The Crusaders got their time in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional off to a good start.
Belmont Abbey 5, Wingate 4 (10 innings): Luke Cureton’s solo home run in the 10th inning allowed Belmont Abbey to scoot past Wingate in both teams’ NCAA Division II Southeast Regional opener.
His blast brought to an end a back-and-forth affair that featured multiple lead changes.
The Crusaders got on the board first, courtesy of a Thomas Yoder home run in the second inning. Wingate answered in its ensuing at-bat, a McMann Mellett base hit bringing in Brett Branton during the top of the third.
It would remain 1-1 until the sixth, when Trent Wynn’s single brought in a pair of runs to put Wingate up 3-1. Belmont Abbey had an answer in it this time around, Josh Genthe’s groundout bringing in one run while Kevin Elefante’s hit allowed Yoder to come home from third to tie things at 3-all.
After a Matt McGarry base hit allowed him to get on in the seventh, a Nick Beinlich hit put the Crusaders back out front 4-3. Wingate loaded the bases the following inning, but was only able to get one out of it.
Neither club was able to scratch anything across in the ninth, setting the stage for Cureton’s heroics in the 10th.
Cureton was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Yoder was 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. McGarry, Beinlich and Elefante each scored multi-hit games.
Belmont Abbey will now take on No. 7 Lincoln Memorial, which took out second-seeded Georgia College 9-4 in first round play. The Crusaders took two from Lincoln Memorial last month, albeit in a pair of closely contested matchups.
Kings Mountain Touchdown Club
The Kings Mountain High School Touchdown Club just had their 11th golf fundraiser in 12 years and raised $61,345.00.
This year's golf winners were:
1st Flight - Chris Jolly, Russ Putnam, Josh Etters and Bryant Wells
2nd Flight - Mark Latham, Jeff Williams, Jeff Lovelace and Bob Labelle
3rd Flight - Allan Propst, Woody Fish, David Brinkley Jr. and David Brinkley
4th Flight - Mark Dixon, Greg Dixon, Ray Robinson and Doyle Neason
5th Flight - Steve Moffitt, Brad Moffitt, Ben Cabiness and Ryan Clark
6th Flight - Bo Goforth, Steve Goforth, Tommy Goforth and Mike Trammell
The fundraiser tournament also featured its first hole-in-one when Steve Edsall aced No. 17.
All-Southwestern 2A: Shelby's Kenji Price was named player of the year and Jason Smith coach of the year for the league champion Golden Lions.
Joining Price on the all-conference team were teammates James Mabry, Braxton Clifton, Lavery Hoard and Jack Brownlee, Harrison Noblett and Thad McInnis of third-place East Gaston, Ben Kersey and Ben Hutchins of fourth-place Shelby and Trent Matheny of fifth-place East Rutherford. Earning honorable mention all-conference were Alex Niblack from Shelby, Adam Poole from East Gaston and Zeke Wilkerson from East Rutherford.
High school track and field
The NCHSAA’s 1A and 3A track and field championships have been postponed till Sunday, May 20, due to weather concerns.
“It is always difficult to decide to postpone or delay a State Championship event. However, with inclement weather in the forecast for much of the day on Friday, it became apparent that this decision is in the best interest of the 1A and 3A student-athletes who have worked so hard to reach this year’s State Championship meet,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker.
The 1A/3A meet will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Irwin Belk Track at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro.The original meet timing schedule will be adjusted by one hour, with field events and a few running preliminaries starting the meet at 11:00 a.m.
Currently, the 2A/4A track meet is still scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track at N.C. A&T State University.