area sports briefs
From staff reports
Burlingtonís Rudy Brown (South Rowan) turned in another impressive relief outing on Saturday in a 5-1 loss to Kingsport.
Brown (1-1, 2.73 ERA) struck out four in two innings, while allowing one hit and an unearned run.
The 6-foot-4 lefty, who was a standout out at Surry Community College and UNC Pembroke, has 29 strikeouts and six walks in 261/3 innings.
n Albuquerqueís Jerry Sands (Catawba) launched his 20th homer in 254 Triple A at-bats this season on Saturday. The two-run bomb to the opposite field was one of his three hits.
n Wilmingtonís Whit Merrifield (Davie) had two hits in a 7-4 Carolina League win against Lynchburg on Saturday. Merrifield collected his 26th double. The former South Carolina star is batting .265.
n The Kannapolis Intimidators stayed hot on Saturday, pummeling visiting Delmarva 14-6.
Miguel Gonzalez and Leighton Pangilinan homered for the Intimidators, who moved past Hickory into first place.
n For the folks following Washingtonís teen phenom Bryce Harper, he had a big game at Double A Harrisburg on Saturday, with a homer, a triple and a stolen base.
n Rob Lyerly, who has roots in Rowan County, had two hits and two RBIs for Trenton, the New York Yankeesí Double A farm team, on Saturday. For the season, which heís split between Tampa and Trenton, Lyerly has seven homers, 68 RBIs and a .291 batting average.
n Local track
In the AAU Junior Olympics in New Orleans, Jaleesa Smoot finished second in the youth girls division in a 400 prelim in 56.55 seconds.
n Marshall Shank won a medal by placing fifth in the pole vault final in the youth division. He cleared 12 feet.
n Local golf
Results are in from the Adult/Child Golf Tournament held at McCanless on Saturday.
In the division for 9-under kids, Mike Vestal and Reese Vestal won with a 37 for nine holes.
Mechelle Kuld and Gavin Kuld finished at 38.
Scott Perry and Brodie Perry finished at 39, while Scott Perry and Rian Perry finished at 42 along with Pete Kuld and Gavin Kuld and Colin Dailey and Matthew Dailey.
n In the division for children ages 10-13, Roger Lyerly and Nicholas Lyerly won with a sizzling 65.
Alan Lambert and Brennan Lambert finished at 71.
Finishing at 76 were Matt Miller and Alex Miler and Dan Truhe and Tanner Ward. n In the 14-17 age division, Mitchell Swaringen and Trey Swaringen won with a 66.
Juan Garcia Sr. and Juan Garcia Jr. shot 67. Troy Nease and Evan Nease shot 70, Todd DeVlieger and Jared DeVlieger shot 71, Jeff Warren and Tabitha Warren finished at 72, and Gene Seaford and Kyle Leslie carded a 73.
Joshua Robar won closest to the pin honors on No. 12.
In the 18-over division, Don Davis and Drue Davis won with a 68.
Mary Seaford and Robin Leslie shot 77, and Gary Bostian and Bill Bostian shot 80.
Drue Davis had the longest drive. Mike Vestal won closest to the pin on No. 6.
n Elliot Gealy (Salisbury) carded five birdies and three bogeys on his way to a third-round 69 in the Nationwide Tourís Cox Classic in Omaha.
Gealy recorded back-to-back birdies on No. 8 and No. 9.
Heís tied for 33rd at 203. He shot 63 and 71 the first two days.
n American Legion
In the Southeast Regional in Sumter, S.C., Gaffney, S.C., beat Dothan, Ala., 3-2, and Bradenton, Fla, wiped out Douglasville, Ga., 13-0 in seven innings on a one-hitter by Correlle Prime.
Host Sumter then eliminated Dothan 7-4. The champions from Virginia and Puerto Rico also have been ousted in the double-elimination event.
N.C. champ Cherryvilleís next game is an elimination affair against the Georgia champs.
n Soccer registration
South Rowan YMCA is accepting registrations through Sept. 3 for its fall soccer program. The program is for rising K-8th grade boys and girls. Practice starts the week of Sept. 12. Games begin the week of Sept. 26.
Fees are $36 for members and $60 for potential members. Contact Gary Earnhardt at the South Rowan YMCA at 704-857-7011.
n Hurley Y programs
Registration for fall soccer and fall flag football has started at JF Hurley YMCA.
Registration will run through Sept. 4. The JF Hurley YMCA will be taking online registration as well.
These leagues are great introductions to the sports of football and soccer. If you are interested in coaching, contact youth sports director Phillip Hilliard at firstname.lastname@example.org or704-636-0111.
n Football tickets, seats
Reserved seats for the 2011 South Rowan football season are on sale through Aug. 11.
Reserved seat tickets not sold by Aug. 11 will be offered to the general public on a first- come, first-serve basis beginning Aug. 15. Please call the school office with questions at 704-857-1161.
n Reserve seating for East Rowan football is now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the main office from 8:30-3. Call 704-279-5232 for info.