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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 08:33

High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 3/5/19

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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 11
Alexander Central: 4

McDowell: 6
St. Stephens: 1

Watauga: 8
West Caldwell: 5

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 7
Patton: 6

Hibriten: 3
West Iredell: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 13
Lake Norman Charter: 1

Non-conference:
Hickory: 7
South Iredell: 0

Maiden: 2
St. Stephens: 1

Patton: 9
West Lincoln: 0

Wilkes Central: 5
Hibriten: 0

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 08:27

CVCC Baseball Sweeps Spartanburg Methodist

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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)

Team Finishes:
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)

Team Finishes:
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.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 20:41

App State Softball Defeats Tennessee State

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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.

Girls
2A:
Mountain Heritage: 71
East Burke: 66
Cavaliers season ends at 24-6.

3A:
Freedom: 62
Carson: 46
Patriots will take on Cuthbertson in the regional finals, Saturday in Hickory.

Boys
3A:
Cox Mill: 101
Freedom: 86
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.

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