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Area Sports Briefs: Intimidators drop opener

From staff reports

KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Intimidators lost to the Rome Braves on Thursday night, 9-1, in the South Atlantic League baseball opener for both teams.

Steele Walker had the only extra-base hit and RBI for the Intimidators. Losing pitched Jonathan Stiever struck out six but lasted only three innings. Rome belted three homers.

HS baseball

CHINA GROVE — Carson scored nine runs in the third inning and cruised to a 14-0 North Piedmont Conference win against Statesville on Thursday. Carson (12-2, 5-1) stayed tied for first with West Rowan.

Deacon Wike (4-1) pitched a five-inning shutout for the Cougars. He struck out eight, walked none and allowed three hits.

Zeb Burns went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Ryan Street drove in three runs.  Cole Hales went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Dylan Driver drove in two runs.

Burns, Hales, Street and Logan Rogers had doubles.


OLIN — Daniel Durham pitched into the sixth inning and struck out six to lead West Rowan to a 6-1 NPC victory at North Iredell.

Durham (4-1) allowed four hits and no walks. Relievers Scout Nichols and Mike Molenda got the last four outs.

Durham also led the Falcons at the plate with three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs.

West (10-3, 5-1) had eight hits. J.T. Fecteau drove in two runs. Steven Smith and Daniel Sell scored two runs apiece.

West scored three runs in the first. Durham held that lead until the Falcons finally put up another three-spot in the seventh for some breathing room.


MOCKSVILLE — Davie County stayed unbeaten in the Central Piedmont Conference with a 7-3 win against Glenn on Thursday.

Davie (15-1, 6-0) got strong pitching from three hurlers. Spencer Nifong got the win.

Jacob Campbell had two hits and two RBIs.

Reagan stayed even with Davie in the CPC by beating East Forsyth, 8-4.


KANNAPOLIS — Down 8-1 after the first inning, A.L. Brown made things exciting before losing to Northwest Cabarrus in Thursday’s South Piedmont Conference action, 10-9.

Blake Watson had three RBIs for the Wonders. Austin Lowery had two hits and scored three runs. Chandler Teal drove in two. Colby Teal had two hits.

For the Trojans, Michael Gracer went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and got the last two outs for a save.

HS girls soccer

Salisbury’s girls soccer team finished another strong week with a 6-0 Central Carolina Conference win against East Davidson on Thursday.

Salisbury got three goals from Sutton Webb, two from Piper Muire and one from Ellen Simons.

Assists were credited to Lillie Rusher (2), Sydney Hlavacek, Caroline Colwell, Elle Kennedy and Simons.

Next up for the Hornets is a pivotal matchup against West Davidson, which has not lost since the first week of the season (against Salisbury).   Game time is 6 p.m. on Monday.

HS softball

  Ellen Yang pitched a no-hitter and hit a home run to lead Salisbury to a 16-1 Central Carolina Conference win  against Lexington on Thursday.

Yang struck out six and walked one.

Alli Tuck and Journie Dawson drove in four runs apiece for the  Hornets, and Jalyah Oats knocked in two.

Dawson, Yang and Tuck had doubles.


Madison McGuire had the only hit for South Rowan in an 11-0 CCC loss to North Davidson on Thursday. Abby Craver pitched a gem for the Black Knights.


Anna Everhart and Lily Savage had hits for North Rowan in Thursday’s 10-0 Yadkin Valley Conference loss to West Montgomery.


Kaylee Yow homered and drove in three runs in A.L. Brown’s 9-2 win against Northwest Cabarrus in Thursday’s South Piedmont Conference game. Maddie Monteleone homered for NWC.

HS boys golf

Salisbury golfers turned in a sizzling effort at Winding Ridge and shot 156 to win a Central Carolina Conference match.

Will Fowler (38), Luke Graeber (39), Will Webb (39) and Hank Robins (40) led the Hornets, who beat Oak Grove by two strokes.

South Rowan’s Andrew Jackson took medalist honors with a 34, and Andrew Coward shot 40.

HS boys tennis

Salisbury won its 16th straight match, beating East Davidson 9-0 on Thursday to clinch its 10th straight outright Central Carolina Conference title.

Roarke Burton, Ethan McGee, Sean Archer, Leo Schiavinato, Jander Rodas-Palacios and Juan Salazar won singles matches for the Hornets.

Burton/Archer, Schiavinato/McGee and Rodas-Palacios/Salazar were winning doubles teams.

College football

BOONE —  Eight players from the 2018 Appalachian State football team, which won a third straight Sun Belt Conference championship and fourth straight bowl game, worked out for professional scouts at the program’s annual Pro Day on Thursday.

Seniors  Jalin Moore, MyQuon Stout (Carson), Austin Exford, Anthony Flory, Tae Hayes, Dominique Heath and Elias McMurry, along with early draft entry Clifton Duck, went through drills and testing as 23 NFL teams combined for a total of 28 representatives, including seven coaches.

Stout put on a show of strength with his 28 reps on the bench press.

College softball

SALISBURY — Winston-Salem State swept a CIAA softball doubleheader against Livingstone here Thursday afternoon, winning 19-0 and 11-0, at Jaycee Optimist Sports Complex.

The Blue Bears managed just one hit in each game, falling to 0-18 overall and 0-10 in the conference. The Rams are 24-4 and 12-0.

Livingstone hosts Fayetteville State on Saturday, the twinbill starting at 2 p.m.

Mid. school soccer

West Rowan’s boys lost to China Grove, 2-1.

Standouts for the Bulldogs were Andres Saucedo with a goal and Franco Reyes with the assist.  Adrian Stockton and Zion Johnson played well on defense.


West’s girls beat China Grove 10-1.  Brittany Vanhoose scored six goals. Lesli Guerrero had a goal and two assists. Evelyn Kwitowski had two goals. Allison Campos had two assists. Jisel Suarez had a goal. Lynley Chandler and Gabby Wood had assists,  while Maria Ortega-Trujillo had three assists.  Anna Parrish, Autumn Eller, Emily Hitchings, Evelin Alba, and Kimberly Vasquez played great defense.





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