Area sports briefs: Crawdads put hurtin’ on Intimidators

Published 12:24 am Sunday, May 24, 2015

From staff reports

Already leading 3-2, Hickory put up a pair of runs in the top of the second inning Saturday on Kannapolis and never looked back. The Crawdads defeated the Intimidators 10-5 at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.

Four more runs in the top of the fifth inning sealed it.

Eduard Pinto led the Crawdads’ assault with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate that included three RBIs.

Kannapolis’ Yelmison Peralta took the loss, his fourth of the season, after working 4-2/3 innings.

Collin Wiles was the winning pitcher.

• The Intimidators won 4-3 against Hickory on Friday.

Jordan Guerrero (6-0) was outstanding again. He pitched five scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out six.

The Intimidators’ bullpen finished off the victory despite a two-run, ninth-inning homer by Hickory’s Josh Morgan.

Legion baseball

Legion baseball

Owen White had three hits and five RBIs as Southern Rowan Legion opened the season with an 11-1 win against Concord on Saturday.

Blake Johnson pitched six strong innings for the victory.

Southern Rowan is home on Monday. Veterans will be admitted free.

Junior Legion

Carson won twice on Saturday.

In a 7-5 win against the Kannapolis O’s, Chase Earnhardt pitched four innings and Jacob Miller got the win with three innings of relief.

Brycen Holshouser, Daniel Leonard and Jared Lamb had two hits each. Luke Barringer drove in two runs in the seventh.

• Carson won 13-12 in the nightcap. Holshouser, Barringer, Zack Starnes and Devan Gay pitched. Gay was the winner.

Earnhardt had three hits. Holshouser and Miller had two apiece. Brycen Holshouser drove in four runs, and Zack Holshouser drove in three. Leonard had two RBIs.

Logan Ridenhour led the defensive effort.

Carson hosts Concord Monday at 7. Veterans will be admitted free.

Minor leagues

Jerry Sands (Catawba) had two RBIs on Friday for Columbus and is batting .281 with four homers and 14 RBIs for Cleveland’s Triple-A team.

• Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) is still trying to work his way back from Tommy John surgery and has battled velocity and command issues.

He threw a scoreless inning on Friday, but he’s had a rough stretch in minor league rehab assignments. He is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA.

• Whit Merrifield (Davie) is turning in a solid season with the Omaha Storm Chasers, Kansas City’s Triple-A team.

The former South Carolina star is batting .287 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

• Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus) has had some struggles since being promoted to Triple-A by the L.A. Dodgers.

Seager is batting .268 and hasn’t homered yet in 71 at-bats since being promoted to Oklahoma  City.

That’s not completely unexpected.

Double-A is filled with hard-throwing prospects and Seager obliterated fastballs when he was at Double-A Tulsa. He batted .375 with five homers in 20 games at Tulsa.

Triple-A is filled with crafty older players throwing breaking balls and  changeups, and Seager has adjustments to make.

He’s still considered one of the top hitting prospects in the game.

• Jordan Jankowski (Catawba) is doing well in a relief role for Fresno, Houston’s Triple-A team.

Jankowski is 3-0 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 17 outings.

• Paul Kronenfeld (Catawba) has struggled at Dayton in Class-A ball and is batting .184 with a homer and five RBIs.

• Chris Dula (Catawba) has pitched in 13 games for the Hickory Crawdads of the Class-A South Atlantic League.

Dula’s ERA is high — 4.60 — but he is 1-0 with two saves.

• Nick Lomascolo (Catawba) is striking out hitters at a high rate as a reliever for Peoria, a Class-A St. Louis farm team.

Lomascolo has fanned 31 in 21 innings. His ERA is  2.61 in 12 appearances.

Youth golf

Michael Childress is spending the Memorial Day weekend playing in the Jimmy Creed CGA golf tournament in Camden, South Carolina.

Childress, from Salisbury, shot 78 in the first round. He is tied for 13th place in the Boys 15-16 division and tied for 26th overall.

Concord’s Walker Cress, playing in the same division, is one shot behind Childress and is tied for 18th place and 35th overall.