Area Sports Briefs:

Family members surround East's Chase Jarrett, Connor Johnson, Dustin  Ritchie and Michael Caldwell at their recent signing.
Family members surround East's Chase Jarrett, Connor Johnson, Dustin Ritchie and Michael Caldwell at their recent signing.

Southern Rowan lost 5-3 to Davidson County on Friday at Holt-Moffitt Field despite some good pitching by Dylan Snider.

Snider struck out four in relief of starter Bo Corriher and put up a lot of zeroes.

“Four errors hurt us,” SR coach Ben Hampton said. “And we missed a lot of opportunities to drive in runs. We had the bases loaded in the eighth and hit into a DP. We just couldn’t get that key hit.”

Down 5-1 after three innings, SR got a run back in the fourth and another in the fifth to climb within 5-3, but that was it.

Chase Labbe had two hits for Southern (3-6), which has lost five of six.

Marcus Shoemaker had three hits for Post 8 (11-5). Austin Stilley had two.

Southern Rowan is home tonight against Rowan County, although it’s another game that won’t count in the league standings. John Daugherty is expected to pitch for Southern.

Southern and Rowan have met 40 times since the SR program began in 1996. See Scoreboard for the history of the series.

Southern starts league play when it takes on Kannapolis at Northwest Cabarrus High on June 10.

Southern Rowan 100 011 000 — 3 9 4

Davidson Co. 122 000 000 — 5 8 3

WP — Everett. LP — B. Corriher.

Prep baseball

Stories on the Post’s coach of the year (East’s Brian Hightower), player of the year (East’s Michael Caldwell) and pitcher of the year (East’s Connor Johnson) are in today’s sports section featuring all-county baseball.


Davie County athletes making All-CPC teams —

Baseball:Ben Beeson, Charlie Muchukot, Brandon Lankford

Boys track and field: Boyce Seals

Girls track and field: Hannah Dove, Elaina Passaro

Boys lacrosse: Nick Juhasz

Softball: Kelsey Brown, Abby Daniels, Morgan Hendrix, Sarah Myers, K’lea Parks

Boys tennis: Elijah Gregory

Boys golf: Philip Kelley, Seth Morris, Colby Carter

Girls soccer: Grace Bartelt, Brooke Hedgspeth

Prep golf

West Rowan senior Jake Kennedy, who has signed with Gardner-Webb, competed in the 54th North Carolina Amateur Championship atCarolina Golf Club in Charlotte on Friday.

Kennedy shot 76-76 — 152 and finished 10-over. The cutline for the final two rounds fell at 3-over.

West golfer Coyte Kyles caddied for Kennedy.

Youth track

Rowan Express competed in the Ken Roberts Challenge in High Point

Ages 5-6:

Jayden Dillard, 17th, javelin, 17-1

Brandon Ellis, 9th, javelin, 19-1

Ages 7-8:

Britanny Ellis, 1st, shot put, 18-10 and 2nd, long jump, 9-6

Jamasia Jackson, 4th, shot put, 13-8

BreAsia Ellis, 8th, shot put, 20-1 and 10th, discus, 38-1

Braniya Goodlett, 4th, shot put, 23-3 and 13th, discus, 42-6

BraQuan Ellis, shot put, 19-6


Blake Dodge of West Carteret High School and Marquavious Johnson of Knightdale High School have been named winners of the 2014 Athlete of the Year awards by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Local golf

There will be a tournament at Crescent on June 16-19.

The cost is $100.

Contact Sean in the golf shop for details at 704-647-0025.


The Asheville Tourists scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4 on Friday in Asheville.

Minor leagues

Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus, Kannapolis Legion) hit two homers on Friday for Rancho Cucamonga and drove in four runs.

Seager has 11 homers, 44 RBIs and a .348 batting average and a promotion to Double A can’t be far away.

• Jordan Jankowski (Catawba) had a great start for Corpus Christi, Houston’s Double A team, on Friday. He reached the eighth inning, striking out seven. He allowed three hits and one walk for his first win of the season.

• Justin Seager (NWC, Kannapolis Legion) had two hits Friday for Clinton and is batting .257 with one homer and 11 RBIs.

Atlanta Braves

PHOENIX — Craig Kimbrel got the final four outs to break the Atlanta record for career saves in the Braves’ 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Kimbrel, with his 16th save of the season (in 18 tries), has 155 for his career, one more than John Smoltz. His 155 saves have come in 172 opportunities.

Jason Hayward drove in three runs, two with a home run, and Andrelton Simmons doubled in a run for the Braves.

Julio Teheran (6-3) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings to win his fourth straight decision.

Didi Gregorius became the first Diamondback to hit leadoff home runs in consecutive starts. He did it Wednesday in Colorado, sat out Thursday’s game, then did it again Friday.

Arizona’s Brandon McCarthy (1-8) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out nine and walking one.

St. Jude golf

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ben Crane shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to open a six-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic before heavy rain delayed play twice and forced the suspension of play for the day.

Crane birdied his final hole Thursday night for a 63 and rolled in a 44-footer for birdie to start the second round Friday morning. He had a 12-under 128 total at TPC Southwind, matching the winning score in relation to par last year.

Carl Pettersson and Jason Bohn were tied for second at 6 under. Pettersson had one hole left, and Bohn had two to play. Davis Love III (70) and Billy Horschel (68) were in at 5 under.

Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen were unable to start the second round. Mickelson opened with a 67 on Thursday, and Goosen had a 66.

After a 59-minute delay because of lightning, play resumed for 13 minutes before being stopped again. Fans were sent home and the round was suspended just before 5 p.m.

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