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Area Sports Briefs: Mustangs hang on

From staff reports

GRANITE QUARRRY — East Rowan’s baseball team did everything right for six innings on Wednesday.

In the seventh, the Mustangs kicked it around, but they were able to hang on to a 7-6 non-conference win against South Stanly at Staton Field.

Charlie Klingler had four hits and four RBIs to carry East’s offense. Hayden Setzer and Will Brown had two hits each.

“We put Klingler in the 3-hole and he hasn’t done anything but hit,”East coach Brian Hightower said.

Blake White pitched shutout baseball for four innings for East (4-1). Jake Davis kept South Stanly scoreless in the fifth and sixth, but walks and errors gave South Stanly a chance for an improbable comeback in the seventh.

Jake Hunter got the last out of the game with two Bulls on base.

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MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan broke open a close game with a five-run sixth and beat Cox Mill, 12-5, on Wednesday.

Payne Stolsworth drove in two runs for the Falcons. Jake Perez had a three-run double in the sixth.

West (2-2) had eight hits, with Perez getting two.

Leadoff man Mykal Berger had a hit, walked twice and scored two runs.  Berger and Logan Sproul had RBIs.

West used Olen Stamper, Henry Hall, Carsen Bailey and Daniel Durham on the mound.

Stamper exited in the fourth after walking seven and throwing 86 pitches, but West’s bullpen came through.

Jacob Garton had two hits and two RBIs for the Chargers.

West will make up the Davie County game tonight   at home at 6 p.m.

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SALISBURY — Salisbury demolished Lexington, 18-1, for a Central Carolina Conference win on Wednesday at Robertson Stadium.

Griffin Myers, Will Taylor and David Holden pitched for the Hornets (5-1, 4-1 CCC).

Myers had three hits. Chandler Lippard had two.

Lippard had four RBIs. Blake Clark had three, and  Zach Robinette, Blaine Shellhorn,  Bo Rusher and Myers had two each.

Salisbury scored seven runs in the first and eight in the third.

Prep softball

MOUNT ULLA — Parker Greene hit a two-run homer to back a complete game by freshman pitcher Taylor Walton, and West Rowan topped South Rowan in a non-conference game on Wednesday.

Walton struck out six.

South scored in the first inning when Brooke Lowery drove in Summer McKeon.

Greene’s homer put West in front in the third, and the Falcons (5-0) tacked on two in the fifth.

Lauren Coughenour and Camryn Nooner had hits and scored runs for the Falcons.

McKeon and Lowery had two hits each for South (4-3). South pitcher Whitley Arnott allowed four hits, walked two and struck out 11.

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GRANITE QUARRY —  East Rowan pounded Northwest Cabarrus, 16-1, on Wednesday in a non-conference game. Caroline Johnson and Victoria Lewis slammed homers for the Mustangs (3-2).

Johnson drove in five runs, while Lewis knocked in three.  Nicole Lackey and Makenzie Sprinkle had two RBIs apiece.

“The best we’ve swung the bats, by far,” East coach Mike Waddell said. “Lots of extra-base hits.”

Karley Teague was the winning pitcher.

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MIDWAY — Salisbury lost to Oak Grove, 14-1, in a Central Carolina Conference game on Wednesday.

Kayla Caldwell drove in Ellen Yang with Salisbury’s only run.

The Hornets are 2-4 and 1-4 in the CCC.

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LEXINGTON — Sierra Ferguson went 4-for-4 to lead Davie County to an 11-5 win against Central Davidson on Wednesday.

Prep soccer

WALLBURG — Salisbury rolled past Ledford, 6-0, in  frigid, windy conditions on Wednesday.

The Hornets are 6-0, and  5-0 in the Central Carolina Conference.

“We struggled mightily offensively and couldn’t get going in the first half,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “I felt as if we managed to get out of the half level it would be a small victory. The half’s lone goal came off of a long throw by Julia Honeycutt. She threw a rope toward near post that bounced off of a defender and into the goal. It was a fortunate bounce off of a set piece.”

The second half was a different story.

Working with the wind at their backs, the Hornets

The second half was a vastly different story. Working with the wind at their backets, Honeycutt scored three goals in 15 minutes.

Honeycutt then became a distributor, crossing a long diagonal ball that sophomore Katherine Sullivan headed off of the post and into the net. Lillie Rusher capped the scoring off of an assist from Theresa Holland.

Emily Mann made four saves for the shutout in goal.

Salisbury got excellent play from Maria Capito.

SHS hosts West Rowan at 5 p.m. tonight.

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LANDIS — South Rowan also stayed unbeaten by thrashing CCC opponent Thomasville, 9-0, on Wednesday.

Madison Henry had another huge game with five goals and two assists for the Raiders (6-0, 5-0 CCC).

Taylor Mauldin had a goal and an assist.

  Raquel Landaverde Rhiannon Kimmer, and Leslie Sanchez scored goals. Michelle Rivera had another shutout in goal.

South plays at Carson tonight.

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MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan lost to Central Cabarrus, 6-1, in non-conference soccer on Wednesday. Central (3-1-1) led 4-0 at the break.

For the Falcons (1-3), Mackenna Clifton scored on an assist by Stacey Ketchie. Ryley Corriher made 13 saves.

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CONCORD — Concord won against East Rowan, 9-0. Lauren Weinsenel made 19 saves for East.

College baseball

  SALISBURY — The Catawba Indians recorded 15 hits on Wednesday at Newman Park and beat Indiana University (Pa.), 16-6.

Joe Butts led the Indians (11-16)  going 4-for-5. Kyle Smith added three hits and three runs. Chance Bowden (Salisbury) and Luke Setzer  (East Rowan) had four RBIs and three runs.

Ryan Kahny earned his first win of the season in relief. D.J. Laxton struck out the side in the ninth.

Catawba produced six runs on five hits and three errors in the bottom of the third for a 7-0 lead.    Bowden’s two-run double and Setzer’s three-run homer in the seventh broke it open.

Catawba will return to Newman Park and South Atlantic Conference action on Friday at 6 p.m. against Tusculum.

Local golf

Rob Burke recently had a hole-in-one at The Revival at the Crescent.

Burke, who was playing with Chad Thomas, Brantley Deal and Jamie Deal, aced the course’s par-3 fifth hole.

Prep golf

East Rowan won a five-team match at McCanless on Wednesday. Bryson Sprinkle shot 35, Austin Miller shot 38, and Colby Patterson shot 39.

Lake Norman finished second, followed by Carson, Davie and A.L. Brown.

Zain Tucker’s 44 led Carson.

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In CCC golf on Wednesday, Salisbury’s Alex Antosek shot 38 at Meadowlands. Will Fowler shot 43 for the Hornets, who finished fourth. Tyler Partee shot 36 for first-place Ledford.

Prep tennis

SALISBURY — Salisbury stayed unbeaten in the Central Carolina Conference with a 9-0 win against East Davidson on Wednesday.

Winning in singles for the Hornets (5-0) were Roarke Burton, Ethan McGee, Jander Rodas, Adam Drye, Sean Archer and Juan Salazar.

Winning in doubles were Burton/Drye,  Rodas/McGee and Archer/Salazar.

Salisbury will play at North Davidson on Thursday at 4:30     

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart’s golf Team had a tri-match with Davidson Day and North Hills Christian.

Medalist Ben Childress shot 40, Jacob Trainor 42 and  Nick Antosek 43 for Sacred Heart. Kaiden Dulkoski and Hannah Lineberry  had 53s, and Lauren Childress 54.

Sacred Heart won with a 178 score.

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Sacred Heart shot 189 to win a match with Forsyth Country Day and St. Leo Catholic School.

Antosek and Trainor shot 46s.  Kaiden Dulkoski  shot 51.

Derron Dulkoski and Joe Trainor are the coaches.

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Sacred Heart’s boys  Tennis Teamtennis team, coached by Jeff Childress, defeated Erwin Middle, 9-0.   Ben Childress, Will Koontz, Colin Donaldson, John Sentilles, Soyer Cornelison and Gray Goodman won singles matches.  Childress/Donaldson and Sentilles/Goodman won in doubles.

Minor leagues

  Minor League Baseball   announced rules and procedure changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits during a game throughout Minor League Baseball.

The Triple-A and Double-A levels will use a 15-second pitch clock with no runners on base.

The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, aim to reduce the number of pitchers used in extra innings and the issues created by extra innings.

Carolina Press

The youth travel basketball organization, The Carolina Press, will be hosting tryouts for 7/8 grade boys on Monday March 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Rowan Middle School.

Girls tryouts are on March 20 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Contact Donte Minter at coasttocoastlifeskills@gmail.com, Ccoach Ashley Poole or coach Jennifer Hege.

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The Carolina Press will have open gym for 6-8 graders Sunday at West Rowan Middle School from 5 until 7.

Carolinas Classics All-Star Basketball

WILMINGTON — In less than two weeks, the top senior high school boys and girls from North Carolina and South Carolina will face off in the 2018 Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington.

Six of the participating players are headed for the ACC after graduation.

ACC-committed players from the boys teams include Jarren McAllister, Hunter Tyson and Rechon “Leaky” Black, who have committed to Virginia Tech, Clemson and UNC, respectively. Top girls players include Elissa Cunane, Skylar Blackstock and D’asia Gregg, who have signed with North Carolina State, Clemson and Georgia Tech, respectively.

West Rowan’s Caleb Mauldin will play in the game.

The Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games will take place on March 24, starting at 6 p.m. The games will not only showcase basketball talent, but will also give back to the community. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation to support the Betty H. Cameron Hospital.

Tickets to the games are available for purchase online and are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

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