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Area Sports Briefs: Rowan softball splits

From staff reports

Rowan County’s softball team split its third straight  Legion doubleheader on Tuesday at Montgomery County.

Rowan  was one out away from a Game 1 win and had a three-run lead, but Montgomery rallied in the final inning of regulation (the fifth).

“We were in control,” Rowan manager Todd McNeely said. “Then they got a bloop and a couple of walks and tied it up.”

Montgomery won 6-5 in extra innings with the aid of a controversial call.

Montgomery scored in extra innings on a slow roller down the third-base line. Rowan third baseman Ellen Yang let the ball roll foul, but the umpire ruled she touched it, and a run scored.

“She didn’t touch it and she made the right play,” McNeely said. “Just a tough break.”

Brooke Lowery hit a two-run homer for Rowan in the first game.


In the second game, Rowan bounced back behind pitcher Taylor Walton and won 11-3.

Walton pitched a complete game.

Maddie Trexler started the game off with a triple and  scored when the throw to third got away.

Walton, Lowery and Liza Simmerson had consecutive doubles to key a big inning.

“We haven’t had a lot of chances to practice, and I don’t think we’ve played the way we’re capable of playing  yet, but I’m pleased with what’s been going on,” McNeely said.

Rowan split at Randolph and at home against Stanly.   A doubleheader against Cabarrus was postponed.

Rowan plays at home against Randolph County on Thursday. The doubleheader starts at 6 p.m. Games are five innings.


Stanly swept Randolph on Tuesday.

Local golf

THOMASVILLE — The first round of the 50th North Carolina Junior Boys Championship was concluded on Tuesday with 19 golfers in a playoff for the last five spots.

The event, at Colonial Country Club, used stroke play during the first round to go from 149 golfers to 64. The remaining players started match play this morning.

Michael Childress, of Salisbury, is the only local player to advance to match play. Childress, a senior at Cannon School, shot a 3-over par 74, tying for 33rd place.

Childress faces Graham Chase, of Charlotte, today, teeing off at 8:35 a.m.

Also attempting to reach the round of 64 were Rockwell’s Bryson Sprinkle, Salisbury’s Charlie Barr and China Grove’s Parker Chavis. Neither made the cut — Sprinkle carding a 77, Barr with a 78 and Chavis at 81.

Spencer Oxendine, of Fayetteville, was medalist during Tuesday’s stroke play with a 3-under par 68.


Fifty-six GARS members played in foursomes in an ABCD tournament at Lexington Golf Club.

‘A’ Flight winner was Bobby Clark with a net of 65.90. ‘B’ Flight winner was Frank Masingo with a net of 66.13. ‘C’ Flight winner was John Cress with a net of 68.96. ‘D’ Flight winner was Denny Wenker with a net of 67.77.

Low gross was a 76 shot by Gordon Correll.

Frank Masingo, 81, shot an 81; Clive Mahaffey, 81, shot a 79; Buddy Barger, 83, shot an 81; Lou Manning, 83, shot a 79; O.J. Chandler, 87, shot an 80, and J.C. Ritchie, 92, shot an 84.

Corbin Hills

In a Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association event on Tuesday, 18 holes were played but only nine counted.

First Flight

Low Gross    Treva Honeycutt

Low Net —  Beth Calhoun

Second Flight

Low Gross — Mary Seaford

Low Net — Cindy Carmazzi

Third Flight

Low Gross —  Bev Cobb

Low Net — Anne Saunders

Low Putts —  Becky Isenhour

Wood bat leagues

Hunter Shepherd (Catawba) is 3-0 in the Futures League for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks. Shepherd struck out seven in six innings on  Tuesday.

Junior Legion

Bryson Wagner pitched five shutout innings to lead East Rowan to a 12-0 win against West Rowan on Tuesday.

“We didn’t have much pitching left, playing as many games as we have in the last week, and we were really concerned about it,” East coach Brian Hightower said. “But Bryson threw great. He was jamming guys and blowing guys away.”

Corbin Moss had two doubles for East.

Charlie Klingler, Wagner and Jax Fitz had two hits each.  Fitz pitched the sixth.

East stayed unbeaten.

Intimidators fall

  Ben Wright struck out a career-high six batters in relief, but the Intimidators fell to the Hickory Crawdads, 7-2, on Tuesday night at Intimidators Stadium.

Kannapolis (4-2 second half, 43-31 overall) fell behind early as Hickory scored in each of the first four frames to chase Kannapolis starting pitcher Yosmer Solorzano.

Hickory starting pitcher Kyle Cody (3-6) struck out nine batters.

The Intimidators continue the series against the Crawdads tonight at 7:05 p.m.




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