Area sports briefs: Intimidators end season
From staff reports
The Kannapolis Intimidators’ season ended with a 9-0 playoff loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws in New Jersey on Friday night.
Lakewood swept the best-of-three Northern Division championship series against its South Atlantic League rival.
Kannapolis opened the game with back-to-back hits from Kenny Williams and Eduardo Escobar. Sergio Morales got the team’s third and final hit in the eighth inning. Daniel Wagner went 0-for-2 but drew a walk and stole a base.
It was the Intimidators’ most lopsided loss of the season.
Lakewood pounded out 14 hits, including 10 in the first four innings. Joe Serafin gave up six earned runs on nine hits in 31/3 innings. Stephen Sauer was originally scheduled to start the game, but he was scratched two days ago due to an injury.
Sebastian Valle put the game out of reach in the sixth inning by hitting a three-run home run off Leroy Hunt. Valle finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
n Prep tennis
Carson’s girls tennis team won 8-1 against West Iredell on Thursday.
Carol Brown, Hannah Shinn, Elizabeth Hefner, Jada Holloway and Hailey Hepler won in singles for the Cougars (5-4, 4-2 NPC). Kelly Dulkoski-Brown, Rena Ogle-Julie Tonnesen and Nicole Beaver-Vanessa Evans participated in the doubles sweep.
n Middle school football
China Grove’s seventh-grade football team won 22-0 against Corriher-Lipe.
Brandon Sloop scored on runs of 35 yards and 25 yards. Anthony McCurry also scored on a 35-yard run.
McCurry had two fumble recoveries, and Noah Clearwater had one. Jacob Jester had two interceptions, and Chris Huffman had one.
n China Grove’s eighth-grade football team defeated Corriher-Lipe 22-0.
Tyler Fuller scored on two 26-yard runs, and David Comer had a 6-yard TD run. Devin Sells caught a PAT pass from Eric Goldston.
Comer, Will Zentmeyer and Shay Fidler recovered fumbles. Goldston, Fidler, Dylan Creswell, Weston Faulkner, Max Lear and Andrew Donahue were defensive standouts for the Red Devils.
n Middle school tennis
Knox defeated Southeast 9-0 in middle school tennis.
n Emalee Young, Susannah Dixon, Emma Labovitz, Maddie Labovitz, Kathleen Mowery and Kate Zimmerman won in singles against Southeast.
Young-Maddie Labovitz, Dixon-Emma Labovitz and Mowery-Hannah Sunding won in doubles.
n Knox won 9-0 against North Rowan.
Dixon, Young, Emma and Maddie Labovitz, Mowery and Kathleen Bourque won in singles. The Labovitz duo, Young-Zimmerman and McCleese Whittington-Sunding won in doubles.
n College soccer
Senior midfielder Lauren McLelland (East Rowan) scored a goal for Lees-McRae in a 5-0 victory against Johnson Bible College earlier this week. McLelland is a captain for the Bobcats for the third straight year.