Hoops all-star game set
From staff reports
Donte Minter, a former West Rowan standout who played college basketball at Virginia and Appalachian State and a number of seasons overseas, is hosting a Basketball Skills Academy at Salisbury’s J.F. Hurley YMCA on June 24-27.
Minter scored 2,087 points at West to rank second in school and county history for men’s basketball scoring behind only Scooter Sherrill. Miller is now working in Virginia and helps coach basketball at Woodside High in Newport News.
The camp will be from 9-2 daily and is for grades 2-12. The cost is $65. Instructors will include Bryan McCullough, Shayla Fields and Dadrian Cuthbertson.
Minter also will participate in an all-star game at 7 p.m. on June 27 at North Rowan High that will include a number of players with pro experience. Miller has commitments from McCullough, Carlos Dixon, Shamari Spears, Kellen Brand and Donald Sims, among others.
Admission is $5 for the all-star game.
“I just want to bring a little excitment back to the community,” Minter said.
West Rowan defensive back Najee Tucker was one of 170 football prospects chosen to attend the Blue-Grey National Super Combine in Canton, Ohio, on June 21-22.
Tucker has verbally committed to Charlotte.
Rowan County’s game at Stanly County was rained out on Monday and will be made up on June 26.
Rowan is scheduled to play Garner at Newman Park tonight.
Southern Rowan’s game at Kannapolis was rained out Monday. A makeup date has been set for June 25. That game will be played at South’s field, but Kannapolis will be the home team.
Randolph beat Eastern Randolph 10-7 in a divisional game on Monday, while the Mooresville Moors clobbered Wilkes 18-3 in seven innings.
Kannapolis won 8-2 at Mooresville on Monday.
Spencer Baucom was the winning pitcher. Kameron Sherrill, Michael Young and Chandler Hubbard had two hits each. Kannapolis is 2-0 in league action.
New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) has had some tough outings, but he’s turned in a stellar season for the most part.
Parnell, 28, is 5-3 with nine saves and a 2.83 ERA. He’s struck out 26 in 282/3 innings, while walking eight. He’s appeared in 29 games for the Mets.
John J. Tuttle (A.L. Brown, Catawba) pitched a one-hitter as the Asheboro Copperheads beat High Point-Thomasville 5-0 in Coastal Plain League action. Tuttle struck out seven and walked one.
Tuttle (3-0) has pitched 21 straight scoreless innings.
• Preston Troutman (East Rowan, Appalachian State) is playing for the West Virginia Miners in the Prospect League.
The team is based in Beckley, W. Va. Troutman has seven RBIs in 55 at-bats.
• Bradley Robbins (East, Tallahassee Community College), Dylan Walker (South Rowan, Catawba Valley CC), Roby Holmes (East, Catawba Valley CC) and Jared Mathis (East, Charlotte) are playing for the Rowan Patriots in the All American Collegiate Baseball League.
The Patriots, who also have former A.L. Brown standouts Jacob Wright (Bluefield) and Zach Wright (Rockingham CC) on the roster, play home games at Staton Field.
Dakota Brown (North Rowan, Wilkes CC) and Forrest Buchanan (Salisbury, Belmont Abbey) play for the Spencer-based Carolina Freedom in the AACBL.
Robbins fanned five batters in a recent three-inning outing. Brown allowed one run in five innings in his last start.
• Trey Holmes (East, Appalachian State) is playing for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League.
The South Atlantic League has reached the all-star break. Kannapolis Intimidators Micah Johnson and Jason Coats will be in action in tonight’s SAL All-Star Game in New Jersey.
Four local junior golfers are playing in the Carolinas Junior Golf state tournament at Cary’s Prestonwood Country Club on June 18-22.
Logan Shuping, Jake Kennedy, Davis Richards and Michael Childress qualified to play in the CGA event. The field is made up of 128 players, ranging from eighth-graders to seniors.
Golfers will compete in 18 holes of stroke play today, with the top 64 advancing to match play.
Former East Rowan and Rowan Legion stars Trey Holmes (Appalachian State) and Justin Roland (Charlotte) are conducting a hitting and fielding camp at Granite Quarry’s Staton Field on July 15-18.
The camp is for ages 6-14 and is from 9-12 daily. The cost is $50. Staffers will be East players and former and current college players.
Contact Holmes at 704-213-7882 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Roland at 704-239-2861 or email@example.com.
OMAHA, Neb. — Trey Porter drove in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, and Mississippi State took control of its bracket in the College World Series with a 5-4 victory over Indiana on Monday night.
The Bulldogs (50-18) need one win to reach next week’s best-of-three finals. They’re off until Friday, when they’ll play Indiana (49-15) or Oregon State. Those teams play an elimination game Wednesday.
The Bulldogs erased a 3-2 deficit after Brett Pirtle and Wes Rea singled leading off the eighth against reliever Ryan Halstead (4-5).
Pirtle beat Will Nolden’s throw home to tie it on DeMarcus Henderson’s liner into right.
Brian Korte took over for Halstead with two out, and Porter sent his 3-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score Rea and Henderson for a two-run lead.
Chad Girodo (9-1), who relieved starter Trevor Fitts with one out in the third, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, but left in the ninth when Indiana threatened.
Porter had entered the game in the sixth inning as a pinch hitter. He gave the Hoosiers faithful a scare with a drive to the right-field warning track that Nolden caught to keep it a one-run game.
Porter, a .250 batter, didn’t play in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Oregon State and came into Monday with just two hits in his previous 14 at-bats since May 4.
Indiana, in the CWS for the first time, had its seven-game win streak end, but not until making things interesting in the last inning.
Chris Sujka, pinch hitting for Nolden, singled to lead off the ninth, and Sam Travis doubled off the wall in left center to put runners on second and third with one out. Sujka scored on Scott Donley’s groundout, bringing on closer Jonathan Holder.
Michael Basil hit a chopper in front of the mound. Holder fielded it cleanly and bounced his throw to Rea at first, prompting a big fist bump between the two as they began celebrating.
Fitts, who had pitched only 26 innings and mostly in relief, went 2 1-3 innings before turning things over to Girodo, who struck out 10 over 6 1-3 innings.
Indiana freshman starter Will Coursen-Carr was solid in his 5 1-3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.
Indiana had a chance to add to its 3-1 lead in the fifth after having runners on second and third with one out. But Nick Ammirati tagged out Travis at home and Girodo struck out Casey Smith.
The Bulldogs pulled to 3-2 in the sixth on Rea’s single and were poised to get more with the bases loaded and one out. Ammirati popped out to shortstop before Porter’s long fly to right ended the inning.