Area Sports Briefs: Legion will use pitch limit; ASU rolls
From staff and wire reports
In an effort to minimize arm overuse injuries, American Legion Baseball has changed its pitching rule for the 2017 season.
Legion Baseball has adopted regulations limiting pitchers based on the number of pitches thrown, replacing the previous rule which was focused on innings pitched.
This change is in line with USA Baseball’s Pitch Smart initiative, which includes series of age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries.
“We think they should always follow, in youth baseball, pitch count rules,” said leading surgeon Dr. James Andrews, one of Pitch Smart’s advisors and the founder of the American Sports Medical Institute.
In the Legion senior program (ages 19 and under), pitchers will not be able to exceed 120 pitches in any single day, while pitchers in the junior program (ages 17 and under) may not exceed 105 pitches. Should pitchers hit the limit in the middle of an at-bat, they may finish pitching to that batter before being removed from the position.
Pitchers will not be able to make more than two appearances in any three-day span. In addition, pitchers will have required rest based on the number of pitches thrown in a given day.
Throwing 1-45 pitches in game action requires one day of rest, 46-60 pitches requires two days of rest, 61-75 pitches requires three days of rest and 76 or more pitches will require four days of rest.
Failure to adhere to the pitching rule will lead to the ejection of both the pitcher and the team manager if a protest is filed to the umpire-in-chief.
“Safety is always our top priority and it has become clear that the best way to keep our young pitchers safe is to enact pitch counts at all levels,” said Gary Stone, Legion Baseball chairman.
LAFAYETTE, La. — Taylor Lamb threw for 201 yards and a touchdown, Jalin Moore ran for 106 yards and two scores, and Appalachian State beat Louisiana-Lafayette 24-0 on Wednesday night for the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first home shutout since 2002.
Appalachian State (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) scored on its first four possessions, had a 24-0 lead at halftime and cruised in the second half.
On the Mountaineers’ first offensive play, Shaedon Meadors caught a deep pass from Lamb for a 56-yard gain and Moore punched it in from the 2 for a 7-0 lead. Appalachian State had an 11-play, 92-yard drive on its second drive but settled for a 21-yard field goal. Moore broke free with a cutback for a 41-yard touchdown run and freshman Collin Reed caught his first career touchdown pass from 8 yards out.
Meadors made six catches for a career-high 128 yards for Appalachian State. Lamb completed his first eight passes and was 12 of 16 — including a deflected interception — in the first half. He was just 3 for 10 after halftime.
Price Hall of Fame
The J. C. Price High School Sports Hall of Fame will have its 7th annual induction ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. at Miller Recreation Center on West Bank Street.
The Sports Hall of Fame committee will also honor a Pricean who has made an outstanding contribution to the Salisbury Community.
This honor, The Founder’s Award, is given in memory of Rufus Little, John Mackey and Fred Evans.
Cost for the event is $10.00.
College men’s golf
N.C. State tied for third in the MacKenzie Invitational in California.
Davis Richards (South Rowan) shot 70-72-70 — 212 (1-under) and tied for 35th.
Lincoln Memorial rode a second-round 277 to a win at the State Farm Intercollegiate Men’s Golf Tournament, posting a three-round total of 855.
Catawba had its best round on Tuesday with a 294 and finished 11th with an 897 total.
Mack Sheppard (Hickory Ridge) led Catawba with a 224 total and was 27th. He joined Tyler Mulkey (North Rowan) and Jordan Taylor with 73s on Tuesday. Mulkey had a 225 score and Taylor finished at 226.
The tournament concluded Catawba’s fall slate.
West Rowan recorded an undefeated regular conference season with a 6-0 record and captured the Rowan County Conference championship with a 14-8 win against visiting Knox.
James Wooding scored a touchdown on an 8-yard run. Blake Oliphant scored on a 56-yard TD pass from Noah Loeblein, while Jonny Hernandez added a two point conversion kick.
The West defense was lead by Jason Artis, Hernandez, Drew Taylor, Jaedon Neal, Papa Brush, Loeblein and Glorious Wood.
West will play a non-conference game next Tuesday against North Rowan Middle.
Erwin defeated China Grove, 16-6.
Scoring for the Eagles were Damario Chalk, Darren Jennings, and Dominick Dale.
Garrison Kepley threw two touchdown passes.
Hayden Fann had an interception for the Eagles.
Zach Brink and Azaevion Neal had fumble recoveries. Jasper Rojas forced a fumble.
Erwin defeated China Grove, 18-6.
Scoring for the Eagles were Sammy Pickney, Tayron Frost and Ghavis Shuford. Isaac Hinceman threw a touchdown pass.
The Eagles will play at Southeast next week.
East Carolina won the Pinehurst Challenge.
Grace Yatawara (Salisbury) shot 73-74-74 — 221 and finished 5-over. China Grove native Carley Cox shot 77-73-72 — 222 for the Pirates.
Tusculum finished atop the leaderboard at the Patsy Rendleman Women’s Golf Invitational.
Catawba hosted the two-day event which concluded on Tuesday at the 6,005-yard, par-72 Country Club of Salisbury.
Tusculum followed an opening 305 with a 308 to shoot a 613 and win by five strokes over Wingate.
Catawba took 18 shots off its opening round, finishing Tuesday with a 324 to post a two-round total of 666. Catawba was led by Kaley Barts , who shot rounds of 82 and 80. Her 162 total tied for 32nd.
Catawba will close out its fall schedule next week at the LeeAnn Noble Memorial at the Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega, Ga.
Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association results for Tuesday:
1st — Kristi Laton
2nd — Faye Cline
1st — Susan Houston
2nd — Ruth Bowles
1st — Carolyn Ries
2nd — Susan Wydner
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Pfeiffer’s Nathan Regis as the Division II men’s soccer National Player of the Week.
The NSCAA also released the updated national rankings and Pfeiffer moved up one spot to No. 20 overall.
Pfeiffer won, 5-0, against Barton on Wednesday.
Martim Galvao broke the Pfeiffer all-time record with his 40th career assist.
Santi Moar and Regis scored two goals each for the Falcons (10-2, 6-0 CC).
Catawba ran its winning streak to six matches with a 3-2 victory over host Lees-McRae in men’s soccer action on Wednesday at Tate Field.
The Catawba Indians improved to 8-3, while the Bobcats fell to 3-9.
Christian Watts recorded three saves.
Saint Leo scored three second-half goals to post a 4-1 win over host Catawba on Wednesday at the Frock Soccer Complex.
Catawba (6-4-1) scored first on a goal by Debbie Killian.
In an 8-1 loss to Robinson on Tuesday, Cristyan Cabrera scored for West Rowan. Esteban Trujillo assisted.
Parks and Rec
The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registration for a boys youth basketball leagues for ages 7-15.
Cost is $30 per participant. Registration runs through Oct. 22 at Hall Gym or online at www.salisburync.gov/play. For further information, call 704-638-5289.
Karsyn Mundy of Bunker Hill and Jahmir Smith of Lee County are the NCHSAA Performance of the Week award winners.
North Hills lost to Tri-City Christian 24-26, 14-25 in volleyball.
Elizabeth Jones had five kills and three blocks.
Morgan Humble had four kills. Ashley Mays had two aces.
North Hills won 25-27, 21-24 and 15-13 against Salisbury Academy.
Jones had nine kills and two blocks. Humble had two aces, four kills and four blocks.
Elisabeth Houghton had two kills.
North Hills defeated Sacred Heart 25-15 and 25-17. Jones had three aces and five kills.
Humble had four aces and eight kills. Anna Teague had two aces.
Mid. school tennis
Knox won, 6-3, against West Rowan Middle.
Meredith Burton, Abby Campion, Keeley Watson and Phoebe Hollingsworth won for the Trojans.
Layla Mohammed/Autumn Walser and Burton/Campion won in doubles.
West Rowan Middle won its fifth match on Tuesday with a 5-4 win over Mooresville.
The Bulldogs were led by Lauren Corriher.
She came from behind with singles and doubles wins.
Lacy Waggoner, Hailey Foster and Sierra Simmerson won their single’s matches.