Area Sports Briefs:
From staff reports
Asheboro’s John J. Tuttle, a rising senior at Catawba, pitched eight shutout innings against the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms on Wednesday night in a Coastal Plain League game.
Tuttle struck out 10 in a 7-0 win and fanned the side twice. He allowed three hits.
Tuttle has enjoyed an overpowering summer against mostly D-I players. The former A.L. Brown star is 7-0. He’s struck out 41 while walking seven. His ERA is 0.39.
Tuttle has been successful for the Indians for three seasons. He’ll take a 21-10 career record with 198 strikeouts into his senior year.
• Blake Houston (South Rowan, Catawba) is now playing for the Gastonia Grizzlies of the CPL. He went 5-for-15 with four RBIs and seven runs scored in his first five games.
• Andy Austin (East Rowan, UNC Wilmington) is batting .250 with six extra-base hits and five RBIs for the Covington (Va.) Lumberjacks of the Valley League.
• Noah Holmes (East, App. State) has three hits in his last two starts in the Alaska Baseball League.
The Kannapolis Intimidators routed Delmarva 10-1 on Thursday for a road win.
The Intimidators scored five runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer by Mike Marjama.
Keon Barnum had four hits for the Intimidators.
• Justin Seager (NW Cabarrus, Charlotte) hit his second pro homer on Wednesday night.
• Whit Merrifield (Davie) rapped two doubles for Northwest Arkansas on Thursday.
In the eGolf Tour’s HGM Hotels Classic being held at Rock Barn in Conover, Salisbury’s Frank Adams III has shot 71-70 — 141 and is tied for 24th after two rounds.
The cutline fell at 142. Will Collins (Salisbury) shot 73-72 — 145.
• In the Dogwood State Junior Championship held at River Landing Country Club in Wallace, Salisbury’s Eric Edwards shot 70-79-79 — 228 and tied for 45th place.
Both Rowan Little League softball teams lost on Thursday in state tournaments.
Rowan’s 11-12 team lost 10-3 to Wilkes in Garner and finished second in the state.
Rowan’s 9-10 team fell 10-4 to East Surry for its first loss in the tournament
Rowan and East Surry both have one loss now. They’ll play for the state title tonight in Pilot Mountain.
East Rowan’s 9U team placed second in the state and qualified for the regional tournament to be held in Franklin, Tenn.
South Atlantic Conference commissioner Patrick Britz has received a contract extension through the 2015-16 academic year.
The SAC recently added Coker and Queens to its membership.
The SAC now has 12 teams, the largest membership in its history.
• Catawba defensive back/kick returner L.J. McCray was named to the BSN preseason All-America team.
McCray was a third-team pick.