LR SB Senior Day (LRUA)

From left: Lenoir-Rhyne's Emily Kenley, Cassie Healy, Erin Boone and Brandi Parks were honored before Monday's senior day doubleheader against Tusculum. Photo courtesy of LRU Athletics

The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team split Monday’s doubleheader against visiting Tusculum on senior day to earn a spot in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference tournament, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

The Bears won the first game 11-6 before falling 8-7 in the second game. The results closed out their regular-season record at 26-18 overall and 8-9 in SAC play. 

Talon LaClair finished game one 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs and a team-high five RBIs. Savannah Moorefield added a pair of hits and scored three runs, while seniors Erin Boone and Cassie Healy also crossed the plate twice. Brandi Parks (18-9) allowed five runs over four innings to pick up the win and Emily Kenley gave up one run in three innings for her first save this year.

Moorefield powered the Lenoir-Rhyne offense in game two, homering in the fifth and sixth innings to finish with four RBIs and three runs. Mackensi Swain hit a double and drove in two runs, while Macie Gibson picked up a pair of hits. Kenley (7-7) was tagged for seven runs in 1.2 innings to be charged with the loss. 

Maiden High School graduate Sammie West, a junior shortstop for the Pioneers, had four hits and scored four runs between the two games.

The Bears earned the eighth seed in this weekend’s single-elimination SAC tournament and will face top-seeded Lincoln Memorial on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Salisbury. 

L-R baseball swept by Tusculum

The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader Monday at Tusculum to be swept in the three-game series, according to a press release from LRU Athletics. 

The Bears lost by scores of 6-5 and 5-4, bringing their record to 22-27 overall and 7-17 in South Atlantic Conference play. 

Zack Shoemaker doubled and drove in a team-best three RBIs in game one. Hunter Jackson finished with two of the team’s seven hits while scoring a run and driving in another. On the mound, Kain Kiser (1-2) was charged with the loss after allowing two unearned runs and striking out four in three innings of relief.

Lenoir-Rhyne was held to six hits in game two, with Corbin Watson finishing with two of them along with a run. Matthew Freeman homered and had three RBIs to go with a pair of walks. Hunter Martin (1-5) gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the loss.

The Bears finished tied for eighth in the conference with Coker but lost the tiebreaker and will miss the SAC tournament this weekend. They played their final game of the year on Tuesday against Erskine but results weren’t available by press time.

Hickory Post 48 to host registration

The Hickory Post 48 baseball team will hold registration this weekend for its upcoming season, according to a press release.

Registration will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the American Legion building at the Legion Fairgrounds. Players interested in playing for Post 48 need to bring a birth certificate and a parent with them to registration.

Additionally, Post 48 will host tryouts for its junior fastpitch softball team this weekend. Tryouts will be held at Bandys High School on April 27 at 1 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. These tryouts are for any rising seventh- through 10th-grader in the Catawba County area. Girls only need to attend one of the two tryouts. For more information, email

CVCC to host softball tryouts

The Catawba Valley Community College softball program will hold tryouts this weekend, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics. 

The tryout will be Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Newton-Conover High School. These tryouts are open to anyone who has completed their junior year of high school and has remaining eligibility. Those interested must bring a copy of a signed sports physical from the past 13 months and dress accordingly. Additionally, interested athletes should bring batting equipment to the tryout.

For more information, contact coach Josh Bumgarner at

L-R men’s soccer to host community event

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s soccer team will host a community event next week, according to a release from assistant coach Josh Alderson.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be April 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Bears’ soccer field. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the team, which won its first-ever South Atlantic Conference championship last season. The event will also feature face painting, a bake sale, a raffle, food trucks, a live DJ and many soccer activities and competitions. Additionally, the two local soccer clubs, CVYSA Blast and YCVSC Eagles, will play a game, and the halftime show will feature entertainment from Lenoir-Rhyne soccer players.

For more information, contact Alderson at​

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