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Area Sports Briefs: Lots of baseball, softball, track

From staff reports

THOMASVILLE — Salisbury’s baseball team rallied for an 8-4 Central Carolina Conference win at East Davidson on Friday.

The Hornets trailed 4-0 going to the sixth inning. They got two runs in the sixth and scored six times in the seventh.

Salisbury (3-2, 2-2) had 11 hits, with Chad van der Poel and Parker Lippard getting two each.

A run-scoring single by Jackson Murphy and Patrick Taylor’s steal of home  in the sixth got the comeback started.

Salisbury scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh when Nick Peltz walked with the bases loaded.

Vance Honeycutt started on the mound for Salisbury and struck out seven in three innings. Lippard pitched the fourth and fifth. Peltz pitched the sixth and seventh and got the win.

Salisbury swept the Golden Eagles.


LEXINGTON — South Rowan won in extra innings at Central Davidson on Friday in a Central Carolina Conference game.

The Raiders (3-2, 2-2) scratched out two runs in the eighth to take a 4-2 victory. South trailed 2-1 going to the seventh.

South had eight hits, with Drew Huffman and Ty Hubbard getting two each.

Nolan Eudy pitched six strong innings and struck out seven. Jack Weaver got the win with two scoreless innings.

South swept the Spartans.


GRANITE QUARRY —  Wayne Mize smacked two homers, continuing a hitting rampage, as East Rowan beat Mooresville 7-1 on Friday at Staton Field.

Mize’s three-run homer in the first inning after Charlie Klingler and Griffin Warden got on base in front of him was the key blow.

Mize added a solo blast in the fifth, his fifth homer of the season.

The Mustangs (5-1) got a complete game on the mound from Cameron Padgett. He allowed five hits, struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter.


NORWOOD — Jonathan Spry pitched well for North Rowan (2-4, 2-2) in Friday’s 3-0 Yadkin Valley Conference loss to South Stanly.

Hayden Brown won the pitching duel for the Bulls.


KANNAPOLIS — In a 5-2 South Piedmont Conference win against Northwest Cabarrus, Chris Allen pitched a complete game for the Wonders (2-3, 2-1), and Aiden Schenck knocked in two.


CONCORD —  Tyler Grady had three hits and Brandon Moore drove in two runs as Robinson (2-3, 2-1)  topped Cox Mill 4-2 in a South Piedmont Confernce game played on Friday.

Nick Pratico had three hits for the Chargers.


MIDWAY —  Catawba recruit Levi Perrell had three hits and scored four runs to lead Oak Grove (4-0, 4-0) to a 9-3 Central Carolina Conference win against Ledford on Friday.

High school soccer

CHINA GROVE — Gracie Thomason scored four goals to lead Carson to 6-0 win against A.L. Brown.

Kate Carter and Sydney Borst scored the other goals.

High school softball

LEXINGTON — South Rowan got its first win on Friday, pounding Lexington 30-0 in three innings for a Central Carolina Conference victory.

South (1-5, 1-2) scored 15 runs in the first inning.

Zoie Miller pitched a no-hitter for the Raiders. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

South put up  huge offensive numbers. Clara Bean had three extra-base hits. McKinley Faw had two triples and five RBIs. Miller scored four and drove in five.

Miller and the McGuire twins, Madison and Makenzie, hit home runs.

The McGuires had identical days — four at-bats, two hits, three RBIs.

Breanna Ramseuer had two hits and three RBIs. Bailey Yon scored four runs.


KANNAPOLIS — Tali Hagler pitched a shutout as A.L. Brown beat Northwest Cabarrus 6-0 in Friday’s South Piedmont Conference game.

Lauren Ritchie had three hits and two RBIs.  Gracie Brown, Maddy Daniels and Lindsay Wolford had two hits apiece.


Salisbury swept Thomasville in Friday’s doubleheader, 16-1 and 18-7.

Ellen Yang struck out 16 and won both games.

In the first game,  Alli Tuck had three hits and  Yang and Caroline Cozart had two hits and three RBIs each. Cozart had an inside-the-park homer.

In the second game,  Autumn Walser had three hits and four RBIs and Tanja Beck had three RBIs.


  CHINA GROVE — Lacie Coubal and Kasey Lee homered as Central Cabarrus (4-0) beat Carson 11-4 on Friday.

HS football

Salisbury’s 6-foot-3 outside linebacker Jalon Walker, a sophomore, has offers from Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Kentucky, and more will come.

Walker visited Clemson recently.


West Rowan defensive lineman Zeek Biggers, a junior,  is likely to end up as an offensive lineman for a D-I school.

Biggers (6-5, 315) has offers from N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Liberty and Akron and is attracting a lot of interest.


Mid. school baseball

West Rowan Middle defeated Knox 19-3 on Thursday.

The Bulldogs (3-1) were led by Tyler Kepley with four hits and Luke Ponczka and Chase Fisher with home runs.

Brice Knox picked up the win.

Mid. school tennis

Salisbury Academy’s coed tennis team won against Davidson Day in a match played at Hopewell High in Huntersville.

Millie Wymbs, Elizabeth Applewhite, Cora Wymbs, Ruby Walser, Meredith Williams and Reid Hlavacek  won in singles.

Millie Wymbs/Applewhite, Peyton Hollar/Gray Davis and Kari Downs/Lucy Heilig won in doubles.

College football

Former West Rowan offensive lineman Keldrick (K.J.) Wilson has been starting at Hampton, but the 6-foot-6, 305-pound Wilson will be playing at a new school next fall as a graduate transfer.

Among those who have offered Wilson are Georgia Southern, Florida International, Indiana, Central Michigan, Liberty, Georgia State and Charlotte.

College baseball

Cameron Graham (West Rowan) hit a grand slam for Rockingham in Friday’s 14-2 win against Averett’s jayvees.


Holden Lanier (North Rowan)  hit a three-run homer in the first inning and had three hits in Brevard’s 5-1 win against Emory & Henry on Wednesday.

High school track

Winners from the track meet at South Rowan, with Salisbury and West Davidson:

South Rowan girls

Anahi Reta 3200

Taylor Chapman 100 hurdles

Kira Rymer discus

Rebekah Allen shot



Salisbury girls

Azriel Simpson 100

Anayia Fulson 200

McKenzie Johnson 400

Leah Cressler 800

Kalijah Moody high jump

Arasjella Corpening long jump


South Rowan boys

Noah Julian 1600, 3200



   Salisbury boys

JD Wood 100

Christian Morgan 200, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles

Max Morgan 800

Jalon Walker long jump, triple jump



Winners from the track meet at East Rowan, with  A.L. Brown, Concord, Central Cabarrus:

East Rowan girls

Adalie Harrison 800, 1600

Ashley Boyd high jump

Cyanah Barger 100 hurdles



A.L. Brown girls



East Rowan boys

Quih’Mari McCall 100

Cooper Wright 400

Luke Heglar pole vault

A.L. Brown boys

Marcus Chapman 200

Onesimo Rosas 1600, 3200

Ryan Cuthbertson triple jump



North Rowan track teams won in a meet at South Davidson that also included South Stanly, Montgomery Central and North Moore.

North winners:

North Rowan boys

Tyshon Sifford 100

Devin Kendall 400

Tyshaun Pratt 110 hurdles

Tsion Delaney 300 hurdles

Adrian Rudisell shot



North Rowan girls

Tareyah Murphy 400

Kimya Lynch 100 hurdles

Breasia Ellis shot, discus

Destiny Crawford long jump

Ke’Ara McCoy triple jump


East Rowan competed in a track meet with Concord, Robinson and Northwest Cabarrus at East.

East winners:

East boys

Cooper Wright 400



East girls

Peyton Whicker 300 hurdles



PHOENIX   — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he is organizing a “sandlot” baseball game.

He also is trying to raise $1 million for Major League Baseball game-day staff who could be affected by the league’s decision to delay the regular season at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bauer tweeted an invitation on Friday to all  players remaining in Arizona to see if anyone wanted to take part in the pickup game. He said it would be mandatory for pitchers and hitters to wear microphones.   Arizona  outfielder Josh Rojas and San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham said they were interested.


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