Sam Howell is getting attention from nearly every major college football program for his play at quarterback for Indian Trail Sun Valley, but Howell excels on the baseball diamond too.
Howell was a difference-maker Monday in a tightly-played Southern Carolinas 3A game, as Sun Valley edged Waxhaw Cuthbertson 2-0.
Howell struck out 12 in six innings, allowing a single Cuthbertson hit. Andrew Lane pitched the final inning, preserving the shutout. And it was Howells two-run single that provided the games scoring.
Austin Blevins, South Caldwell: 3-for-4 with five RBIs in a 12-1 win over Maiden. Blevins got the win as a pitcher, going all five innings, allowing two hits and striking out five.
Matt Hunter, Dane Skufca (Myers Park): Hunter allowed only one hit in five innings and Skufca pitched two hitless innings in relief for the Mustangs in their 6-1 victory at China Grove Jesse Carson.
Grant Lovelace (Covenant Day): His three-run double keyed a six-run sixth inning that led Covenant Day to a 9-3 victory over Lake Norman Charter.
Caldwell Academy Eagles 4, Carmel Christian Cougars 3: Carmel Christian pitcher Michael Owens pitched five innings and struck out nine. Lucas Martino hit his second home run of the year in the loss.
Central Cabarrus 21, Albemarle 0: The visiting Vikings logged a big victory, with Evan McGee, Kipp Thornton and Sam Yelton each delivering two hits.
Concord Jay M. Robinson 15, West Rowan 5: The Bulldogs scored five times in the fourth and five more in the sixth, erasing a 5-4 deficit. Max Agnew, Charles Botello and Brandon Dayvault each had two hits for the victors.
Covenant Day 9, Lake Norman Charter 3: Covenant Day scored six times in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 3-3 tie. Grant Lovelace slammed a three-run double for the victors in the sixth.
Cramerton Stuart Cramer 8, Kings Mountain 0: Bryson Linkous delivered at the plate, with two hits and three RBI, and on the mound, striking out nine.
Davie County 4, South Iredell 2: Losing pitcher Landon Bandy pitched a complete game, striking out eight. He also delivered two hits at bat.
East Rowan 8, Concord Cox Mill 3: Hayden Setzer and Avery Shull each homered for the Mustangs. Teammates Jack Fitz and Charlie Klingler each added a pair of hits.
Gastonia Ashbrook 11, Gastonia Piedmont Charter 0: Devon Carn, Joe Palmer and Hayden Wells each drove in two runs for Ashbrook.
Gastonia Highland Tech 17, Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Academy 0: Taylor Hughes fired a two-hitter for the Rams.
Gastonia Huss 5, Bessemer City 4: Jakob Moss was 2-for-4 and Cody Smith was 2-for-3 for Bessemer City. Huss scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to win. Xavier Swann of Huss was the winning pitcher.
Hopewell 16, Marshville Forest Hills 1: Tanner Gresham was the winning pitcher. Hopewell scored eight runs in the first inning
Monroe Parkwood 4, Weddington 2: Parkwood won this Southern Carolinas 3A opener.
Myers Park 6, China Grove Jesse Carson 1: The pitching of Matt Hunter and Dane Skufca lifted the Mustangs. Maddux Holshouser pitched well for China Grove, limiting Myers Park to two hits and a pair of runs through six innings. The Mustangs scored four times in the top of the seventh to break it open.
Salisbury 5, North Rowan 2: Winning pitcher Bo Rusher struck out eight in five innings, and teammate Jack Fisher had two doubles.
South Caldwell 12,
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PROVIDENCE DAY 10, WOODBERRY FOREST (VA) 0
Woodberry Forest (VA) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Providence Day 1 0 0 7 2 10 10 1
Leading hitters PDS
Miralia 3-4, 2 rbi's
Daniel 2-3 rbi
Murray 1-3 DBL 4 rbi's
Ravin 1-1 DBL 2 rbi's
Leading hitter WF