• 64°

Legion tournament: Myers comes through in clutch, Rowan wins state title

SALISBURY — With the pressure on and Rowan County clinging to a 4-3 lead, Riley Myers struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning against High Point to claim victory in the North Carolina American Legion State Tournament.

Myers pitched a complete game to earn the victory and to etch his name on the trophy as the tournament’s MVP.

High Point right fielder Jake Moebius blasted a leadoff home run to left field off Myers to cut Rowan County’s lead to one run. Rowan County head coach Jim Gantt was going to pull Myers from the game, but Myers said he told the coach he had it all the way.

Myers sent Corey Brandenburg and Kip Brandenburg back to the dugout on a pair of called strike threes for the first tow outs. Then Myers got Luke Gesell to go down swinging to end the game.

Myers had nine strikeouts in nine innings while giving up three runs on nine hits. He did not issue a single walk.

Rowan County, which won its first state title since 2009, advances to the American Legion Southeast Region tournament in Asheboro. It’s first game is at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 against the state champion from West Virginia. Randolph County has an automatic bid into the regional tournament as the host. There will also be teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

High Point took a 1-0 lead in top of the second inning when Corey Brandenburg hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Rowan County tied the game in the bottom of the third when Harrison Baucom, with Jeremy Simpson on third base, pulled an outside pitch to left field.

Third baseman Juan Garcia’s leadoff home run over the F&M Bank sign in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Rowan County a 2-1 lead. Garcia was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Heath Mitchem was the leading hitter with three and an RBI.

High Point tied the game in the top of the sixth with an RBI single that scored Kip Brandenburg from second base.

Rowan came through with a pair of clutch runs in the bottom of the eighth. Mitchem hit an RBI single that allowed Juan Garcia to score. The throw came in hot, but Garcia slid under catcher Ryan Caveness to take a 3-2 lead. Hunter Shepherd’s single to center field, his first hit of the day, scored Kacey Otto and gave Rowan County a two-run cushion going into the ninth inning.

Comments

Business

Renting out Wrenn House is next on menu for Bell Tower Green Park

Local

City to purchase, replace floating aerator devices for wastewater treatment

Business

NC Community College president details importance of connection between businesses, educational institutions

Entertainment

Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired prop gun on movie set that killed woman

Coronavirus

CDC panel recommends expanded COVID-19 vaccine booster rollout

News

Truck driver killed after collision with school bus in Newton

Crime

Iredell County man charged with murder after three bodies found in burned Statesville house

Crime

Massive search for Laundrie ends as FBI identifies remains in Florida

Cleveland

Nation’s largest barn quilt mural to be unveiled in Cleveland on Saturday

College

Charlotte among six schools joining American Athletic Conference

Crime

Few details available after Kannapolis shooting claims life

Business

East Spencer apparel store will host free luncheon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

College

Catawba College receives record $200 million contribution to endowment

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found at Salisbury home

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office releases details of NASCAR driver’s assault at coworker’s home

Elections

Council candidates discuss city’s handling of ‘Fame’ relocation, protesting, pandemic

Business

Making Memore: Entrepreneurs harness power of Kannapolis’ Food Innovation Lab

Education

Shoutouts

Business

DuPont purchases Salisbury-based manufacturing business

Christmas Happiness

Christmas Bureau opens applications for families to get holiday assistance

Education

Spencer Library hosts life pathways event

Local

Salisbury-Rowan NAACP President Gemale Black seeking state branch’s top spot

Education

A fall theme on learning math at Mt. Ulla Elementary

High School

High school volleyball: West takes tournament title with victory over South