The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
The Watauga baseball team defeated arch-rival South Caldwell 11-10 on Tuesday night in an epic battle between two of the Northwestern Conference's top teams. The Pioneers' Baker Stanley scored the winning run off of a wild pitch from the Spartans' Tyler Bumgarner in the bottom of the ninth inning. Baker's winning run capped a three-run ninth inning comeback for Watauga, which improved to 10-8 overall and 5-2 in NWC with the win. The Pioneers blasted A.C. Reynolds 16-6 earlier in the week to snap a five-game losing streak. Watauga belted out 18 hits in the victory, with Ryan Turner and Josh Wyant both collecting four hits in the win.
The Watauga softball team also notched a big win on Tuesday, downing South Caldwell 9-4 in a wild affair in Sawmills. Tied 3-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Pioneers erupted for six runs to move to 7-7 overall and 2-4 in conference action. Starting pitcher Shelby Drummonds, who earned the win on the mound with a complete-game effort, also supplied the big hit of the game, smacking a two-run triple in the seventh to give Watauga a 9-3 advantage.
The Pioneers entered Tuesday's contest off of a impressive showing in Kingsport, Tenn., where Watauga won three of four games in the Eastman Invitational. Kayla Kincaid and Kara Tester led the Pioneers in Tennessee, with Kincaid going 7-11 in the tournament, while Tester went 6-12 with a two-run homer.
The Watauga girls' soccer team turned in a dominating performance on Tuesday against South Caldwell, racing to a 5-0 halftime advantage en route to a 7-0 victory. Lillie Brady and Skylar Hicks led the Pioneer charge, with both players scoring twice in the victory. Watauga played Ashe County on Wednesday night, but results were not available at press time.
The Watauga girls' lacrosse team played host to a pair of Winston-Salem squads this past week and sent both of them back down 421 with a loss. The first came on Friday when the Pioneers edged West Forsyth 9-7. Emily Bushman, Darrow Cameron and Cacey Michelsen each scored three goals in the win. On Monday night, Watauga (4-4, 4-0) dispatched of Mt. Tabor 14-9.
Watauga played R.J. Reynolds on Wednesday night, but results were not available at press time.
The Watauga girls' track and field team earned a second-place finish in the Father Kelly Classic in Charleston, S.C. on Saturday, while the boys came in sixth. A 1-2 finish in the 3,200-meter run by Hannah Barbour and Kayla Schneider paced the girls' effort. In addition, Tara Trivette captured first place in the high jump event, while Laiken Williams won the discus with a toss of 99-1. For the boys, Jordan Pineda finished second in the shot put and discus competitions.
Appalachian State University
The Appalachian State baseball team downed High Point 7-2 on Tuesday to improve to 23-7-1 overall and 16-0 in non-conference action. Ryan Arrowood (4-2) threw seven strong innings to earn the win on the mound, while Jeremy Dowdy banged out three hits to pace the Mountaineer offense. Appalachian has now won six straight and nine of its last 10 games. Earlier in the week, ASU earned a three-game sweep of Davidson at Smith Stadium to even their Southern Conference record at 7-7-1. Appalachian opened the series with a 10-8 victory on Friday, followed by a 7-3 win on Saturday, and a 7-5 victory in the series finale on Sunday. ASU closer Chris Patterson earned the honor of being selected as the Southern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 with three saves.
The Appalachian State softball team dropped a 3-1 decision to UNC Greensboro on Sunday to fall to 19-17 overall and 6-8 in conference action. The Mountaineers split a doubleheader with UNC Greensboro earlier in the series.
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