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May 10th, 2011
Hearing some chatter from Salisbury before their match, the Newton-Conover tennis used it as motivation, went out on the court and took care of business.
Senior Austin Adams earned key victories in singles and doubles, as the Red Devils defeated the Hornets to advance to the third round of the playoffs next Tuesday.
Down 4-0, the Bunker Hill baseball never gave up.
The Bears relied on their veteran leadership to score 10 runs over the next six innings on their way to a second straight CVAC baseball tournament championship.
West Caldwell committed seven errors in Friday's CVAC tournament game. Bunker Hill capitalized.
The Bears scored four runs of those errors and 10 total runs on their way a victory. Pitcher Jacob Shepherd and catcher Tyler Shook had two RBIs each in the win.
Three runs scored for the Bears in the first inning. Cole McGraw walked, Cody Ervin and Jeremy Null reached on errors. All scored later in the inning to make it 3-0.
In a back-and-forth game between Bandys and Maiden on the baseball diamond, Daniel Melton had the final say.
The senior hit a shallow drive to left-center field to give the Trojans a clutch victory in the opening round of the CVAC baseball tournament Thursday.
Melton, who had three hits in the game, said the Trojans are used to these kinds of games.
â€śOur season has been like this all year,â€ť Melton said. â€śItâ€™s only taken one hit to blow a lot of games open. We just fought and got hot at the end.â€ť
Thursdayâ€™s game included four ties and five lead changes.
The Bandys softball team honored three seniors on Wednesday in the best possible way â€” winning.
The Lady Trojans (13-1) shutout Bunker Hill on Wednesday, and in the process, clinched their second straight CVAC title.
Before the game, the team honored its seniors â€” Katie Carpenter, Kailee Punch and Kelsey Clark.
â€śBefore we started this game, I showed them a picture of when they were 9 years old on a travel team,â€ť said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. â€śIt was right after we won our first tournament. It brought back memories because all three of them were on that team.â€ť
Opening its state title defense, the Newton-Conover tennis team made a statement Tuesday.
The Red Devils (21-2) swept visiting Pisgah and only dropped seven of a combined 109 points in those matches. Newton-Conover won 72 of 78 points in its singles matches and 30 of 31 points in doubles matches.
â€śPisgah was a wild card team,â€ť said Red Devilsâ€™ coach Brian Tate. â€śWe know what is coming up next. That is Salisbury, a team we play in the western finals last year. Iâ€™m just trying to get these guys a little more focused. Matches like this donâ€™t feel like a playoff match sometimes.â€ť
The Hunter found his prey on Monday.
The Bandys baseball team, led by pitcher Hunter Harvey, denied Bunker Hill a second consecutive undefeated regular season.
Harvey pitched a complete seven innings, striking out 10 batters, allowing five hits and two walks in the victory.
â€śHunter threw great tonight,â€ť said Bandys coach Frank Porter. â€śHe is a young kid, only a sophomore. He was the difference.â€ť
Bears coach Marty Curtis gave credit to Harvey after the game was over.
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.