March 21 Swannanoa Valley Sports Report

Tom Flynn
Special to Black Mountain News
Montreat College junior Abby Swilley, or Riceville, Tennessee, gets in fielding position at first base.

High Schools

After starting out 0-3, the Owen Warhorses baseball team rebounded quickly with wins over Mountain Heritage and East Henderson on consecutive days last week. The squad is led by head coach and athletic director Anthony Lee. The team topped conference rival Mountain Heritage, 12-2, for their first win of the young campaign and are now 1-1 in conference games. Last Friday, they traveled to Avery County (0-3) in a scheduled conference game and were set to host Madison (1-2) on Tuesday night in another important league game.

The Warlassies’ softball team, under head coach Angela Louis, also headed to Avery County last Friday. They were pursuing their first win after an 0-2 start. The squad was set for a game against Madison on Tuesday night before traveling to East Henderson the following day. The Warlassies went 13-7 in 2018 and 10-5 in the Western Highlands, good for a third-place finish.

The ACA Lions baseball team is 2-2 out of the gate under head coach Garrett Ruckel. Their last game was a 4-3 win over Gaston Christian on March 7. They compete in the NCISAA’s Carolina Conference, which includes nearby rivals Asheville School, Christ School, and Carolina Day. The team is 1-0 in conference play. As of last Friday, no results were yet posted for the ACA softball squad.


As of late last week, the Montreat Cavs’ baseball team had won four-straight, including sweeps of Florida’s Edward Waters and Trinity Baptist. They were scheduled to host Milligan College (4-12, 0-6) for a three-game set at home beginning with a Saturday twin bill and ending with a single game on Sunday. The Cavs were 13-9 out of the gate in 2019 prior to the weekend games. Junior outfielder Alex Soto leads the team with a .397 batting average. He’s also driven in 13 runs for Montreat. On the mound, sophomore transfer Ryan Masterson leads the team with three wins and 27.1 innings of work.

Montreat’s softball team was 11-13 as of late last week, after dropping a mid-week doubleheader to Union College on March 13. They were scheduled to host Point University at Big League Camp in Marion last Saturday followed by a doubleheader on Sunday against St. Andrews. The games were the beginning of a 12-game homestand for Montreat. The team welcomed Abby Swilley back into the lineup recently she missed time early this year due to injury. Swilley is batting .484 in 16 games and has driven in seven while drawing 16 walks.

Hurler Charlie Smith leads the team with a 5-5 record on the hill and has struck out 40 batters in 63.2 innings of work. Right behind her was Cailin Warner, who had four wins as of last Friday and has fanned 51 batters in 48.2 innings of work. Both hurlers have earned AAC Pitcher of the Week Honors this season.

Both of Warren Wilson’s tennis teams were scheduled to face Georgia’s Covenant College last week just outside of Chattanooga. Check back for results from those matches next week.