Archive - Apr 2011 - Sports Article
Two years young, but strong nonetheless.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team, only in its sophomore season, is having success beyond the wildest of imaginations.
When former Lenoir-Rhyne coach Frank Pait heard about the beginning of a baseball program at CVCC, he saw it as an opportunity to get back into coaching the sport he loves.
With two runners on base against them, one out and leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, the Fred T. Foard softball team huddled.
â€śWe just wanted to get re-composed,â€ť said Foard coach Jennifer Cook. â€śWe had let Draughn make a run in the same spot of the order earlier in the game. We helped them into scoring position with uncharacteristic errors. I just kind of reminded of what we needed to do. We needed to take care of the girl at the plate without allowing a score and take care of the next two batters.â€ť
The Lady Tigers (14-3) did just that and more.
Despite falling behind 1-0 against Hickory, the Bunker Hill baseball team â€śShookâ€ť it off, literally.
The Bears (23-0) came back with an offensive onslaught, led by catcher Tyler Shook, to capture their second straight Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic on Wednesday.
Shook had a four-RBI performance, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jacob Shepherd added two RBIs in the victory.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” No pressure, Carolina Panthers. All you're about to do is make a decision that could immediately turn around a troubled franchise or lead it further into the abyss.
Add in never-before-seen uncertainty involving the bizarre labor dispute and you don't have to remind the team's brass of the pressure in holding the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NFL draft.
"It does kind of put a face on the beginning of my career," new coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday.
St. Stephens couldnâ€™t have scripted a better ending.
Trailing 6-0 to Newton-Conover, the Indiansâ€™ baseball team rallied to score 12 runs, including a dramatic two-run homer by center fielder Phillip Carroll in the sixth inning. The Indians (6-13) bounced back from a 7-2 loss Monday to Hickory.
â€śWe came out flat in the first side out,â€ť said Indiansâ€™ coach Chip Watts. â€śOur kids responded well. We knew we had to chip at it a little bit at a time, and we wouldnâ€™t get it all back in one inning. Our kids stayed with the course and with the game plan.â€ť
21 for 21.
The Bunker Hill baseball team won its 21st game of the season in the opening round of the 21st annual Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic by defeating Newton-Conover for the third time this season.
The Bears (21-0), who are the defending champions of the tournament and have won 50 of their last 51 games, will face Fred T. Foard today at 5 p.m.
The three bears.
No, this isnâ€™t a childrenâ€™s story, but it was a storybook ending for a trio of Bunker Hill baseball players.
First basemen/pitcher Jacob Shepherd, third basemen/pitcher Cody Plemmons and outfielder Cody Ervin officially signed to continue their baseball careers in college Friday.
Shepherd signed with Catawba College, Plemmons with Lenoir-Rhyne and Ervin with Mars Hill.
After losing senior leader Katie Johnson to a knee injury in the second period, St. Stephens was determined not to let her down.
Freshman Alex Roarke and sophomore Macy Franklin each pocketed goals in the second period, as St. Stephens picked up its eighth conference victory against Watauga on Thursday.
â€śKatie gets hurt and all of a sudden, we picked up our play,â€ť said Indians coach Chuck Davis. â€śYou have to hand it to the girls for having their teammates back. They wanted to do it for Katie. It was nice for them to step up in her absence.â€ť
The Bunker Hill girlsâ€™ soccer team got off on the wrong foot Wednesday â€” literally.
The Lady Bears (2-13-2) struggled against a strong West Iredell team. They had no shots on goal and allowed six goals to drop a non-conference game at home.
The Lady Warriors (12-6-0) scored four goals in the first period and added two early goals in the second period to come away with a 6-0 victory.
Bandysâ€™ unbeaten conference softball record â€” gone.
Maidenâ€™s chances of winning the conference title â€” still alive.
The Blue Devils (10-2) avenged a 6-4 home loss to the Trojans on March 24 and overcame an early 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 on the road Tuesday.
The loss for Bandys (9-1) is the first in conference play and keeps Maidenâ€™s hopes alive for the chance of a CVAC title.
Maiden pitcher Hannah Callahan had trouble early in the first inning of Tuesdayâ€™s game, as she loaded the bases on two hits and a hit batter.