Area briefs: Salisbury wins championship
From staff reports
Salisbury swept both ends of a Palomino League baseball doubleheader at Robertson Field on Tuesday.
Rowan won 11-1 and 16-7 against the Greensboro Diamondbacks.
In the first game, Salisbury used eight consecutive base hits in a 10-run first inning to take charge and won in a game shortened to five innings.
Dakota Brown, David Ijames and and Alex Britt had 2 hits each for Salisbury, and Doug Seaman homered. Travis Swain allowed 3 hits in five innings of work to pick up the win.
In the second game, Salisbury scored six runs in the first inning to take an early lead, but the Diamondbacks battled back to tie the game.
Salisbury scored twice in the fourth and eight times in the sixth to pull away.
Britt had three hits, including a two-run homer. David and Robbie Ijames had two hits each, and Seaman hit another homer. Forrest Buchanan came on in relief to pick up the win
Salisbury (13-2) has clinched the league championship.
Salisbury plays at home against the Greensboro Spirit at 7 p.m. on Thursday to end the regular season and will represent North Carolina in the NABF World Series.
– Adams steps down
Ledford baseball coach Chris Adams has stepped down and will be an assistant principal at Central Davidson next school year.
The Lexington Dispatch credits Adams with a 134-60 record at Ledford, a CCC school, in seven seasons, including five 20-win campaigns.
Adams was a four-time CCC Coach of the Year and reached the 2A state semifinals this season.
Ledford won CCC titles in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 under Adams and won three conference tournament, including this year’s event.
– Rowan Legion
Rowan County is scheduled to start its third-round playoff series on Saturday.
That series will be best-of-seven, and the winner will lock up a berth in the state tournament in Gastonia.
Rowan will play either Burlington, the top seed from the Northern Division, or the winner of the Randolph-Kernersville series that Second-seeded Randolph leads third-seeded Kernersville 2-0 heading into tonight’s game at Asheboro’s McCrary Park.
The current Southern Division series between fourth-seeded South Rowan and top-seeded Lexington will determine who Rowan’s third-round opponent is and is currently knotted at 1-1.
Rowan will be matched up with Burlington if Lexington beats South. If South wins its series with Lexington, Rowan will take on the Randolph-Kernersville survivor.
– ASU coach resigns
Appalachian State men’s basketball assistant Ahmad Smith has resigned his position on the staff to become the head coach of the Irish SuperLeague’s Shamrock Rovers.
Smith, a 2004 ASU graduate and former basketball standout, has been on head coach Houston Fancher’s staff for four seasons.
– Rowan 15s advance
Rowan Babe Ruth League’s 15-year-old all-stars advanced to the state tournament in Statesville with a runner-up finish in the area tournament in Monroe.
Players are Jeremy Forbis, Chris Neal, Jordan Fuller, David Cheeks, D.J. Webb, Ethan Wansley, Brandon Stancil, Chris Shackleford, Matt Duda, Kyle Munday, Dillon Freeman, Justin Johnston, Chandler Hooks and Chris Facemire.
Coaches are Charles Neal, David Forbis and Chris Shackleford.
– Rucker commits
West Iredell receiver Quan Rucker has given a verbal commitment to Wake Forest.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder considered offers from ACC schools Clemson, North Carolina State and Virginia, as well as Illinois.
– South Y baseball
The South Rowan YMCA is accepting registration through July 19 for its youth baseball league.
The program is for ages 6-12 as of April 30 of this year and has three divisions ó coach pitch for ages 6-7, player pitch for 8-9 and player pitch for 10-12 (12-year-olds cannot pitch.)
Games begin Aug. 4. Cost is $37 for members and $60 for potential members. For more information contact Gary Earnhardt at (704) 857-7011.
– Kannapolis camp
A.L. Brown basketball camp will be held July 28-31.
Camp runs from 9-1 each day at Kannapolis Middle School.
Cost is $55 for the week.
Contact A.L. Brown coach Shelwyn Klutz at (704) 933-5241.
– Edwards competes
Local golfer Eric Edwards shot 76 and finished tied for 13th in the qualifying found for the N.C. Junior Boys 13-under Championships held in Asheboro. Edwards lost in the round of 16 in match play.