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Area Sports Briefs: Wonders, Tigers advance in Easter tourney

From staff reports

A.L. Brown advanced to the semifinals of the F&M Bank Classic with a  7-5 win against Northwest Cabarrus on Friday at Intimidators Stadium.

Drake Vernon pitched into the sixth for the win and got relief help from Ryan O’Kelly.

Dylan Shubert had two hits for the Wonders (15-3)  as they built a 7-1 lead. Lane Argrabright drove in two runs.

Dalton Coleman and Carson Bost had two hits each for the Trojans (0-18).

The Wonders take on Carson in a semifinal tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Northwest Cabarrus is in consolation bracket action against Salisbury at 1:30 p.m.

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Mount Pleasant won a struggle against Robinson, 8-6, on Friday in the first round of the F&M Bank Classic.

Landon Parker had three hits. Grayson Huneycutt had three RBIs. Jack Fowler struck out eight for the Tigers, who won with two runs in the seventh.

Mount Pleasant (14-3)  plays Lake Norman (15-3)  in a 4 p.m. semifinal today. Robinson (10-7) takes on South Rowan (13-6) at 11 a.m. in consolation action.

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The East Rowan Spring Break Tournament starts today with four games. East Rowan starts the tournament at Staton Field with a 10 a.m. game against Forest Hills. West Rowan plays West Iredell in the last game of the day at 7 p.m.

Prep track and field

Northwest Cabarrus’ girls racked up distance points and won the Cabarrus County Meet at Mount  Pleasant this week.

Cox Mill, Mount Pleasant and A.L. Brown followed the Trojans.

A.L. Brown’s Ajianna Britt swept the throws, while Akeena Maxwell took the 100 and 200. The Wonders also won the 4×100.

See Scoreboard.

Catawba lacrosse

Catawba rolled to an 18-1 victory over visiting Shorter in men’s lacrosse action on Friday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. The Catawba Indians improved to 8-6, while the Eagles fell to 0-13.

Ten different Indians scored. Liam Lynch  led the way with four goals. Ryan Applegate made eight saves.

Catawba will conclude the regular season at Lenoir-Rhyne, next Saturday at 7 p.m.

Catawba softball

Catawba came away with a split of a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader with visiting Anderson on Friday afternoon at Whitley Field. The   Indians (11-35, 2-14) came back to win the nightcap, 9-7, after dropping the opener 8-0 in five innings.  The Trojans are 32-14 and 10-8.

Kristen Stinnard had a run-scoring double to start the scoring in Game 2.

  Brooke Walser  maneuvered around trouble in the fifth and sixth innings before sitting down Anderson in order in the seventh. She struck out the final two batters to improve to 8-15.

Stinnard had  three hits. Beth Ann Martin (South Rowan) had two hits and scored twice, while Leah Huggins drove in two.

Catawba travels to Wingate on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

Intimidators

Three Intimidators blasted home runs in an offensive eruption to beat the Hickory Crawdads, 8-4, on Friday at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory.

Brandon Dulin, Jameson Fisher, and Seby Zavala powered Kannapolis (2-7) to a victory as the team hit more home runs in the game than it had in the first week of the season.

The Intimidators wrap up this four-game series against the Crawdads today with a doubleheader, starting at 5 p.m.  Kannapolis is off on Sunday.

The Intimidators return home on Thursday to open a four-game series in Kannapolis against Hickory. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.

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