Area Sports Briefs
From staff reports
The field for the 30th annual Horace Billings Rowan Amateur golf tournament will begin taking shape today.
Fifteen golfers are scheduled to post qualifying scores at Corbin Hills for the event.
Qualifying continues through Sunday.
The low 31 qualifiers and defending champion Keith Dorsett will make up the field for the tourney which will be played July 18-19-20 at Corbin Hills.
– American Legion
Game 3 of the South Rowan-Concord series was postponed on Thursday due to rain and wet grounds.
The best-of-five series remains tied 1-1 and the teams will try to play again tonight at South.
Game 4 will be played at Central Cabarrus High on Saturday afternoon at a time to be announced. If a fifth game is necessary, it would be played at South on Saturday night.
Saturday’s contest (or contests) apparently will be scheduled for seven innings.
* Kannapolis and Mooresville were unable to play Game 3 of their series at Mooresville on Wednesday because of wet field conditions and multiple power failures.
“We had a wild one out here, and we didn’t even get to play,” Mooresville coach Josh Graham said.
A half-dozen Kannapolis players traveled in an SUV back to Kannapolis for extra bags of quick-drying solution in an attempt to get the field ready, but conditions were still iffy and the “fusebox blew up five times,” according to Graham.
Mooresville leads the series 2-0.
Game 3 is set for Mooresville tonight, assuming the power problem has been solved.
* Third-seeded Rowan (23-8) has completed its series with Mocksville and will take on the winner of the Mooresville-Kannapolis series in the second round. Second-round series are scheduled to start Sunday, July 13.
If second-seeded Mooresville defeats No. 7 Kannapolis, Rowan will be on the road for the first game of the best-of-five second round.
– Shive thrives
Corbin Shive, a rising senior at East Rowan, pitched a two-hitter to lead the South Charlotte Panthers to a 7-1 victory over 6-4-3 Baseball of Georgia in the Perfect Game 17-under Nationals earlier this week.
Shive is 5-0 for the Panthers this summer.
– Cross featured in story
MiLB.com, which runs stories on minor-league heroes in its “Cracked Bats” series, is featuring Landis legend Leonard Edwin “Holy” Cross this week.
Cross accomplished some amazing things in the minor leagues in the 1940s, including belting four homers in four innings for Spartanburg in a 1948 game against Asheville.
– Minor leagues
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) was the winning pitcher in Binghamton’s 7-4 victory over Connecticut on Thursday.
Parnell (9-4, 3.94 ERA) pitched 52/3 innings and allowed five hits and three runs. He struck out five and walked three.
Binghamton trailed 2-1 after five innings, but Parnell benefited from his team’s five-run sixth.
Parnell was named to the Northern Division squad for the Eastern League All-Star Game that will be played in New Hampshire on July 16.
* Jerry Sands (Catawba) hit his fifth homer for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers on Wednesday, a three-run, tiebreaking shot in the seventh that keyed a 6-3 victory against the Mets.
Sands is tied for the league lead in homers with Red Sox prospect Roberto Feliz. Sands leads the GCL in RBIs with 17 and has helped the Dodgers rookie-level team win 14 of its 17 outings.
* Vancouver’s David Thomas (Catawba) had three hits on Wednesday in a 7-6 victory against Spokane that went 11 innings.
* Fort Myers lefty Spencer Steedley (East) allowed two runs in two innings in a 12-1 loss to Vero Beach. Steedley s struck out two.
– Coastal Plain League
Ryan Query (A.L. Brown, Catawba) had two RBIs for Asheboro in a 12-11 loss to Thomasville on Tuesday.
– South Y baseball
South Rowan YMCA is accepting registrations through July 19 for its Youth baseball league.
The program is for ages 6-12 as of April 30, 2008.
Three divisions: ages 6-7, coach pitch; ages 8-9, player pitch, and ages 10-12 player pitch (12-year-olds cannot pitch.
Games begin Aug. 4.
Fees are $36 for members and $60 for potential members
Contact Gary Earnhardt at South Rowan YMCA at 704-857-7011.
– King hired by ND Knights
CPC member North Davidson has hired Kevin King as its new boys basketball coach.
King was an assistant coach at North Davidson’s CPC rival R.J. Reynolds for 12 seasons where he was part of three state championship teams coached by Howard West.
King then spent two years as head coach at Wilkes Central, before heading to Reagan to assist West at his new post.
Fredrick Hurt resigned as North’s coach in May.
– Morgan offers lessons
Former Radford pitcher and current Salisbury High pitching coach Justin Morgan is offering pitching lesson to players ages 9-18 at a rate of $25 per hour.
Both indoor and outdoor facilities are available for use.
If interested, contact Coach Morgan at 276-219-2811 and leave a message to set up an appointment.
– South Rowan soccer
The South Rowan boys soccer program will hold voluntary workouts for all returning and incoming players beginning on July 15 from 6:30-8 p.m.
All players attending should bring a ball and plenty of water. Workouts are for returning players and all rising freshmen interested in playing during the 2008 season. Workouts will take place at the practice field behind James Donnell Stadium.
– Runners hit the road
Runners from all over North Carolina will compete for prizes and raise money to end domestic violence at the first annual Race Against Violence 5K this Saturday at 8 a.m. at Shuford Stadium on the Catawba campus.
The race benefits the Rape, Child and Family Abuse Crisis Council of Salisbury, Rowan, Inc.
This United Way agency provides services to members of the community who are involved in physical abuse and violence, and assists adults and children who are abused or sexually assaulted.
Runners may register the day of the race for $25 under the bleachers of Shuford Stadium. Runners may register and/or pick up their race packets beginning at 7:00 a.m.
The out-and-back course begins at the intersection of Yost Street and Summit Avenue, across from the stadium. Runners will go west on Statesville Boulevard and return, finishing on the track around the football field. Awards will be presented to the top three overall men and women, and to the top three men and women in 14-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-over age groups.
– Knights roll
The Charlotte Knights got homers from Chris Getz and Royce Huffman and downed Richmond 8-2 on Thursday.
– Rain stops Intimidators
Kannapolis’ game at Columbus was stopped by rain in the third inning on Thursday. Columbus had taken a 3-2 lead.
– Isenhour shoots 75
Salisbury native Tripp Isenhour shot 75 in Thursday’s first round of this week’s Nationwide Tour Players Cup at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W. Va.
– Local golf tournament
School golf coaches have put together a County School Golf Tournament to raise funds for all high school golf teams.
The tournament will be held July 12 at Rolling Hills at 2 p.m.
The cost is $100 per two-person team. The format is captain’s choice adult/child alternate shot.
The adult can be a parent or relative or friend of the family.
Entry fee includes hot dog, drink, mulligan and tee buster.
Mary Ann Martinelli (West Rowan) is the person to contact for additional information and to confirm entry or sponsorship. She can be contacted by phone at 704-267-0246 or at Carolina Golf Mart, 890 West Ritchie Road, Salisbury.
– Catawba baseball camps
Catawba Future Stars Camp for ages 8-14 will be held on July 21-24 from 9-4 and costs $195.
Future Stars camps feature individual instruction by Catawba staffers, including head coach Jim Gantt.
Contact Catawba assistant coach Steven Sawyer at 305-360-6699.