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Area Sports Briefs: Intimidators rally

From staff and wire reports
Three runs in the eighth inning lifted the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 4-1 victory over Lakewood in the first game of a homestand at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.
Harold Garcia could not handle a throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt from Drew Garcia, allowing Eduardo Escobar to score the winning run from second base.
Sergio Morales added an RBI groundout, before Jose Vargas doubled in a run with his first hit of the season for Kannapolis (17-16).
Kannapolis pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts.
– Amateur qualifying
Charlotteans Cameron Bell and Scott Hellmuth shot 69s to share medalist honors at Warrior Golf Club in North Carolina Amateur Championship sectional qualifying held on Thursday.
– Christy gets Warrior ace
Earl Christy made a hole-in-one Wednesday at Warrior Golf Club.
Christy used a 9-iron on the 125-yard No. 6 hole.
Witnessing the feat were Jimmy Christy, Guy Christy, Steve Mabry and Don Bost.
– Murphy notches ace
Matt Murphy made a hole-in-one on the 155-yard No. 3 hole at McCanless on Wednesday. Murphy used a 9-iron for his first career ace.
Liz Murphy witnessed the shot.
– West baseball camp
West Rowan baseball coach David Wright is making up a youth baseball camp at Hurley on Saturday, May 16.
Camp for Tee-ballers and Coach Pitch is from 9-noon. Camp for B Leaguers is from 10-1. Camp for A League players is from 11-2.
The cost is $20. Register at Hurley. E-mail wrightdc@rss.k12.us to notify Wright of attendance if you were not pre-registered for the May 9 camp.
– Black No. 3 in Hall
The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is now home to a black No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet made famous by Dale Earnhardt.
Earnhardt was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994 and went on that season to win his seventh NASCAR championship. Childress was honored with his own induction last May.
– Middle school soccer
Southeast’s boys defeated West Rowan 7-1. Emmy Turcios had three goals for the Patriots. Jose Hernandez had two goals, while Edwin Zuniga and Zack Martin had one each.
* Southeast’s girls lost to West Rowan 2-0. Megan Yates blocked numerous shots for the Patriots to keep the game close.
– Prep soccer
Davie fell to East Forsyth 7-1 in the first round of the 4A soccer playoffs on Wednesday. Claire Muler scored on a penalty kick to give the War Eagles an early lead.
– Prep baseball
Carson administrators submitted the following directions for tonight’s 7 p.m. playoff game at T.C. Roberson.
Take I-40 West toward Asheville. Take Exit 50A. Take US25 South back under I-40. Go 4-5 miles and look for a McDonald’s on the right. After McDonald’s, look for Springside Dr. A Dunkin Donuts is at the intersection. Turn right on Springside. The complex is on the left. Turn left between the tennis courts. Baseball field is on the left.
– College baseball
Patrick Atwell (South Rowan) scored the winning run on a ninth-inning wild pitch as No. 6 seed Belmont Abbey upset No. 1 USC Aiken 6-5 in the first round of the Southeast Regional on Thursday.
Atwell went 0-for-3 but scored two runs.
* Pfeiffer pitcher Nick Fogelman was named to the All-Southeast Region team.
– Babos: All-American
Catawba women’s golfer Kelsey Babos earned All-South Region and honorable mention All-America honors from the National Golf Coaches Association. Babos is competing as an individual at the week’s NCAA II National Championships being held in Findlay, Ohio, and shot 79 for 26th place in Wednesday’s opening round. Weather wiped out Thursday’s scheduled round. Golfers will play 36 holes today.
– Legion baseball
Dr. Mike Morton will make the honorary first pitch to kick off the Kannapolis American Legion home season on May 21. Morton, who played baseball and football at A.L. Brown was a standout at North Carolina and played seven years in the NFL. He’s now a dentist.
All Kannapolis Dixie Youth players will be allowed to run on the field during pregame player announcements.
– NCQMA racing
The local NCQMA (quarter midget racing) track will hold a Promotional Day on Sunday, May 17. Kids get the chance to drive a quarter midget.
Jeff Burton will be on hand to sign autographs for the first 100 people from 11-1. There will be games, concessions and a bounce house. See www.ncqma.com for info on the club.
– Rockets beat Lakers
HOUSTON ó Late Thursday night, the Houston Rockets came up with a stunning 95-80 victory to set up a final showdown with the L.A. Lakers. Aaron Brooks scored 26 points, Luis Scola added 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Rockets pushed the top-seeded Lakers to a Game 7 in their Western semifinal series.

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