Area Sports Briefs: Rowan 14U teams pounded out World Series win
From staff and wirereports
A 14-12 loss to Texas on Thursday eliminated Rowan County’s 14U Junior League team from the hunt for a World Series championship, but the girls aren’t giving up.
They pounded out a 19-8 win on Friday against Northern California.
“We still want to win and have to win,” Rowan manager Johnny Meadows said. “We’re the first team from North Carolina to make the Junior League World Series, and I’m just really proud of this team.”
Rowan (4-2) had big innings — five in the second, three in the fourth, seven in the fifth, and four in the sixth to win by the 10-run rule.
Jentri Meadows had four hits, including three doubles. Imara Harrell had four hits and three RBIs. Rylie Warren drove in three runs.
Kali Morton and Annisten Christensen pitched three innings apiece.
Rowan will play its final game in the event today when it takes on host Kirkland, Wash., for the second time in a game for fifth place.
The championship game is going to come down to Canada and Puerto Rico. Texas, a 10-9 loser to Puerto Rico on Friday, will take on Rhode Island for third.
Canada is one of the teams that Rowan beat in pool play.
The Kannapolis Intimidators’ game in Greensbor was suspended on Friday night by weather.
The teams will play two today, starting at 5:05 p.m.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Charcer Burks hit a two-run homer in the third inning, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 5-1 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Friday.
The home run by Burks scored Tyler Pearson to give the Pelicans a 2-0 lead.
Carolina answered in the next half-inning when J.B. Moss hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Keith Curcio to cut the deficit to one.
Former Catawba star Craig Brooks pitched well for the Pelicans in relief and helped hold the lead.
The Pelicans added single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to secure the victory.
Knights shut out
CHARLOTTE— Andy Oliver and four other pitchers combined for a shutout as the Norfolk Tides defeated the Charlotte Knights 6-0 on Friday.
Oliver (2-1) picked up the win after he struck out five and walked four while allowing one hit over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Chris Volstad (6-10) went four innings, allowing three runs and four hits in the International League game.
Pena homered, doubled and singled, driving in three runs and scoring a pair in the win.
The Knights were held scoreless for the 13th time this season, while the Tides’ staff recorded their 12th shutout of the year.
WINSTON-SALEM— D.J. Stewart hit a run-scoring single in the third inning to give the Frederick Keys a 1-0 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday.
Yermin Mercedes scored on the play after he reached base with a single and advanced to third on a single by Erick Salcedo.
Garrett Cleavinger (2-1) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Winston-Salem starter Robinson Leyer (1-3) took the loss in the Carolina League game.