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Area Sports Briefs: Hales pitches shutout for Cougars

From staff reports

CHINA GROVE — Cole Hales is getting his first serious chance to pitch for Carson as a senior, and he is making the most of it.

The Coker signee shut out North Iredell on Tuesday, 2-0, as the Cougars successfully opened North Piedmont Conference play.

Hales (2-1) struck out seven, walked one and allowed three hits in a complete-game effort. He out-deuled North Iredell’s Joe Gaither, who limited Carson to two hits.

Luke Barringer doubled and singled for the Cougars. Barringer’s RBI double in the first inning put the Cougars on top.

Carson (6-1, 1-0) has won six straight since losing to Davie County on opening day.


MOUNT ULLA — Wayne Mize singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning Tuesday night and Jake Hunter added a two-run double to lift East Rowan to a 4-2 NPC victory at West Rowan.

The score was tied 1-1 when winning pitcher J.D. Basinger opened the final frame with a ground-ball single against West right-hander Carsen Bailey. He was sacrificed to second and took third on a groundout before Mize lined a two-out single into left field. Two batters later, Hunter doubled to left-center for a 4-1 lead.

East (5-3, 1-0) finished with 10 hits against three West pitchers. The Falcons (3-3, 0-1) struck out 20 times and dropped their third straight. The teams meet again Friday night in Granite Quarry.

*** Game finished very late. See online for a full story. The full version of David Shaw’s story will run in Thursday’s print edition.


WINSTON-SALEM— Davie continues to roll under first-year coach Brad Rudisill and routed R.J. Reynolds on Tuesday, 10-0, to start Central Piedmont Conference play.

Carson Whisenhunt starred again for the War Eagles. He hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. He also dominated on the mound for four innings, striking out seven.

Garrett Chandler had a big day at the top of the lineup for Davie (9-0, 1-0). He had three hits, including a triple.


LEXINGTON — Salisbury lost at Central Davidson in eight innings on Tuesday, 4-3, in Central Carolina Conference play.

Bo Rusher pitched six innings for the Hornets. He struck out four and allowed two earned runs.

Max Crawford (0-2) took the loss for the Hornets (6-3, 5-2).

Vance Honeycutt had two of Salisbury’s seven hits. Blaine Shellhorn knocked in a run.

Salisbury led 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth. Jacob Myers tied it with a sac fly. Austyn Leonard had the walk-off single in the eighth.

Myers was the winning pitcher in relief.


NEW LONDON —  North Stanly shelled North Rowan in Yadkin Valley Conference action on Tuesday, 15-2.

Logan Stoner and Bryan  Lawson had the only hits for the Cavaliers (0-7, 0-5). Stoner drove in a run and scored one.

Jonathan Spry (0-2) took the loss.

Carson Lowder was the winning pitcher and hit a three-run homer for the Comets, who are tied for first in the YVC with Uwharrie Charter.


LANDIS — South Rowan lost at home to Oak Grove, 6-1, on Tuesday in a Central Carolina Conference game.

Nathan Chrismon had two hits for South and drove in the only run for the Raiders (2-6, 2-5).

Luke Hiskey (0-3) pitched six innings and allowed five hits and three earned runs.

Tanner Tesh pitched into the sixth inning for the win. Carson Swaim had two RBIs for the Grizzlies.


CONCORD — Evan McGee pitched a one-hitter and struck out 13 to carry Central Cabarrus to a 2-1 South Piedmont Conference win against A.L. Brown.

Sam Yelton had two hits for the Vikings.

Caleb Beaver pitched well but took the loss.


Winning pitcher Marty Gair slugged a homer to lead Cox Mill to a 4-2 SPC win against Concord on Tuesday.

Chandler Riley had four RBIs for the Chargers.


Casey Gouge was the winning pitcher as West Rowan’s jayvee team topped East Rowan, 6-4.


South Rowan’s jayvees won against Oak Grove, 7-3.

HS girls soccer

Madison Henry scored the goal for South Rowan in Monday’s 10-1 CCC loss  to West Davidson.

HS boys golf

In Central Carolina Conference golf in Salisbury, Ledford (167) held off Oak Grove (168), Salisbury (169) and West Davidson (169).

Ledford’s Tyler Partee and Salisbury’s Hank Robins shot 35s for medalist honors.

South Rowan got strong scores from Andrew Coward and Andrew Jackson, who fired 37s.

Will Fowler’s 41 helped the Hornets tied for third.

HS boys tennis

Carson stayed unbeaten in the North Piedmont Conference with a 6-3 victory against Statesville on Tuesday.

The Cougars got their third straight NPC victory with singles wins from Ethen Fesperman, Cameron Dunn, Nathaniel Kimball and Thomas Bost.

Jacob Horner/Dunn and Kimball/Bost picked up doubles wins.

HS softball

MOUNT ULLA — Whitley Arnott  struck out seven and pitched a shutout to lead West Rowan’s softball team to a 10-0 win against East Rowan in five innings.

Kenadi Sproul scored two runs for the Falcons (4-1, 1-0). Taylor Walton went 2-for-2, driving in two and scoring two.

KK Dowling was 2-for-2 and scored twice. Allison Ennis drove in two runs.

Maddie Trexler and Nicole Fleming had doubles for the Mustangs (2-2, 0-1).

Haley Strange went the distance in the circle for East, but the Falcons ended the game in the bottom of the fifth when Walton’s two-run single plated Ennis and Sproul.


Carson pounded 16 hits and smashed North Iredell  on Tuesday, 14-4, to get off to a good start in North Piedmont Conference play.

Carson (3-3, 1-0) blew out the Raiders with a seven-run third inning.

Katelyn McGee had two hits and two RBIs. Kaitlyn Honeycutt went 3-for-3. Liza Simmerson went 2-for-2. Tate Barger had two hits and two RBIs. Ellie Wilhelm had two RBIs.

Katie Jewell was the winning pitcher.


Kali Morton struck out 15 and pitched a two-hitter to lead Mooresville to a 7-0 win against Hopewell on Tuesday.

Morton was a standout on the Rowan Little League team that won the World Series.

Ellie Goins hit a homer  for the Blue Devils.

Mid. school baseball

Mikey Beasley and Brett Morris combined to shut out Knox in 16-0 China Grove win on Tuesday.


Mid. school soccer

Erwin’s boys won against West Rowan Middle, 3-0.

Goals were scored by Gabe Honeycutt, Ivan Landaverde and Kevin Mastranunzio.

Carter Honeycutt had two assists and Landaverde had one.

Outstanding defense was played by Cole Eagle, Drake Jones, Jordan Avalos, and Nathan Taylor.

Gavin Gullett recorded the shutout with five saves.

College baseball

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Jeremy Simpson had four hits to lead Catawba to a 9-0 win at Lander on Tuesday.

Simpson had two hits and drove in three runs for the Indians (24-7).

Simpson and Jacob Nester helped break the game open with two-run singles in a five-run third that pushed Catawba on top 7-0.

Greg Brown (2-0) was stellar on the mound for five innings.

Catawba opens a three-game South Atlantic Conference series at Coker on Friday at 2 p.m.

College softball

CHARLOTTE — Catawba lost two South Atlantic Conference games at Queens on Tuesday.

The Royals won the first game 9-4, with Sydney Ditto hitting a three-run homer. Taylor Martin and Jordan Dean drove in runs for the Indians (14-11, 2-2). Kayle Cook had a triple. Madison Hunter (5-3) took the loss.

• Queens won the second game, 2-1. Sierrah McCarthy drove in the Catawba run. Brooke Walser (4-4) pitched a complete game for the Indians.

Catawba travels to Carson-Newman for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

College men’s golf

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. —  Catawba shot a second-round 293 to win the NGU Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday. The tournament was held at the 6,931-yard, par-72 Columbia Country Club.

Tyler Mulkey (North Rowan) shot 77-68 — 145 to lead the Indians. The 68  was a career-low round. He finished second individually.

College hoops

Catawba senior Jamel Taylor earned second team All-Southeast Region honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.


Shaun Willett had 33 points and 13 rebounds as top-seeded Queens beat Augusta, 91-78, to win the Southeast Regional on Tuesday night.




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