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Area sports briefs: Rowan Juniors, Carson Juniors win

From staff reports
The Rowan Junior Legion traveled to Charleston, S.C., over the weekend and played in the Mid-summer Showcase Tournament.
Rowan was 4-0 in the event, winning games against teams from the Atlanta and Charleston areas.
Rowan 17, Diamond Devils 3
Chandler Jones had two hits, including a grand slam. Will Johnson pitched a complete game.
Rowan 12, Storm 17s 2
Bradley Robbins was the winning pitcher. Jones had three hits. Nathan Fulbright had two.
Rowan 7, East Cobb Cavs 5
Curtis Ward pitched a complete game. Chris Jacobs and Avery Rogers had two hits each.
Rowan 1, E.Cobb Dynasty 0Matt Miller pitched a three-hit shutout. Jacobs had two hits.
* Carson erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning and beat Mooresville 11-1 in the completion of a suspended game on Monday.
Carson had 15 hits. Zach Gragg went 3-for-3 while Patrick Bearden went 3-for-5.
Patrick Hampton, Joseph Basinger and Kyle Bridges had two hits each.
Gragg had three RBIs. Bridges and Kyle Youngo had two apiece.
Jesse Park, who has been with the South Rowan Legion team, was moved down to the Carson Junior squad. He allowed three hits and struck out three in five innings. He got relief help from Gavin Peeler, who didn’t allow a hit.
– Legion baseball
Rowan County plays host to South Rowan tonight at 7 p.m. in a big game.
The teams are tied for first place in the Southern Division of Area III with 8-3 league records so this is arguably the most important regular-season game ever played between the programs.
Rowan won the first meeting this season 13-12. Neither team played its ‘A’ game in that one.
Probable starting pitchers are South right-hander Will Misenheimer and Rowan right-hander Billy Veal.
Rowan has won 25 of the 31 meetings since the series began in 1996, and South has won only twice at Newman Park.
See Scoreboard.
– Minor leagues
Chris Ahearn (Catawba) has signed with the San Diego Padres and is currently at their training camp in Peoria, Ariz.
– State Games
East Rowan’s Preston Troutman, West Rowan’s Zack Simpson and Jon Crucitti and South Rowan’s Maverick Miles were part of the gold-medal winning Region 6 team in the State Games. West Rowan’s David Wright was an assistant coach on the team.
– Wood bat leagues
Whit Merrifield (Davie, South Carolina) was 2-for-3 Sunday to help the Chatham Anglers beat the Orleans Firebirds 10-7 in the Cape Cod League.n Justin Roland (East Rowan, Charlotte) has recovered from knee surgery sufficiently to be activated by the Bethesda (Md.) Big Train of the Cal Ripken Sr. Baseball League.
* Cameron White (Catawba) had two hits for the Columbia Blowfish in a 4-3 loss to Wilmington in the Coastal Plain League on Monday.
* Wade Moore (West Rowan, Catawba) had a run-scoring double for the Forest City Owls in a 4-2 CPL win against Asheboro on Monday.
* Ryan Overcash (NW Cabarrus, Davidson) is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA for the Lake Norman Copperheads of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.
– Local golf
Alex Nianouris (Salisbury) shot 78-76 ó 154 at Gaston Country Club in a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
The top four golfers advanced. Nianouris tied for 30th.
– Rowan Masters
Phil Miller was qualifying medalist for the Rowan Masters with a 1-under 70 at Warrior.
Ronnie Eidson is the defending champion. Match play starts Friday.
See Wednesday’s Scoreboard.
– GARS
Sixty-four GARS members played with a Captain’s Choice format at Corbin Hills on Monday.
Three teams tied for first place at minus-12.
The team of Jay Boyce, Gwyn Huie, Johnny Shook and Gary Wortman won on a scorecard playoff.
Clyde Crawford, Clarence Derrick, Nelson Earnhardt and Mickey Ousley finished second. Buddy Barger, Bobby Clark and Clive Mahaffey placed third.
– Pro football
Brad Roach (Catawba) had an eventful outing for the Mahoning Valley Thunder in Arena Football on Friday. Roach was 16-for-32 passing for 221 yards in a 59-53 loss against the Manchester Wolves. Roach threw six touchdown passes and was intercepted four times.
– Cannon hire
Cannon School has promoted Tony Delgado to be the head boys varsity soccer coach. Delgado coached Cannon’s junior varsity squad in 2008 and directed the team to a 10-0-3 record.

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