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Area Sports Briefs: Rowan 14U softball starts World Series play; 12U in regional action

From staff and wire reports
The Rowan Little League 14U softball team starts pool play today in the World Series in Kirkland, Wash.
The team, managed by Johnny Meadows, will take on the Philippines today at 5:45 p.m.
Rowan’s five-team pool also includes Canada, Ohio and host Kirkland. Rowan plays Monday at 4:45 p.m. against Ohio.
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The Rowan Little League 12U softball team returns to action today at 12:30 p.m. against Tennessee in the Southeast Regional in Warner-Robins, Ga.
Rowan romped against West Virginia and South Carolina in its first two games.
The seven-team field has been reduced to four, with Rowan and Tennessee still unbeaten. Georgia and Virginia have a loss apiece and face each other in an elimination game this afternoon.
If Rowan loses at 12:30 today, it would play again at 6:30 against the Georgia-Virginia winner.

Minor leagues
KANNAPOLIS— Justin Twine had four hits, while Angel Reyes and Roy Morales recorded three apiece as the Greensboro Grasshoppers beat the Kannapolis Intimidators, 11-2, on Saturday.
Twine doubled and singled three times, driving home three runs. Reyes doubled and singled twice, scoring three runs.
Greensboro scored in six different innings in the victory, including the fifth, when it put up four runs, including a two-run single by Twine.
For the Intimidators, Bradley Strong doubled and singled twice.
Knights lose
CHARLOTTE— Ronny Rodriguez homered twice and singled, driving in four runs and scoring three as the Columbus Clippers beat the Charlotte Knights 11-2 on Saturday.
Yhoxian Medina doubled and singled twice with four RBIs for Columbus.
Jerry Sands (Catawba) drove in a run for the Knights with a single.
Loss for Dash
WINSTON-SALEM— Taylor Murphy hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and Anthony Santander homered and drove in two as the Lynchburg Hillcats topped the Winston-Salem Dash 5-2 on Saturday.
Parnell update
Bobby Parnell (East Rowan) pitched a scoreless inning Saturday to finish off Toledo’s win against Gwinnett.

Local golf
In the first round of the club championship at Warrior on Saturday, Jared Barnette shot 65. Justin Lefler shot 67, while Richard Cobb and Davis Richards shot 68s. Jake Kennedy (69), Mike Mills (69), Andrew Purcell (70) and Joey Boley (71) also are in the Championship Flight.
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The 48th Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship, a 72-hole stroke-play event, comes to Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento on Aug. 1-4 as 93 of the nation’s top boys vie for the Robert Trent Jones Trophy.
East Rowan’s Nick Lyerly will be in the event.
Held since 1969, the Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship renowned as the nation’s largest junior stroke-play golf tournament.

East Rowan Y
Register for Mighty Kicker soccer, boys and girls, ages 3-4, before Sept. 3. Cost is $42 for members and $70 for non-members.
Practices start the week of Sept. 12. Contact Joe Finney at jfinney@rowanymca.org.

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