Area Sports Briefs: South softball, Salisbury soccer, East baseball get wins

Published 12:17 am Friday, April 27, 2018

From staff reports

LEXINGTON — South Rowan’s softball team wrapped up third place in the Central Carolina Conference by beating Central Davidson, 9-4, on Thursday.

Ashlynn Plott led the Raiders with three hits. Brooke Lowery, Summer McKeon and Whitley Arnott had two hits each.

Arnott pitched a complete game for the Raiders (15-8, 13-4) with six strikeouts.


Salisbury lost to North Davidson, 17-0, in a CCC game on Thursday. Ellen Yang had the only hit for the Hornets.

Prep tennis

North Rowan’s Hans Roemer placed third in     Yadkin Valley Conference singles and qualified for  1A West Regional play in Mount Airy.

North’s doubles team of   Kevin Leightman/Ray Montes narrowly missed qualifying.

Coach Jeff Price’s team had no seniors but had a good season.


Carson’s Luke Sides was runner-up in singles in the  North Piedmont Conference Tournament and qualified for 3A Midwest Regional play at Concord’s Les Myers Park. West Rowan’s doubles team of Layton Butler/Matt Smith placed third in the tournament to qualify for regional play.


In the Central Carolina Conference Tournament, Salisbury qualified its top six for 2A Midwest Regional play in Salisbury.

Seven advanced in singles and doubles from the 10-team league. Jander Rodas-Palacios and Juan Salazar were singles qualifiers, while Roarke Burton/Adam Drye and Ethan McGee/Sean Archer qualified in doubles.

Prep baseball

GRANITE QUARRY —  Blake White pitched a no-hitter and Wayne Mize drove in seven runs as East Rowan pounded Statesville on Thursday, 16-0.

White struck out five and walked two in the abbreviated North Piedmont Conference game.

East (16-6, 7-2) got a grand slam and a three-run double from Mize, who now has six homers and 35 RBIs.  Jake Davis went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

East coach Brian Hightower said the Mustangs got back home at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning after a 14-inning loss at South Meck. East and South Meck combined for 38 strikeouts in that marathon struggle.


Robinson topped A.L. Brown, 10-7, in South Piedmont Conference action on Thursday.

Robinson clinched a tie  for first place.

Dylan Shubert had two hits for the Wonders (4-17, 0-9), while Cord Butler drove in two runs.


Carson at West Rowan is scheduled for Saturday, with the varsity game starting at 4 p.m.

Prep soccer

South Rowan won against Lexington, 4-0, on Wednesday in Central Carolina Conference action.

Madison Henry scored three goals and has 51 for the season. Elisa Sanchez scored one goal.

Michelle Rivera had the  shutout in goal. Taylor Mauldin and Raquel Landaverde played well in the midfield.


SALISBURY —Salisbury improved to 18-0 with a 9-0 non-conference victory over East Rowan on a rainy Thursday.

Salisbury recognized the careers of five remarkable seniors: Bethanie Stauffer, Julia Honeycutt, Maria Capito, Bess Bryan and Emily Mann.

In the past three-plus seasons, those seniors   have compiled a 69-9-4 overall record.

The class of 2018 has already claimed more wins than any class in SHS history.

  Salisbury got goals from three of those seniors on Thursday — Honeycutt,  Mann, and   Stauffer. Also scoring for the Hornets were Freya Obermueller (2 goals), Caroline Cardelle, Piper Muire, Anna Grace Woolly and Lillie Rusher. Assists were tallied by Honeycutt (3), Rusher (2), Stauffer and Ellen Simons.

Mann and Caroline Clark combined for the shutout in goal.

Mann has recorded 11 shutouts this season.

East goalkeeper Lauren Weisensel suffered a back injury in a collision with Honeycutt with about 10 minutes left in the first half. Weinsensel kept East in the game the first 30 minutes. It was 1-0 when she was hurt.

Next  for Salisbury is a rescheduled home contest today vs. East Davidson.

Salisbury leads South Rowan by three games with three remaining and can clinch an outright league title today.

Prep track and field

Ledford swept the Davidson County Championships.


Rowan County Championships are set for today at East Rowan at 4 p.m.

East’s boys and Carson’s girls are the defending champions.

College lacrosse

Catawba attack Dalton Cook and middie Joe Barber made second team All-South Atlantic Conference.

  Attack Cole Fanzo and defender Julian Maxie are Honorable Mention.


Catawba’s Brooklyn Tilley was named SAC Freshman of the Year for women’s lacrosse.

Tilley, a midfielder, leads the team with 38 goals and has added four assists.

Nicole Hunt was Catawba’s lone selection on the All-SAC first team. The sophomore middie has scored 31 goals with 22 assists.

Four Indians earned second team honors. Gianna Pezzulo and Katie Barth at attack along with defenders Scott and Becky Frost.   Joining Tilley as honorable mention picks were attack Erin Green, middie Imani Grays and defender Kennadi Holt.

The SAC Tournament semifinals are Friday at Wingate. Catawba will face Queens at 7 p.m.

College softball

Western Carolina junior Hunter Gibbons (West Rowan) hit two homers on Wednesday as the Catamounts dropped a doubleheader against Radford.

Gibbons hit a two-run homer in the first game and a three-run homer in the nightcap.

Gibbons has 11 homers this season and 28 for her career. The school record is 29.

Gibbons has 101 career RBIs. The school record is 106.

Marissa Yow (West Rowan) had three hits in the doubleheader for Radford.

Western Carolina hosts  Mercer on Saturday.

College golf

Cape Fear Community College’s Parker Chavis (South Rowan) shot 75-77-77 and helped the Sea Devils win the Region X Tournament in Viera, Fla.

Cape Fear qualified for the nationals in Lubbock, Texas, starting May 15.

College tennis

Michael Ogden (Salisbury) was on a winning doubles team as N.C. State beat Miami, 4-1, in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday.

College baseball

Anderson walloped Lenoir-Rhyne, 16-2, in a South Atlantic Conference Tournament play-in game on Thursday and will be the opponent for Catawba today.

A rainout on Thursday forced schedule revisions for today. Catawba is now scheduled to play at 1:30 p.m. vs. Anderson. That’s the second of four games on the docket.


SALISBURY, Md. — Zach Jarrett hit a walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, as the Delmarva Shorebirds topped the Kannapolis Intimidators 4-3 on Thursday.

The Intimidators took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth when Justin Yurchak scored on a wild pitch.

Jarrett homered and singled twice, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two in the win.