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CARY — A pair of former Burke County prep stars earned opening-day starts on the mound for the Brevard baseball team in Saturday’s doubleheader with William Peace at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

In the Tornadoes’ first game, 2016 Patton High graduate Kross Robinson worked four innings, striking out seven with four hits, two earned runs and two walks in a 9-1 loss. He faced 20 batters and threw 38 strikes on 57 pitches in a game that was just 3-1 before he departed.

In the nightcap, Melton pitched five innings, scattering five hits, two earned runs, a strikeout and a walk in the 5-1 defeat. He faced 21 batters and threw 37 strikes on 59 pitches.

They are joined on the Brevard roster by 2019 Freedom graduate Tristan Robinson.

Other Burke grads playing baseball this spring:

Landon Biddix (Draughn 2018; Emory and Henry), Lyle Holland (Freedom 2019; Randolph-Macon), JR Jensen (Draughn 2017; Rockingham CC), Nick Jodway (Draughn 2017; Marshall), Will Kirk (Patton 2016; Centre), Ayden Lail (East Burke 2018; Pfeiffer), Michael Logan (Freedom 2019; Caldwell Tech), Philip Pieto (Freedom 2017; La Roche), Dylan Shelton (Freedom 2019; Erskine) and Nathan Treadway (Draughn 2019; Emory and Henry).

SOFTBALL

Smith wins season-opener for Furman

Morgan Smith (Freedom 2016) took the pitcher’s circle in Saturday’s season-opener for Furman at the Buzz Classic in Atlanta, pitching all five innings and picking up the win over Ohio in a 10-2 game. Against the Bobcats, Smith scattered six hits, two earned runs, two walks and a strikeout on 83 pitches. She also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored.

Sunday versus UAB, Smith again started, going four innings with five hits, two earned runs, a strikeout and a walk on 63 pitches en route to a no decision in a 3-2 loss. Later that day, Smith pitched one inning of relief against Washington in a 10-0 defeat.

Twitty starts in WCU doubleheader

Western Carolina traveled to Clemson for an opening-day doubleheader Wednesday, splitting with the Tigers to the tune of a 2-0 win in the first game and an 8-0 loss in the second.

Myra Twitty, a 2018 Freedom graduate, started at first base in both games. She came away with a perfect fielding percentage, going 9 for 9 on the day on putout chances and helping the Catamounts turn a double play in the second game.

She is joined on the WCU roster the spring by Alexis Lankford (East Burke 2016).

Cook homers for PIU at Lander

Kayli Cook (Patton 2016) earned starts in each of Piedmont International’s first three games, including Saturday’s opening day doubleheader with Limestone and Lander. In the nightcap versus host Lander, Cook smashed a home run in a 22-1 loss.

Playing centerfield, Cook came away from the opening-weekend trio of games with a perfect fielding percentage, notching four putouts and two assists on six chances.

Buruato, App go 2-2 on 1st weekend

Gabby Buruato (Draughn 2016) and Appalachian State notched a win apiece in Saturday’s and Sunday’s doubleheaders with Virginia and Charlotte as Buruato went 3 for 9 total at the plate, scoring a run. Starting in right field, Buruato went 4 for 4 on putout chances over the weekend.

Other Burke grads on the diamond this spring:

Jenna Davis (Draughn 2019; Caldwell Tech), Reece Davis (East Burke 2017; Pfeiffer), Cora Detter (Draughn 2019; Lees-McRae), Ceslie James (Patton 2019; Caldwell Tech), Nataleigh Lail (Draughn 2019; Caldwell Tech), Taylor Moody (East Burke 2019; Caldwell Tech), Jordyn Propst (East Burke 2017; Methodist), Brittney Powell (Freedom 2019; Cleveland CC), Lexi Seagle (East Burke 2019; Surry CC) and Kira Suttles (Draughn 2019; Pfeiffer).

MEN’S GOLF

Ben Leonard (Draughn 2019; Montreat), Alex Parker (Draughn 2017; North Greenville), Seth Perry (Draughn 2017; Montreat), Zeke Sigmon (Draughn 2019; Pfeiffer) and Carson Witherspoon (Patton 2019; Sandhills CC).

MEN’S TRACK

Cooper Abernathy (Draughn 2017; Lees-McRae), Dawson Sigmon (Draughn 2017; Lenoir-Rhyne), Dalton Tallent (Patton 2016; Lees-McRae) and Hank Yelton (Freedom 2018; Montreat).

WOMEN’S TRACK

Taylor Gardin (Freedom 2016; Lenoir-Rhyne), Amber Opp (Draughn 2017; The Citadel), Jessica Reeves (Draughn 2018; Lees-McRae) and Leanna Seagraves (Draughn 2019; Montreat).

MEN’S LACROSSE

Travis Alvis (Patton 2018; Ottawa) and Dalton Tallent (Patton 2016; Lees-McRae).

Know of another former Burke County high school graduate playing a college sport this spring? E-mail sports@morganton.com with his or her name and college, so we can run that information in our next installment of the Burke Kids in College series.

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