Area Sports Briefs: Rowan Little League 12U girls romp in first regional game

Published 12:39 am Friday, July 29, 2016

From staff and wire reports
Rowan Little League’s 12U softball team won easily, 13-2, against the West Virginia champs in Thursday’s first round of the Southeastern Regional in Warner-Robins, Ga.
The Rowan team has many of the girls who were World Series champs last summer. Rowan already has defended district and state titles. A regional victory would mean a return trip to the World Series.
Taylor Walton pitched three innings, striking out four, and Kary Hales pitched the last two innings for Rowan. Walton and Allison Ennis drove in three runs each.
Rowan took a 2-0 lead in the second on a hit by Ellie Wilhelm and two errors.
Rowan’s six-run third broke the game open. Walton started the inning with a hit and scored on a single by Brooke Kennerly. Tate Barger had a two-run double to make it 5-0, and a two-run double by Ennis made it 7-0. A single by Hales pushed the lead to 8-0.
West Virginia scored twice in the bottom of the third on an error.
Rowan scored five runs in the fifth. Ennis had a run-scoring hit and Walton had a two-run double. A double by Bentli Meadows made it 13-2, and Rowan stopped West Virginia in the bottom of the inning to win by the mercy rule.
Rowan plays at 11 a.m. today against Irmo, S.C.
The Rowan 14U team opens play in the Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Wash., on July 31 against the Philippines.

Prep football
Coaches for the 2017 East-West All-Star football, basketball and soccer games and the Carolinas Basketball Classic were announced on Thursday.
Head football coaches are Kings Mountain’s Greg Lloyd and Scotland’s Richard Bailey.
Davie’s Devore Holman was named as one of the West assistants.
Head basketball coaches will be Hoggard’s Brett Queen and North Forsyth’s Sean Vestal for the boys and Jack Britt’s Nattlie McArthur and Northern Guilford’s Kim Furlough for the girls.

Local golf
The Country Club of Salisbury hosted the inaugural Challenge Cup.
Participants were from the Corbin Hills Ladies Golf Association, the McCanless LGA and the Country Club of Salisbury Women’s Golf Association.
Winners were Beth Calhoun, Phyllis Durland, Susan Morris, Carolyn Ries, Eileen Full and Monica Green of the Corbin Hills Ladies Golf Association.
Susan Wydner, Bev Cobb, Kristi Laton, Faye Cline, Lee Ann Daily and Cindy Carmazzi played for the Country Club of Salisbury.
Sharon Miller, Robin Leslie, Tammie Drew, Mary Seaford, Azalee Story and Susan Houston represented McCanless.
In the Carolinas Junior Golf Championship in Blythewood, S.C., Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, S.C., shot 69-68-68 — 205 and won by nine strokes.
Cannon School’s Michael Childress closed with three straight birdies to offset a triple bogey on 14 and shot 77-74-75 — 226 for the tournament to tie for 33rd.
Cannon’s Tim Bunten tied for sixth, shooting 73-69-76 — 218.
In the Carolinas Junior Girls Championship at Thomasville’s Colonial Country Club , Emily Hawkins of Lexington shot 69-74-71 — 214 and won the title in a playoff. She also won the Carolina Junior Girls crown.

Intimidators split
KANNAPOLIS,— Justin Twine hit a three-run double, leading the Greensboro Grasshoppers to a 4-2 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
The double by Twine capped a four-run inning.
Kannapolis went up by two after K.J. Woods and Bradley Strong hit solo home runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
The teams split the doubleheader after Kannapolis won the first game 2-1.

South Rowan Y
South Rowan YMCA has a basketball camp instructed by Damien Argrett on Aug. 8-11 from 8 until 3 daily. Argrett is a former South Rowan star who was an All-American at Pfeiffer and played pro ball overseas.
The cost is $95 for members and $115 for potential members. Participants will receive a T-shirt, snack and lunch.
Registration for youth fall soccer for ages 3-14 is open now through Sept. 3.
Girls middle school volleyball registration for grades 6-8 is open through Sept. 3 .
Cost for soccer and volleyball is $42 for members and $70 for potential members. Contact Carvie Kepley at 704-857-7011, or

Parks and Rec
Salisbury Parks and Rec is offering a men’s softball open league. A coaches meeting is Aug. 28 at Hall Gym at 6 p.m.
Parks and Rec is offering a soccer camp Aug. 8-11 from 9 until noon at Hall Gym for ages 7-14. Frankie Cardelle is instructing. The cost is $30.
A youth indoor soccer league at Hall Gym starts in September. The cost is $20. The league is for boys and girls, ages 4-8.
A youth volleyball league for grades 4-8 starts at Hall Gym in September.
The cost is $25. Register online at or call 704-638-5289.