JUSTIN EPLEY Sportswriter
VALDESE — The Draughn softball team went undefeated in the Western Highlands 1A/2A conference with a dominant home win over Avery County on Tuesday night, 13-3 in five innings.
The Lady Wildcats (6-2, 2-0 WHC) scored three in the first and widened the lead to 9-0 after two innings and 11-0 after the third before Katie Cozort took the win with a two- run home run late in the fifth.
“I feel like the energy we had in the dugout got through to our batsmen,” Cozort said.
She went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and the home run with four RBIs and three runs scored. Extra hits were the order of the day as Maddison Powell went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple, an RBI and four runs. Regan Winkler (2 for 3, RBI) and Aubrie Snyder also had braces. Katie Hamm went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
Maddie Crouch, Brianna Nations and Laney Winebarger also had hits for the hosts.
Chris Cozort, the DHS coach, led the experiment and expanded his roster over the past two innings.
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“We have kids in the game who haven’t played this year yet,” he said.
Hamm was nearly perfect in three innings in the pitching circle with no hits or walks, allowing only one base runner after hitting that batter with a pitch. She took out two. Crouch pitched two innings in relief and struck out two with four hits, one walk and two earned runs.
East Burke 7, Lincolnton 0
The Lady Cavaliers (2-3, 2-2 Catawba Valley 2A Conf.) picked up back-to-back league wins with a shutout victory on the road in Lincolnton on Tuesday night.
Leading for East Burke were Love’ Tallent (2 for 3, triple, double, RBI, two runs), Taylor Bostain (2 for 4, run), Catherine Hammack (2 for 5, two runs), Addy Fortenberry (touchdown , two RBI, run) and Madyson Johnson (hit, RBI).
Kaylee Paige threw a full game in the circle, striking out seven and allowing just three hits in host Lady Wolves’ EB shutout.
Hibriten 18, Freedom 6
The Lady Patriots (2-6, 0-1 Northwestern 3A/4A Conf.) were 3-3 after one inning and down 9-6 after three frames, but couldn’t do anything after Tuesday night at home as the Lady Panthers scored six more runs in the fourth and three early in the seventh.
Liberty was led by Mikhayla Lingafelt (2 for 3, RBI), Jasmine Webb (2 for 4, run), Sarah Armentrout (hit, RBI, two runs), Kelbony Clark (hit, two RBI, run), Madilynn Taylor (hit, two RBI), Tristan Silva Juarez (touchdown), Lani Billings (touchdown) and Kadance Ward (two runs).
Lingafelt went four innings in the circle with six earned runs, 15 hits, four walks and three strikeouts. Destiny White threw three frames with two earned runs, four hits, a walk and three strikeouts.
BASEBALL Draughn 10, Avery County 0 (5 hostels)
The Wildcats (7-2, 2-0 WHC) remained unbeaten in the league with a home win at Valdese on Tuesday night, going up 3-0 late in the second set and 9-0 after three before turning around. during the last round of the fifth frame.
Draughn’s offensive leaders included Tate Jensen (home run, two RBI), Jacob Mull (2 for 2, rush), Brayden Schutt (triple, two RBI, run), Logan McGee (triple, RBI, run), Trey Jensen (hit, RBI), John Robert Abernathy (hit, two runs), Tanner Woody (two runs), Thomas Lambert (run) and Bryson Powell (run).
Trey Jensen pitched all five innings on the mound for DHS, striking out three and walking one while allowing just one hit.
Freedom 8, Hibriten 4
The Patriots (4-5, 1-0 NWC) extended their winning streak to three games and won the league opener at home in Morganton late Monday, leading 1-0 after one inning, 2-0 after two , 3-0 after four, 5-1 after five and 8-3 after six before the Panthers tacked on another run in the top of the seventh.
The Freedom Offensive was led by Carson Dyson (2 for 3, RBI, two runs), Dakota Houk (2 for 3, two runs), Mason Mozeley (2 for 3), Jagger Bailey (2 for 4, double, two runs RBIs), Emerson Miller (double, two RBI, rush), Eli Thomas (hit, two RBI), Garren Bryant (hit, two RBI), and Henry Waters (run).
Daniel Stevenson pitched 5 2/3 innings for FHS, allowing one earned run, seven hits and one walk while striking out five. Mozeley pitched 1 1/3 innings with an earned run, one hit and four strikeouts.
McDowell 5, Patton 4
The Panthers (3-5) led 1-0 early at home in Morganton on Tuesday night, but the Titans tied things up in the second and had four runs in the third to go up 5-1. Patton’s three-point rally late in the fifth proved insufficient in the non-conference contest.
The main PHS were Reid Pons (2 for 4, RBI, run), Braxton Hensley (hit, two RBI, run), Waylon Rutherford (hit, RBI), Easton McCoy (hit, run) and Nick McGee (hit, run ).
Brayson Buff pitched four innings with one earned run, six hits, two walks and one strikeout. Christian White kicked off the other three executives with a hit, a walk and five strikeouts.
Lincolnton 9, East Burke 1
The Cavaliers (3-4, 3-2 CVAC) saw their three-game winning streak, all in conference, shattered by a loss at Lincolnton on Tuesday night.
East Burke’s leaders were Nathan Zimmerman (2-on-3), Eden Worley (hit), Colin Eckard (hit) and Corbin McNeil (run).
Will Weidner went 3 1/3 innings on the mound without earned runs, four hits, four walks and three strikeouts. Cooper Greene pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief with one earned run, five hits and two strikeouts.
SOCCER GIRLS Patton 2, East Rutherford 2 (OT)
The Lady Panthers (3-3-4, 1-1-1 Mountain Foothills 7 2A Conf.) battled to their second tie in three games on Tuesday night’s home senior night.
The game was tied at half-time before the Lady Cavaliers went up 1-0 in the 56th minute. Patton’s Stella Cross responded with a goal on an assist from Lorely Tzul six minutes later. ER scored again seven minutes later, but Tzul scored his own to turn things around and establish the final margin with three minutes left in regulation time.
Danielle Wojcik made six saves in goal in a defensive performance aided by Maleah Pritchard, Faith Webb and Jaycee Mull. Marissa Lor, Ashley Vicente Lopez and Kaden Scism held midfield for PHS.
The hosts held on to a 16-9 penalty shootout lead.
Maiden 3, East Burke 1
The Lady Cavaliers (1-3-2, 0-1 CVAC) lost Tuesday’s league opener at home to Icard after falling 2-1 down at half-time and surrendering a goal from insurance to the Lady Blue Devils after intermission.
Ashley Hernandez scored East Burke’s goal from an assist from Serenity Powell. Chloe Cook made six saves in goal for EB.
BOYS GOLF East Burke 2nd in CVAC game
The Cavaliers finished second in Tuesday’s CVAC game at River Oaks Golf Club in Statesville, finishing with a team score of 185 to finish behind Bandys (172) and ahead of West Lincoln (195), Maiden (203), Newton-Conover (219). ), Lincolnton (237) and West Caldwell (256). Bunker Hill did not participate.
East Burke was led by Sam Mace (40), Nicholas Newton (45), Eli Carico (49), Peyton Smith (51) and Blane Fulbright (63).
HS TRACK AND FIELD Freedom boys, girls 3rd in Watauga
The Patriots and Lady Patriots both finished third out of four teams at Boone on Tuesday night in a meeting hosted by Watauga that also included the Pioneers, Alexander Central and Avery County.
On the boys’ side, Freedom got wins from Corey Miller (100), Colby Anderson (1,600) and Drew Costello (long jump). The girls wins came from Caroline McRacken (100 hurdles) and Katie Deacon (1600).
EB boys 2nd, girls 3rd at Maiden
Late last Thursday in a meet hosted by Maiden, the Cavaliers placed second and the Lady Cavaliers third.
East Burke’s men’s wins came from Spencer Goins (200), Davin Price (400) and Ian Cox (high jump). The girls’ victories came from Taylor Bostain (shot put and discus) and the 4×800 relay team of Meah Walsh, Piper Strong, Mekenzie Harris and Cadence Willis.
BOYS TENNIS Alexander Central 6, Freedom 3
The Patriots (2-5, 0-5 NWC) went winless in the league with a home loss Tuesday night.
Freedom’s wins came in singles No. 1 as BJ Vang won 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); No. 5 in singles as Teague Ballew won 6-3, 6-1; and No. 6 in singles as Noah Hawkins won 6-1, 6-2.
Bandys 9, East Burke 0
The Cavaliers (1-6, 0-2 CVAC) didn’t win a set on the road Tuesday night at Catawba.
Landon Lennex in singles No. 3 and Raleigh Slutsky in singles No. 5 led with four wins apiece.