Area sports briefs
Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2011
From staff reports
Wade Moore (West Rowan, Catawba) snapped out a slump with his first homer of the season on Saturday night, as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 10-5 at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.
Quite a few friends and family were on hand to watch Moore homer to right leading off the fourth inning. It was his only hit of a 1-for-5 night.
The Suns, leading the Northern Division, took advantage of a season-high 11 walks by Kannapolis pitchers and also got homers from teen phenom Bryce Harper, his 11th, and Jason Martinson.
John Spatola had two hits for the Intimidators.
Intimidators director of broadcasting and media relations Josh Feldman said a nice crowd of 2,572 ó on a racing night ó got a boost from the presence of Harper, the No. 1 pick in last summerís draft by the Washington Nationals.
Mooreís family will feed the Suns team with a barbecue today, and fans can catch Moore and Harper in a doubleheader at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, starting at 1:05.
A story on Moore will be in Tuesdayís edition.
n Jerry Sands (Catawba) is still playing regularly for the L.A. Dodgers.
Sands is batting .214 with two homers and 16 RBIs. He has 16 walks and 10 doubles.
n Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) had a strong outing for Buffalo on Saturday in Triple A, earning a save against the Gwinnett Braves with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts.
n In the Carolina League, Whit Merrifield (Davie) stole his 11th and 12th bases of the season for Wilmington. Merrifield went 1-for-5 to lower his batting average to .301.
n In the Southern League, Jacksonís Kyle Seager (NW Cabarrus) had three hits in a 3-2 win against Mobile. Seager is batting .297.
n In the independent American Association, Zach Ward (A.L. Brown) has a 1-2 record with a 4.19 ERA for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.
Garrett Sherrill (A.L. Brown) has a 5.23 ERA for the Lincoln Saltdogs, but heís struck out 12 in 101/3 innings.
David Thomas (Catawba) is batting .241 with a homer and nine RBIs for the Grand Prairie Air Hogs.
n Junior Legion
Carsonís Junior Legion baseball team defeated Mocksville 10-9 on Sunday night.
Carson used five pitchers with Jon Patella getting the win and John Daugherty earning the save.
Bryson Prugh led Carson, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Devon Peacock and K.J. Pressley had two RBIs apiece, while Colton Laws went 2-for-4.
Carson (3-1, 2-1) entertains Lexington on Tuesday.
n Local golf
Michael Childress, 11, Luke Graeber, 8, and Ben Childress played in the US Kids Junior golf tournament at Pinehurst on course No. 7.
Michael Childress shot an 89 to finish third in his age group, Luke Graeber shot a 71 to finish third in his age group, and Ben Childress shot a 51 to win his age group.
n The McCanless Couples played a nine-hole match on Sunday with a four-man Captainís Choice format.
First place went to Tammie and Allen Drew and Brett and Robin Leslie.
Coming in second was the team of Gene and Mary Seaford and Tim and Jessica Earnhardt.
Third place went to Jeff and Tabitha Warren, Sharon Miller and Juan Garcia.
Closest to the pin was won by Gene Seaford, while Monica Greene won longest putt.