Area sports briefs: Ellington still sacking QBs
From staff reports
Ron Ellington (Catawba) has been a terror for the El Paso Generals of the Indoor Football League this season.
The 240-pound defensive end owns a league-high 11.5 sacks. He has 16.5 tackles for loss and 51 tackles. Ellington has forced three fumbles and is responsible for two safeties.
n Brad Roach (Catawba) was 21-for-41 passing for the Mahoning Valley Thunder in a 62-47 loss against the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers in Arena Football. Roach threw for 309 yards and five TDs and was intercepted twice.
n American Legion baseball
Kannapolis won at Stanly 15-12 behind home runs by Wes Honeycutt and Daniel Welch on Monday night. Kannapolis’ win created a three-way tie for seventh. Eight of the nine teams in the Southern Division of Area III make the playoffs. Kannapolis, Wilkes and Mocksville finished 6-10. One of the three will be left out.
Legion officials were sorting out tiebreakers late last night. There also was a three-way tie for third involving Mooresville, Lexington and Stanly at 8-8 that must be settled.
The only sure things at press time were the seeds of Rowan (1), South Rowan (2) and Concord (6). Pairings will be announced today.
Rowan and South Rowan expect to open the playoffs Friday at home, but if either is paired against Mocksville, adjustments may have to be made. Mocksville has a Fourth of July conflict with Rich Park’s annual fireworks display when it’s scheduled to host Game 2.
– Brantley Horton created fireworks Monday night as Mooresville swept Wilkes 7-6 and 16-0. In Game 1, Horton went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Dylan West’s two-run double in the bottom of the seventh won it. In the nightcap, Mooresville belted 19 hits in five innings. West Rowan graduate Horton went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Taylor Thurber and Wes Dumford were credited with mound wins.
n Junior American Legion
Rowan Junior Legion split a doubleheader with Mooresville at Staton Field.
Rowan won 2-1 in the opener. Luke Thomas had two hits. Chandler Jones hit a solo homer. Will Johnson was the winner. Matt Miller recorded a save.
Rowan lost the nightcap 10-4. Jamey Blalock led Rowan with three hits. Nathan Fulbright and Avery Rogers had two hits each.
n Rowan split four games in a wood bat tournament at USC Upstate over the weekend.
Miller pitched a complete game in a 4-2 win against the Palmetto Storm. Blalock, Justin Morris and Thomas had two hits each.
In a 4-1 win against the Green Rebels, Brad Robbins was the winning pitcher with relief help from Johnson. Andy Austin had two hits.
Chase Hathcock had two hits Sunday. Blalock batted .500 for the weekend.
n Minor leagues
Spencer Steedley (East Rowan) earned his fourth save of the season as Fort Myers beat Lakeland 5-1 on Monday.
Steedley allowed no runs and struck out three in 22/3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.95.
n Jerry Sands (Catawba) had two hits for Ogden in a 6-4 victory against Casper on Monday. Sands is batting .444 with three homers and six RBIs in seven games.
n China Grove All-Stars
China Grove’s 10-under Cal Ripken League all-stars won the area championship with an 8-3 victory against Surry Central on Monday.
Dillon Norton pitched a complete game. Hayden Wilson hit a two-run homer. The defense was outstanding.
n McCanless golf
The McCanless Couples played a nine-hole match with 25 participating. The format was two-man Captain’s Choice.
Gene Seaford and Monica Green shot 34 and won first place in a scorecard playoff.
Also shooting 34 were Sharon Miller and Samantha Haviland, Don Smith and Yvonne Barger and Mary and Gene Seaford.
Phyllis Myers made the longest putt on No. 18. Miller was closest to the pin on No. 12.
The McCanless Couples will play at Twin Cedars on July 11. Cost is $20.
Sixty-two GARS members played golf at Lexington Country Club on Monday.
Low ‘A’ Flight player was Butch Adams with a net of 65.52. Low ‘B’ player was David Schenk with a net of 63.83.
Low ‘C’ player with a net of 58.81 was Buddy Barger. Low ‘D’ Flight player with a net of 63.86 was Joe Robinson.
n Local golf
Roy Dixon (Salisbury) shot 73-75 ó 148 in a qualifying sectional for the U.S. Junior Championship held at Cary on Monday. Dixon tied for 18th.
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