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Area Sports Briefs: Salisbury, South get baseball sweeps

From staff reports

Bo Rusher hit two home runs to back a strong pitching performance by Jack Fisher as Salisbury beat East Davidson in the first game of Wednesday’s Central Carolina Conference baseball doubleheader, 6-2.

Parker Lippard relieved and got the final out. Fisher (2-1) struck out 14 batters.

Rusher, Vance Honeycutt and Blaine Shellhorn had two hits each. David Holden drove in two runs.

Rusher belted a two-run homer in the first and a solo homer in the third.

• Rusher (4-1) was dominant on the mound in the second game, striking out 12 in six innings and holding East Davidson to three hits. Shellhorn, Archie Dees and Max Crawford had two hits each.


South Rowan demolished Lexington in  the first game of Wednesday’s CCC doubleheader, 19-0,  in three innings.

Luke Hiskey and Anderw Furr combined on a no-hitter, with Hiskey throwing two innings.

Kane Kepley tripled. Kepley, Andrew Jones, Bryson Bebber, Jack Weaver and Drew Huffman drove in two runs apiece.

• South took the second game, 14-4. Bebber was the winning pitcher. Kepley drove in three runs, while Hiskey knocked in two. Huffman had two doubles, while Jones had two triples.


East Rowan got a North Piedmont Conference win on Wednesday by pounding Statesville 11-1 in five innings.

Jake Hunter (3-1) allowed two hits and no walks and struck out six.

Avery Shull had two hits and three RBIs for the Mustangs. Charlie Klingler and JD Basinger drove in two apiece. Wayne Mize scored three runs. Jake Holshouser had two hits and scored twice.


Carson pulled out a non-conference road game at Mooresville on Wednesday, scoring three times in the seventh to win, 3-2.

Carson (15-2) won despite getting only two hits. Justin Poris shut out the Cougars until the seventh.

Nick Merriman had a homer and a run-scoring single to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead.

Carson loaded the bases   in the seventh on an error and two walks. Luke Barringer’s two-run single tied the game, and Cole Hales scored the decisive run on a wild pitch.

Carson used four pitchers. Starter Aaron Misenheimer worked four innings. Ryan Street  (1-0) was the winner in relief.

Mooresville had two hits to start the bottom of the seventh, but Carson  threw a runner out at the plate  with a relay from right fielder Dylan Driver to first baseman Logan Rogers to catcher Garrett Alewine.


In South Piedmont Conference baseball on Wednesday, Robinson beat A.L. Brown, 9-4.

Matt Shubert knocked in two runs for the Wonders. Wilson Kalinoski had three RBIs for Bulldogs to back strong pitching by Preston Stoner.


North Stanly overwhelmed Gray Stone in Yadkin Valley Conference play on Wednesday, 17-0.

Nic Melton and Lee Harrison combined on the shutout.


Ledford rallied to beat Oak Grove 7-6 in an exciting Central Carolina Conference game played on Wednesday.

Oak Grove took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh, but Jake Stroud homered in the bottom half to force extra innings.

Chris Villman had a  walk-off single in the eighth for Panthers.


Cox Mill edged Central Cabarrus in a well-pitched SPC game on Wednesday, 2-1. Cale Oehler struck out nine for Cox Mill.  Evan McGee fanned 11 for Central.

HS boys tennis

Carson edged East Rowan in North Piedmont Conference tennis on Wednesday, 5-4.

Avery Paschal, Cameron Dunn, Nathaniel Kimball and Thomas Bost won  singles matches for the Cougars. Carson got a doubles win from Kimball/Bost.

Landon Shuping and Gavin McDaniel won singles matches for the Mustangs. Shuping/Nicholas Shoemaker and Billy McGee/Jaden Collins won in doubles.


Salisbury won against South Rowan on Senior Night at SHS, 8-1.

Roarke Burton, Ethan McGee, Leo Schiavinato, Jander Rodas-Palacios and Ian Walser won singles matches for Salisbury.

Burton/Walser, McGee/Parker Chmiel and Rodas-Palacios/Timothy Boyd were winning doubles teams.

Richard Gould won a singles match for South.

North Rowan lost to Gray Stone 9-0 and 5-1 in a Yadkin Valley Conference doubleheader on Wednesday at City Park.

Hans Roemer won his second singles match, 8-3.

It was the last home match North’s seniors.  Roemer, J.D. Hager, Garrett Jennings and Joe Joe Fofana were recognized.

HS girls soccer

Lejla Mehmedovic scored five goals as West Rowan rolled against Statesville in Wednesday’s North Piedmont Conference soccer match, 7-0.

Grace Webb and Mackenna Clifton scored goals for the Falcons.

Lauren  Corriher and Chloe Patterson had two assists each, while Mehmedovic and Rustyn Orbison had one. Ryley Corriher made two saves for the shutout in goal.


Salisbury remained undefeated in the Central Carolina Conference with a 6-2 victory over Lexington Wednesday night.

Senior Ellen Simons started and finished the scoring for the Hornets.

Her first goal,  13 seconds into the match, was the fastest goal in the history of the program.

Salisbury also got goals from Katherine Sullivan, Sutton Webb, Clara Brown and Rainey Dunham.

Assists were credited to Webb (2), Lillie Rusher (2), Simons and Anna Grace Woolly.  Salisbury got excellent play from Elle Kennedy, Lila Harry and Madelyne Lawrence.

The win sets up a big match with West Davidson tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Ludwig Stadium.

HS boys golf

In North Piedmont Conference action on Wednesday at Statesville’s Larkin Golf Club, East Rowan shot 158 and won by 20 strokes over South Iredell.

Medalist Colby Patterson shot 36 to lead the Mustangs. Austin Miller shot 38, Ethan Mastro shot 40, and Cole Mabry shot 44.

Andrew Burke shot 40 to lead Carson. Ethan Scarborough shot 44, while Daniel Pell shot 47.

Davis Tadlock shot 40 to lead West Rowan. Jake Carlton shot 44, while McGwire Owen shot 47.


In Wednesday’s Central Carolina Conference match at Meadowlands, West Davidson’s Quin Foster shot 36 to lead a one-shot win over Oak Grove. Salisbury was fourth at 171, while South Rowan was seventh at 182.

Hank Robins shot 38 to lead the Hornets. Will Fowler shot 41. South’s Andrew Coward shot 39, and Andrew Jackson shot 40.

HS softball

North Rowan got its first win of the season by pounding Yadkin Valley Conference opponent Albemarle, 22-6.

Lily Savage and Aubree Cain had three hits each.

Anna Everhart, Taren Sherrill, Jada Harris and Rhiannon Camp had two hits each. Everhart had a triple. McKenzie Shoaf had a triple and pitched a one-hitter.


Carson won against Davie County in a non-conference game on Wednesday,  5-0. Lighting issues shortened the game to five innings.

Kary Hales went 3-for-3 for the Cougars. Katleyn McGee drove in two runs, while Kaitlyn Honeycutt and Madison Anderson knocked in one apiece.

Katie Jewell and Anderson combined to hold Davie to one hit and they struck out nine.


Mallory Link had two hits for Salisbury in Wednesday’s  17-3 CCC loss to Central Davidson.


Oak Grove beat South Rowan in Central Carolina Conference softball on Wednesday despite a 3-for-3 effort by Anna Blume.

Blume hit a home run for the Raiders. Madison McGuire and Courtney Mullins had two hits each.


In South Piedmont Conference action on Wednesday, Northwest Cabarrus swept Concord 3-2 and 8-3.

Kayden Monk pitched both games for the Trojans.


Riley Tucker had three hits and Brantleigh Parrott struck out 10 batters to lead Central Cabarrus to an 8-2 win against Cox Mill on Wednesday.

LC football

Due to weather concerns, Livingstone’s spring game has moved up from Saturday to Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Alumni Memorial Stadium.

LC Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2019 class of the Livingstone College Athletics Hall of Fame are being accepted until April 30.

College baseball

Catawba rallied to outscore Lander on Wednesday, 14-11.

The Indians used eight pitchers. Peyton Williams got the win.

Robbie Cowie, Hunter Shepherd and Cameron Morrison homered. Lee Poteat drove in four runs. Henderson Lentz and Jeremy Simpson had three hits each.

College softball

Catawba swept Coker at Whitley Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians relied on pitching and defense to take 2-1 and 1-0 South Atlantic Conference victories.

Preston Ellenberg (6-3) pitched a two-hitter in the first game, while Brooke Walser (5-6) pitched a shutout in the second game.

Jordan Dean homered in the first game. Taylor Martin scored the go-ahead run. Carlee Brawley had two hits. Kaylee Cook had the Catawba RBI in the second game.


College tennis

Host Anderson posted a 6-1 win over Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s tennis on Wednesday afternoon. Ryen Reid won a singles matches for Catawba (10-9, 3-5).


Anderson claimed a 5-2 win over Catawba in the women’s match.

College lacrosse

Lenoir-Rhyne held off a late Catawba charge and posted a 16-15 win in South Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse action on Wednesday at Moretz Stadium.   

Nicole Hunt scored four goals for Catawba (6-7, 4-3). Aryn Dorr made 17 saves.


Lenoir-Rhyne jumped to a 7-1 lead  and went on to down visiting Catawba 17-5 in  men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday  at Moretz Stadium. Kevin Geiger posted 13 saves for Catawba (8-4, 5-1).

Catawba hosts  Queens on Saturday at 1 p.m.



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