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Area Sports Briefs: West wins in bottom of the 9th

From staff reports

  Dillon Simpson’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth lifted West Rowan’s baseball team to a 4-3 win against visiting Central Cabarrus and put the Falcons (12-3, 10-3)  in first place in the South Piedmont Conference.

Trevor Atwood had four hits for the Falcons, who won their ninth straight game. Olen Stamper had two hits.

West used four pitchers.   Payne Stolsworth started and went five innings. He had a 3-1 lead when he exited. Daniel Durham, Pearce Wilhelm and Brandon Walton worked out of the bullpen, with Walton getting the win.

West hosts Carson in a big game in Mount Ulla this afternoon. The jayvees play first. The varsity game will get under way about 4:30 p.m.


East Rowan scored three runs in the first inning and was able to hold off Northwest Cabarrus, 3-2, in SPC play on Friday.

Jax Fitz had  a two-run single for the Mustangs.

Colby Myrick pitched five scoreless innings for the win. Corbin Moss pitched in relief, and John Owen got East out of a jam in the sixth and had a 1-2-3 seventh for the save.


Davie County scored on an error in the eighth inning and beat Mount Tabor, 1-0, for a Central Piedmont Conference win on Friday.

Carson Whisenhunt went all the way on the mound for the War Eagles.


Joe Steinman allowed three hits in six innings and led Salisbury to an 8-0 Central Carolina Conference win at Lexington on Friday.

Steinman struck out six.

Jack Fisher pitched the seventh.

Salisbury only had five hits and fanned six times but was able to beat Lexington ace Will Lancaster.

Hut Smith’s first-inning triple gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Salisbury (8-5, 4-1)  scored four unearned runs in the fifth, including two on a dropped flyball. Will Taylor walked three times. Steinman had two hits and knocked in two runs.


West Davidson pounded 15 hits and routed North Rowan on Friday, 12-2, in Central Carolina Conference action.

  The Green Dragons  (11-4, 4-0) stayed on top in the CCC. Chris Mauck pitched a four-hitter and also had four hits at the plate.

Henderson Lentz had a double for the Cavaliers.

Prep soccer

Sarah Musselwhite scored both goals as Carson beat South Rowan, 2-1, in South Piedmont Conference action on Friday.

Mary Jester scored the goal for the Raiders.

Prep softball

Carson edged South Rowan on Friday, 7-6, in South Piedmont Conference action.

Down 6-2 at one point, Carson rallied and scored the winning run in the seventh. Maci Cooper had four hits and made a great catch for the Cougars.

Rylie Stewart had three hits. Brie Bauer and Madison Barnhardt and Rylie Stewart had two hits. Haley Howerton drove in three runs. Bauer knocked in two. Krista Peninger was the winning pitcher.

Mataya Reynolds homered for South. She had two hits and two RBIs.  Brooke Lowery had three RBIs. Jalee Rollins and Ashlynn Plott had two hits each.


Carson romped against Robinson, 11-1, on Thursday. Katie Jewell had two hits and two RBIs. Jess Freeze had two RBIs. Cooper and Barnhardt had two hits apiece.

Stewart was the winning pitcher. She struck out six.


Olivia Boger struck out 11 batters as Davie beat Central Piedmont Conference rival West Forsyth, 5-0, on Friday. Anna Devereaux had two hits and two RBIs.


Karley Teague pitched a one-hit shutout as East Rowan topped Northwest Cabarrus, 7-0, on Friday in SPC play.

Lauren Coughenhour, Ashlyn Fritz and Caroline Johnson had three hits apiece for the Mustangs.

Prep tennis

Salisbury stayed unbeaten in the Central Carolina Conference by beating East Davidson on Friday, 9-0. Winning for the Hornets in singles   Ethan McGee, Roarke Burton, Jander Rodas, Sean Archer, Adam Drye and Paul Wietz. Winning in doubles were McGee/Rodas , Drye/Burton and Wietz/Archer.

Salisbury (12-1, 8-0) plays North Rowan at City Park on Tuesday.


Carson won against Northwest Cabarrus on Thursday, 6-3, in South Piedmont Conference play.

Winning in singles for the Cougars were Lucas Sides, Jared Henriquez, Jesus Barron and Brandon Cole. Doubles winners were Sides/Hunter Smith and Henriquez/Barron.

Intimidators fall

KANNAPOLIS — Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Intimidators threatened, but the comeback effort fell short as the Lakewood BlueClaws topped Kannapolis for the second night in a row, 6-4, at Intimidators Stadium.

The Intimidators (0-2) put two runners on and  had the tying run at first base in the ninth before the BlueClaws slammed the door.

Lakewood (2-0) grabbed the lead right away in the top of the first inning when Darick Hall’s sacrifice fly to centerfield plated a run.

Seby Zavala had a two-run single for Kannapolis.

College baseball

Colton Laws (Carson) pitched six shutout innings with five strikeouts for the Charlotte 49ers on Friday but got no-decision.  The 49ers fell to Florida Atlantic, 13-10, in 12 innings.

College tennis

  Catawba earned a pair of tight wins over host Belmont Abbey in men’s and women’s tennis action on Thursday afternoon at the Reidy Tennis Center.   

College track

  Lees-McRae’s Cody McNeely (West Rowan) finished second out of a field of 22 runners with a time of 1:52.8 in the 800 at the Montreat Invitational. Running in the same heat was Brevard’s Michael Anton  West Rowan). He  finished seventh in 2:00.


Western Carolina’s Jordan Bostian Western Carolina (West Rowan) won the 300 Steeplechase with a time of 10:06. Western’s  Josie Heglar (West Rowan) finished with a 2:27 in the 800  at the Bob Davidson Spring Kickoff.

Mid. school golf

Sacred Heart hosted a home golf match at The Revival at the Crescent Golf Club against Erwin  and North Davie.

Sacred Heart won with a team score of 167, followed by Erwin (201) and North Davie (205).

Luke Graeber led Sacred Heart with a 39. He was followed by Ben Childress (42), Jake Trainor (42), Nick Antosek (44), Riley Dillon (53) and Jake Denhard (59).

Colby Patterson shot 39 to lead Erwin.



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