• 41°

College baseball: Catawba pulls out SAC tourney opener

Staff report

KODAK, Tenn. — Catawba rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to top Tusculum 5-4 in its South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament opener on Friday night at Smokies Stadium. Catawba, seeded third and ranked 11th in Division II, improved to 39-12 on the year. The Pioneers, seeded fourth, fall to 30-20.

Jackson Raper got the game-changing hit in the bottom of the eighth. His two-run single against SAC Pitcher of the Year Charles Hall turned a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead.

Down 4-2, Heath Mitchem  started the Catawba eighth with a single. A one-out single by Hunter Shepherd  sent Mitchem to third and a walk to pinch-hitter Dylan Wilkinson loaded the bases. A wild pitch closed the margin to 4-3 before Raper delivered his big hit.

Peyton Williams tossed a scoreless ninth with a pair of strikeouts to earn his eighth save. He allowed a two-out hit, but fanned the final batter to end the game.

Riley Myers (7-0) was credited with the win. He gave up an unearned run in the eighth, but got out of further trouble by picking off a batter, and then posting a strikeout to end the frame.

Shepherd and Raper had three hits each for Catawba. Mitchem had two.  Mitchem scored twice and Raper had three RBIs.

Catawba used six pitcher, Greg Brown got the start and pitched into the fourth. He struck out five.

Catawba took an early lead with a pair of runs in the first. Mitchem, Jeremy Simpson and Shepherd each singled to load the bases. Mitchem scored on a double play, and Raper singled home a run.

Hall (6-3) went the distance, allowing five earned runs off the nine hits. He walked two and fanned 11.

Catawba will face Lincoln Memorial tonight at 7:30 pm. WSAT Radio will carry the game.

•••

In other tournament games on Friday:

(1) Newberry 4, (7) Anderson  2

(2) Lincoln Memorial 6, (5) Wingate 0

Saturday’s games

(7) Anderson vs. (5) Wingate, Noon

(1) Newberry vs. (4) Tusculum, 3:45 p.m.

(2) Lincoln Memorial vs. (3) Catawba, 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Jackson Raper Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is8wD0ceVl4

Comments

Local

Political Notebook: Interim health director to talk COVID-19 at county Democrats breakfast

Local

‘Their names liveth forevermore:’ Officials dedicate Fire Station No. 6 to fallen firefighters Monroe, Isler

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking into Salisbury high, getting juvenile to help

Nation/World

With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes

Local

City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions

Lifestyle

High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Local

With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education

Business

Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021

Business

A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month

Local

Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair

Landis

Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month

Lifestyle

Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship

Nation/World

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

Nation/World

Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill

Nation/World

Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval

News

Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash

News

Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students

Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week