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Whatâ€™s been a difficult season for Newton-Conover on the baseball diamond so far in 2013 got just a little brighter on Monday.
The Red Devils drove in 17 runs on 13 hits en route to stunning top-seeded Bunker Hill 17-4 in the first round of the Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic.
St. Stephens baseball coach Chip Watts likened his teamâ€™s performance in this yearâ€™s Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic to being in the NCAA tournament.
â€śWe talked about March Madness and living for the occasion,â€ť Watts said. â€śBig players make big plays in big ball games.â€ť
The Tribe made big plays when they mattered the most.
Below is a look at Monday's first round scores from the 23rd Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic, as well as Tuesday's slate of games:
No. 2 St. Stephens 4, No. 7 Fred T. Foard 3
No. 3 Hickory 8, No. 6 South Iredell 2
No. 8 Newton-Conover 17, No. 1 Bunker Hill 4 (six innings)
No. 4 West Caldwell 4, No. 5 Maiden 3
Aaron Darden may have not started playing tennis until he was 12 years old, but he is certainly making up for lost time.
The Bandys sophomore is undefeated in singles play so far this season and is aiming for a chance to compete for a state title.
Two Catawba County prep basketball coaches will not return to their posts next season â€” Maiden girls basketball coach Kati Chapman and Hickory boys basketball coach Lavell Hall.
Chapman was 24-72 in four seasons as Lady Blue Devils coach, including a 10-46 record in conference play.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team gave up six runs on nine hits and committed five errors in a 6-5 loss to Brunswick Community College.
The Bucs (20-6, 10-2), who entered this week ranked fourth in the latest National Junior College Athletic Assocation (NCJAA) poll, dropped just their second Carolinas-Virginia conference game of the season.
Former Newton-Conover assistant coach Mike Natoli was named the head coach at West Iredell on Thursday.
Natoli takes over the Warriors from Mark Weyker, who spent the past 26 seasons as coach. Weyker led the program to a 124-163 record during his tenure.
From 2004-09, Natoli was an assistant at NCHS under former Red Devils coach Nick Bazzle.
The Bunker Hill softball team bounced back from a tough loss to Maiden earlier this week by winning 8-4 against rival Bandys on Thursday.
Courtney Adsit and Anna Williams led the Lady Bears (5-7, 5-2) in the victory.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Below is a look at Thursday's prep scoreboard from across Catawba County:
Alexander Central 6, St. Stephens 0
Bandys 9, Bunker Hill 0
Draughn 12, Maiden 3
Patton 8, Hickory 7
West Caldwell 3, Newton-Conover 0
Alexander Central 8, St. Stephens 2
Bunker Hill 8, Bandys 4
Maiden 3, Draughn 1
West Caldwell 19, Newton-Conover 9
The Hickory Crawdads released their opening day roster on Thursday, just a week before the team is scheduled to plays its regular season opener against Greensboro.
Three 'Dads are returning for another season with the team, including catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Jordan Akins and catcher Joe Maloney.