CVCC pitcher Trae Starnes (20) fires a pitch to the plate Sunday against Paul D. Camp in the Region X/Southeast District tournament. Photo courtesy of Cody Dalton/CVCC Athletics

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team saw its season come to an end Sunday in a 12-4 defeat against Paul D. Camp in the Region X/Southeast District tournament, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

With the loss, the Red Hawks finish the season with a 33-21 record.

Second-seeded Paul D. Camp (30-15) took a 2-0 lead in the first and tacked on a run in the third before fourth-seeded CVCC evened the score. Third baseman Grant Tilley hit a three-run home run – his third homer of the season – to score Sabion Thomas and Trent Jones.

The Hurricanes pulled ahead for good with two more runs in the sixth. Red Hawks left fielder Jackson Brown hit an RBI double to plate R.J. Conner in the seven to get his team within 5-4. But Paul D. Camp scored two runs in the home half of the seventh and plated five in the eighth to trigger the run-rule.

Second baseman Ryan Healy led the Red Hawk offense with three hits, including two doubles. Tilley and Brown finished with two hits apiece.

On the mound, Trae Starnes (3-3) was charged with the loss. The starter allowed five runs and seven hits in 5.1 innings while striking out four.

Sunday’s game was the final one for 14 Red Hawk sophomores: Conner, Jones, Starnes, Chase Covington, Rod Munoz, Chris Banks, Garrison Burress, Timothy Davila, Myles White, Nic Messina, Logan Bender, Greg Collins, Tyler Campbell and Willie Gordon.

L-R track & field competes at Mount Olive

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Mount Olive Last Chance Meet on Saturday night, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

P.J. Lotharp broke his own school record in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 20.89 seconds, which ranks 13th in NCAA Division II. The women’s 4x400 meter relay team of Paiton Fair, Tyra Pool, Taylor Meadows and Saidah Hardwick also set a new school record, completing their race in a time of 3:47.24.

Additionally, Savannah Watkins finished fifth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and Essence Newkirk finished one spot behind her in sixth. Jada Harrison earned a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters.

The Bears that qualify will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Kingsville, Texas, from May 23-25.

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