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Area Sports Briefs: Big win for West baseball; Catawba baseball takes 2 from Bears

From staff reports

MOORESVILLE — West Rowan went on the road and beat Mooresville’s defending 4A state champs  3-2 on Friday in eight innings. Daniel Sell was outstanding for six innings on the mound for the Falcons (2-0).

Casey Gouge pitched the seventh and eighth. He got the win. West scored the deciding run in the eighth on Gouge’s sacrifice fly.

Steven Smith keyed the offense with two hits and two runs scored. Gouge had two RBIs, and Andrew Kennerly had two hits.

Nick Merriman had three hits for the Blue Devils (1-2). Merriman fanned nine on the mound.

  West went  up 2-1 in the fifth when Sell doubled in a run. Mooresville tied it in the sixth.


SALISBURY — Jackson McAllister had four hits and Jarrett Murray had a strong start on the mound as North Davidson beat Salisbury 6-1 in a Central Carolina Conference game on Friday.

North Davidson (2-0, 2-0) swept the season series from the Hornets.

Losing pitcher Parker Lippard had the only hit for the Hornets (0-2, 0-2).  Salisbury was shut out until the seventh when Vance Honeycutt reached on an error, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.


CONCORD — A.L. Brown got off to a positive start in the South Piedmont Conference race with a 7-6 win against Central Cabarrus on Friday.

  Bryson Schenck had three hits for Wonders (1-1, 1-0) and also got a save.

Austin Lowery, Jaden Johnson, Aiden Schenck and Nathan Baucom had two hits each, as the Wonders banged out 13 hits.

Sam Yelton and Christian Thomas had two hits for the Vikings (0-1, 0-1).


LANDIS — Oak Grove scored four runs in the top of the seventh and beat South Rowan 5-3 in a Central Carolina Conference game on Friday.

South got a run in the first inning on a hit by Ty Hubbard, and pitcher Nolan Eudy protected that 1-0 lead until the fifth when the Grizzlies (2-0, 2-0) finally tied it.

It was still 1-all until the seventh when Seth Polen’s two-run double put the Grizzlies up 3-1.  Tanner Tesh’s double was the other big hit in the seventh for Oak Grove.

Jack Weaver relieved Eudy in the fifth and took the loss for South (0-2, 0-2).


North Rowan took two games from Albemarle on Friday, the first wins for new coach Patrick Hampton.

Jonathan Spry pitched the Cavaliers to a 12-4 win in the first game and Bryan Lawson  threw a no-hitter as North breezed 10-0 in the nightcap.


GRANITE QUARRY —  Mattox Henderson pitched a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 10 as East Rowan pounded the Cabarrus Stallions 22-0 on Friday at Staton Field.

East (2-1) scored 22 runs in the second inning.

Jake Hunter socked a two-run homer later in the inning. JD Basinger went 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Charlie Klingler had a triple, drove in four and scored three. Blake White drove in three.

Hunter, Henderson, Griffin Warden, Wayne Mize and Corbin Durham knocked in two each.

East had 12 hits and  got 17 more baserunners on walks and hit batsmen.


TAYLORSVILLE — Davie lost 8-5 on Saturday to Alexander Central, the pick by many to win the 3A championship.

Garrett Chandler knocked in two for the War Eagles (1-2). Aaron Williams and Anthony Azar had two hits.


HS softball

CHINA GROVE — Carson’s eight-run fourth inning keyed a 9-6 win against Davie County on Friday.

Carson trailed 4-0 when the bats erupted in the fourth. Liza Simmerson’s two-run homer got the big inning started.

Winning pitcher Kary Hales had three hits for the Cougars (2-1). Simmerson, Allie Burns and Landry Stewart had two each. Hales and Abbey Nixon had two RBIs.

Sydney Dirks hit a three-run homer in the third for the War Eagles (0-3).


Karli Queen homered, but Davie lost 6-5 to Ledford on Saturday.


MIDWAY — In a Central Carolina Conference game, South Rowan lost to Oak Grove, 16-3, on Friday.

Seven South errors led to 13 unearned runs for the Grizzlies.

McKinley Faw hit a solo homer for the Raiders (0-3, 0-1). Bailey Yon and Zoie Miller had RBIs.

Oak Grove had 11 hits, including a grand slam by Kady Livesay. Livesay went 4-for-4 and drove in eight runs for the Grizzlies (2-0, 1-0).


North Rowan swept a Yadkin Valley Conference doubleheader from Albemarle on Friday to open the season.

In the first game, North took a 3-2 win. Jaylah Bethea had two hits and Chloee Stoner struck out eight batters.

• In the second game, Stoner struck out 12 Bulldogs and hit a home run in a 5-0 victory. Lily Savage had three hits. Bella Smith had two hits.

High school soccer

CHINA GROVE — Carson opened with a 4-3 win against Davie County.

Gracie Thomason, a Catawba signee, scored two goals for the Cougars. Hannah Isley and Lani Isley scored a goal each.

College basketball

Region player of the Year Jamarius Hairston (Carson) led  Davidson County Community College to the tournament title on Saturday.  DCCC won 85-77 against Louisburg. Hairston had 19 points and four assists. DCCC will play in the national tournament in Illinois on March 17-21.

College baseball

Catawba swept Lenoir-Rhyne in a SAC doubleheader at Newman Park on Saturday.

Henderson Lentz  went for-4 and Jackson Raper and Cameron Morrison homered in a 19-4 romp in the first game. Bryan Ketchie  got the win.

• Catawba had a tougher time in the second game, but won 5-4. Raper hit a three-run homer. Caleb Link won in relief. Robbie  Cowie got his fourth save.


Bryson Bebber (South Rowan) had four hits and five RBIs for Surry Community College in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Lakeland CC.

College softball

Freshman Mary Sobataka (West Rowan) hit her first college homer on Friday in Coastal Carolina’s 7-1 win against Louisiana.


Catawba lost twice to Bloomsburg on Saturday, falling 4-1 and 9-7.

Preston Ellenberg had Catawba’s RBI in the opener. Brooke Walser took the loss in the circle.

Carlee Brawley had two hits in the second game. Madison Hunter took the loss. Taylor Martin (West Rowan) had two hits and three walks in the doubleheader.




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