ACHS swept South Iredell in baseball and softball on Monday, March 24.
Updated March 25. 11 am)
Cougar Teams sweep
South Iredell in baseball, softball
By D.N. PENNELL, Jr.
Alexander Central’s Baseball and Softball Teams welcomed the South Iredell diamond Viking squads to Taylorsville for doubleheaders on Monday evening, March 24.
The ACHS Varsity Baseball Team chalked up its fifth win in a row with a 7-1 win over the South Vikings in game two of a JV/Varsity twinbill at Bob Gryder Stadium.
The Cougars improved to 6-4 overall and 4-1 in North Piedmont Conference games with the six-run win over the visitors from Troutman.
Senior right-hander Brandon Lail kept his recent mound hot streak rolling with a solid pitching performance for ACHS. Lail worked six-plus innings, allowing just one run on a pair of hits. He fanned nine South batters. Jordan Roy spelled Lail in the seventh and recorded the final out.
Offensively, ACHS collected seven hits on the night. Senior Dylan Dessecker’s recent hot streak continued with a one-hit, two RBI outing at the plate. Ethan Deal, Tad Ratliff, Mason Stikeleather, Chase Little, Ryan Chapman, and Lail added one hit each for the Cougars in the win.
Prior to the varsity showdown, ACHS edged the South JV Vkings 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel.
ACHS freshman Zach Brzykcy tossed a complete-game, two-hitter to record the pitching victory for the JV Cougars. The ACHS starter struck out eight in six innings of mound time.
Offensively, ACHS managed just a pair of hits. However, the Cougars pushed across the game’s lone run when Brett Goble plated Trae Starnes with a sacrifice fly. Starnes and Grayson Chapman collected one hit each for Alexander.
COUGAR SOFTBALL TEAMS POSTS SHUTOUTS
The ACHS Lady Cougar JV and Varsity Softball Teams remained unbeaten on the season with a pair of shutout victories over the South Iredell Lady Vikings on Monday, March 24, at Central Park.
The Varsity Lady Cougars ran their record to 10-0 on the year with a 10-0 win over the Vikings in the first game of the afternoon.
Kiana Millsaps improved to 5-0 on the season with a complete-game, two-hit effort in the pitching circle. Millsaps fanned eight South Iredell hitters.
Alexander collected a dozen hits on the day with Vada Sherrill, Taylor Wike, Amanda Sports, and Mia Blochaviak picking up a pair of hits apiece. Millsaps, Bailey Rhoney, Bailey Sherrill, and Tianna Batts added one hit each.
ACHS followed up the varsity shutout with a 16-0 win in Monday’s junior varsity game at Central Park. The young Cougars broke the game wide open when they scored 10 runs in the home half of the second inning.
Taylor Carrigan and Kendra Mayes combined to toss a three-inning no-hitter for the Cougars. The pair combined to strike out six batters and did not issue a walk.
Camri Smithey, Caroline Maltba, Makenzie Pennell, and Makayla White had two hits each to lead the Alexander JV’s at the plate.
The ACHS teams are slated to play at West Iredell on Friday, March 28.
THOMPSON LEADS ACHS GOLF TEAM IN NPC CONTEST
ACHS golfer Bubba Thompson tied for match medalist in a North Piedmont Conference match played Monday, March 24, at Twin Oaks Golf Court.
Thompson and North Lincoln High School’s Aaron Digh fired match scores of 36 to share the medalist honors for the day.
North Lincoln won the match for its second win in two events. Led by Digh, the Knights posted a score of 151.
Lake Norman fired a team total of 157 to place third, while ACHS grabbed the third spot with a four-score total of 165.
Thompson’s 36 led ACHS, while Brayden Millsaps and Hunter Hartness carded matching scores of 42 for the Cougars. Tristan Conner shot a 45, followed by Dylan Adams (46) and Hunter Riddle (50).
Twin Oaks 3/21/14
1. North Lincoln 151
2. Lake Norman 157
3. ACHS 165
4. Mooresville 166
5. South Iredell 170
6. Statesville 176
7. West Iredell 182
8. North Iredell 186
VARSITY SOCCER TEAM DROPS TOUGH MATCH
The ACHS Varsity Women’s Soccer Team took on a talented Mooresville Lady Blue Devil club on Monday and came away with its second league loss of the season.
The Lady Cougars slipped to 4-3-1 overall and 1-2 in league matches.
ACHS fell behind 4-0 at the half and dropped a 5-0 decision to the Blue Devils.
A halftime adjust on defense moved Alexander’s leading score Ali Goforth to defense to mark Mooresville’s offensive leader. Goforth’s defense, coupled with Sydney Auton’s second-half performance in goal limited Mooresville to one more goal on the night.
Danica Crouse tallied eight saves in goal in the first half, while Auton compiled fives saves after spelling Crouse at halftime.
TENNIS BLANKS CHALLENGER IN NON-CONF. MATCH
The ACHS Men’s Tennis Team improved to 8-2 on the season with a 10-0 victory over Challenger High School on Monday, March 24, in Taylorsville.
John Busch, Taite Mundy, Matt Bouchard, Jake Watson, Skyler Dupuis, and Tanner Ingle posted singles wins for the Cougars. In doubles play, the teams of John Busch/Matt Bouchard and Taite Mundy/Tanner Ingle collected wins.