• 66°

Legion Baseball: Rowan 13, Kannapolis 2

By Mike London
mlondon@salisburypost.com
Rowan County’s Corbin Shive is getting his home-run trot down pat.
Practice makes perfect, and Shive homered for the fifth consecutive game to spark a 13-2 breeze past Kannapolis Monday at Newman Park.
Rowan’s Forrest Buchanan (5-0) pitched six stout innings. Matt Miller and Trey Holmes also homered for Rowan, while Bobby Zimmerman hit one for Kannapolis.
Not long ago, Shive had one homer to his credit. Now he has seven.
A two-homer night on June 14 against Lincoln County got him started. Since then he’s connected in league games against Lexington, Mooresville, Stanly and Kannapolis.
“I’ve never had a hot streak anything like this,” Shive said. “But it still seems like I’m only getting one hit. I’d like to get a few singles to go along with the homers.”
Rowan (11-4, 8-3), which stayed tied for first with tonight’s foe ó South Rowan ó will take that nightly homer, especially with men on base. Shive has hit two grand slams this season. His latest blast was a three-run shot that snapped a 1-1 tie.
Philip Miclat was on third base and Zach Smith was at second with one out when Shive came to the plate in the third inning. With first base open, Kannapolis pitcher Daniel Welch had a chance to pitch around Shive, but the right-handed hitter hammered a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall.
“I was looking away. That’s where the pitch was so I took it that way,” Shive said.
Kannapolis coach Matt Stack is an assistant at West Rowan and knows what Shive can do. Welch’s ill-fated pitch was supposed to be off the plate, but it drifted in far enough for Shive to do serious damage.
Rowan made four of its five errors early, blew a rundown that handed Kannapolis a quick run and appeared headed for a rough night. But Buchanan stabilized things. He didn’t rattle and kept throwing quality pitches.
“Forrest threw enough strikes, and Kannapolis never really could put anything together,” Rowan coach Jim Gantt said. “The middle of Kannapolis’ lineup has got a lot of power, but Forrest was able to work around those guys some and go after the bottom of the order.”
Shive’s long one gave Buchanan a lead to work with, but Zimmerman’s solo shot made it 5-2 in the fourth and Kannapolis brought the tying run to the plate before Buchanan worked out of two-out, two-on jam in the sixth.
Noah Holmes’ two-run double in the Rowan sixth made it 7-2 and provided breathing room.
Then Trey Holmes’ double and Smith’s RBI single keyed a two-run seventh.
“We were hanging in there and had a real shot, but then it snowballed on us,” Stack said. “Walks, errors ó kind of the story of our season.
Four Kannapolis Legion alumni ó Zach Ward, Brett Bartles, Garrett Sherrill annd Kyle Seager ó have been drafted since 2005, but the Wojans (3-10, 3-7) are in danger of missing the playoffs this year. They’re battling for the eighth and final berth with Wilkes.
The 10-run rule arrived suddenly in the Rowan eighth. With two out, Casey Little walked and Miller, the backup catcher, crushed a homer to left off reliever Ryan Goodman for an 11-2 lead.
“He left a curveball up and in,” Miller said.
Ethan Fisher singled before Trey Holmes, who was batting leadoff, stroked an opposite-field homer to send fans home. They left talking about Buchanan and Shive.
“Forrest didn’t surprise me ó he’s been throwing good all summer,” Miller said. “He hit his spots all night.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Blotter: Man faces sexual exploitation charge for images on Instagram

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