WSports editor Andrew Stark takes a flyover of all that’s happening in southern Mecklenburg County sports this spring with his game notes. These quick-hitters will get you caught up on all of the action.
• The Ardrey Kell baseball team is winners of 10 straight. The defending Western Regional champion Knights (12-2) are coming off an impressive week that saw them beat West Meck twice sandwiched between an extra-inning nail-biter at Hough.
The Knights cruised to an easy 15-2 win over West Meck on March 26.
The following day, Ardrey Kell ace Trey Tujetsch struck out 10 Hough batters and allowed just one hit on the mound, but was pulled as the game entered the ninth inning tied at 1.
After Hough scored the go-ahead run in the top of the inning, Ardrey Kell got down to its last out before Vasili Kaloudis tied the game at two. Later, Jakob Cohn singled in the winning run as the Knights won the extra inning battle, 3-2. Woodson Alexander earned the win in relief of Tujetsch’s gem.
The Knights throttled West Meck 11-1 on March 29.
• Former Ardrey Kell star pitcher Trent Thornton made his Major League Baseball debut as the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays on March 31.
Thornton went five innings on the mound, allowed just one hit, walked nobody and struck out eight, a Toronto franchise record for a rookie pitcher debut.
• The Providence baseball team (14-1) has won 12 consecutive games and last week made quick work of four opponents. USA Today ranks the Panthers No. 10 in its national poll.
Connor McGinty and Andrew Bean combined on a one-hitter March 26 as the Panthers pounded Berry 10-0 in six innings.
The next day, Providence scored three in the third inning to break open a 2-2 tie against Mooresville. The Panthers won 6-2.
On March 29, the Panthers exploded for 14 runs over the first two innings and wiped out Berry 18-2. Brady Davidson and Carter Whitten scattered five hits over six innings on the mound.
The Panthers closed the week with an 8-2 win over Porter Ridge on March 30.
Providence is starting a series with South Meck this week, but have a two-game showdown with rival Ardrey Kell at home April 9 and on the road April 12.
• The Providence softball team (10-1) are the winners of nine straight after three blowouts last week.
The Panthers jumped on Berry with 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to an easy 18-0 win on March 26.
Erin Gabriel went 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs to lead a vaunted offensive attack that also included Jenna McCauley (3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs), Lili Bowen (3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs) and Kat Moody (2-for-3 with an RBI).
Carolyn Bentley and Lauren Cope combined on the no-hitter from the circle.
The next day, the Panthers pounded Erie (Pa.) High 18-0 as Bentley struck out eight over four innings and Cope struck out the side in her only inning. The two combined on a one-hit shutout.
At the plate, Bowen (2-for-4, home run and four RBIs), Margaret Combs (3-for-3, three RBIs), Moody (3-for-3) and Hite (3-for-4 and two RBIs) were among the standouts.
On March 30, the Panthers swept Berry with a 14-1 win. McCauley tripled, homered and drove in three runs, Bowen was 2-for-3 with a home run and Cope was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs to lead another balanced attack.
• Myers Park is unbeaten in soccer, sporting an 8-0-2 overall record. The defending Western Regional champs are loaded once again and coming off three blowout wins last week.
The Mustangs got two goals each from Ariana Maibodi and Caileen Almeida to skate past Independence 4-0 on March 26. Junior Charlotte Butler earned the shutout in goal.
On March 28, the Mustangs reached double figures with a 10-1 beating of Butler. Maibodi scored four goals and Almeida and Caroline Pulliam both scored twice to power the Mustangs.
Myers Park closed the week with a 9-0 shutout of Garinger on March 29.
Maibodi and Elsie McCarthy both had hat tricks while Cece Cobb scored and added a pair of assists. Morgan Smiley earned the shutout in goal.
• Four-time defending private school champion Charlotte Latin allowed just four goals in nine games to keep them atop the CISAA with a 2-0 mark that is tied with rival Providence Day.
Defense has been the name of the game in three recent Hawks wins.
On March 26, Latin blew past conference rival Covenant Day 4-0. Mary Gale
Godwin scored twice and Megan Tomlin and freshman Olivia Halperin added the other goals in front of South Carolina commit Ruthie Jones, who teamed with Anna Barnhardt on the shutout.
Sully Williams scored twice and Katie Sanger and Anna Calloway scored solo strikes in Latin’s 4-1 win over Durham Academy on March 29. Jones and the Hawks shutout rival Country Day, winning 2-0 on April 2.
• Charlotte Catholic is dominating Southern Carolinas golf action this season as the Cougars have won all four league matches this season.
The Cougars bested runner-up Marvin Ridge by 12 shots to win the SCC match at Ballantyne Country Club on March 27.
John Fahey shot a 34 to earn medalist honors, but it was a tight pack with Drew Hackett, Jack Heath and Alex Campbell all carding rounds of 35 and Alex Rubino finishing off the scoring with a 37.
• The Ardrey Kell boys team is coming off a one-goal loss to Eastern power Page, but the Knights are in control of the Conference 15 standings.
The Knights (10-2 overall, 4-0 in conference) first defeated Calverton, a team from Huntingtown, Md., 17-11 on March 23
Super sophomores Jackson Price (six goals and three assists) and Cade Caggiano (four goals and three assists) led the way in the win and have been the catalyst for Ardrey Kell’s turnaround. Senior Kenny Keefner had two goals and four assists as well.
On March 28, the Knights held off a furious Myers Park rally to hang on for a 14-13 win that put Ardrey Kell a game up in league play.
Caggiano scored eight times and dished out two assists. Price was held scoreless for just the third time in his career, but tied his season high with seven assists.
Ardrey Kell closed out March with an 12-11 overtime loss to Page.
Caggiano scored six goals and Price had two scores and five assists, but the Knights suffered their second defeat of the season.
Track and field
• Myers Park star runner Cora Cooke holds the state’s fastest times in two events this season. The sophomore ran a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 16.29 seconds on March 10 at the New Balance Nationals. In February, Cooke ran a personal-best 2:55.97, the fastest time run in the state this year.
• The Providence girls track team owns the state’s fastest times in a pair of relays, both set March 10 at New Balance Nationals. First, the team of Nimeesha Coleman, Ella Mainwaring Foster, Amanda Watson and Ariana Rivera ran the state’s top time in the 4×400 (3 minutes, 54.10 seconds). Mainwaring Foster, Rivera, Watson and Holly Klug also set the state standard in the sprint medley relay (4:14.32).