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Area Sports Briefs: Rowan County Jr. Legion edges Carson, teams play decisive game tonight

From staff and wire reports
Rowan County’s Junior Legion team was down to its last out but rallied to win, 5-4, in extra innings against Carson on Wednesday at Staton Field.
Rowan (16-7) scored the tying run in the seventh and the winning run in the ninth to even the series, 1-1.
Jake Davis and McGwire Smith pitched for Rowan. Both struck out four batters. Matt Donahue pitched six innings for Carson and fanned five.
Rowan walked 13 batters in losing Game 1 of the best-of-three series to Carson (25-6) on Monday.
The teams were rained out on Tuesday.
Carson made seven errors in dropping Wednesday’s contest. Rowan made one error.
Karson Beacham had three hits for Carson. Jax Fitz had three hits for Rowan, while Davis had two.
The teams will play the deciding game tonight at Carson at 7 p.m.
The winner will qualify for the Area III championship series and the state tournament.
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Concord beat Randolph County 4-0 on Wednesday to win that Area III semifinal, two games to one. Concord will take on the Rowan-Carson winner.

Legion baseball
Randolph County scored eight runs in the eighth inning and beat Mocksville, 15-6, at McCrary Park on Wednesday.
Randolph took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Randolph won Game 1, 14-7.
Clay Richardson drove in three runs for Randolph, and Randolph took advantage of several Mocksville errors.
Henry Stone had a two-run single for Mocksville. Ryan Harrell had a run-scoring double.
Jalen Scott pitched well early but took the loss. Mocksville left 13 on base.
The teams play Game 3 tonight at 7 at Rich Park.

Parnell returns
The Detroit Tigers recalled right-handed reliever Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) from Triple-A Toledo for Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
Parnell pitched the ninth inning of a 12-2 victory.
Parnell has appeared in 30 games for the Triple-A Mud Hens and has nine saves with a 3.07 ERA.

Intimidators roll
KANNAPOLIS — K.J. Woods homered and had two hits, and Zach Thompson allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Hagerstown Suns 5-0 on Wednesday. With the victory, the Intimidators swept the three-game series.
Thompson (6-3) picked up the win after he struck out six and walked three.
Kannapolis went up 2-0 in the third after Woods hit a solo home run.

Knights win
CHARLOTTE — Jason Bourgeois hit an RBI double in the seventh inning, and Slade Heathcott homered and scored two runs as the Charlotte Knights topped the Pawtucket Red Sox 8-6 on Wednesday.
Jerry Sands (Catawba) hit an RBI single for Charlotte.

China Grove football
Summer football workouts for rising 7th and 8th graders at China Grove Middle School will begin Monday, July 11, from 8-10 a.m. Meet behind the school at the tennis courts. You must have a current physical to participate.
Call 704-224-1909 for information.

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