South Charlotte

Briefly: Knights' Ratledge takes home-run derby title

Logan Ratledge leads the Southwestern 4A in home runs. In last week's home-run derby at the Jack Sink Baseball Invitational at Myers Park High, he showed why.

The Ardrey Kell shortstop hit 15 home runs over three rounds to win the derby title.

Ratledge, committed to play at N.C. State University next year, hit almost every home run over the same part of the left-field fence.

"I told the guys coming into this that I was going to get in there like it was a regular batting practice," said Ratledge. "Once I got into a rhythm and felt good, things started going well for me."

With teammates crowded around the dugouts, six players from the invitational took part in the derby: Myers Park's Tyler Powell, South Mecklenburg's Chris Pearlman, Providence High's Guy Woodliff, Charlotte Christian's Tyler Simmons, Providence Day's Andrew Pope and Ratledge (Charlotte Latin and Charlotte Country Day didn't participate).

Only Powell (4), Simmons (1) and Ratledge (5) hit home runs in the first round, moving them into the second. Ratledge hit five more in the second round, while Powell and Simmons each hit two, forcing a tie-breaker. Powell hit two home runs to Simmons' one to move on to the final.

Powell batted first and hit four home runs, but Ratledge again hit five.

Eagles win two in Spring Break Classic

East Mecklenburg baseball used its home-field advantage to win two of its three games in the second Spring Break Classic last week.

East Meck beat Weddington 6-5 on Monday, scoring the winning run in the final inning. Eagles shortstop David Daniels went 3-4 and had three RBIs.

First baseman Jonathan Crews was the star in the second game, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Eagles to a 10-0 win against North Mecklenburg.

The Eagles lost to Hough 4-2 in the final game Wednesday. Daniels was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

Charger runner signs with Villanova

Providence Day senior runner Varonica Johnson signed a letter of intent to join the track and field team at Villanova next year at a ceremony at Providence Day's Mosack Athletic Center on April 20.

Johnson won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races at last year's N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state meet and broke the school records in the 100- and 200-meters. She helped break the 4x100 meter school record that stood for 14 years.

"Varonica is one of the hardest working athletes that I have coached and is always willing to go the extra mile for the team," said assistant varsity girls' track and field coach Carol Lawrence in a statement.