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Area Sports Briefs:

From staff and wire reports
Qualifying scores for the Rowan Masters on Saturday at Warrior:

Seed Score
1 Matt Hardman defending champ
2 Michael Childress 69
3 Keith Dorsett 69
4 Troy Beaver 71
5 Jeb Bennett 72
6 Justin Lefler 73
7 Wes Cline 73
8 Josh Brincefield 74
9 Andrew Purcell 74
10 Dennis Long 74
11 Chris Owen 75
12 Brad Vinson 75
13 Todd Johnson 75
14 Davis Richards 76
15 Kevin Lentz 76
16 Michael Kee 76
17 Derek Lipe 76
18 Bubba Hendren 76
19 Brian Hewat 77
20 Tyler Mulkey 77
21 Christopher Queen 77
22 Sean Kramer 78
23 Andrew Morgan 78
24 Dwayne McIntyre 78
25 Chuck Valley 78
26 Jeff McCarter 78
27 Seth Waller 79
28 Nate Jessup 79
29 Jon Waller 80
30 David Miller 80
31 Brandon Cranfield 80
32 Chace Jensen 81

Intimidators
Catcher Brett Austin smashed his team-leading fifth triple, a bases-clearing liner in the sixth inning, to lead the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 4-0 road win at Greensboro NewBridge Bank Park on Saturday.
Kannapolis (34-34) can finish the first half of the season over .500 with a win on Sunday.
Intimidators starter Zach Thompson spearheaded the shutout, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before Greensboro’s Arturo Rodriguez worked a 12-pitch at-bat to collect the Grasshoppers’ first hit.
Thompson (2-1) spun five scoreless innings, striking out four batters while allowing three hits en route to the win.
Brad Salgado followed with three scoreless innings, and Matt Cooper tossed a perfect ninth to close the game.
Kannapolis rallied for four runs, all with two outs, in the top of the sixth. Nick Delmonico started it off with a two-out single, and after Louie Lechich was hit by a pitch, Alexander Simon gave the Intimidators a 1-0 lead with a base hit to left field. Nick Basto singled to load the bases for Austin, who belted a line drive three-run triple down the right-field line for a 4-0 lead.
The Intimidators wrap up the first half o on Sunday in Greensboro at 4 p.m.

American Legion
Southern Rowan won 7-2 at Kernersville on Saturday to improve to 9-7 overall and 4-3 in the Area III standings.
Owen White’s two-run homer was a key blow in the win.
Southern Rowan hosts Eastern Randolph tonight while Rowan County travels to play Mocksville at Rich Park.

Racing
JOLIET, Ill. — Ryan Reed took the lead on the 31st lap and held it the rest of the way in the 100-lap ARCA Series race on Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.
Reed, one of four drivers participating in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race later Saturday, started 28th after a crash in qualifying. But he drove his repaired Ford past Will Kimmel in the first turn on a restart and went on to the victory.
“I knew we had a car good enough to win,” Reed said in Victory Lane. “I’ll celebrate for five minutes and then be in the Xfinity car.”
ARCA standings leader Grant Enfinger finished second, 6.293 seconds behind Reed. He started last after an engine change following qualifying, and climbed through the field, grabbing the runner-up spot on the 88th lap.

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