East Rowan shortstop Ike Freeman, a rising junior, has committed verbally to UNC’s baseball program.
An injury limited Freeman to 15 games as a varsity freshman. He batted .279 in 43 at-bats.
Freeman, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, stayed healthy as a sophomore and enjoyed a breakout season as East’s No. 3 hitter. He batted .330 with a team-best 24 RBIs. He had six doubles and two triples for the SPC champs.
Freeman is playing this summer with the South Charlotte Panthers 2016 showcase team.
The Greensboro Grasshoppers rallied to beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 2-1 on Friday at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.
The Grasshoppers have won eight in a row.
Kannapolis lost despite a strong start by Jake Dykstra, who had a one-hit shutout after six innings.
Trey Michalczewski extended a 16-game hitting streak with a first-inning double.
Rowan County returns to American Legion action on Sunday at Mocksville’s Rich Park.
Southern Rowan is off until June 20 because of graduation trips. Kannapolis also has a string of open dates due to graduation.
• At Rowan’s home game on June 20, county pitcher of the year Connor Johnson and player of the year Michael Caldwell will received awards prior to the game. Johnson will receive the Patrick Snider Memorial Award, while Caldwell will receive the Mark Norris Memorial Award.
June 20 is also Donut Night at the park.
In West Rowan’s 18-4 win against Montgomery County, Caleb Link had three hits and two RBIs. Brett Graham had three hits. Lee Poteat had two hits and two RBIs. Hunter Bernhardt had two hits and two RBIs. Poteat had a triple. Brandon Walton had a double. Sawyer Strickland was the winning pitcher.
• The Mooresville Legends won 1-0 over the Kannapolis Reds in a rain-shortened game.
Eric Jackson drove in Hunter Dula with the only run. Zach Richardson was the winning pitcher.
Chandler Hubbard had a double for Kannapolis.
Brian Bauk (Salisbury, App. State) is batting .357 for the Brockton Rox of the Futures League and has halped the Rox start off 7-0.
• Greg Tonnesen (Carson, Campbell) is off to a 2-for-9 start with the Coral Springs Canes of the South Florida Collegiate League. Tonnesen has two RBIs.
East Rowan’s Evan Rogers was on the all-county tennis team. He was inadvertentely left out of a story about the team.
Frank Adams III has shot 69-68-70 — 207 in the eGolf Tour’s Forest Oaks Classic in Greensboro.
Adams is 9-under and tied for 18th.
David Watkins leads the tournament at 16-under.
• The Country Club of Salisbury Senior Men’s Interclub team defeated Old Town Club 20-16.
Team members were Andre Resner-Terry Mulkey, Wally Eidson-Richard Dwigins, Jay Stevens-Victor Wallace, Craig Rae-Jack Seybold, Bob Mangum-Bob Chinn and Harold Buchanan-Jim Benton.