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.
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.
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.
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.
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.