Hough baseball

Catawba Shores, Denver schools flex muscle in first round of baseball playoffs

Five of the six teams from the Catawba Shores 1A/2A won their first-round games Tuesday, while all schools on the west side of Lake Norman advanced to the next round. Meanwhile, the Queen City conference has no teams remaining, as Hopewell lost by 1 and 3-seed Hough fell to 30-seed Cuthbertson. The second round is scheduled for Friday, unless otherwise […]

Here are the NCHSAA playoff matchups for Lake Norman area baseball teams

The brackets have been finalized for the NCHSAA baseball playoffs, which begin Tuesday, May 10. All six teams in the Catawba Shores 1A/2A qualified over two classifications, while all four Denver-area teams will host first first-round games between the 2A and 3A brackets. Here are all of the Lake Norman-area matchups with seedings: 4A Hough (3) vs. Cuthbertson (30) Lake […]

BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Wildcats pull of huge comeback; Hough sweeps Queen City


MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman High overcame three separate five-run deficits to defeat Cox Mill 10-9 Thursday in the Greater Metro 4 tournament championship. The home Wildcats scored three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings on a night when they batted .464 as a team with 13 hits. And after starting pitcher Daniel Cieslinski gave up eight runs […]

Hough baseball team looks to finish strong after rare adversity during Spring Break


CHARLOTTE – The Hough baseball team didn’t get the lights-out performances it has become accustomed to having this season during its Spring Break tournament, but the Huskies can now look to finish off the regular season on a high note. The Huskies (17-1) suffered its first loss of the season April 9, an 8-6 loss to the Carolina Royals alternative […]

Before taking ACC mounds, these lake-area pitchers dominate from different sides


The two best pitchers in the I-Meck last year are back for another season. Now in different conferences, Hough lefty Max White and Lake Norman’s Luke Schmolke come from different sides, but both are just as dominant after posting sub-1 earned-run averages last spring.  During an era of increased velocities at all levels, the two hurlers take pride in other […]

Christmas, pitching Lukes gain top I-Meck baseball awards


Hopewell shortstop Seth Christmas was named I-Meck Baseball Player of Year after a breakout junior year this spring. Claiming the honor over several other candidates with stellar resumes, Christmas led the Titans with a .478 batting average, four doubles, two home runs and league-high .707 on-base percentage. And playing at a premier position in the minefield, only committed two errors […]

Baseball teams look for pitching, mental makeup to advance through postseason

The sport that usually ends the first weekend of June enters its postseason in the middle of the month this year, and the Hough baseball team enters with its sixth straight conference championship. The Huskies finished off their 14-0 record by scoring 10-plus runs in their final nine games. But coach Jimmy Cochran said the personal makeup of his players […]

Swiney prepping for MLB draft call amid season of uncertainty


Nick Swiney had won every start in 2020 and was leading the ACC in strikeouts when the college baseball season came to an abrupt end. The 2017 Hough graduate was coming off a breakout season as a sophomore at N.C. State, primarily as a reliever, and was on the verge of showcasing his full talents to conference opponents in his […]

Games to watch: I-Meck teams start conference play

Friday, March 13 Langtree Charter at Pine Lake Prep Time: 5 p.m. Breakdown: Langtree Charter defeated Pine Lake 13-3 in the first matchup between Mooresville teams in the PAC 7 1A. The Lions improved to 2-1 with the win and 1-0 in conference play. But the Pride will be looking to avoid a regular-season sweep and instead duplicate last year’s […]

Hough grad Swiney leads Wolfpack pitching from bullpen


RALEIGH – Nick Swiney is parlaying a breakout season on the mound for the N.C. State with a summer playing in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. And the Huntersville native didn’t have much time in between his final game with the Wolfpack – a 9-2 loss to East Carolina in Greenville June 2 – and preparing to venture north […]