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Area Sports Briefs: Randolph next for Rowan County, series starts Saturday

From staff reports

Randolph County rolled again on Wednesday, beating Davidson County, 10-0, to sweep a best-of-five Area III semifinal series.

Randolph ended the game in eight innings and has won 12 games in a row.

Randolph (26-7) punched its ticket for the state tournament in Greenville and will open  the best-of-three Area III championship series against Rowan County at Newman Park at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Bobby Weary pitched six innings to earn the win, allowing no runs on three hits with five strikeouts.

Cam Morrison, Catawba College’s backup catcher this season, went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and led a 15-hit attack.

Dawson Painter drove in four runs.

Jaxon Snider, Bryce Marsh, Ryan Hill and  Painter had two hits. Trevor Marsh had a triple.

Randolph had six straight hits in the second inning and scored five runs to take control.

Davidson County loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the second, but Weary got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.

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Besides Rowan County and Randolph County, host Pitt County, Garner, Hope Mills and Wilmington have qualified for the state tournament.

Semifinal action continues in Area  IV, with Union County battling Shelby and the Gaston Braves playing Cherryville.

The Braves hit five homers and won the first game of that series on Wednesday.

Intimidators

The Greenville Drive scored eight runs in the first three innings and routed visiting Kannapolis, 12-2, on Wednesday.

Greenville pounded 16 hits, seven of the doubles.

Luis Martinez took the loss for Kannapolis (47-41, 8-12).

Micker Adolfo and Luis Gonzalez had two hits. Jake Burger had a double.

Granger Studdard paced the Drive, going 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs.

The series continues tonight.

Wood bat leagues

Mooresville Spinners second baseman Ross Hoffner (Montreat, Davie County) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored a run in an 11-1 win against the Carolina Coyotes on Tuesday.

Little League softball

Rowan Little League will host the Southeast Regional tournaments on July 20-26 for the 12-14 and 13-16 age groups.

Rowan will have a team in the 13-16 division.

Junior Legion

The state tournament in Mocksville starts on Friday, with tournament passes available for $25 and  daily passes available for $6.

South Caldwell takes on East Carteret in Friday’s 9:30 a.m. opener.

The 12:30 game pits Rutherfordton against Bear Grass.

In the 4:30 contest,  Area III champ Concord battles Ahoski.

In the 7:30 game, host Mocksville takes on Morehead City at Rich Park.

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