Area Sports Briefs: SC vs. Randolph in title game (or games)
From staff and wire reports
Kevis Burton pitched six strong innings and belted three hits to lead Chapin-Newberry, S.C., to a 6-3 win against Tallahassee, Fla., in the American Legion Southeast Regional on Saturday night in Asheboro.
Richard Ruth had two hits and two RBIs for the Florida champs.
Florida, which also fell to South Carolina in the opening round, was ousted from the double-elimination tournament,
South Carolina (27-0) advanced to today’s 4:30 p.m. championship game against host Randolph County (28-16). Randolph has one loss, a 3-2 setback against South Carolina.
The teams would need to play a second game tonight if Randolph Post 45 wins the first game.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — When it comes to the Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International, it’s become Penske Racing’s playground now that Marcos Ambrose is no longer around.
After a poor qualifying effort in Sprint Cup, Joey Logano shook off his frustration and won the Xfinity Zippo 200 at The Glen on Saturday, outdueling Penske teammate Brad Keselowski.
Logano, who started from pole, overcame a stop-and-go penalty early in the caution-filled race, drove back to the front, and kept Keselowski at bay after a restart with four laps to go in the 82-lap race. It’s the first road course win of his career, 25th in NASCAR’s second-tier series, and fourth win of the year.
“It’s pretty special as a driver,” said Logano, who led 39 laps, one fewer than his teammate. “You always want to have a road course victory. We’ve been close to winning a lot lately. It feels really good.”
The Penske duo led all but three laps in a race on the 2.45-mile layout that was delayed by seven cautions for 20 laps. Ambrose, who returned to his native Australia after last season, had won the last four Zippo 200s that he’d entered at Watkins Glen, including last year, while Keselowski won in 2013.
Series points leader Chris Buescher was third.
NFL Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, sixth leading rusher in NFL history, headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night.
Only linebacker Junior Seau was elected in his first year on the ballot. The 12-time Pro Bowler’s induction, however, proved bittersweet, coming more than three years after he took his own life.
Defensive end Charles Haley cracked jokes between heartfelt disclosures of his battle with depression. The only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings, he gave a rousing, freewheeling speech.
Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff didn’t say a word, instead letting Hall of Fame teammate Fran Tarkenton speak for him shortly after Tingelhoff’s bust was unveiled.
Kansas City guard Will Shields spoke with the same thoughtfulness that made him one of the best linemen of his generation with the Chiefs.
Contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf paid their respects to the icons who paved the way for their success. Wide receiver Tim Brown led chants of “Rai-ders! Rai-ders!” more than a decade after the last of his 1,094 receptions.
The eGolf Tour ended a 13-year run with Ryan Nelson winning the River Hills Classic in Lake Wylie, S.C.
Salisbury’s Frank Adams III tied for 25th. He was 6-over and won $1,150.
Ryan Plourde hit his first home run of the season, but the Greensboro Grasshoppers came from behind for a 7-6 win over the Intimidators on Saturday at NewBridge Bank Park.
Kannapolis (57-54) pounded out 14 hits but dropped its second straight game.