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Area Sports Briefs: SPC tourneys set

From staff reports

Pairings are official for this week’s South Piedmont Conference baseball tournament. Monday’s first-round games are at the better seed at 7 p.m.

(8) Hickory Ridge at (1) West Rowan

(5) East Rowan at (4) South Rowan

(7) Central Cabarrus at (2) Robinson

(6) Cox Mill at (3) Carson

Semifinals are at 7 p.m. on  Wednesday with the better seed hosting. The championship game will be at the better seed at 7 p.m. on Friday.


The Greater Cabarrus Stallions were defeated by the Carolina Royals on Friday, 4-3.

The Stallions were led by AJ Knight with two hits, including a double, and Clay Pinion with a two-run single.

The Stallions(23-9) will play at Kings Mountain on Tuesday.


The Stallions defeated Shelby on Thursday, 8-3.

The Stallions were led by Jeremy Whitehead with three hits, including a  two-run homer. Seth Cauble, McConner Wallace, Thaddaeus Lankford and Weston Cregger had two hits each. Clay Pinion picked  up the win on the mound with relief help from Lankford.


Robinson scored five runs in the first inning and had an eight-run fourth to pound South Rowan, 15-1, on Friday.

The win moved Robinson into a tie for second with Carson.

Jason White had three hits for the Bulldogs, while Bryce Vanhook knocked in four runs.

Dillon Norton took the loss.


The CPC ended in a three-way tie for first with Reagan, North Davidson and West Forsyth all 9-3.

Minor leagues

The Kannapolis Intimidators lost at Lakewood, 4-3, on Saturday, on a walkoff sac fly.

Kannapolis (11-11) had built a 3-0 lead behind six shutout innings by  Yosmer Solorzano.

Kannapolis managed just two hits after the first inning — both by Grant Massey to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

Kannapolis wraps up the series today at 1:05 p.m.


Craig Brooks (Catawba) is excelling at Myrtle Beach, the advanced A team for the Chicago Cubs.

Brooks is 1-0 with 20 strikeouts and four walks in 14 innings.

Brooks has an ERA of 0.63 in eight  relief outings.

Prep soccer

Salisbury improved to 8-0 in the Central Carolina Conference and 15-1-1 overall with a  3-1 overtime win over Lexington.

“Combine three games in three nights, one of the hottest days of the spring, prom on Saturday, and an incredibly aggressive opponent and you have the makings for a very difficult road match,” Parrish said.

Lexington was assertive and scored first, only four minutes into the match.

“I think we were a bit cocky coming into the match and in many instances our minds were somewhere else,” Parrish said. “ After getting scored  on first for only the second time this season, we slowly came out of our slumber, peppering the Lexington box with shot after shot.”

Salisbury leveled  when Julia Honeycutt took on several defenders and then crossed a ball to Emily Mann, who one-timed a volley into the net.

The next goal would not come for nearly 75 minutes. The Hornets missed on 35 shots on goal and went to overtime.

Three minutes into the first overtime session, Honeycutt again beat a defender and sent a ball, this time to Ceci Cardelle, who provided the game winning tally.

In the second overtime, Anna Grace Woolly found Maria Capito, who touched inside past her defender to near post and concluded the scoring.

“Lexington gave us everything they had and I’m proud of the resiliency we showed tonight,” Parrish said. “It wasn’t the prettiest win by any stretch of the imagination, but when you don’t play collectively well and can still pull one out it says a lot about the heart, guts, and integrity of our team. Battling injuries and exhaustion, half of our starters could barely walk off of the field. I couldn’t be more proud of that.”

It was the 200th career win for coach Matt Parrish with the Salisbury  girls program.

Salisbury plays West Davidson at home on Monday with  the conference championship on the line.


In a 3-3 tie with Robinson, South Rowan got two goals from Madison Henry and one from Mary Jester on Friday.

Raquel Landaverde and Katelyn Goodman had assists.

South fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit.


Prep softball

Pairings are set for the South Piedmont Conference tournament that starts on Monday. Most games are at 6:30 p.m.

(8) Robinson at (1) Hickory Ridge

(5) Carson at (4) West Rowan

(7) East Rowan at (2) Cox Mill

(6) South Rowan at (3) Central Cabarrus, 6

Semifinals are Wednesday with the championship   on Friday. The team with the better seed will host.


Makenzie Smith and Sierra Ferguson homered as Davie County rolled  against Parkland, 18-0, on Friday.


Anna Blume drove in the only run of the game and Whitney Arnott struck out eight batters to lead South Rowan to a 1-0 SPC win against Robinson on Friday.


Parker Greene had a home run and a triple in West Rowan’s 6-5 loss to Cox Mill.

Morgan Corriher had three hits, including two doubles.

Hannah Roberts pitched five innings and drove in a run, but Cox Mill overcame a 4-0 deficit and won with a run in the bottom of the seventh against reliever Tori Hester.

Kayla Smith drove in four runs for the Chargers. Madison Michael struck out six Falcons.


In a 1-0 loss to Cox Mill on Thursday in eight innings, Brie Bauer had Carson’s only two hits. Krista Peninger pitched an oustanding game and struck out three.


Nicole Fleming hit a three-run homer for East Rowan’s jayvee team on Thursday against South Rowan.

Prep tennis

The Central Carolina Conference Tennis Tournament concluded Friday at the Bingham Tennis Center in Lexington.

Top four finishers, including six Salisbury Hornets, qualified for regional play in Salisbury on May 5.


Championship Match

Ethan McGee (Salisbury) def. Seth Worley (Lexington) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

3rd/4th place Match

Jacob Carlson (Lexington) def. Paul Weitz (Salisbury) 6-4, 6-4


Championship Match

Roarke Burton/Adam Drye (Salisbury) def. Jander Rodas-Palacios/Sean Archer (Salisbury) 6-1, 6-4

3rd/4th place Match

Hugh Bennett/Jake Crews (West Davidson) def. Blake Inabinett/Jack Burke (Lexington) 7-5, 6-1

Final Rankings


#1 Ethan McGee (Salisbury)

#2 Seth Worley (Lexington)

#3 Jacob Carlson (Lexington)

#4 Paul Weitz (Salisbury)


#1 Roarke Burton/Adam Drye (Salisbury)

#2 Jander Rodas-Palacios/Sean Archer (Salisbury)

#3 Hugh Bennett/Jake Crews (West Davidson)

#4 Blake Inabinett/Jack Burke (Lexington)

College track

At the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Charlotte 49ers freshman Zachary Marchinko (Carson) ran the seventh fastest 10,000 meters in school history. Marchinko ran 30:46.96.

College baseball

Brian Bauk (Salisbury) had two RBIs for Appalachian State in Friday’s 7-6 win against Arkansas State.


Charlotte’s Colton Laws (Carson) suffered his first loss of the season  on Friday despite pitching well.

Charlotte lost 3-2 at UAB. Laws pitched six innings, striking out nine and allowing three runs.


East Carolina’s Eric Tyler (South Rowan) drove in two runs in a 15-8 win against Tulane on Friday.


Derek Perry had three hits for the second straight game and seven different batters knocked in at least one run, but the sixth-seeded Pfeiffer University baseball team (24-24) lost to  No. 3 seed Belmont Abbey, 11-9, on Saturday in the  Conference Carolinas tournament.

It was the first loss in the double-elimination event for the Falcons, who won on Thursday (vs. No. 1 Mount Olive) and Friday.

College softball

Top-seeded Pfeiffer won three games on Saturday to stay alive in the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

Two games went extra innings.

Once-beaten Pfeiffer and North Greenville, still unbeaten, play for the championship today. Pfeiffer has to win two.


Pfeiffer’s Makenzie Pennell was named Freshman of the Year for Conference Carolinas.

Pfeiffer’s Monte Sherrill was named Coach of the Year for Conference Carolinas.


The SAC tournament comes down today to top-seeded, undefeated Carson-Newman and fourth-seeded Coker, which has one loss.

College track

At the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Charlotte 49ers freshman Zachary Marchinko (Carson) ran the seventh fastest 10,000 meters in school history. Marchinko ran 30:46.96.

Mid. school baseball

West Rowan defeated Southeast Middle, 8-7, on Thursday.

JD Basinger led the Bulldogs (6-3) with two homers and pitched 6 1/3 strong innings.

Jake Blevins also hit a home run and Justin Cole had two hits.

West will play Knox and China Grove next week.

Local golf

Forty-four GARS members played at the Revival at the Crescent.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was David Scearce with a net of 66.99.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was O.J. Chandler with a net of 68.71.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Rick Fior with a net of 70.00.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Tommy Lambert with a net of 66.15.

Dick Hatoway, 84, shot an 83, and O.J. Chandler, 87, shot an 83.

shot an 83.




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