Area Sports Briefs: Kannapolis Legion wins, plays at home tonight
From staff reports
Blake Johnson doubled off the wall in the 10th inning to drive home the tiebreaking run, and the Kannapolis American Legion team won, 6-4, at Winston-Salem on Saturday.
Kannapolis evened the best-of-three, first-round series at a game apiece.
Kannapolis (8-13) hosts Winston-Salem (10-8) tonight at 7 p.m. at Northwest Cabarrus High.
The winner will advance to a second-round series against High Point. That series will start on July 4.
Johnson was the starting pitcher for Kannapolis and worked six innings.
Jacob Tuttle pitched the seventh, while winner Justin Bundy hurled the eighth, ninth and 10th.
Casey Ritchie and Cody Smith sparked the Kannapolis offense.
Rowan County, High Point and Randolph County earned first-round byes.
Rowan County will be at home on July 4 to open a second-round series against the winner of the Mooresville-Davidson County series.
One first-round series was decided on Saturday, with Greensboro sweeping Stanly in a doubleheader to advance.
Kernersville beat Mocksville, 4-3, and those teams will decide their series tonight at Rich Park.
Mooresville beat Davison County, 4-3, and that series will be decided tonight at Lexington’s Holt-Moffitt Field.
Eastern Randolph won 8-2 against Concord. That series will be decided tonight at Mount Pleasant High.
Carson lost to the Davidson Braves, 7-4, on Saturday in Lexington to even that series at a game apiece.
Carson scored twice in the first, but Davidson came back with four runs in the bottom of the first, and then scored three more in the second inning to take control.
Sam Baxley pitched a complete game and also had three hits for Davidson County. Austin Gobble drove in two runs.
The teams will decide the series tonight at Carson at 7 p.m.
The winner advances to play Rowan County in an Area III semifinal series.
Concord wrapped up its series with Southeast Guilford, while Randolph County eliminated the Kannapolis Cardinals.
Concord will host Randolph in the first game of their semifinal series on Monday.
Kannapolis pounded out 10 hits and won, 7-3, at Hickory on Saturday.
Brannon Easterling earned the win as the Intimidators (5-5 second half, 29-51 overall) snapped a three-game skid and halted a streak of eight straight losses to the Crawdads.
Micker Adolfo homered for the Intimidators and drove in three runs.
Will Albertson (Catawba) got his first pro hit on Thursday for the Giants rookies in Arizona.
Joe Peeler (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Rookie League on Tuesday.