Red Devils win title
From staff reports
The China Grove Red Devils beat North Rowan’s Mavericks 7-1 in Wednesday’s championship game in the Rowan County Middle School Conference tournament.
Dillon Norton allowed two hits in four innings and was the winning pitcher. Walker Joyce got the save. He closed the game and allowed one hit.
The Norton-Joyce combination won or saved 13 games for the Red Devils (15-2).
Hayden Wilson was the star offensively. He had three hits and belted two homers. Wilson smacked a two-run homer in the first and a solo in the sixth.
Joyce had three hits, including a double. Chandle Norton, Dillon Norton and Isaac Bell had two hits each. China Grove had 14 hits in all.
China Grove played errorless defense in the title game and made just three errors in three tournament games.
China Grove was 16-1 last season and has won two straight championships.
Host North Rowan made a Cinderella run to the title game after finishing seventh in the regular season. North beat No. 2 seed West Middle and No. 3 seed Erwin to make the final.
More tournament games
Fifth-seeded Corriher-Lipe beat fourth-seeded Southeast 4-3 in the first round.
Dawson Larrimore and Austin Hyde had two hits each for Corriher-Lipe. Daniel Leonard had three hits for Southeast, while Logan Ridenhour had two. Justin Wilson was the winning pitcher.
• Griffin Myers had two hits for eighth-seeded Knox in a 9-2 loss to China Grove in the first round.
• Third-seeded Erwin beat No. 6 seed Mooresville 12-11 in a first-round game. Will Brown, Chandler Blackwelder and Hunter Harwood had two hits each for Erwin. Mark Miller and Josh Roberts had two hits each for the Red Imps. Michael McCall was the winning pitcher.
Lauren Smith (Salisbury) has received a degree from Appalachian State in recreation management.
College women’s hoops
Basketball player Katelynne Poole (East Rowan) was named Brevard’s outstanding senior in the exercise science program.
Former West Rowan players participating in the June 1 alumni game against Davie County will practice at the high school field at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
West Rowan coach Scott Young will hold a meeting for the West alumni after Sunday’s practice.
Tickets are being sold in the West Rowan office, H&B Cafe and the Cleveland BP station.
Adult tickets for the game will be $10. The game will be played at 7 p.m. at West.
Kurt Ribelin (West Rowan) is playing for the South Strand Storm in the NC/SC adult baseball league.
The Lexington Legends beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 9-2 in a Wednesday matinee to sweep a South Atlantic League series.
Michael Johnson homered for the Intimidators (14-22), and Jean Almanzar singled home a run.
Kannapolis is back home tonight against Hagerstown (22-14), a Washington Nationals farm team.
Middle school track
Sacred Heart finished fourth overall int he CCISAA track meet.
Dolphins competed in the softball throw, tug-of-war, jumps and relay races with athletes from Hickory Christian, Salisbury Academy, Winston-Salem Christian, Covenant Christian, Statesville Christian, Concordia, St. John’s and Burlington Christian.
Payton Russell, a Sacred Heart eighth-grader, set another league record in the 100 with a time of 12.94 seconds.
Second-grader Joseph Earl Levy set a record in the 75-meter dash with 9.09.
Parks and Rec
Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department is still taking registrations for teams interested in playing in a women’s open softball league.
The coaches meeting is set for May 20 at 6 p.m. at Hall Gym. The league is scheduled to start on June 4. Contact Steve Clark at 704-638-5289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Rowan (17-6) will host Marvin Ridge (19-2) at 5 p.m. on Friday in a third-round 3A contest.
East Rowan’s Karleigh Wike (Class of 2014) has received a number of Division I offers, including Penn State, Charlotte, Richmond and College of Charleston. The 6-foot-4 Wike averaged 13.9 points per game as a junior.
The 2A track and field championships are set for Friday in Greensboro at North Carolina A&T.
Salisbury’s Jaleesa Smoot qualified in the 100, 200 and 400. Cheyenne Gloster is one of 2A’s best in the discus and also qualified in the shot put. Zocola Hamilton qualified in the triple jump.
Salisbury’s contingent in the boys championships will be led by jumper Rasean Bledsoe and shot putter Keion Adams.
Bledsoe was regional champ in the high jump and triple jump. Justin Ruffin qualified in the 100. Philip Simons qualified in the 1600.
Rowan County opens Saturday against the Mooresville Legends at Newman Park.
South Rowan’s scheduled opener against Western Forsyth has been postponed. South is now scheduled to open May 21 at Mooresville Post 66.
Kannapolis is set to open on Sunday at 4 p.m. against Davidson County.
Mocksville hosts Winston-Salem on Saturday.
In the eGolf Tour’s Palisades Classic in Charlotte, Will Collins (Salisbury) shot a first-round 68 and is tied for 13th.
Collins made the turn at 33.
Salisbury’s Frank Adams III shot 70 and is tied for 28th.
In a recent story on Salisbury golf, Christopher Queen was referred to as Chad Queen.
• Four teams in county history, not three, won more games than Carson’s 24 this season. See Scoreboard for a list of all the 20-game winners.