• 55°

Legion Baseball: Rowan 13, South Rowan 12

By Mike London
mlondon@salisburypost.com
LANDIS ó When Jon Crucitti squeezed Caleb Shore’s flyball in center field, Rowan County had a 13-12 victory against South Rowan in Tuesday’s wild Legion game.
Rowan (5-1, 4-0) now leads the all-time series 25-6, but South nearly erased a 10-run deficit in its last three at-bats. Reliever Cody Laws, the last of five Rowan pitchers, nailed down the final out that moved Rowan into first place in the Southern Division of Area III.
It was the first loss of the season for South (6-1, 4-1).
“We go up by 10 runs in the seventh and expected to end it early,” Crucitti said. “But then South clawed back.”
Rowan’s Zach Smith and Billy Veal had four hits each to lead a 15-hit assault on six South hurlers.
Ryan Bostian had three of South’s 14 hits.
Crucitti and Bostian hit the game’s only homers.
“There’s really no excuse for what happened once we had the lead,” Rowan coach Jim Gantt said. “We got behind in some counts, made some bad pitches, played some bad defense. It was not a well-played game at all.”
The first six innings were tame. Corbin Shive was on the mound for Rowan, and a pair of RBI singles by Smith and a two-run homer by Crucitti off South starting pitcher Dylan Walker staked the Charlotte-bound right-hander to a 6-3 lead. Only strong relief work by Preston Penninger kept South from getting blown out.
“Corbin was good, had his stuff,” South coach Michael Lowman said. “But I thought we were doing a pretty good job of hanging in the game.”
Rowan had two out and none on in the seventh when South failed to make a routine play on Austin Shull’s bouncer to third. It took another 30 minutes to get the third out. South made two more errors. Crucitti delivered a key double. Rowan put together a seven-run frame out of nowhere.
“Two out, none on, and then the circus comes to town,” Lowman said. “We should be batting down 6-3. Instead, it’s 13-3.”
Fans were considering the possibility of the 10-run rule when Nick Smith, who had relieved Shive, hung a curveball to Bostian to start the bottom of the seventh. Bostian launched it in the general direction of Mars.
“We didn’t want that 10-run rule,” Bostian said. “Not with Rowan.”
South started swinging the bats. Tyler Freeze had a two-run double to cap a four-run inning. It was 13-7.
“Bostian’s homer set the tone for a comeback,” Crucitti said. “After that, the question was not whether we were going to play the eighth, it was a question of whether or not we could hold on and win the game.”
Rowan reliever Preston Troutman sailed through the eighth, but his defense faltered in the ninth. South took advantage of three errors to score five runs. South had the tying and winning runs on base when Shore flied out to Crucitti.
“If we could cancel out that one big inning they had we win,” Bostian said. “We were so close to getting it done.”

Comments

Comments closed.

News

Defendant convicted in attempted murder case on the run after fleeing from trial

Business

Downtown Gateway Building to be renamed for late Paul Fisher

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 data for April 15

Local

Rep. Warren’s bill would prohibit parking in electric vehicle charging stations

Local

Historic Preservation Commission approves Integro Technologies expansion, Paint the Pavement project

Education

Faith Academy, RSS will negotiate over what goes, stays in elementary school

Crime

Teacher killed in Alamance County shootout with Mexican drug cartel

Coronavirus

Bill would give more tax breaks on COVID-19 loans

Nation/World

No response as divers knock on capsized ship’s hull

Local

Quotes of the week

Crime

Blotter: Man found on church property with litany of drugs

Crime

Man charged in connection to 2019 overdose death

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization