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Area Sports Briefs: Simpson leads Catawba All-SAC players

From staff reports

The All-South Atlantic Conference baseball team was announced on Tuesday.

Shortstop Jeremy Simpson was the only Catawba player on the first team.

Pitcher  Bryan Ketchie, DH Heath Mitchem and third baseman Jackson Raper made the second team.

Pitcher Riley Myers was Honorable Mention.

Simpson, Raper and right fielder Lee Poteat were recognized on the All-Defensive team.

Newberry outfielder Danton Hyman was voted  SAC Player of the Year, while Tusculum hurler Charles Hall is the SAC Pitcher of the Year.

Newberry’s Josh Bookbinder was voted the SAC Freshman of the Year and Newberry skipper Russell Triplett was named SAC Coach of the Year.


Catawba beat Winston-Salem State in  a road game on Tuesday, 9-2.

Hunter Shepherd had three hits, Bryce Butler had three RBIs, and Simpson had two hits and two RBIs. Greg Brown (6-1) was credited with the win.


Matt Honeycutt (South Rowan) hit nine homers, drove in 34 runs and batted .264 for Mars Hill.

College lacrosse

The fifth-seeded Wingate  Bulldogs beat fourth-seeded Catawba 11-9 in a quarterfinal in the South Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse tournament on Tuesday at Shuford Stadium.

Brooklyn Tilley scored three goals for Catawba (8-9).

Local golf

Sixty-one GARS members played at Rolling Hills.

Low ‘A’ Flight player was Mick Rowell with a net of 63.80.

Low ‘B’ Flight player was Mike Williams with a net of 64.92.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Tony Labarbera with a net of 61.95.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Floyd McVey with a net of 64.52.

Shooting their age or better were Bernard Caldwell, 71, with a 69; Donald Martin, 75, with a 75; Frank Masingo, 83, with an 82; Ken Miller 83, with an 82, and  Lou Manning 85, with an 85.

Caldwell’s 69 was low gross score and Tony Labarbera had low net score.

Caldwell eagled the par-5 No. 3 hole.


The Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association played a Net Tournament on Tuesday. First low net was Ruth Bowles, with Mary Seaford second, Wendy Kinsell third and Susan Morris fourth.

  On Monday, in a rain-delayed opening day event for the Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association,  Susan Houston won low gross. First low net was Mary Seaford, with Ellen Petrous second.


The McCanless Couples  enjoyed terrific weather that added to the intensity of the competition.

The team of Crystal Clemmin, Larry Clifton, Ralph and Pam Carver took home first place.

Walt Kincaid, Susan Wydner  and Susan Houston took second.  Kincaid had the longest putt.

High school baseball

Davie County  moved into a tie for first place in the Central Piedmont Conference by beating Reagan in Pfafftown on Tuesday, 2-1.

Davie trailed 1-0 going to the seventh.

Garrett Chandler had the game-tying single on an 0-and-2 pitch. Winning pitcher Carson Whisenhunt was hit by a pitch to force home the deciding run.

The teams, two of the best in the state, will square off again in Mocksville on  Thursday with the CPC title on the line.


In East Rowan’s Easter tournament at Staton Field, West Rowan took fifth place with a 6-4 win against Central Cabarrus.

West (15-6) scored four runs in the second and never trailed. Daniel Sell had a two-run double to key the big inning.

Carsen Bailey pitched into the fifth for the win. Scout Nichols got two outs, and Payne Stolsworth pitched the sixth and seventh for a save.

Sell had two hits and three RBIs for the Falcons.

Daniel Durham had a double. JT Fecteau had two hits and drove in a run.

Sam Yelton and Bryson Birmingham knocked in two each for the Vikings.


West Stanly won an exciting third-place game, beating Cox Mill on Nathan Eury’s walk-off hit in the seventh, 5-4.

Lukas Scott homered and doubled for the Colts.  Trent Wilson had a triple.

Chandler Riley paced Cox Mill with two doubles.


In Tuesday seventh-place game at Staton Field, West Iredell beat Forest Hills, 9-5.


In the Intimidators Easter tournament in Kannapolis, Lake Norman won a Tuesday semifinal against Robinson, 9-4.

Dylan Arment drove in three runs for the Wildcats.

Collin Auten went 3-for-3 for Robinson and drove in  two.


Northwest Cabarrus scored on a seventh-inning balk and beat A.L. Brown on Tuesday, 6-5, in the consolation bracket.

Andrew Raffaldt had three hits and three RBIs for the Trojans.

Austin Lowery and Antonio Knight had three hits each for A.L. Brown. Brayden Garrett had two hits and scored three runs.


Weddington shelled Mount Pleasant in a Tuesday consolation, 15-2.

Brett Wiseman had two doubles, while Sam Kilinski had a triple for the Warriors.


CHARLESTON, S.C.  — Taylor Varnell allowed just four hits over six innings, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators over the Charleston RiverDogs in a 5-2 win on Tuesday.

NC State club softball

N.C. State’s fourth-ranked  club softball team (20-1) will play in the  South Atlantic Regional in Clemson on April 27-28.

Team members include   former West Rowan standouts Peyton Greene and Parker Greene.

Varnell (2-1) allowed two runs while striking out six to pick up the win.




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