• 50°

Rowan Legion notebook

By Ryan Bisesi
Rbisesi@salisburypost.com
Rowan notebook …
MOREHEAD CITY — Big Rock Stadium turned into Coors Field East Sunday, with the thick coastal breeze substituting the role of Rocky Mountain air.
Rowan starter Matt Laurens gave up seven hits in 42/3 innings and five of them ended up going over the fence — a couple no doubt aided by the heavy wind that kept residence at Puck O’ Neal Field.
Laurens had trouble finding the strike zone in the opening frames. After 42 pitches, he had thrown 21 strikes and 21 balls.
“Anything near left field goes out of the park,” Rowan coach Jim Gantt said. “It plays a lot smaller than Newman Park. We knew we were in trouble there watching the home run derby.”
Rowan was a victim of the wind Saturday when a seemingly normal fly ball to center eclipsed the centerfield fence.
“It normally doesn’t fly out of here this good,” Morehead coach Robbie Lasater said. “During the day the wind blows here all the time. At night, it settles down.”
Rowan, which is used to playing in a hitter-friendly venue in Newman Park, was a bit taken aback, though Will Sapp hit a huge two-run, wind-aided home run for Rowan in Friday’s win against Wayne County.
“You’re at a big disadvantage if you’re a pitcher here,” Rowan’s Bradley Robbins said.
n
CAN OF CORN: Rowan had a little fun at its hotel Saturday to get its mind off the tough loss to Wilmington.
Cornhole.
The Econolodge, which is host to several of the teams playing in the state legion tournament, has been home to a cornhole tournament that several players from each team have competed in.
“We played against Wilmington and beat them,” Sapp said. “At least we beat them at something. We were just playing for fun.”
n
PITCHING CHOICES: Gantt said either Sunday’s winner Ethan Free or Robbins will start today’s game against Cherryville.
Robbins, who struggled with control Saturday, came into a no-win situation (bases loaded, nobody out) in the seventh on Sunday with nerves of steel.
“I was pumped,” Robbins said. “I was ready to go in and set them down.”
When asked if the team was tired toward the end of a long season, Robbins said, “I know I am.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey

News

Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County

College

Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park

Lifestyle

History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County

Business

‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove

Coronavirus

Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations

Education

‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year

Columns

Ester Marsh: What body type are you?

Nation/World

The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone

Nation/World

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Nation/World

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Nation/World

Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs

Nation/World

FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight

Crime

Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law

Nation/World

Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago

Business

State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March

Coronavirus

NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly

News

Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain

Elections

Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full

Local

Kiwanis Pancake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity

Coronavirus

Rowan remains in state’s middle, yellow tier for COVID-19 community spread