CONCORD – In its first game out of spring break, the Hopewell baseball team lost 5-4 in extra innings to Concord April 22.
The visiting Titans (9-11, 6-6 I-Meck 4A) jumped on the Spiders with three runs in the top of the first, followed by another in the second, but didn’t score the rest of the game.
Junior Tanner Gresham went four innings in the start, allowing 2 earned runs with five strikeouts and four walks. Classmate Anthony Sullivan threw 4.2 innings, allowing three runs – one each in the fifth, sixth and ninth – only one of which was earned.
Ace pitcher Tyler White had a big day at the plate with two hits and an RBI, while Jared Johnson, Seth Christmas and Jason Wilson each picked up a pair of hits.
The Titans close out the regular season at West Charlotte April 26.
North Meck beats Spiders in wild 7th
CONCORD – North Meck rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to defeat Concord 5-4 April 20 in a spring break tournament.
The Vikings led 3-2 entering the final inning, but the Spiders scored two runs in their half to take a one-run lead.
Senior right-hander Hunter Stallings pitched five strong innings, allowing only one Concord run.
At the plate, leadoff man Ernesto Torres went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Freshman Cole Hart also had two hits – including a double – and as many RBIs.
North Meck is 7-11 and finished the I-Meck schedule 4-10 in Matt Neville’s first season as coach. The Vikings finish the regular season hosting Lake Norman Charter April 26.
Crusaders defeat Pride lax
MOUNT MOURNE – Behind a huge game from Gaston Caperton, the Christ the King boys lacrosse team defeated Pine Lake Prep 13-8 April 16.
Caperton, a sophomore, scored seven goals on 10 shots to lead the Crusaders (5-9-1, 3-5 Conference 13) over the Pride (5-7, 1-6) in the teams’ regular-season finale. Fellow CTK sophomores Josh Angell and Ben Barnabei scored two goals apiece.
Freshman Jack Gervasini recorded 16 saves in goal.
Freshman Nick Murphy and junior Anders Kikut scored three goals each for the Pride.
Knights’ sprinters set school records
PUMPKIN CENTER – Several members of the Lake Norman Charter track and field team broke school records in a meet at North Lincoln High School April 17.
Avery Scott and Jaden Goodman finished first and third, respectively, in the 200 meters, each breaking the school record in the event. Scott now owns the record in 22.64 seconds (adjusted) while Goodman ran 22.39 non-converted, as the meet was hand-timed
Jamari Chavis lowered his record in the boys 300 hurdles to 44.14 seconds. He finished fourth in the meet.
Chioma Asiegbunam’s time of 11.99 seconds (converted) in the girls 100 meters set a school record. She then broke the LNC girls senior class record for the 200 in 25.74 seconds.
The LNC boys scored 54 points and were second overall to North Lincoln. The girls finished third with 42 points.