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Area Sports Briefs: Lots of baseball scheduled

From staff reports

East Rowan is scheduled to play at Carson tonight in the featured baseball game on the slate.

East (5-5, 1-1 North Piedmont Conference) is likely to send Jake Hunter to the mound. He’s been tremendous so far, with no runs allowed in 22 innings.

Hunter has struck out 47 while walking three.

He’s only 1-0 because the Mustangs have struggled at the plate so far.

Catcher  Charlie Klingler (12-for-39) has been East’s most effective offensive player.

Carson (9-1, 2-0) is off to its best start since 2009.

The Cougars have gotten tremendous pitching (1.12 team ERA), especially from Cole Hales, Deacon Wike and Aaron Misenheimer.

Carson left fielder Luke Barringer has been the county’s most powerful offensive player with six doubles, two triples and a homer.  He leads Carson in just about every offensive category.

Also off to good starts for Carson at the plate are  Zeb Burns and Logan Rogers.


Like most of the county, West Rowan (5-3, 1-1) has  pitched better than it has swung the bats.

Cullen Davis and Daniel Durham have been a strong 1-2 punch. West plays a key NPC game tonight at South Iredell. The Vikings are tied for first with Carson.

Leading West’s offense so far have been Daniel Sell and Steven Smith.


In the Central Carolina Conference, Oak Grove at Salisbury and West Davidson at Salisbury are important games tonight.

HS softball

Mooresville’s softball team won against Carson in a non-conference game on Monday, 6-1.

Hailey Lane and Mariah Pearson powered homers for the Blue Devils (9-3). Kali Morton pitched a complete game and struck out eight.

Kaitlyn Honeycutt had two hits and knocked in the Carson run.

HS boys golf

Oak Grove shot 158 to win Monday’s Central Carolina Conference match at Sapona.

Salisbury and Central Davidson tied for second, 12 shots back.

Salisbury’s Hank Robins shot 40, while Will Fowler shot 41.

South Rowan’s Andrew Jackson and Andrew Coward shot 40s.

HS boys basketball

North Stanly’s Bryson Childress scored 21 points for the North Carolina team in a 129-117 loss to South Carolina in the Carolinas Classic played in Wilmington.

Davie County’s Owen McCormack scored seven points.

Mid. school baseball

West Rowan Middle defeated Corriher Lipe 4-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Matthew Connolly.

Koen Franz pitched  two innings for a save.   The Bulldogs were led at the plate by Lawrence Hancock with two hits.   West plays Mooresville today.


Local anglers Harrison McCall and Carson Palmer took first place in the NC-SAF High School Badin Lake Open with a catch of 20.95 pounds.

College women’s golf

Catawba sits in a tie for fifth after two rounds of the Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic women’s golf tournament. The three-round event is being hosted by UNC Pembroke at the 5,812-yard, Par 72 River Landing Golf Club.

UNCP women’s golf in first place after two rounds.

UNCP’s Alexandria Bare (South Rowan) has shot 72-72 and is one of the top five individuals.

Parks and Rec

The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department has extended registration for its NBA Babies Basketball League (ages 3-4) and Youth Volleyball League (grades 4-5)  through March 30.

Register at Hall Gym or online at www.salisburync.gov/play.  Call 704-638-5289 or email sclar@salisburync.gov.

College men’s golf

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Catawba fell off after a solid first round and is in 21st place after two rounds of the Bearcat Golf Classic on Monday. The three-round tournament, hosted by Lander, is being held at the 6,800-yard, par-72 Greenwood Country Club.


UNC Greensboro’s Nick Lyerly (East Rowan) tied for sixth in the  Tar Heel Intercollegiate.  Lyerly shot 75-71-72. He made three birdies in the final round to off-set three bogeys.

College lacrosse

The South Atlantic Conference announced its players of the week for men’s lacrosse.

Catawba swept the offensive and defensive honors with Joe Barber and Kevin Geiger, respectively.

A senior midfielder, Barber had four goals, including both game-winners, alongside three assists as Catawba defeated two SAC foes.

A junior goalkeeper, Geiger helped Catawba to a pair of conference wins, including an upset of nationally ranked Wingate.

College softball

Catawba infielder Carlee Brawley was a recent SAC Player of the Week.

  Brawley, a native of Mooresville,  hit .435.

Catawba football

Catawba football has begun its spring workouts and held its first scrimmage on Saturday.

The annual Spring Game will take place at Shuford Stadium on April 6 at 11 a.m.

“Today we were able to get some questions answered,” stated Head Coach Curtis Walker. “We had a good day.”

Ken Avent threw a pair of touchdown passes and Demonte Good had some nice runs. Lovelle Williams had a TD catch and Will Sweeper had a 45-yard reception.

Cam Davis led a defensive line that combined for four sacks. Jeremiah Ferguson was a good vocal leader and veterans Trey Murray and LJ Melvin played well. Melvin had two tackles for loss.

Brenden Westbrook has become very comfortable in his role at safety and made an interception.

Mid. school soccer

Erwin’s  boys soccer team defeated North Rowan 7-1 on Thursday.  Gabe Honeycutt led the Eagles with three goals and an assist.  Cole Eagle, Carter Honeycutt, Joseph Hernandez Baca, and Delmar Cardenas Mendoza each added one goal.  Ivan Landaverde had two assists, and Nathan Taylor, Gabe Honeycutt, and Joseph Hernandez Baca had one.

Gavin Gullett and Kamden Ridgell got the win in goal.


The Erwin girls tied North Rowan, 2-2.   Goals were scored for the Eagles by by Joy Josey and Ashlee Chipman.  Lindsey Cook had an assist.  Allie Martin recorded five saves.



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