Hickory storms past South Caldwell

South Caldwell keeper Sydney Austin (1) makes the save against Hickory’s Litzy Hernandez (10) during the first half of the Spartans’ loss to the Red Tornadoes on Wednesday in Sawmills.

SAWMILLS — Hickory’s Addie Barrier scored three goals, while Jayden Fralick and Madeline Mosteller added one each in the Red Tornadoes’ 6-0 win Wednesday at South Caldwell.

Fralick got Hickory (6-0) on the board less than a minute into the match, and Barrier scored with 13:49 left in the first half to kick off a four-goal flurry to close the half. South Caldwell’s starting keeper Sydney Austin made a big save with 11: 55 to go and another with 8:44 left before Mosteller added another goal with 4:18 remaining and Barrier got her second goal of the game on a penalty kick with 1:25 to go. Finally, a South Caldwell own goal with 16.8 seconds left put Hickory up 5-0 heading into the break.

The Spartans’ defense stiffened in the second half as the Red Tornadoes kept the ball on South Caldwell’s end of the field for the first 20 minutes. Spartans coach Heath Swanson packed the back line of the defense to take away Hickory’s scoring opportunities, and South Caldwell finally was able to create some opportunities of its own in the middle of the second half but could not convert any of them into goals.

Barrier got her hat trick with just under nine minutes remaining to make the final margin 6-0.

South Caldwell (2-5) hosts Freedom on Monday and is at home again on Thursday as McDowell visits.

SoftballSpartans 11, Red Tornadoes 0 (5 inn.)

Smarting after West Stanly handed South Caldwell its first loss of the season on Monday, the Spartans took a two-run lead through three innings and scored nine runs over the course of the fourth and fifth innings Wednesday to rout Hickory.

Jasmine Hall, Regan Weisner and Addison Blair all homered for the Spartans (6-1, 6-0 Northwest 3A/4A). Blair, Hall Maddie Carpenter and Kenley Jackson had two runs batted in each, while Zoey Shatley, Ciera Hanson and Weisner had one RBI each.

Kadie Becker got the win in the circle, pitching five innings, walking two and striking out five.

The Spartans will host Freedom on Monday and McDowell on Thursday before entering the home stretch of the season on April 19 at St. Stephens.

Local Colleges

Softball

Cobras 7-1, Pioneers 6-3

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute split a Wednesday doubleheader at Spartanburg Methodist.

The Cobras took a 7-6 win in Game 1 as Jada Wilson went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and she picked up the win in the circle. Wilson threw seven innings, allowing six runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.

Brittany Reynolds was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Abby Reeves, Cierra Martin, Savanna Doyle and Lauren Spears all had one hit each. Reeves added a stolen base for the Cobras.

The Pioneers battled back in Game 2, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 win.

Mackenzie Johnson scored Caldwell’s lone run of the game on a solo home run in the top of the fifth. Reeves and Hailey Robertson had two hits each for the Cobras (18-7), while Martin had one hit.

Ashlyn Castle took the loss for Caldwell, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on five hits. She walked two and struck out two.

The Cobras will play a doubleheader at Louisburg College on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

Baseball

Cobras 9-8, Patriots 3-4

Caldwell swept a Wednesday doubleheader against Patrick Henry, winning Game 1 9-3 and taking Game 2 8-4.

The Cobras scored three runs in the first inning of Game 1 and added four more in the second to take control early. Noah Love went 2-for-3 with a triple, a double and four RBI. Mike Logan had an RBI double, while Cole Hales had an RBI single. Tyler Bradley had a sacrifice-fly RBI, and Jermie Green had a run-scoring single and sacrificed in another run for Caldwell.

Spencer Ledford got the win. He pitched three innings gave up two runs on two hits, walked two and struck out five.

In Game 2, Mike Logan hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, while Noah Love and Tyler Bradley both had two-run home runs in the fifth inning. Jermie Greene added an RBI single in the sixth inning in the Cobras’ 8-4 win over the Patriots, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Patrick Henry also entered the game ranked No. 3 in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II poll.

Jamison Eichacker was the winning pitcher for Caldwell (14-7), which won its third straight game and improved to 10-1 at home this season. Eichacker pitched one inning, allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two.

Caldwell will host Thomas Nelson Community College for a three-game series starting at 1 p.m., Saturday.