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Area Sports Briefs: Jankowski called up to majors

From staff reports

Former Catawba College pitcher Jordan “J.J.” Jankowski has been called up to the major leagues by the Houston Astros.

Jankowski, 28, spent 2 1/2 seasons at Triple-A Fresno before getting the call to the majors.

Jankowski, who’s been in big league Spring Training the past three years, has appeared in 17 games at Fresno and allowed 13 hits, three earned runs and nine walks and struck out 22 in 19 innings, with a 1.42 ERA. He’s a fastball/slider pitcher.

Jankowski transferred to Catawba from Miami (Ohio). He went 8-2 with a 2.78 ERA  and 88 strikeouts in the 2011 season and was 9-2 with a 3.79 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 2012.

Jankowski, a  34th-round pick in 2012, is married. The couple is expecting a child this summer.


  Tuesday evening’s game between the Kannapolis Intimidators and Greenville Drive was postponed due to unplayable field conditions at Intimidators Stadium.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader  today at 10:05 a.m.

The doubleheader will be two 7-inning games.  Gates open   at  9 a.m.  for Education Day.

Prep boys golf

East Rowan’s Nick Lyerly is the South Piedmont Conference Golfer of the Year.

  East’s Bryson Sprinkle and William Garland; South Rowan’s Parker Chavis and Andrew Coward, and Carson’s Zain Tucker and Patrick Street made All-SPC.

East’s Rhett Teems is the SPC Coach of the Year after guiding East to the championship.

Prep softball

West Rowan’s Parker Green and Mary Sobataka; East Rowan’s Caroline Johnson and Maddie Trexler; Carson’s Madison Barnhart and Rylie Stewart, and South Rowan’s Brooke Lowery and Whitley Arnott were named to the All-South Piedmont Conference team.

Player of the Year: Lindsey Powell – Hickory Ridge

Pitcher of the Year: Breezy Yelton – Hickory Ridge

Coach of the Year: Patrick Helms – Hickory Ridge

Champion: Hickory Ridge

Prep girls soccer

South Rowan’s Madison Henry and Carson’s Hannah Smith were named to the All-South Piedmont Conference soccer team.

Player of the Year: Kursten Von Klahr – Northwest

Goalkeeper of the Year – Annie Miller – Hickory Ridge

Coach of the Year – Harold Von Klahr – Northwest

Champion: Cox  Mill

Prep boys tennis

East Rowan’s Robert Gray and Carson’s Hunter Smith made the All-SPC boys tennis team.

Player of the Year:  Nolan Martino – Robinson

Coach of the Year: Andy Highsmith – Robinson

Champion: Cox MIll



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