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Area Sports Briefs: Lyerly advances

From staff reports

East Rowan graduate Nick Lyerly won two rounds on Friday in the N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship in Durham.

In the Round of 32, Lyerly won against Charlotte’s Nolan Mills, 3 and 1.

Lyerly won in the Round of 16 against Cary’s Brian Hicks, 6 and 5.

Lyerly, seeded 27th,  will be a freshman at UNC Greensboro. He takes on No. 3 seed Eric Bae  (Wake Forest)in a quarterfinal today at 8:27 a.m.

The semifinals also will be played today.

Little League softball

Rowan Little League’s 12U softball team will fly to the World Series in Portland, Oregon, on Monday morning.

Opening ceremonies are Tuesday. Rowan’s first game is Wednesday night against Utah.

Rowan’s manager is Johnny Meadows. Assistant coaches are Elizabeth Clarke and  Brandon Piper.

Players are  Allie Burns, Emma Clarke, Ashlee Ennis, Lilli Heard, Bentli Meadows, Brooke Kennerly, Brooke Piper, Kendall Robinson, Kenadi Sproul, Karsen Simpson, Cailynn Winford, Madelyn VonCanon and Katie Zocchi.

Minor leagues

  Luis Gonzalez doubled twice, but the Kannapolis Intimidators were shut out, 4-0, at Greensboro on Friday.


Colton Laws (Carson) pitched a shutout inning in his debut for Vancouver on  Thursday.

Wood bat leagues

  Connor Johnson (East Rowan, Catawba) finished his summer in the Northwoods League with a 3-1 record and three saves.

Johnson struck out 49 batters in 39 innings and had an ERA of 1.36.

Legion regional

A 5-4 win against Florida on Friday left Randolph County as the only unbeaten team in the Southeast Regional in Asheboro.

Wilmington stayed alive by winning a 10-7 elimination game slugfest with Georgia.



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