Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 11
Alexander Central: 4
St. Stephens: 1
West Caldwell: 5
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 7
West Iredell: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 1
South Iredell: 0
St. Stephens: 1
West Lincoln: 0
Wilkes Central: 5
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball earned a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday afternoon against Division I Spartanburg Methodist at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds. CVCC won game one 10-9 and game two 8-5.
With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 8-7 overall on the season.
Game one: Catawba Valley 10, Spartanburg Methodist 9 (nine innings)
Trailing by three runs entering the final half inning, catcher Willie Gordon launched a three-run home run with two outs, lifting the Red Hawks to a one-run, walk-off victory in extra innings during the opening game of the doubleheader on Tuesday.
Gordon connected on two home runs in the contest and drove in six runs on three hits, leading Catawba Valley to its seventh win of the season.
Things looked bleak early for the Red Hawks, who fell behind 4-1 through 3.5 innings of Tuesday’s opener. Despite that early hole, CVCC rallied by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, including home runs by Gordon and left fielder Trent Jones, to take a 6-4 lead through four complete.
Spartanburg Methodist shortstop Kobe Phillips tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, launching a two-run home run to knot the Pioneers and Red Hawks at 6-6.
All hope seemed lost for Catawba Valley in the top of the ninth inning when SMC scored three runs, including a two-RBI double by Josh Tepper and an RBI single by Houston Wright, to go ahead 9-6.
However, the Red Hawks rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning, plating a run on an error before Gordon’s two-out, three-run blast helped complete the comeback for CVCC.
Game two: Catawba Valley 8, Spartanburg Methodist 5 (seven innings)
The Red Hawks scored eight runs on eight hits, plating runs during four of their six innings on offense, en route to the doubleheader sweep in the nightcap of the twin bill on Tuesday afternoon against the Pioneers.
Center fielder Brett Eurey and catcher Willie Gordon led the charge for CVCC with two hits apiece. Gordon and teammate Tyler Campbell also scored two runs each.
Spartanburg Methodist led 4-3 through 2.5 innings, but Catawba Valley scored five-straight runs, including two each in the third and fifth innings and one in the sixth inning, to seize the lead for good in the contest.
David Kennedy, Jamie Sheek and Eurey all tallied one RBI each to help lead the late charge for the Red Hawks. Kennedy and Campbell also scored one run apiece on a passed ball and a wild pitch, respectively.
Tristen Shea tried to lead the Pioneers on a last-inning comeback, driving home a run on a single in the top of the seventh inning, but Red Hawks reliever Chase Covington was able to close the door, striking out the tying run at home plate to end the game.
On the mound, CVCC freshman Storm Mace earned his first win of the season. He allowed six hits, four runs (one earned), one walk and struck out one batter in four innings of work.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Thursday for another home doubleheader — this time against Belmont Abbey JV. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen finished No. 3 overall in the Richard Rendleman Invitational in Salisbury, N.C., leading the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team to a second place team finish on Tuesday. The senior was named to the All-Tournament Team for his performance.
Lasso had a three-shot improvement on day two of the tournament, finishing 73-70-143. He led the group, but was followed closely by the senior Brad Robinson, who shot 72-72-144 (T-4) for the two-day event. Matthew Raybould, who led the Bears last weekend, 73-74-147, which is good enough to be tied for ninth. Luiz Lopez Malo was fourth on the squad, finishing T-15 in the field and a score of 74-76-150 for the tournament. Wrapping up the list of Bears competing in Salisbury, N.C. is Dawson Walker, who finished T-24 with a mark 76-78-154.
The Bears had three in the top 10 in Par 3 scoring, two in the top 10 in Par 4 scoring, and two in the top-10 in Par 5 scoring.
Lenoir-Rhyne is set to travel to Greenwood, S.C. to compete in the Lander Bearcat Classic Monday and Tuesday, March 25-26.
LR's Individual Finishes:
Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen – 143 (3)
Brad Robinson – 144 (T-4)
Matthew Raybould – 147 (T-9)
Luis Lopez Malo – 150 (T-14)
Dawson Walker – 154 (T-24)
Cape Fear CC – 579
Lenoir-Rhyne – 584
Belmont Abbey – 596
Montevallo - 604
Catawa College – 606
Walters State CC – 624
Pfeiffer – 632
Davis & Elkins – 669
Belmont Abbey - 669
Chowan – 682
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team went head to head with 13 teams in the Low Country Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Wingate, N.C. and shot a total of 645, which is good enough to tie them for eighth place with Catawba after 18 holes.
The Bears were led for the second-straight day by Abbey Hartsell, who shot 75-77-152, good enough to be tied for sixth overall. Next in order for Lenoir-Rhyne is Ainee O'Connor, who was tied for 27th after shooting a 78-83-161 in 36 holes. Mansel, who led the Bears last weekend was third on the team after shooting 80-87-167 (T-43). Not far behind and wrapping up her first tournament of the spring is Megan Robb, who shot 86-82-168 (T-45). Wrapping up the list of Lenoir-Rhyne golfers is Patricia Asensio, who was No. 48 in the field overall after posting 87-84-171.
Lenoir-Rhyne will head to the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational at the Golden Bear Club in Winter Park, Fla. on March 11-12.
LR's Individual Finishes:
Abbey Hartsell – 152 (T-6)
Ainee O'Connor – 161 (T-27)
Chelsea Mansel – 167 (T-43)
Megan Robb – 168 (T-45)
Patricia Asensio – 171 (48)
Western Michigan – 619
Flagler College – 623
UNC Pembroke – 624
Lander – 629
Newberry – 634
Anderson – 636
Wingate - 641
Lenoir-Rhyne – 645
Catawba – 645
Queens – 649
Tusculum – 658
Wingate (B) – 722
Chowan – DNF
Displaying power with both its arms and bats, Appalachian State Baseball opened its Florida trip with a 6-3 win against NCAA Regional staple FAU on Tuesday night.
Dalton Williams’ first career home run and Riley Smith’s three-run homer to center gave App State a 6-0 lead in support of starting pitcher Brandon Boone, who gave up two runs in five innings. Boone (seven strikeouts), Kaleb Bowman (five strikeouts in three innings) and Andrew Papp (two strikeouts in a perfect ninth to earn the save) combined to strike out 13 batters and allow eight hits.
The Mountaineers (4-6) totaled eight hits, including two apiece from Smith and Luke Drumheller, to win in front of a large gathering of App State supporters and alums. It was Appalachian’s first-ever matchup against FAU, which has made four NCAA appearances in the last six seasons, including one during a 43-19-1 season in 2018.
Making his second straight start at DH, facing left-handed pitcher Hunter Cooley, Williams pulled a no-doubt homer to right on a 3-2 offering to give App State a 1-0 lead in the second inning. That blast from the freshman occurred after a bottom of the first in which the first two batters reached and Boone responded with three straight strikeouts.
Bailey Welch followed Drumheller’s two-out double inside the bag at third with an RBI single to left for a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and Smith’s homer produced the most damage in a four-run fourth.
Kendall McGowan singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Williams turned an 0-2 count into a walk. Smith drilled an 0-1 pitch to center and hit the batter’s eye with his first homer of 2019.
Alex Leshock reached first on a one-out strikeout in the dirt and advanced to third on a single by Luke Allison, who then stole second. The lead increased to 6-0 on a sacrifice fly to right by Drumheller, who was robbed of a hit by diving outfielder Bobby Morgensen.
Francisco Urbaez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth put the Owls back within striking distance, but the trio of Boone, Bowman and Papp combined to allow one run over the final five innings.
FAU (6-7) cut its deficit to 6-3 with a two-out RBI single in the sixth, and Bowman stranded two runners with a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch. McGowan threw out a baserunner trying to stretch a single into a double leading off the bottom of the seventh, and Bowman ended that frame with back-to-back strikeouts.
Bowman pitched a perfect eighth before giving way to Papp, who finished his second career save with consecutive strikeouts. The last 10 batters of the game for FAU were technically retired in order.
App State returns to action Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a game at Miami (9-2), and Cameron Kepley is the probable mound starter for the Mountaineers.
Appalachian State (10-6) finished its trip to the Music City with a win in extra innings against Tennessee State (2-7).
Four Mountaineers had a multi-hit game against the Tigers. Keri White and Jenny Dodd each had three hits apiece to contribute to the team's season-high 13 combined hits.
After a five-run first inning for the Tigers, the Mountaineers lessened their lead to one run in the top of the third off of two hits and three errors. In the top of the fourth, App State took the lead after singles from White, Haley Stewart and Mary Pierce Barnes and a double from Dodd, to make the score 6-5.
The Tigers tied up the score in the bottom of the seventh to take the Mountaineers to extra innings. With the International Tie Breaker rule in effect, the Apps pulled ahead with help from a sacrifice bunt from White, a sacrifice fly from Caylie Kifer and a solo homer from Dodd over the 220-foot centerfield fence.
The Mountaineers secured the win in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs. Tennessee State's sole run in the bottom of the ninth wasn't enough to defeat the Apps.
Junior Sydney Holland (4-4) picked up the win, entering the game in the first inning to relieve Kenzie Longanecker during a two-out, bases-loaded situation. In her 8.1 innings pitched, she struck out five batters and limited walks to two. Holland allowed six of the Tigers' 10 hits.
The Mountaineers continue their road trip to Statesboro, Ga., after this weekend's Sun Belt opener has been moved to Georgia Southern. The series will start on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. followed by game two on Friday at 3 p.m. and finish on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Mountain Heritage: 71
East Burke: 66
Cavaliers season ends at 24-6.
Patriots will take on Cuthbertson in the regional finals, Saturday in Hickory.
Cox Mill: 101
Patriots season ends at 28-3.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end in a doubleheader split with Erskine on a sunny but chilly Tuesday afternoon. The Beras lost the first game 7-3 but took the nightcap, 6-2.
In game one, after Erskine scored in the top of the first, Savannah Moorefield would lead off the bottom half of the inning with a triple to right field. The next batter was Erin Boone who singled Moorefield home to even the game just two batters in.
LR would run out to a 3-1 advantage by pushing across two runs in the third inning. Mackensi Swain would plate Moorefield with a single down the left field line and Talon LaClair scored on an Erskine error.
However, the visitors would score the game's final six runs to grab the victory. Erskine pushed across two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Morgan Hendrix earned the win by allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. Reigning South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week Brandi Parks suffered the loss by allowing four runs in her four innings of work.
Moorefield went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Game two was the opposite of game one with Erskine scoring early and the Bears scoring six straight runs to earn the win.
With LR down 2-0, the Bears would score once in the bottom of the third and erupt for four runs in the fourth. Natalie Parham drew a bases loaded walk and Moorefield drove in one with an infield single. LaClair would push two across with an RBI single up the middle.
Ashten Hinkle drove in the final run for LR with a double that plated Leanna Sherrill.
Kimberly Blair earned the win in relief, firing 3.2 scoreless innings and permitting just two hits. Blair struck out three for her second victory of the year.
LaClair reached base safely in all four plate appearances in the second game.
Moorefield has six multi-hit games so far in 2019 and her 19 runs scored is by far the team leader.
LR is 11-6 on the season. The Bears continue its home stand with a doubleheader against Augusta on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Softball Players of the Week for games played during Feb. 25 through Mar. 3 and Lenoir-Rhyne's Brandi Parks garnered the Pitcher of the Week honor.
Parks, a senior right-handed pitcher, finished the week with a 0.67 earned run average in her three complete-game wins, including a shutout of No. 18 Young Harris. In 21 innings of action, the Roaring River, N.C. native allowed two earned runs, 16 hits, nine walks, while striking out 13 batters. In the field, she had one putout and assisted on four. This is her first Pitcher of the Week honor of the season.
The fifth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region X/District VI tournament on Monday night with a 95-75 victory against 12th-seeded Vance Granville at the Tarlton Complex.
With the victory, the Red Hawks improve to 22-8 overall on the season — breaking a tie for the second most wins in a season in program history.
Returning from a foot injury that sidelined him during the final three games of the regular season, sophomore forward Isayah Johnson scored a team-high 15 points in Monday night’s win — 11 of those coming in the second half of the contest.
Teammates Jordan Powell, Dezure Moulden and Brandon Reeves also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks with 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Leading by two points early in the first half, CVCC used a 13-3 run during a three-minute span starting at the 9:36 mark of the first half to break away from Vance Granville, growing its single-digit lead into a double-digit advantage and taking a 42-27 lead by halftime.
Building on its comfortable lead, the Red Hawks outscored the Vanguard 53-48 during the second half. Moulden scored all 11 of his points during the second half — equaling Johnson’s second-half point total — to help secure the program’s first postseason victory since Feb. 28, 2016.
Justus Baldwin and Quavion Basyden led Vance Granville (5-24) with 25 and 21 points, respectively.
The CVCC men’s basketball team continues play in the Region X/District VI tournament on Thursday with a tough match up against fourth-seeded Wake Tech — the host team for the tournament. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Eagles is set for 6:30 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.
Below are the updated brackets for the Region X/District IV tournament following Monday’s results:
2019 Region X/District VI men’s basketball tournament
First round scores (from Monday)
#5 Catawba Valley 95, #12 Vance-Granville 75
#6 Bryant & Stratton 82, #11 Lenoir 62
#7 Davidson County 95, #10 Fayetteville Tech 86
#9 Patrick Henry at #8 Louisburg, no report
Quarterfinals (Thursday at Wake Tech CC)
Game 1: #2 Guilford Tech vs. #7 Davidson County, noon
Game 2 :#1 Pitt vs. #8 Louisburg/#9 Patrick Henry winner, 2 p.m.
Game 3: #3 Florida Gateway vs. #6 Bryant & Stratton, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4: #4 Wake Tech vs. #5 Catawba Valley, 6:30 p.m.
Semifinals (Friday at Wake Tech CC)
Guilford Tech/Davidson County winner vs. Florida Gateway/Bryant & Stratton winner, 5 p.m.
Pitt/Louisburg winner vs. Wake Tech/Catawba Valley winner, 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team used a stellar pitching performance from its starter on the mound and an explosive seven-run third inning to put away the Anderson University Trojans 14-2 on Monday night to wrap up the weekend series.
Lenoir-Rhyne sent Jake Conroy out to the mound for the start, and this was the second consecutive quality start for a Bears' pitcher. Conroy earned his second win of the season as he put in 6.0 innings of work, giving up just two runs on seven hits, two walks and sent seven Trojans back to the dugout via the strikeout. Hunter Martin and Griffin Templeton managed to work 3.0 combined innings and throwing up a goose egg for the game while giving up just three hits in the process.
The Trojans starter Matthew Stanley took the loss as he was pulled from the mound after giving up six earned runs on six hits in 2.1 innings on the mound.
Anderson was led at the plate by Brandon Odachowski, who went 3-for-4 while scoring a run. Will Lindsey and Will O'Brien each managed multiple base hits as well.
Each man in the starting lineup recorded a base hit, led by Clayton Jeffries (3-for-4 with two runs batted in) and Corbin Watson (3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored). Alex Reynolds and Dalton Putnam were close behind, each having a multi-hit game, one RBI and at least one score between them.
This marks the first win in South Atlantic Conference play this season.
Grant Fuller and Jeffries account for 49 of the Bears' 170 hits so far this season, good for just under 29 percent. The duo also accounts for 27 of the 91 RBIs for Lenoir-Rhyne on the season.
The Bears are 4-0 on the season when scoring 10 or more runs, and 14 runs marks a season-high in scoring this season.
The Bears improve to 7-11 overall and 1-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R has a quick turnaround as they host Coker College on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. in nonconference play.
After posting a career night on Thursday, Appalachian State guard Ronshad Shabazz has been named Men's Basketball Sun Belt Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
In a pair of games last week, Shabazz averaged 33.5 points on 21-of-42 (50.0 percent) shooting, a 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) clip from deep and a perfect 11-of-11 mark from the free throw line. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds.
On Thursday at ULM, Shabazz had a game for the ages. He poured in a career-high 47 points on 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) mark from the field and 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) shooting from deep, to go along with five rebounds. The 47 points ranks as the fourth highest scoring output in a single game in program history and was the eighth highest scoring game in Division I this season. In addition, the 10 made three-pointers tied the school record held by Nate Cranford in the 2006-07 season.
Also on Thursday, Shabazz scored the 2,000th point of his career, joining Donald Sims as the only two players to reach 2,000 career points. He also scored his 500th point of the season, becoming the first player in program history to score 500 or more points in three different seasons.
Shabazz followed up his performance on Thursday with 20 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line, and five rebounds in a 90-80 Mountaineer win at Louisiana on Sunday.
Shabazz is averaging 18.8 points this season, which leads the team and sits sixth in the Sun Belt. He enters Thursday's contest with 699 career field goals made and is just two baskets away from becoming the program's all-time leader in field goals made.
Appalachian State will conclude its regular season with two home contests inside the Holmes Center this week. The Mountaineers will host Troy on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday against South Alabama.
Appalachian State University women's basketball sophomore Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) was named the College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week, announced on Monday.
Gosnell averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds through the Mountaineers two victories over the weekend against ULM and Louisiana. The Demorest, Ga., native also shot 56 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the charity stripe. It was the first Sun Belt sweep of the season for the Black and Gold, while the 11-3 mark at home is the best record at the Holmes Center since the 2011-12 season. Also, the 15 wins with two games left are the most wins in the Angel Elderkin era.
In the 56-51 victory over the Warhawks, Gosnell poured in a personal-high 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field with five boards. She scored 16 of her points in the second half, which was half of Appalachian's scoring output. Against the Ragin' Cajuns, she registered her first Sun Belt double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Over the past seven games, Gosnell is averaging 14.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and shooting 54.4 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from 3-point range and 81.3 percent from the line. She has scored in double figures in five straight games, which is a career long.
Gosnell and the Mountaineers have won the last three games and look to continue their solid play going into the Sun Belt Tournament. App closes the regular season in Alabama. It will face Troy on Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET).