Area Sports Briefs: Close loss ends season for West Rowan softball
From staff reports
WAXHAW — West Rowan’s softball team ended the season with a 5-4 loss at Marvin Ridge on Friday.
Ninth-seeded West (18-7) was held to three hits. Parker Greene had two and Taylor Walton, who did the pitching for the Falcons, had one.
West took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, with Mary Sobataka getting a run home with a groundout and another run scoring a passed ball.
West took a 4-3 lead in the third inning when two runs scored on Hannah Pratt’s sacrifice fly.
Eighth-seeded Marvin Ridge (20-4) got a game-tying homer from Gabby Baylog. Madeliene Walker’s bunt in the fifth scored Baylog with the deciding run.
Seventh-seeded Davie County (15-10) ended the season with a 4-0 home loss to rival West Forsyth in the second round of the 4A state playoffs on Friday.
Rachel Bostic and River Simpson pitched well for the War Eagles. Davie was held to three hits, with Bridgett Tierney, Sierra Ferguson and Emilee Dishman getting one each.
Seeded 11th, East Rowan’s baseball team is playing at No. 6 Southwest Guilford in a second-round 3A matchup tonight at 7 p.m.
No. 2 hurler Will Brown pitched an inning for the Mustangs (19-7) in the eight-inning win against Tuscola in the first round but probably will get the call on the mound tonight. The other options are Jake Hunter and Jake Davis.
Wayne Mize has powered seven homers for the Mustangs, including one on Wednesday. Charlie Klingler had three hits on Wednesday. Catawba signee Hayden Setzer is batting .402 with 35 runs scored and 23 RBIs.
East is 7-5 on the road, while Southwest Guilford is 12-0 at home.
SW Guilford (22-3) battered Hickory, 11-1, in the first round. Ace Jacob Edwards (10-0) pitched that game, so the Cowboys will turn to Easton Morgan (7-1, 1.87 ERA) tonight.
The winner moves on to play the winner of the A.C. Reynolds-Burns contest. East would play at No. 3 seed A.C. Reynolds but would host No. 19 Burns.
Carson, the No. 4 seed in the 3A West bracket, plays a second-rond game at home tonight at 7 p.m. against No. 13 seed Kings Mountain.
Kings Mountain (17-7) rallied with a big sixth inning to eliminate West Caldwell in the first round. Carson (17-6) had an easy time Wednesday in a 10-0 win against Belmont Cramer.
Carson has won its last eight games.
Carson pitcher Rylie Stewart has thrown seven shutouts this season and has pitched four in a row.
Carson has a strong lineup and is batting .365 as a team. Freshman second baseman Kary Hales is batting .466. Katie Jewell (.432), Kaitlyn Honeyuctt (.415) and freshman first baseman Liza Simmerson (.407) also are batting over .400.
Kings Mountain has been a powerful offensive team. Cassi Melton has six homers, while Emily Graham has five.
The winner will play the winner of the Sun Valley-North Bumcombe matchup. Carson would play at home against either team.
South Rowan softball plays at top-seeded West Stanly tonight in a second-round 2A playoff game.
The 17th-seeded Raiders are coming off a 1-0 road win at East Rutherford on Wednesday.
Whitley Arnott pitched a gem for South (17-9) and also scored the only run of Wednesday’s game.
The big hitters for South usually are Catawba signee Brooke Lowery (.485) and Summer McKeon (7 homers, .412).
West Stanly (23-1) has just been crushing the ball and is threatening state home run records.
The Colts’ only loss was to 3A top seed Parkwood.
The winner advances to take on the North Davidson-RS Central winner.
Salisbury’s soccer team hosts Central Carolina Conference rival South Rowan tonight at 7 p.m. in a second-round 2A matchup.
The Hornets (22-0) are the top seed in the 2A West bracket. They’ve won against South Rowan twice this year, 4-1 and 2-1.
MaxPreps ranks Salisbury first in 2A, 18th in the state for all classifications and 112th nationally.
Salisbury has outscored opponents, 117-12, and advanced with a 6-1 home win against Patton.
South Rowan (17-6) is seeded 17th and won a first-round road game at Forest Hills, 4-0. South has outscored opponents, 93-29. Madison Henry has scored more than 50 goals and had three more as the Raiders won a playoff game for the first time on Wednesday.
Salisbury midfielder Julia Honeycutt, a Charlotte signee and Rowan County Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, is expected to play some tonight.
South Rowan played Wednesday without senior midfielder Raquel Landaverde on Wednesday but hopes to have her back tonight.
The winner advances to take on the winner of the CATA-C.D. Owen contest. Salisbury would host either team, while South would be on the road.
Salisbury’s Jander Rodas-Palacios won his first match in the 2A individual state championships in Cary on Friday but lost in the quarterfinals.
Rodas-Palacios won against Maiden’s Patrick Lichtenwalner 6-3, 6-0 before falling to First Flight’s Lucieyn Stein, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
Lexington’s Seth Worley won twice and advanced to the semifinals.
In doubles, Salisbury’s Roark Burton/Adam Drye lost in the first round to Shelby’s Kenji Price/James Mabry 6-3, 6-1.
Ledford’s doubles team of Sam Hartzell/Chris Hartzell won twice to reach today’s semifinals.
A.L. Brown’s Josh Parks won the 110 hurdles (14.54) and 400 meters (48.04) in the 3A Midwest Regional at Greensboro.
Parks placed second in the high jump and fourth in the 200, qualifying for the 3A State Championships in four events.
A.L. Brown’s Brandon Hernandez was fourth in the 1600 in 4:18 to qualify for the state event.
A.L. Brown’s Ajianna Britt was second in the shot put and took fourth in the discus to qualify for the state in both events.
West Rowan’s Jalen Houston was runner-up to Parks in the 110 hurdles and qualified for the state meet.
Carson’s Mikaila Gadson was third in the 400 (57.53) and was a state qualifier.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Denyi Reyes allowed just two hits over five innings, leading the Greenville Drive over the Kannapolis Intimidators in a 6-4 win on Friday.
Reyes allowed two runs while striking out five.
Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Kannapolis tied the game when Craig Dedelow hit a solo home run.
The Drive went out in front in the seventh inning when Ricardo Cubillan hit an RBI triple and then scored on a double by Samuel Miranda.
Colton Laws (Carson) got his first win of the season on Wednesday for the Lansing Lugnuts.
Laws (1-2) threw four shutout innings in relief and struck out six while walking none.
Richmond’s Isabella Rusher (Salisbury) shot 80-78-84 — 242 in the regional in Tallahassee.
West Rowan star Caleb Mauldin has received a scholarship offer from Fork Union Military Academy and is like to attend FUMA as a post-grad student.
That’s not official yet, but it’s a likely scenario. Mauldin has received offers, but not the Division I offer he’s been hoping for.
Ike Freeman (East Rowan) homered for UNC on Thursday.