Area sports briefs: Rowan Legion romps
From staff reports
Rowan County’s American Legion baseball team opened with a 17-0 road victory in a non-division game against Randolph County on Tuesday.
Both teams were missing key players due to the ongoing prep playoffs.
Forrest Buchanan pitched five shutout innings for Rowan against the defending state champs. Nick Smith finished up.
Russell Michalec’s two-run homer highlighted Rowan’s three-run first inning. Rowan got RBI singles from Billy Veal and Andy Austin to stretch the lead to 5-0 in the third.
Philip Miclat’s double down the right-field line triggered a four-run fourth that blew the game open. Michalec and Jon Crucitti had hits in the inning.
Rowan tacked on four more runs in the sixth, and two walks set the table. Austin, Justin Morris and Nathan Fulbright had run-scoring hits.
Austin had three hits. Crucitti had a big night at the plate and in the field.
n Prep baseball
South Rowan junior Maverick Miles has been selected to play in the State Games at Charlotte from June 17-21.
n Nick Lomascolo struck out nine batters and pitched into the seventh inning as Lake Norman beat Asheboro 3-2 in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
Ross Whitley had a two-run single, made a great catch and earned a save.
Whitley and Lomascolo are both Catawba signees.
Joe Faist hit a sacrifice fly for Lake Norman’s other run.
n Pete Guy and Jonathan Reid homered to back the shutout pitching of Travis Vogler as Ledford beat East Davidson 14-0 in a second-round playoff matchup of CCC rivals.
n Prep softball
Sabrina Stephens struck out 12 batters as NPC No. 6 seed West Rowan upset North Gaston 8-2 in the first round of the 3A playoffs. West plays at T.C. Roberson, a 12-0 winner over Kings Mountain, in the second round.
n NPC No. 5 North Iredell upset Enka 3-1.
n Eastern Randolph’s Dallas Heaton pitched a no-hitter in a 13-0 victory against Reagan. Eastern Randolph will be at East Rowan Friday.n Prep tennis playoffs
Lexington edged CCC rival Ledford 5-4 in a 2A tennis quarterfinal Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets pulled out third-set supertiebreakers at Nos. 5 and 6 singles to take a 4-2 lead into doubles, and the No. 2 tandem of Alan Heiss-Charles Chisholm won 10-5.
n Lake Norman won 5-4 against Ragsdale in the 3A playoffs. The Wildcats trailed 4-2 after singles and pulled off a doubles sweep.
n Minor leagues
Stephen Sauer pitched the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 5-1 victory against the Hagerstown Suns at home Tuesday. Sauer (2-2) worked a career-high six innings, gave up one unearned run and struck out nine hitters. Recent addition Kyle Shelton hit a two-run homer for the Intimidators. Jon Gilmore had three hits.
n College swimming
Catawba announced the signing of six swimmers.
Committing for next season were Leah Constan-Tatos (South Africa), Ashley Owens (Stockbridge, Ga.), Karen Philpot (Kodiak, Ak.), Kate Seim (Northport, N.Y.), Laurenn Singleton (Elkin) and Lindsay Yarborough (Central Davidson). Yarborough won CCC titles in the 100 back, 50 free and 100 free.
n YMCA volleyball
A coed volleyball league starts at Hurley Y next week.
Contact Kenno Shoaf or Kenny Seagle at 704-636-0111.
n YMCA hoops
Cornerstone topped Neel Road Baptist 67-54 to win the Hurley YMCA adult church league tournament championship on Monday. Marvin Dixon led Cornerstone with 19 points. D.J. Duncan (15), Ryan Steele (15) and Rob Harris (14) also scored in double figures.
T.J. Gaither led Neel Road with 23 points. Aaron Plumley added 11.
Cornerstone also won the regular-season title.n Bare Bones 5K
The eighth annual Bare Bones 5K will start at Knox Middle at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Cost of the event on race day is $20. There is a free half-mile fun run starting at approximately 9:20. The fun run is for ages 12-under or anyone who wishes they were still 12-under.
Salisbury-Rowan Runners will collect new and used running shoes for donation to Rowan Helping Ministries.
Vac and Dash will provide a new pair of running shoes that will be given away in a drawing during the awards ceremony. For entry in the drawing, bring running shoes, canned goods or non-perishable foods.