Area Sports Briefs: World Series starts Thursday in Shelby, Rowan plays early

Published 1:02 am Monday, August 8, 2016

From staff and wire reports

American Legion baseball teams qualified through eight separate regional finals on Sunday for the World Series that gets under way Thursday at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby.
Rowan County (38-11) will represent the Southeast Region and will open play on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. against Great Lakes Region champ Rockport, Ind. (31-2).
Salisbury went to the World Series in 1955 and Rowan County made the big dance in 1993 and 2009.
The Mid-South champion won’t be crowned today as the finalists enountered weather issues on Sunday.
The Kennewick, Wash., team has won 54 games.
W.S. qualifiers
Mid-Atlantic: Leesburg, Va. Northeast: Cumberland, R.I.
Mid-South: Bryant, Ark. or Texarkana, Ark., playing on Monday
Great Lakes: Rockport, Ind. Central Plains: Omaha, Neb.
Northwest: Kennewick, Wash.
Western: San Mateo, Calif.

Little League softball
The Rowan Little League softball team starts pool play in the 12U World Series in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. game (Eastern) against the Canadian champs from British Columbia.

Carson’s Bobby Bauer and C.J. Guest finished eighth in the high school national bass fishing championships.

GREENSBORO — Luis Martinez allowed just three hits over six innings, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators over the Greensboro Grasshoppers in a 1-0 win on Sunday.
Martinez (6-8) picked up the win after he struck out seven and walked two.
The game’s only run was scored in the second inning when Micker Adolfo hit a solo home run.
Ben Meyer (4-8) went four innings, allowing one run and four hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out two and walked one. Ian Hamilton pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his fourth save of the season.
The Grasshoppers were held scoreless for the ninth time this season, while the Intimidators’ staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.

CHARLOTTE— Joe Gunkel and three other pitchers combined for a shutout as the Norfolk Tides defeated the Charlotte Knights 4-0 on Sunday.
Gunkel (7-9) went 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out five and walking one to get the win.
Anthony Ranaudo (6-4) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits in the International League game. He also struck out four and walked one.

WINSTON-SALEM — Cameron Kneeland hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, leading the Frederick Keys to a 5-2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash on Sunday.
Michael Zouzalik got Michael Suiter to fly out with runners on second and third to end the game for his ninth save.

The double by Kneeland came in the midst of a five-run inning and gave the Keys a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning, Austin Wynns hit an RBI single and Kneeland scored on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the third, Winston-Salem scored on a sacrifice fly by Mason Robbins that brought home Suiter. In the following at-bat, Nick Basto hit an RBI single, scoring Gerson Montilla to give the Dash a 2-0 lead.

TJ Olesczuk doubled and singled twice for Frederick.

Frederick right-hander Franderlin Romero (5-4) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits over five innings. Opposing starter Zach Thompson (2-3) took the loss in the Carolina League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and nine hits over four innings.