PREP NOTEBOOK: Saint tops Maiden on diamond

Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from Ben Watson, St. Stephens defeated Maiden on the baseball diamond, 7-0 — the second win by the Indians against the Blue Devils.

St. Stephens scored six runs in the sixth inning, and were led offensively by Luke Barton, who went 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles.

The Indians' Logan Gray was 2-for-3 with a double, while Ky'rawn Whitfield went 2-for-3, as well.

Aaron Rudisill delivered the lone Maiden hit, while Adam Houston suffered the loss on the mound for the Blue Devils.

Closing out Watson's performance on the mound, Zach Bumgarner earned the save.

Prep softball

Maiden 5, West Lincoln 0

The Lady Blue Devils improved to 3-0 on the season with a shutout of the Lady Rebels.

Hannah Callahan threw a two-hitter for Maiden, striking out six West Lincoln batters. She also had a double from the plate.

Offensively, Maiden's Jessica Cooper hit a two-run homer in the third inning to score herself and Lindsey Schronce.

Schronce also hit a home run of her own in the fifth inning. She went 2-for-4 from the plate.

Emily Crouse also went 2-for-3 from the plate, while Mollie Sigmon finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

West Lincoln's Rylee Marsh suffered the loss, giving up 11 hits, one walk, hit two batters and struck out six.

College baseball

Wingate 15, Lenoir-Rhyne 1

Wingate (9-10, 1-6) picked up its first league victory of the season with a 15-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (4-17, 1-6) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Bears Field.

Wingate's Casey Allison hit a three-run home run and drove in eight runs as the Bulldogs prevailed in the opening contest of the weekend series.

Allison got things going for the Bulldogs in the top of the first inning with a three-run round-tripper with two outs.

Allison then helped Wingate put the game away with a bases-clearing double as part of a five-run second inning as the Bulldogs surged to an 8-0 advantage.

Allison added a two-run double in fourth inning as Wingate led 12-0 before Lenoir-Rhyne plated its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a run-scoring fielder's choice by freshman outfielder Ivan Vieitez. The play scored L-R senior outfielder Stephan Arcieri.

Lenoir-Rhyne was also hurt by five errors which led to nine unearned runs on the evening for Wingate.

Allison finished with three hits while Michael Godinez (Cutler Bay, Fla.) added two hits and two runs scored for the Bulldogs, who defeated the Bears for the second time this season.

Wingate's Ben Currie improved to 2-2 on the season after limiting Lenoir-Rhyne to just three hits over seven innings of work in addition to three strikeouts. L-R junior Ryan Reedy fell to 0-4 after suffering the loss.

The two teams will wrap up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at Bears Field. The game was pushed back an hour due to the threat of severe weather very early in the day.

College softball

No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Glenville State 2

Lenoir-Rhyne (17-2), ranked No. 22 in NCAA Div. II, defeated Glenville State on Friday evening during the first day of the Mid-South Softball Classic at the 295 Complex.

With the win, the Bears increased their winning streak to 10 games.

L-R plays fourth-ranked North Georgia at noon and No. 23 Flagler at 4 p.m. Saturday on the second day of the tournament.