South Caldwell defeated Northwest 3A/4A rival Watauga 45-18 and knocked off Lincoln Charter 54-12 to sweep Friday’s tri-meet hosted by the Spartans.
The Spartans were dominant against 1A Lincoln Charter, winning all their matches either by pinfall or forfeit. Sylas Scruggs pinned the Eagles’ Jack Casey at 1:07 of the first period of their 138-pound match. At 170, Nolan Litton pinned Lincoln Charter’s Emily Harrison at 50 seconds of the first period. South Caldwell’s Kevin Pereira pinned Owen Cornwall in 12 seconds of the first period.
South Caldwell ran out to a 21-6 lead over Watauga early in their match as Payton Church pinned Watauga’s Noah Styles in 56 seconds of the first period. Riley Thacker won by decision at 145, and Litton won by pinfall at 3:46 of the second period at 160. Damian Harkey got a pin in the first 1:23 of his 195-pound match, and Pereira pinned his opponent in 39 seconds. Spartans 120-pounder Jonah McBurney closed out the match with a pin in 1:40.
Before the match, Hutto and 2020 graduate Abby Phillips were presented with state championship rings. Hutto was a 2019 state champion, while Phillips claimed a state title in 2020.
South Caldwell will take part in the Northwest 3A/4A conference tournament on Thursday at McDowell High School.
High School Baseball Spartans 11, Cougars 0
Eli Webb tossed a three-hitter, and South Caldwell scored four runs in the sixth and piled on seven more in the seventh to rout Alexander Central on Saturday.
Ryan Parrish had a double and knocked in three runs; Isaiah Kirby and Josh Mays each had a hit and an RBI, while Max Runquist had a hit and an RBI. Webb also had an RBI at the plate; he pitched all seven innings, walking two and striking out six in a complete-game win.
The Spartans (8-4, 7-4 Northwest 3A/4A) hosted Watauga (7-5, 5-5 Northwest 3A/4A) Monday evening and will host Lincoln Charter in a non-conference game on Friday to close the regular season. The Eagles are 11-1 overall and 10-1 in the South Piedmont 1A conference.
Professional Baseball Sore shoulder shelves Bumgarner
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and South Caldwell alum Madison Bumgarner was put on the 10-day injured list Thursday after undergoing an MRI on his sore left shoulder, according to ESPN News Services.
Bumgarner left Wednesday’s 7-6 loss to the New York Mets after just two innings. He said he first felt discomfort in the shoulder two to three weeks before but didn’t tell the team because he thought it would get better.
“This was just bad judgement on my part,” he told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “I thought it was going to get better and go away sooner.”