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2A:
Fred T. Foard: 3
East Lincoln: 0
The Tigers advance to the third round going to South Point on Wednesday.

Wilkes Central: 6
Patton: 1
Panthers season ends at 18-6.

3A:
A.C. Reynolds: 3
Hickory: 0
Red Tornadoes season ends at 18-3-1.

Jonathan Ornelas stayed hot on Friday night, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, but the 'Dads fell to the Asheville Tourists 5-3.

Curtis Terry got 'Dads on the board first in the bottom of the third with a solo homerun. The homer was his seventh of the season.

The Tourists tied the game in the top of the fourth and scored a pair in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead over the Crawdads.

The 'Dads rallied in the sixth to tie the game at three. Jonathan Ornelas led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Curtis Terry singled him in to make the score 3-2. A pair of walks by Sherten Apostel and Isaias Quiroz loaded the bases for the 'Dads. Miguel Aparacio was hit by a pitch, scoring Terry.

In the top of eighth, the Tourists scored a pair of runs to put the 'Dads down 5-3.

A four-run fourth inning, capped by two unearned runs on back-to-back sacrifice bunts, propelled South Alabama to a 4-1 road win against Appalachian State in their Sun Belt Conference series opener Friday.

With normal Game 2 starters Tyler Tuthill (App State) and Drake Nightengale (South Alabama) taking the mound for Game 1, each team managed seven hits. Bailey Welch and Luke Allison had two hits and one stolen base apiece for App State, with its lone run coming in the sixth inning thanks to Riley Smith’s leadoff double, Allison’s sacrifice bunt and Alex Leshock’s RBI groundout.

App State pitcher Kaleb Bowman, who took over in the fifth inning, and Andrew Papp combined to allow two hits in 4.1 scoreless innings of relief that set up a chance for a late-inning rally. Welch and Luke Drumheller opened the bottom of the ninth with consecutive singles, but a strikeout preceded a game-ending double play in which closer Zach Greene cleanly fielded a hard-hit comebacker.

Tuthill and Nightengale held each offense scoreless through three innings, and a leadoff single in the top of the fourth came around to score on Wells Davis’ RBI double that dropped fair near the left-field corner. A single put runners at the corners for Santi Montiel, who put down a bunt to the right of the mound.

With the lead runner in position to score, the left-handed Tuthill bobbled the ball, spun around toward first and made an off-target throw toward the bag. Dakota Dailey scored from first on the play, and Montiel advanced all the way to third before scoring on another bunt to the mound in the next at-bat from Kaleb DeLaTorre.

Tuthill was responsible for three strikeouts and two earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. He gave way to Bowman with a runner on third and two out in the fifth inning. Bowman followed a walk by inducing a pop-up to end that threat.

He pitched around a one-out double in the sixth, stranding a runner at third on a defensive gem by Allison at short, and first baseman Robbie Young started a 3-6-1 double play in the seventh. Papp struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Despite a last-inning, last-out rally, the fourth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College baseball team fell 6-4 in 11 innings to fifth-seeded Southeastern Community College during the first round of the Region 10/Southeast District tournament on Friday at the Minges-Overton Complex.

CVCC starting pitcher Logan Bender had yet another stellar outing during Friday’s opener. The sophomore from Dunn, N.C. and reigning Region 10 Pitcher of the Year collected 12 more strikeouts during his seven-inning appearance on the mound.

Despite Bender’s performance, the Rams (26-23) were able to gain a 2-0 lead through seven innings, scoring one unearned run in the fourth on two walks, an error and a fielder’s choice, and they added a seventh-inning RBI sac fly by shortstop A.J. Brooks for their second run.

Catawba Valley’s offense struggled on Friday, popping out 10 times, striking out 13 times and stranding 10 runners on base, including two runners in the third inning and the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

Southeastern appeared poised for a nine-inning tournament victory, adding two insurance runs to its lead in the top of the ninth inning when second baseman Daly Marcano scored on a passed ball and designated hitter Zach Adams drew a bases-loaded walk.

Down to their final out with a four-run deficit, the Red Hawks scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extras. Center fielder Rod Munoz ignited the offensive spark with a two-out, two-RBI double to left field, which scored third basemen Grant Tilley and right fielder Trent Jones.

Red Hawks second baseman R.J. Conner followed Munoz’s clutch hit with one of his own — a two-run home run to left field — to tie the contest at 4-4 through nine complete. The home run by Conner is his team-tying fifth blast of the season.

CVCC appeared to be in the driver’s seat for a come-from-behind win, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, but two forced pop outs and a strikeout by the Rams ended any potential scoring threat.

Southeastern seized momentum from the previous inning, scoring two runs in the top of the 11th, including an RBI single by Adams and an RBI sac fly by center fielder Chase Orrock, for the eventual game-winning runs.

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball program has announced the signing of North Mecklenburg standout Jordan Jenkins.

“I’m excited to have Jordan Jenkins to be a part of our program,” said CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “She is coming from a good coach and school. She will add versatility and good work ethic to our team. I’m looking forward to her to contribute immediately.”

A 5-foot-8 guard, Jenkins averaged 8.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.4 assists this past winner as a senior at North Mecklenburg High School.

Behind Jenkins, the Vikings won 18 games, including nine in I-Meck 4A conference play. North Meck also made an appearance in the second round of the 4A playoffs.

Jenkins also played two years of varsity basketball at Summerville High School in Summerville, S.C. before transferring to North Meck.

She averaged 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals at Summerville, including career highs of 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals during her junior season with the Green Wave.

Jenkins joins a Red Hawks women’s basketball team that went 24-6 overall last season, including 17-3 in Region 10 games — claiming the school’s second-ever regular season conference title.

With a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore shortstop Talon LaClair was selected to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District Team.

LaClair will advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot with the winners being announced later this month. The Academic All-District III team is selected from nominees representing all colleges and universities in the South Atlantic Conference, Conference Carolinas and Peach Belt Conference.

On top of leading the Bears in numerous offensive categories, LaClair is also a star in the classroom. The math major has been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, earned a spot on the President's List, became a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and spends a lot of her time volunteering with various organizations.

On the field, LaClair was named to the Second Team All-Conference as well as Second Team All-Southeast Region squads. She finished her sophomore campaign with a team-high .414 batting average, including a conference-best .507 batting average in league play. The Statesville native recorded a hit in nine straight at bats and she finished in the top ten in five offensive categories. LaClair led the team with 44 RBIs and had 15 multi-hit games.

2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District III Softball Team

FIRST TEAM

 Pos  Name       School       Yr GPA      Major
P Aubrey Reep Wingate Jr. 3.56 Elementary Education
 P Justice Smith  Lincoln Memorial  Jr. 3.96 Finance
 C Claire Doyle  Belmont Abbey Jr. 3.94  Psychology / Educational Studies
 INF  Amber Coy  Georgia College  Jr.  4.00  Nursing
 INF  Kasey Grant  Anderson  Sr.  4.00  Biochemistry
 INF  Emily Hester  Tusculum  Sr.  3.88  Biology
 INF  Talon LaClair  Lenoir-Rhyne  So.  4.00  Math
 OF  Abby Fiessinger  Carson-Newman  Jr.  3.86 Math 
 OF  Morgan Mahaffey  Tusculum  Sr.  4.00  Biology
 OF  Emma Swenson  Wingate  Jr.  3.86  Criminal Justice
 DP  Chelsey Cunningham  Newberry Jr.   4.00  Criminal Justice

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Teams closed out their 2019 regular season on Thursday evening at the Last Chance Meet hosted by Montreat College. Saidah Hardwick improved her NCAA ranking at the meet, running a 55.18 in the 400-meter which topped her previous qualifying time of 55.88.

Other highlights included: Kylie Dahlberg recording an all-time best in the 800-meter, finishing in a time of 2:16.71 and Essence Newkirk also recording a career-best run in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.86.

Payton Fair, a Newton-Conover grad, placed second in the 800-meter, trailing only teammate Dahlberg, crossing the finish line in 2:16.74. Anthony Brown also took a second place finish with a time of 15.57 in the 110-meter hurdles.

The Bears will now turn their attention towards the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Kingsville, Texas on May 23.

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball had two players represented on the NFCA All-Region team as announced by the organization. Sophomore catcher Kylee Leonhardt and sophomore shortstop Talon LaClair were selected to the team.

Leonhardt, last year's SAC Freshman of the Year, earned her first career All-Region selection. The catcher was a First Team All-Conference performer in her second season in Hickory and finished her sophomore campaign with a .338 batting average, eight home runs, 33 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage.

This is also the first All-Region selection for LaClair who earned Second Team All-Conference honors as well. LaClair led the Bears with a .414 batting average, including a conference-best .507 batting average in league play. The sophomore recorded a hit in nine straight at bats and she finished in the top ten in five offensive categories. LaClair led the team with 44 RBIs and had 15 multi-hit games.

The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's eight regions with first and second-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams.

2A:
North Davidson: 18
Fred T. Foard: 5
Tigers season ends at 16-6.

West Wilkes: 3
Hibriten: 0
Panthers season ends at 18-8.

3A:
Alexander Central: 4
Cuthbertson: 1
Cougars advance to the third round hosting Cox Mill on Tuesday.

4A:
South Caldwell: 4
Porter Ridge: 2
Spartans advance to the third round where they will host the winner of Davie County/Grimsley on Tuesday.

3A:
Parkwood: 14
Alexander Central: 1
The Cougars season ends at 19-7.

4A:
South Caldwell: 5
Glenn: 1
Spartans advance to the third round taking on the winner of the Northwest Guilford/Reagan contest on Tuesday.

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