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Area Sports Briefs: Concord sweeps softball doubleheader from Rowan

From staff and wire reports

Concord swept Rowan County in American Legion softball on Thursday in Granite Quarry.

Concord (12-2, 10-2)  took the first game, 2-1, as Riley Tucker pitched four strong innings   for the win and Madison Michael threw the fifth for a save.

Maranda Benton drove in both Concord runs in the second inning.

Rylie Stewart pitched a complete game for Rowan (3-8) and struck out four.

Olivia Gardner and Brooke Lowery had the only Rowan hits.

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In the second game, Rowan pitcher Haley Strange gave Rowan a chance.

It was 1-all at the end of regulation.   Concord scored four runs in the seventh for a 5-1 win.

Karley Teague got the three outs in the seventhfor Rowan.

Gardner had two hits for Rowan, while Kaitlyn Samples had one.

Sharla Kirkpatrick and Lindsey Powell split pitching duties for Concord, with Powell getting the win.

Post 51 hits had six hits in the nightcap and took advantage of four Rowan errors.

Intimidators

KANNAPOLIS —  MJ Melendez hit a three-run home run in the third inning, leading the Lexington Legends to a 6-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Thursday. With the victory, the Legends snapped a six-game losing streak.

Tyler Zuber struck Craig Dedelow out with a runner on first to end the game for his ninth save of the season.

The home run by Melendez scored Cal Jones and Cristian Perez to give the Legends a 3-0 lead.

The Intimidators tied the game in the sixth inning when Dedelow hit a two-run home run and Tyler Frost hit an RBI single.

The Legends took the lead for good in the seventh when Ricky Aracena hit an RBI single, scoring Dennicher Carrasco.

  Collin Snider (4-5) got the win in relief while Kannapolis starter Yosmer Solorzano (1-5) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

For the Intimidators, Dedelow homered and singled, driving home two runs.

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Craig Brooks (Catawba) got a win on Thursday, throwing two scoreless innings as the Iowa Cubs beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 5-3.

Prep football

Davie’s Peyton Hampton has committed to Army.

Hampton, who has run the ball quite a bit for the War Eagles, is expected to be a college linebacker.

College baseball

DURHAM  — Duke and baseball coach Chris Pollard have agreed to a contract extension through the 2025 season.

Athletic director Kevin White announced the extension Thursday but did not disclose terms, as is customary at the private school.

Pollard has led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons and guided them to the super regionals this year before losing to Texas Tech in three games. Before its appearance in 2016, Duke hadn’t reached the tournament since 1961.

The Blue Devils have won at least 30 games in five straight years and set a program record with 45 victories this year.

Pollard coached Pfeiffer and Appalachian State before taking the reins of the Blue Devils.

Duke extends baseball coach’s contract through 2025

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke and baseball coach Chris Pollard have agreed to a contract extension through the 2025 season.

Athletic director Kevin White announced the extension Thursday but did not disclose terms, as is customary at the private school.

Pollard has led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons and guided them to the super regionals this year before losing to Texas Tech in three games. Before its appearance in 2016, Duke hadn’t reached the tournament since 1961.

The Blue Devils have won at least 30 games in five straight years and set a program record with 45 victories this year.

White says that “what Chris Pollard has accomplished with the Duke Baseball program is nothing short of astonishing.”

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