Area Sports Briefs: Shepherd, Walton pound Kernersville

Published 1:08 am Wednesday, June 8, 2016

From staff reports
Hunter Shepherd walloped three doubles and had four hits to pace Rowan County to an 18-12 win at Kernersville on Tuesday in American Legion baseball.
Rowan (7-3) hammered out 17 hits in the slugfest.
Brandon Walton hit a three-run homer in the first inning to get Rowan started and finished with four RBIs.
Trevor Atwood had a two-run double. Lee Poteat had a two-run single.
Rowan scored nine runs in the third inning and built a 14-3 lead.
Kernersville fought back to 14-10 with a seven-run sixth that included a grand slam before Rowan finally put the game away.
Rowan used five pitchers — Hayden Setzer, Caleb Link, Colby Myrick, Olen Stamper and Joe Harrison.
Link (1-0), who relieved Setzer in the fourth, got credit for the win.
Rowan plays at Newman Park against Mooresville tonight and hosts Eastern Randolph on Thursday.
High Point Post 87 hit three homers and got shutout pitching from Steve Guy and romped 10-0 against Kannapolis in eight innings on Tuesday.

Showcase baseball
The South Charlotte Panthers 2017 will face the EvoShield Canes National team on Saturday, June 11, at BB&T Park in Winston Salem
Gametime is 1 p.m. Admission is free for the nine-inning contest.
The Canes are the top-ranked travel team in the country and have several of the nation’s best prospects.
West Rowan’s Austin Love and Carson’s Owen White are both scheduled to pitch for the Panthers.
White will graduate in 2018 but plays up on the 2017 team.
Charlotte Catholic’s Matthew Stevens, grandson of Salisbury’s Lou Pressutti, also plays for the Panthers.
The Panthers are 7-0.
The team is coached by A.L. Brown’s Empsy Thompson, with South Rowan’s Brett Stirewalt assisting.
The South Charlotte Panthers 2018 team that includes Cameron Prugh (Carson); Maddux Holshouser (Carson) and Clayton Gilmore (AL Brown) is off to a 6-0 start.

Greenville’s Kyri Washington hit a three-run homer to give the Drive a 5-2 win and a sweep of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Intimidators Stadium.
Washington had two homers and six RBIs to lead the sweep of the Intimidators, who fell to 22-36.
The Intimidators wrap up the series against the Drive tonight at 7:05 p.m.

College basketball
Pfeiffer men’s coach Jeremy Currier announced the signing of 6-foot-1 guard Alex Greer, of West Wilkes.
Greer averaged 21.7 points per game as a senior and amassed 2,213 points in his high school career and was a two-time Wilkes County Player of the Year.
“Alex is a natural scorer and an extremely hard worker,” Currier said.

Strong relief work in the eighth and ninth by Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) helped Detroit beat Toronto, 3-2, in 10 innings on Tuesday.
Parnell struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.