Area Sports Briefs: Catawba baseball loses finale

Published 1:00 am Sunday, May 6, 2018

From staff reports

AIKEN, S.C —  Catawba’s baseball team lost its final game of the season on Saturday, falling at USC Aiken, 6-2.

Chance Bowden had a double and drove in the first run for the Indians in the sixth after a Lee Poteat single.

Bowden finished his career with a school-record 84 career doubles.

Bowden scored the second run for Catawba in the ninth on an error.

Two USA Aiken hurlers combined to hold the Indians to three hits and struck  out 18 batters.

Catawba (30-24) used six pitchers. Starter Clay Young took the loss. Senior Connor Johnson had a good final outing.

USC Aiken is 32-17.

Prep tennis

Salisbury’s Jander Rodas finished second in the 2A Midwest Regional.

Salisbury’s doubles team of Adam Drye/Roarke Burton placed third in the 2A Midwest Regional.

The three Hornets qualified for the individual state championships at Cary Tennis Park on May 11-12.


In the 2A dual team state playoffs, Salisbury (19-0) hosts Mount Pleasant (11-1) in a second-round matchup scheduled for May 8.



  Homer Thompson Memorial “Eight Who Make a Difference” Award winners are selected by virtue of their commitment to sportsmanship and leadership. These recipients serve as excellent role models to student-athletes with their positive and dedicated approach to the coaching profession.

Carson girls basketball coach Brooke Stouder is this year’s Region 6 winner. She was nominated by  Carson AD Becky Shopf.


Pairings for the baseball, softball and girls soccer state playoffs are expected to be released on Monday, with first-round games scheduled for Wednesday.


  The NCHSAA held its spring meeting on Wednesday  and approved important changes for soccer.

The board approved an action that mandates that a winner be declared in all regular-season soccer games,  eliminating ties.

The winner will be determined by penalty kick procedures at the conclusion of overtime.


  The NNCHSAA announced winners of the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards for the 2017-18 School Year.

This year’s Female Athlete of the Year is Hannah Jennings from Madison, while the Male Athlete of the Year is Beau Studebaker from East Carteret.

Female finalists were Jennifer Chang from Athens Drive, Elissa Cunane from Northern Guilford and Jennings.   Finalists for the Male Athlete of the Year were Jordyn Adams from Green Hope, Dax Hollifield from Shelby, and  Studebaker.


KANNAPOLIS —  Craig Dedelow tripled and singled twice, driving home two runs as the Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Hagerstown Suns, 7-3, on Saturday.

College track

BOWIE, Md. – Virginia State’s  men and women are in first place after the first day of the  Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  Outdoor Track and Field Championships.