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Area Sports Briefs: Sweep for Rowan softball

From staff reports

Rowan County’s Legion softball team swept a doubleheader at Carson High on Thursday.

Complete games were turned in by hurlers Maddie Hunter and Haley Strange to spark Rowan to  5-1 and 2-1 victories over Randolph County.

It was the first sweep for second-place Rowan after three splits.

“Two solid games with  good pitching and a lot of good defense,” Rowan manager Todd McNeely said. “We’re starting to mesh a little bit.”

Rowan’s rising ninth-graders did most of the damage.

In the first game, Liza Simmerson homered.

Kary Hales had a two-run single following hits by Simmerson and Ellen Yang.

Taylor Walton’s double was the big blow of the second game, and Anna Blume knocked her in.

Rowan is off until July 10 when it plays Cabarrus County. Cabarrus is 8-0 after sweeping Stanly, 2-0 and 9-0, on Thursday.

Pro football

In seven games, Kevin “KP” Parks (West Rowan) has rushed for 921 yards and scored 14 touchdowns for the Cologne Crocodiles in German pro football.

Parks has produced a pair of four-TD games.

Prep football

The lineup is set for the Carolina Preps Jamboree at Mooresville’s Joe Popp Field on Aug. 11.

The scrimmages start at 5 p.m.

• Lake Norman vs. Richmond County

• Statesville vs. Davie

• North Rowan vs. West Caldwell

• West Rowan vs. Hickory Ridge

• Mooresville vs. Charlotte Christian

Local golf

The McCanless Golf Club hosted the second Junior Mac 9-hole Tournament of the summer on Thursday.

Colby Patterson won the event, shooting 34.

Brodie Perry finished second, shooting 39.  Rian Rian Perry finished third with a 50.

Patterson won Longest Drive on No. 4.

The next event will be Thursday, July 13.

Junior Legion

Cole Hales had three hits and Mason Heard pitched six innings for Carson in a 6-2 loss on Wednesday to  the Davidson County Warriors.


Carson won against West Rowan, 3-0, on Thursday.


Hickory Crawdads first baseman Carlos Garay drove in four runs to lead a 13-2 romp over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Thursday.

Kannapolis (43-33 overall, 4-4 second half) allowed a season-high 18 hits, eight for extra bases.

The first three Crawdads all hit safely and scored to open the game.

  The Intimidators open a four-game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles) tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com.


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