Area Sports Briefs: Rowan winning streak stopped by Concord homers

Published 12:49 am Monday, June 27, 2016

From staff reports
Connor Rowland and Drew Yoos smacked three-run homers as Concord rallied to beat Rowan County, 9-8, in American Legion baseball on Sunday night at Mount Pleasant High.
Rowan County (18-8, 6-1) had an eight-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time this season in the Southern Division. It was a big win for Concord (10-9, 5-4), which moved into second place in the six-team division.
Rowan took a 6-0 lead in the first three innings.
Brandon Walton had a two-run single in the first inning, and Trevor Atwood doubled home a run.
Lee Poteat’s RBI single in the second made it 4-0.
In the third, Atwood knocked in another run with a sac fly and Chandler Blackwelder’s single helped push the lead to 6-0.
But Sam Rodgers stabilized Concord on the mound, and Post 51 scored the next nine runs — six in the fourth and three in the fifth — while knocking out Rowan starter Sawyer Strickland (3-2).
Six of those Concord runs scored on two swings by Yoos, a Catawba football signee, and Rowland, who signed with Lenoir-Rhyne’s baseball program.
John Owen and Hunter Shepherd pitched well in relief for Rowan.
Rowan tried to come back late. Tanner File’s bases-loaded walk in the seventh cut the deficit to 9-7, and Hunter Shepherd’s RBI single in the eighth made it 9-8.
But Rowan couldn’t score in the ninth.
Rowan is off tonight and then plays three straight nights to close the regular season.
Rowan plays Mocksville Wednesday and travels to Kannapolis on Thursday.

Rowan 312 000 110 — 8
Concord 000 630 00x — 9

Junior Legion
Carson won again on Sunday, holding off the Kannapolis Cardinals, 7-5, to move to 21-3.
Luke Barringer, Daniel Leonard and Brycen Holshouser had two hits each and drove in two runs each as Carson built a 7-0 lead.
Carson starting pitcher Matt Donahue shut out Kannapolis the first five innings.
Kannapolis got four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Intimidators fall
Two Kannapolis Intimidators errors opened the door for four unearned runs, and the Delmarva Shorebirds won, 5-3,on Sunday in South Atlantic League baseball.
Kannapolis (3-1 in the second half) missed an opportunity to sweep a four-game series for the first time since 2014.
Bradley Strong hit a two-run homer for the Intimidators.
The Intimidators open a three-game series against the Rome Braves tonight at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. for Belly Buster Monday.

State Games
South Rowan’s Taylor Mauldin played in the Powerade State Games.
She played for the South team that won the bronze medal.
Mauldin is a sophomore and made the all-county team.

Local golf
The McCanless Couples played Captain’s Choice on Sunday.
1st Place: Jim & Susan Wydner and Rodger Snider
2nd Place: Lexie Miller, Gene & Mary Seaford
Closest to the pin: Mary Seaford Longest Putt: Mary Seaford

Parks and Rec
Salisbury Parks and Recreation has a volleyball camp set for June 27-30 from 9 until noon at Hall Gym. The instructor is Mallory Hodge. The cost is $30. The camp is for ages 8-14. Register online at or call 704-638-5289.