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Area Sports Briefs: Rowan Little League softball teams win

From staff reports

The Rowan Little League Minors team defeated Wilmington on Sunday, 5-2, in a semifinal in the state tournament at North Meck Park in Huntersville.

Campbell Schaen struck out 13 and pitched a complete game.

Olivia Polson’s two-run single boosted a 2-1 Rowan lead to 4-1.   Kennedi Fisher and Ashley Yang smacked doubles.

Rowan will play in the championship game tonight at 6 p.m.

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Kali Morton and Aubrey Tuell combined on a no-hitter as Rowan Little League’s Senior team won   against Northwest Forsyth, 16-0, on Sunday in Pfafftown to take the District 2 championship.

Lucia Barbon’s double gave Rowan a l-0 lead in the first inning.

Rowan had a six-run second inning that included a triple by Ally Young, a double by Hannah Roberts and singles by Ellie Wilhelm and Kary Hales.

Rowan had 14 hits. Young went 3-for-4. Hales, Roberts and Wilhelm had two hits each.

Wood bat leagues

Hunter Shepherd (Catawba) improved his record to 4-0 with the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks on  Saturday. He struck out seven in four innings.

Legion softball

Rowan County plays a makeup doubleheader tonight against Cabarrus County at Carson at 6 p.m.

Rowan also is home on Tuesday against Montgomery County.

Legion baseball

Area 2 semifinalists are Wilmington, Whiteville, Hope Mills and Jacksonville.

Area 1 semifinalists are Pitt County, Wilson, Apex and Garner.

Union County has advanced to the Area IV semifinals.

In Area III, Randolph County starts a series tonight at home at McCrary Park against Davidson County.

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Rowan County will host the 2018 NC-SC Challenge at Newman Park.

Junior Legion

Mocksville will be the host team for the Junior Legion state tournament on July 14-18.

The tournament will be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field.

Admission is  $6 per day, with multiple games played daily.

The eight-team, double-elimination tournament also will include the Area III champion (East Rowan or Concord)

Mocksville previously has competed in state tournaments in  Salisbury (2004) and  Cherryville (2007).

The first game on July 14  will begin at 9 a.m.

At 7 p.m. there will be an opening ceremony that will include military festivities.  Mocksville will play following the ceremony.

Intimidators

J.J Franco came through with a go-ahead double with two outs in the sixth inning to cap a 3-2 comeback win for the Kannapolis Intimidators in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader.

Kannapolis (8-10 second half, 47-39 overall) swept both games from Hagerstown, also winning the opener, 3-2.

Kannapolis has won four in a row and finishes the series with the Suns tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Local golf

The McCanless Couples playes a Captains Choice on Sunday.

Winners were David Huneycutt, Azalee Story and Calvin Smith.

Gene & Mary Seaford and Harry Owens took second place.

Mary Seaford won closest to the pin, while Gene Seaford won longest putt.

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