Area Sports Briefs: Harrison pitches shutout for Rowan County
From staff and wire reports
Joe Harrison, a lefty from North Rowan, got the Rowan County American Legion baseball team back on track on Sunday.
Harrison went the distance in a six-inning, 10-0, win against Lancaster, S.C., as Rowan salvaged a game in the NC-SC Challenge at Asheboro’s McCrary Park.
Rowan dropped two games on Saturday.
Harrison struck out two, walked none and allowed only two hits to record his first Legion win. He was 5-0 with North during the high school season.
Caleb Link knocked in the first three runs for Rowan (11-7) with a run-scoring single and a two-run triple.
Dalton Lankford got Link home from third with a groundout to make it 4-0.
Seth Cauble had a run-scoring single, Tanner File contributed a two-run single for a 7-0 lead, and Lankford drew a bases-loaded walk as Rowan stretched the lead to 8-0.
Rowan plays Mocksville at Rich Park tonight in a divisional game. Rowan is 2-0 in the division.
Blake Johnson pitched seven strong innings as Kannapolis beat Mooresville, 9-2, on Sunday.
Cody Smith and Bo Corriher walloped home runs for Kannapolis. Smith, Corriher, Casey Ritchie and Hunter Travis had two hits each.
Jose Pujols slugged his third home run of the series for the Lakewood BlueClaws in a 7-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Sunday afternoon at First Energy Park.
The Intimidators went 1-6 on the road trip.
The Intimidators (24-46) had several standout defensive plays and cut down two runners at the plate.
Next is the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
The Intimidators are at home on Thursday against Delmarva.
The McCanless Couples played a Captain’s Choice on Sunday.
The first-place team was Jim & Susan Wydner and Gene & Mary Seaford.
The second-place team was Ty & Beverly Cobb and Azalee Story.
Gene Seaford won closest to the pin, while Story won longest putt.
Hornish wins in Iowa
NEWTON, Iowa — Sam Hornish Jr. won three IndyCar championships and an Indianapolis 500 before fading into obscurity as a NASCAR driver.
Hornish, just six days after accepting an offer to race for the first time in 2016 in the vaunted No. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing, led 183 of 250 laps for a dominant win at the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway.
Hornish picked up his first win in two years, which also came at Iowa’s 0.875-mile oval. But Sunday was the first time Hornish’s three children were able to see him win, fittingly on Father’s Day.
“I can’t tell you what this means to me. I worked so hard to try to get a win when I had my kids here,” Hornish said.
Hornish was briefly pushed by Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski on a restart with 27 laps to go. But Hornish held on to the outside groove for his fourth career Xfinity series win.
Dillon was second, followed by Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman.
Pole sitter Erik Jones had issues with the No. 20 car all afternoon.