The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 10, 2013

Stanly County Baseball Notebook

South Stanly stays perfect with win; West Stanly tops CATA; Albemarle beats North Rowan

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Sunday, March 10, 2013 — With temperatures dipping below 50 degrees as the sun went down this week, the baseball teams of Stanly County continued their first full week of games.

Wednesday’s Game

Albemarle 5

North Rowan 4

The Bulldogs improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Yadkin Valley Conference with a 5-4 win in eight innings at North Rowan.

Thursday’s Games

South Stanly 9

Queen’s Grant 0

The starting pitcher for South Stanly in Thursday’s non-conference game for the Bulls started seven games last season and went 5-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 36 innings pitched.

Jordan Starnes returned to the mound for his first start this season and put together a solid complete-game performance in a 9-0 win over the Stallions.

Piedmont 13

North Stanly 9

The Comets opened their Rocky River Conference schedule on Thursday night against a tough Piedmont squad that was coming off a 16-3 win over the defending 3A state champions from Weddington.

North jumped out to a fast lead but the Panthers responded in a 13-9 win over the Comets.

Friday’s Games

South Stanly 10

Gray Stone 0

The South Stanly baseball team took their home field on a chilly Friday afternoon to take on Gray Stone with heavy hearts after the passing of Jordan Starnes’ mother, Michele.

After a word of prayer from Memorial Baptist Church’s youth pastor, Brandon Smith, the Bulls got a stellar performance from senior Chase Poplin on the mound in a 10-0 win over the Knights.

Poplin allowed just one base runner in five innings of no-hit ball for South (4-0, 2-0 YVC), hitting

West Stanly 6

Central Academy 3

After having lost 5-2 to East Rutherford at home on Thursday, the Colts opened conference play Friday night with a 7-3 win over Central Academy.


For box scores, pictures and more information, see Sunday's print edition.