Errors hurt Watauga's softball team
by Staff Reports
NEWTON — St. Stephens used three unearned runs, and solid pitching, to beat Watauga 3-0 in softball Tuesday night.
None of St. Stephens’ hits led to any of the Indians’ runs. The base runners that scored runs for St. Stephens reached base either by a walk or an error.
Watauga’s offense also struggled. Michala McCune had the Pioneers’ lone hit, which was in the fifth inning. St. Stephens pitching also struck out 12 Watauga batters.
McCune and Savannah Drummonds also reached base because of St. Stephens’s errors.
Kim Robinson gave up just three hits and struck out seven. She also walked five in six innings pitched.
Watauga’s game with Fred T. Foard was postponed because of inclement weather. It won’t be made up until April 17 .
NEWTON — St. Stephens snapped a late-game tie and beat visiting Watauga 7-5 in a Northwestern Conference showdown Tuesday.
Watauga, after taking a 2-0 lead, found itself tied 5-5 with the Indians going into the bottom of the sixth inning. St. Stephens (6-3, 3-3 NWC) got a two-out single from Konner Klingenberg to give the Indians a 7-5 lead.
Just two innings earlier, Kyrawn Whitfield hit a two-out single that tied the game 5-5.
Watauga took advantage of a pair of walks and an error in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead on a Mason Illich double. Watauga eventually fell behind 4-2, but rallied for a pair of runs in the fourth to tie the game.
Tyler Jones was hit by a pitch to drive in a run, and Ryder Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Andy Critcher’s sacrifice fly in the fifth put the Pioneers in front 5-4.
Chance Richards took the loss on the mound despite allowing just three earned runs. Richards went 5 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs, but four of those runs were committed in the first two innings and allowed the Indians to take a 4-2 lead.
St. Stephens pitcher Tyler Jack struck out six, but also walked six and hit two batters in six innings work.
Watauga’s game Thursday at home against Fred T. Foard was postponed until April 17 because of inclement weather.
NEWTON — St. Stephens claimed a 5-4 victory over visiting Watauga in girls’ soccer Tuesday by scoring the final three goals of the game.
Watauga’s got goals from Hannah Younger, on an assist by Kassandra Alvarez,
to tie the game 1-1 with 18 minutes gone in the first half. Cole Ellis added another goal on a Tori
Derrick assist to put the Pioneers in front 2-1 with 16 minutes left in the first half.
Tristin Derrick added a goal on a Younger assist in the 32nd minute. St. Stephens scored one minute later, but the Pioneers held a 3-2 halftime lead.
Alvarez scored an unassisted goal in the 45th minute of the game, but that’s when Watauga’s scoring stopped. St. Stephens scored the next three goals, including the game-winner with nine minutes left in the game.
HICKORY — Watauga’s boys’ tennis team fell 8-1 to Hickory Tuesday night.
Landon Taylor, playing No. 1 singles, picked up the Pioneers’ lone victory when he beat Brad Bowman 4-6, 6-3, 1-0. Four Hickory players won their matches in straight sets, while Michael Mirkes beat Watauga’s Harrison Battle 2-6, 6-4, 1-0.
Watauga’s next match is tonight at Newton-Conover.
Hickory 8, Watauga 1
Landon Taylor (W) d. Brad Bowman, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0
Michael Mirkes (W) d. Harrison Battle, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0
Luke Kessell (H) d. Caleb Gould, 6-0, 6-1
Will Arditti (H) d. Dristen Trate, 6-0, 6-1
Nick Carlton (H) d. Noah Moomaw, 6-2, 6-2
Bailey Poston (H) d. Will Spinetto, 6-3, 6-0.
Bowman/Mirkes (H) d. Taylor/Battle, 8-4
Kessell/Poston (H) d. Gould/Trate, 8-6
Arditti/Carlton (H) d. Moomaw/Spinetto, 8-3