Area sports briefs: Seager, Sands go deep

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 24, 2009

From staff reports
Two minor league baseball players with local ties had similar and successful swings on Thursday night.
Clinton LumberKing Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus, Kannapolis Legion, UNC) smacked his first pro homer in the Midwest League. It was a three-run blast in the eighth inning that helped Clinton sink the South Bend Silver Hawks 11-3.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Jerry Sands (Catawba) launched a three-run homer in the eighth that helped the Ogden Raptors beat the Casper Ghosts 11-4.
Sands has been one of the outstanding players in the Pioneer League. He leads in homers with 10 and is second with 32 RBIs. He’s also in the top five in batting average (.387) and on-base percentage.
– East football
Tickets for reserve seating at East Rowan football games are now on sale at the school office.
The price is $40 and includes seating for six home games and reserved parking. Extra reserved parking is available for $10.
Seats can be purchased at the school office from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday through Aug. 17. Starting Aug. 18, they can be purchased from 8-4.
– Intimidators win
The Kannapolis Intimidators claimed their 10th walk-off win of the season at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Thursday.
The Intimidators won 3-2 against Augusta on Josh Phegley’s infield single.
The Intimidators produced three straight baserunners with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against GreenJackets reliever Kyle Woodruff, including Phegley’s single into the hole at shortstop. Brandon Short, who walked to start the rally, scored from third to end the ballgame.
Johnny Monell doubled in the ninth to lift Augusta into a 2-2 tie. Dan Remenowksy (5-3) got the win despite blowing his fourth save of the season.
Kannapolis starter Stephen Sauer pitched seven innings and allowed one run.
Josh Mazzola hit a home run for Augusta, while Kyle Shelton connected for the Intimidators.
* The Charlotte Knights lost to the Lehigh IronPigs 4-3. Gustavo Chacin was excellent on the mound for the Pigs.
* The Winston-Salem Dash got 13 hits and pounded Kinston 9-4. John Curtis had three hits for the Dash.
– Strongman contest
The J.F. Hurley YMCA plans to hold its first annual Strongman Contest on Aug. 15.
The entry fee is $25. Weigh-in is at 1 p.m. Weight classes are 20 pounds and under, 201-275 and super-heavyweight.
There will be cash prize winners for first and second place in each weight class.
Entrants will compete in five events behind the YMCA. Events are the farmer’s walk, tire flip, deadlift, Atlas Shuttle and bus pull.
Sponsors include Cheerwine, James Davis, Wal-Mart and Fisher Realty.
Contact Kenny Seagle at 704-636-0111 for information and sponsorship opportunities.
Admission is $1. Enter at the gate on the Harris-Teeter side of the YMCA. Concessions will be available.
– Tennis lessons
Salisbury Parks and Recreation will hold tennis lessons for ages 6-10 at the Salisbury Civic Center.
Lessons run each Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. for three weeks, starting July 29.
Cost is $9 per lesson. Camp will be conducted by Jeff Childress of Catawba. For information on registering, call the Civic Center at 704-638-5275.
– Football mini-camp
There will be a five-day football mini-camp at Corriher-Lipe Middle School in Landis on Aug. 3-7.
The camp is for grades 7-8 and will run from 6:30-8 p.m. daily.
Contact Craig Honeycutt for information at 980-521-2646.