March 28 Swannanoa Valley Sports Report

Tom Flynn
Special to Black Mountain News
Montreat's Jacob Buchman ecorded five goals on March 23, in an 11-10 victory for the Cavs.


The Warren Wilson Owls women’s tennis team fell via a 9-0 decision to the NCAA’s Covenant College on March 15. The Owls’ Kaitlyn Zinnecker took three games off Covenant’s Margo Koby before dropping a decision at second singles as the team looked to an April 10 match at Limestone (S.C.) to break into the win column.

On the softball diamond, the Montreat Cavaliers were just one victory shy of their 2018 win total after sweeping the Bluefield College Rams this past weekend at home. Montreat was 17-17 overall and 8-6 within the AAC after defeating the Rams in a twinbill on Saturday. They were set to host Allen University on Tuesday. Abby Swilley paces the team with a .473 batting average, and has taken opposing pitchers deep on two occasions this season. Victoria Hill leads the squad with three round-trippers, while Cailin Warner leads Montreat on the hill with 69 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched and fellow hurler Charlie Smith boasts a 9-6 mark to date.

The Cavs’ men’s baseball team was also an even .500 with a 15-15 mark through 30 games this spring. Montreat dropped two of three from the visiting Bluefield College Rams this weekend at Newell Field in Montreat. Righty Jared Drayton won a Saturday outing against the Rams when he pitched eight innings and struck out ten batters. Braeden Daniels relieved Drayton in the ninth and closed out the win without allowing a run. Following the weekend action, Drayton was third in the conference in strikeouts with 58 and was averaging 11.51 K’s per nine innings pitched.

Montreat men’s lacrosse captured their first win in program history over Tennessee Wesleyan last Saturday in Black Mountain. The 11-10 overtime victory was powered by five goals from freshman midfielder Jacob Buchman and the overtime game-winner from senior attackman John Ferris. The Cavs are set to return to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, against Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.


High Schools

On March 22, the Owen Warhorses baseball team dropped an 8-3 decision at home to the visiting Mitchell Mountaineers. With the loss, Owen fell to 2-5 on the season. The Warhorses were set to face Polk County this week in a home-and-home series on Tuesday and Friday.

On the softball diamond, the Warlassies captured their first win of the 2019 season when they defeated Mitchell, 8-5, on March 22. They were set to face Polk County on Tuesday in Columbus, followed by a Thursday road game against Avery County.

The ACA Lions are out of the gate at 4-2 on the baseball diamond this year. They traveled to face West Henderson (2-5) on Monday in Hendersonville.