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Area Sports Briefs: Catawba loses despite 2 Setzer homers

From staff reports

Luke Setzer belted two homers for Catawba on Sunday at Newman Park,  his 12th and 13th of the season, but Augusta beat the Indians, 9-6.

Catawba won the series two games to one.

It was a 4-4 game going to the ninth, but Augusta got five in the top half of the inning, with Tyler Roberts’ two-run double to left-center breaking the tie.

Ryan Kahny allowed the leadoff man to reach to start the ninth. Connor Johnson relieved and got two outs with the runner advancing to third.

Kahny took the loss, but  most of the damage  came against closer Bryan Blanton before Clay Young finally got the third out.

Trailing 9-4, Catawba made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring twice. Catawba (24-10)  had two men on and had the tying run at the plate when Kyle Smith grounded out to end the game. First baseman Ty Hobbs robbed Malachi Hanes on a double in the ninth.

Ben Bomberger hit his fifth homer for Catawba. Jeremy Simpson and Chance Bowden had three hits each.

Catawba makes the short trip to take on the  Class A Kannapolis Intimidators tonight at 6:30 p.m in an exhibition game.

The Indians return to Newman Park on Tuesday, hosting Barton at 6 p.m.

Local golf

In the 9th annual Jimmy Anderson  Boys Invitational at Jackonsville Country Club, East Rowan’s Nick Lyerly shot 70-77 — 147 and tied for 10th at 3-over.

Cannon School’s Michael Childress shot 80-79 — 159 and tied for 61st.

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The team of Walt Kincaid, Faye Cline and Susan Wydner edged out a victory over the team of Mary Seaford, David Huneycutt and Azalee Story in McCanless Couples play on Sunday.   Melinda Rigger won closest to the pin.  David Huneycutt won longest putt.

College track

Charlotte freshman Zachary Marchinko (Carson) ran a  PR in the 5000 meters at The Colonial Relays at William & Mary on Friday.

His time of 14:37.74, also qualified him to the USATF National Junior Championships on June 22 in Sacramento. Marchinko had the fastest freshman time in the race. Charlotte freshmanAlex Cornwell (Hickory Ridge) ran a PR of  14:54.88.

College baseball

Montreat’s Ross Hoffner (Davie County)  has played in 23 games and is batting .320 with two triples, a double and a homer.

College lacrosse

Wingate, ranked 15th,   held Catawba to a single goal in posting a 13-1 victory in South Atlantic Conference men’s lacrosse action on Saturday night.

The Catawba Indians fell to 6-6 and 3-3 in the South Atlantic Conference.

The game was tight through three quarter as the Bulldogs led 4-1 after neither team could score in the third quarter. Wingate started to pull away with a pair of goals in the opening five minutes of the final quarter and put the game away with a four-goal spurt over two minutes that put the guests up 10-1 with 7:26 left.

Wingate scored in the first minute on a tally by Jeremy Sullivan. That was the lone goal of the opening period. Sullivan added a second goal four minutes into the second quarter. It was 3-0 before Joe Barber (Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara) put Catawba on the scoreboard with 4:28 to go before the half.

Ryan Ormerod and Alex Llerandi each scored three goals for Wingate. Sullivan had two goals and a helper. The Bulldogs held a 45-29 edge in shots and won 11 of 15 face-offs.

Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) recorded 14 saves for the Indians.

Catawba travels to Brevard next Saturday at 2 pm.

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