Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball drops into tie for first

Published 12:22 am Saturday, April 21, 2018

From staff reports

WINGATE — The Wingate Bulldogs moved into a tie for first place in the South Atlantic Conference by pounding Catawba’s baseball team, 8-2, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

The teams will play a doubleheader at Wingate today to close the conference regular season, starting at 3 p.m.

Tanner Forrey hit two of Wingate’s four homers. The Bulldogs knocked out Catawba starter and loser Riley Myers in the third inning.

Hunter Morgan threw 131 pitches for the Bulldogs and notched a complete game.

The only Indian who had serious success against Morgan was Jackson Raper. He had four hits, with a run-scoring single in the first and a solo homer in the fourth.

Prep baseball

MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan pitcher Payne Stolsworth allowed only one hit in six innings and led the Falcons to a 4-0 North Piedmont Conference win over North Iredell on Friday.

Stolsworth (1-1), a junior right-hander who has been used mostly in relief, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.  Olen Stamper pitched the seventh.

West (12-9, 6-2) had only four hits but didn’t have to do a lot offensively, as North Iredell made five errors, three of them early.

West scored two in the first and two in the second.

Stamper and Daniel Durham drove in runs.


West Rowan’s jayvees romped against North Iredell, 11-1.


STATESVILLE — Carson stayed on top in the North Piedmont Conference with a 13-1 romp at Statesville.

Cameron Prugh (4-0) pitched three strong innings for the win, and Zack Starnes pitched the last three for a save.

They combined for 12 strikeouts and one walk.

Prugh went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs for the Cougars (17-5, 7-1). Owen White drove in two runs. Logan Rogers had two hits and scored twice.

Brycen Holshouser had a triple, while Rogers had a double.

Deacon Petree had two hits for the Greyhounds (1-17, 0-8).


GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan shelled Mount Tabor, 10-0, in a non-conference game on Thursday.

Jake Hunter (3-2) was the winning pitcher.

Trevor Scruggs homered. Wayne Mize drove in two runs. Mize, Matthew Mathis, Charlie Klingler and Bryson Wagner had two hits each.


GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan cruised to a 12-1, five-inning win against South Iredell in NPC action on Friday.

Will Brown (2-1) struck out nine batters in the abbreviated contest.

Leading the Mustangs (15-5, 6-2) at the plate was Charlie Klingler, who had three hits, including two doubles. Matthew Mathis clubbed a triple. Jax Fitz had a double.


SPENCER — McGwire Smith pitched a shutout as North Rowan beat South Davidson, 3-0, in Yadkin Valley Conference action on Friday.

Will Anthony had a double and two RBIs to lead North’s offense.

North (8-12, 8-8) got back to .500 in the league with its third straight win.


In the South Piedmont Conference: Stephen Kutay shut out Concord, 3-0, with  Sam Yelton driving in all three runs.

Noah Love went 4-for-4 with five RBIs to lead Robinson’s 12-0 win vs. Cox Mill. Jason White pitched a three-hitter.

Northwest Cabarrus beat A.L. Brown, 9-4. Cole Pletcher and Josh Keziah had two RBIs each for Trojans. Jack Robinson was the winning pitcher.

Dylan Shubert, Justin Rodgers, Keyon Rice, Bradley Hathcock had two hits each for the Wonders.


Prep softball

STATESVILLE — Carson pounded 24 hits in three innings and crushed Statesville, 20-0, in North Piedmont Conference play on Friday.

Skyler Smith homered and drove in three runs. Jess Freeze had two doubles and two RBIs.

Sierra Ratliff went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Kary Hales was 2-for-2. Katie Jewell had three hits and scored twice. Liza Simmerson went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Haley Howerton had two RBIs. Maci Cooper went 2-for-2.  Kaitlyn Honeycutt went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Rylie Stewart had three hits and three RBIs.

Kaitlyn Stout pitched   a no-hitter for the Cougars (12-6, 6-2), who stayed in contention in the NPC. She struck out four and walked one.


MOCKSVILLE — Davie County used a six-run fourth inning to beat Glenn, 9-5, in Central Piedmont Conference action on Friday.

Davie (11-8, 6-2) got three hits from Emma Patterson and Shea Woody. Patterson knocked in three runs.


LANDIS — Ashlynn Plott homered and drove in three runs as South Rowan  pounded Lexington, 15-0, in Central Carolina Conference action on Thursday.

South (14-8, 12-4) got two RBIs from Brooke Lowery and Courtney Mullins.


THOMASVILLE — Ellen Yang hit a  home run for Salisbury, her fourth of the season, in a 17-1 CCC loss to East Davidson on Friday.


West Rowan’s jayvees won, 12-8, against North Iredell.


MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan’s varsity stayed in first place by pounding North Iredell, 13-2, in Friday’s NPC game.

Taylor Walton and Morgan Corriher homered for the league-leading Falcons (15-4, 7-1).

Mary Sobataka had a triple, while Kaylin Dowling, Parker Greene and Camryn Nooner had doubles.

Winner Hannah Roberts allowed  one hit and no walks in five innings.


Prep soccer

LANDIS — South Rowan lost to A.L. Brown, 4-2, on Thursday.

Madison Henry and Taylor Mauldin had goals and assists for the Raiders (13-5) in the non-conference contest. Coach Kyle Neal also had praise for Holiday Harvey, who played in goal after an injury to Michelle Rivera.

South is dealing with a rash of injuries and ran out of gas after leading 2-1 with 15 minutes left.

Prep golf

The Cannon School tied for first place at The Pinecrest Invitational,  played on Pinehurst No. 8 on Thursday. Cannon tied host Pinecrest with a 309, three shots ahead of Raleigh Broughton.

Salisbury’s Michael Childress, a senior, shot a 1-over par 73, tying for medalist honors. Cannon teammate Charlie Barr, a freshman from Salisbury, shot an 80 and tied for 27th overall.

Mid. school soccer

The Erwin girls soccer team defeated China Grove, 8-0.

Hannah Isley and Morrigan Wilhelm tallied two goals apiece.  Mckenzie Misenheimer, Riley Isley and Lindsey Cook contributed agoal each.  Anna Hedenskog scored her first middle school goal.  Riley Isley had two assists.

Mary Spry and Misenheimer combined for the shutout in goal.

Erwin outscored opponents 26-0 in a 3-0 week.

SAC baseball

Mars Hill’s Matt Honeycutt (South Rowan) had a homer and a triple in Friday’s loss to Lincoln Memorial.

SAC track

Carson-Newman’s Tori Gaul (East Rowan)   cleared 12 feet, 6 inches and won the pole vault in the  SAC Championships.


KANNAPOLIS— Tyler Frost hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 4-1 win over the Greenville Drive on Friday.

The home run by Frost scored Tate Blackman and Laz Rivera to give the Intimidators a 3-0 lead.

Kannapolis starter Parker Rigler (1-0) picked up the win.