Field.

Pfeiffer pitchers allowed only one run  and held the Rams to nine hits.

Pfeiffer won 1-0 and 4-1.

Kiana Millsaps (6-0) won 1-0. She struck out nine and pitched a four-hitter.

Vada Blue Sherrill crushed a three-run homer in the bottom of the third in Game 2.

Sydney Poole (9-0) remained unbeaten on the year and picked up her 33rd career win. Poole (East Rowan) entered in relief behind Kennedy Lester and went 4.2 innings and allowed only one run.

The Falcons return to action on Friday with a doubleheader at Erskine.

College golf

SNOW HILL — Virginia Union nipped Chowan by one stroke to win the two-day CIAA Northern Division Tournament at Cutter Creek Golf Club.

Virginia Union shot a 611 (300-311) while Chowan came in at 612 (305-307).

Livingstone took third place at 630 (314-316), comfortably ahead of Fayetteville State at 637.

The field was rounded out by Elizabeth City State (652), Virginia State (686), J.C. Smith (690) and St. Augustine’s (839).

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Alexandria Bare (South Rowan) shot 76-81-80 — 237 and helped UNC Pembroke win the women’s Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic.

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Tyler Mulkey (North Rowan) ranks third on the Catawba team with a stroke average of 75.88.

College baseball

Matt Mauldin (North Rowan) has played in 15 games for Winston-Salem State and is batting .242 with a homer and eight RBIs.

Jackets advance

NEW YORK   — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said he did not envision his Yellow Jackets in a national postseason tournament before the season began.

With another win, though, his team will be a champion of one.

Josh Okogie scored a game-high 22 points to lead Georgia Tech to a 76-61 win over Cal State Bakersfield in a NIT semifinal Tuesday night.

Parks and Rec

Salisbury Parks and Recreation still has  spots for its USSSA Men’s Open Softball League.

The season starts April 10.  The fee is $475 per team.  Call 704-216-2709 or email sclar@salisburync.gov.   

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