PREP NOTEBOOK: Bears improve to 4-1 in CVAC
The Bunker Hill softball team improved to 4-1 in conference play with a 12-2 mercy rule road victory against the Lady Warriors.
Anna Williams pitched five innings, allowing two runs and striking out two for Bunker Hill.
Olivia Fulbright led the Lady Bears offensively with a three-hit game, including three RBIs.
Williams also had two hits, including a solo home run.
East Burke 5, Maiden 0
The Lady Cavaliers picked up the road victory against the Lady Blue Devils in Maiden on Monday.
East Burke’s Chassidy Cline threw a one-hit shutout, while Taylor Burkhalter went 2-for-4 from the plate.
East Burke 2, Maiden 0
Maiden surrendered two goals to East Burke, including one each in the first and second half, as the Lady Cavaliers earned the CVAC victory on Monday.
Kara Frogge scored in the 20th minute for East Burke (4-5-1, 2-1-0) to put the Lady Cavaliers up 1-0 at the half.
Struggling to gain possession in the second half, Maiden (0-5-1, 0-3-1) gave up its second goal of the contest — a netter by Lauren Arney at the 46th minute.
West Caldwell 6, Bunker Hill 1
Starting three freshmen, the Lady Bears fell to 1-10-0 overall and 0-3-0 in conference play with a loss to the Lady Warriors.
Wilbelis Rojas pocketed her 11th goal of the season for Bunker Hill, while Alondra Cruz made five saves in goal.
St. Stephens 9, Hickory 6
The Indians (8-2, 4-1) scored six runs in the first on their way to a conference victory against the Red Tornadoes (7-3, 2-3) on the diamond Monday.
Luke Barton drove in three RBIs for St. Stephens, while Zach Bumgarner and Dillion Spencer each drove in a pair of RBIs.
Gavin Huffman led Hickory offensively with four RBIs on a grand slam in the fifth inning.
Colton Allison picked up the victory on the mound for St. Stephens, while Ryan Garlow suffered the loss for Hickory.
Bandys 6, South Iredell 0
Hunter Harvey tossed a no-hitter, striking out 13 batters leading the Trojans to a bounce-back victory against the Vikings on Monday.
Bandys led 1-0 the entire game until a five-run seventh inning blew open the game.
Holden Pender led the Trojans on offense with two RBIs.
Bunker Hill 5, West Caldwell 2
The Bears picked up their second conference victory behind a complete game performance from Seth Brotherton on the mound.
Brotherton struck out five West Caldwell batters and allowed eight hits.
On offense, Colton Chapman and Oliver Reitzel each had two hits to lead Bunker Hill.
Hickory wins again
The Red Tornadoes golf team notched its second conference victory of the season, edging Hibriten by 12 strokes.
South Caldwell and Alexander Central tied for third place, one shit behind the Panthers.
Fred T. Foard was fourth, while St. Stephens finished in fifth.
For the second match in a row, Alexander Central's Alex Rhyne earned medalist honors, firing a round of 72.
Hickory's Roland Morris and South Caldwell's Tyler Whitesell finished in a tie for second, both shooting rounds of 73.
After two conference matches, Hickory leads the standings by 16 over Alexander Central and Hibriten. St. Stephens is in fourth place, 33 strokes behind Hickory. Fred T. Foard is eight strokes behind the Indians with a combined score of 648.
Red Devils win second-straight match
Newton-Conover won its second-straight Catawba Valley 2A golf match on Monday at Lenoir Country Club.
The Red Devils shot a combined team score of 161, finishing two shots ahead of second-place Maiden.
Bunker Hill finished in sixth with a 191, one stroke behind fifth-place Draughn, while Bandys ended the day with a combined 231 and a seventh-place finish.
Maiden’s Thomas Lilly, who shot a nine-hole round of 36, earned individual medalist for the first time in conference play.
A pair of Newton-Conover golfers trailed Lilly, including runner-up Lee Mitchell (37) and third-place finisher Alex Hefner (38).
N-C’s Hayden Bandy also finished eighth to pace the Red Devils’ in their match victory.
Maiden’s Deric Huffman had his best finish of the season in fifth place, firing a 40 in his nine holes.
Through two conference matches, Newton-Conover leads Maiden by 10 overall strokes, while South Iredell and East Burke are tied for third place.
Bunker Hill is in sole possession of fifth place, while Bandys is in seventh.
The next match for all of the county’s golf teams is the Catawba County golf championships on Thursday at Catawba Country Club.
Bunker Hill 7, Challenger 2
Michael Elmore (C) def. Stefan Gettys 8-3; Kris Trihemasava (BH) def. Brandon Williams 8-2; Jairo Betancourt (C) def Braxton Williams 8-3; Garrett Williams (BH) def. Russell Emerson 8-0; Nicholas Lee (BH) def. Jordan Punch 8-3; David Chang (BH) def. Daniel Rodriguez-Padilla 8-0.
Gettys-Trihemasava (BH) def. Elmore-Williams 8-6; B. Williams-G. Williams (BH) def. Betancourt-Emerson 8-3; N. Lee -Sai Vang (BH) def. Punch-Fidel Bazaldua 8-5.
Newton-Conover 7, Bandys 2
Ryan Lampe (N-C) d Aaron Darden 6-1, 6-3; John Tate (N-C) def. Zach Sigmon 6-0, 6-1; Tyler Barrymore (N-C) def. Ben Young 6-1, 6-1; Jesse Gill (N-C) def. Andrew Beard 6-0, 6-2; Harris Warlick (B) def. Shivam Desai 3-6, 6-3, 10-5; Peden Warlick (B) def. Dan Avis 6-0, 6-4.
Lampe-Tate (N-C) def. Sigmon-Young 10-2; Barrymore-Gill (N-C) def. Darden-Cole Wagner 10-5; Desai-Avis (N-C) def. Warlick-Warlick 8-5
Anthony Dehart (N-C) def. Cole Wagner 8-1; David Dominguez (N-C) def. Evan Bingham 8-4