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Area Sports Briefs: Randolph 2-0 in Shelby

  From staff reports

Randolph County stayed unbeaten in the American Legion World Series on Saturday by beating Lewiston, Idaho, 4-1.

All the games have been shortened to seven innings due to weather concerns, a ruling that has not been greeted with enthusiasm by many, including Randolph County coach Ronnie Pugh.

Ryan Webb pitched into the fifth inning  on Saturday, and closer Cameron Reid took it from there.

Peyton Williams had two of Randolph’s five hits. Williams, Dawson Painter and Cameron Morrison had RBIs. Morrison drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt.

Randolph plays Bryant, Arkansas tonight at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Randolph (2-0) is the only unbeaten team in its pool. Idaho and Arkansas are 1-1. Two teams will advance from both of the four-team pools to the semifinals.

New Jersey (0-2) can’t advance from pool play.

Little League softball

Rowan County returns to pool play today at noon against Czech Republic.

Rowan (3-0) will finish first in its pool if it wins today and will tie for first if it loses.

Delaware  beat Utah, 5-4, on Saturday and finished 3-1 in pool play.

Four teams advance from each five-team pool to the eight-team championship bracket.  Bracket play starts on Monday with  televised 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 matchups.

Youth baseball

The Gaston-based Carolina Tigers 14U baseball team won the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League  Inner City Classic held in Greensboro.

The Tigers went 3-1 in pool play and 5-1 in the tournament. They defeated  the Baltimore Rattlers, 17-4, in the championship game.

The Tigers were founded by Salisbury resident  and American Legion Hall of Famer Bill Gillispie. The Tigers are coached by Bill’s son, Travis, who played at Wingate.

The Tigers are dedicated to playing baseball the right way.

Contact  Travis Gillispie at 704-773-6140 or Bill Gillispie at 704-491-1513 for more information on the Tigers. Bill would like to get Salisbury youngsters involved with the program.

Local golf

In the Web.com Cutter Charity Championship in Missouri, Salisbury’s Frank Adams III shot 69 in the first round.

Minor leagues

Bryan Blanton (Catawba) got his first pro win on   Friday.

Blanton, a New York Yankees prospect, struck out three of the four batters he faced in a Gulf Coast League game and lowered his ERA to 0.84.

Blanton has struck out 14 and walked none in 12 outings. He has four saves.


Jake Burger drove in the only run for the Kannapolis Intimidators in a 2-1 loss to Greensboro on Saturday in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.

The second game was suspended after four innings, with Greensboro leading, 1-0.

Pro football

K.P. Parks (West Rowan) is the No. 2 rusher in the German Football League.

Parks has led the Cologne Crocodiles to a 5-4 record by rushing for 115 yards per game. He’s scored 13 TDs in nine games.


Romar Morris (Salisbury, UNC) had 12 carries for 20 yards in the New York Jets’ 7-3 win against Tennessee/

Morris caught three passes for 7 yards,


Chris Smith (West Rowan, Arkansas) had three tackles, one for loss, in Cincinnati’s  23-12 win against Tampa Bay.


Javon Hargrave (North Rowan, S.C. State) had three tackles in Pittsburgh’s 20-12 win against the New York Giants.

Keeon Johnson (A.L. Brown, Virginia) had two catches for 22 yards for the Giants, including a 16-yard reception.


Kalif Phillips (A.L. Brown, Charlotte) carried three times for a net of 4 yards in Green Bay’s 24-9 win against Philadelphia.


The Buffalo Bills have signed former Catawba cornerback Jumal Rolle, 27.

College football

Freshman Kortez Weeks (West Rowan) had a big first scrimmage fo Elon on Friday.

Weeks had a 28-yard reception, a 25-yard TD catch and a 17-yard run.

Pfeiffer HOF

Pfeiffer’s latest Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Sept. 23.

It includes basketball star Terrence Baxter, who is now the associate head coach for Catawba’s women’s basketball.

Baxter scored 1,005 points for the Falcons. He’s third in career assists (590) and second in career steals (281).

Other inductees will be Rick Blackwood (baseball), Eliot Campbell (tennis), Mike Downs (basketball and baseball), Shannon Reid (women’s basketball) and the 2004 baseball team.

The jersey of Nancy Scoggins Janas, all-time leading scorer for women’s basketball with 1,837 points, will be retired  at the Hall of Fame banquet.



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