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Area Sports Briefs: Powell leads Barnstomers to title; Kannapolis Legion wins again

From staff  and wire reports

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Livingstone quarterback Drew Powell completed 12 of 16 passes for 178 yards and four TDs, leading the Iowa Barnstormers past the Sioux Falls Storm, 42-38, in the Indoor Football League’s United Bowl championship here Saturday night.

Powell, the league’s MVP, also rushed for 48 yards and a score. Wideout Ryan Balentine, who caught three TD passes from Powell, was voted the United Bowl MVP.

The Barnstormers scored with 13 seconds remaining to win the title, on an 8-yard run by Jamal Tyler.

A story on Powell is upcoming in The Post.

Kannapolis Legion

Kannapolis Post 115 got a lot of production from the lower part of the lineup and beat Winston-Salem, 8-4, on Sunday at Mount Tabor High.

Kannapolis leads the best-of-five series, 2-0.

Rohan Handa (6-1) was the winning pitcher, with Michael Harrell earning a  save with three sharp innings.

Chase Orrock’s two-run homer was the key blow as  Kannapolis moved out to an early  5-0 lead. After Winston-Salem fought back to 5-4, Ryan O’Kelly had a two-run double to provide some breathing room.

Handa and Andrew Dayvault had two RBIs each. Jacob Tuttle scored three runs, while Cord Butler had two hits and scored twice.

Kannapolis  (14-8) will go for a sweep tonight at home at 7 p.m.

The winner of this series will play Randolph Post 45   in the Area III semifinals.


More Area III Legion: Randolph sweeps; High Point takes 2-1 lead

Randolph County Post 45 finished off Greensboro on Sunday, but not without a struggle.

Randolph led 8-2 heading to the seventh inning at McCrary Park in Asheboro. Greensboro scored five runs in the seventh, but Randolph held on, 8-7, for a sweep in the best-of-five series.

Ryan Waltman and Ruben Santos drove in three runs each for Greensboro Post 53.

Dawson Painter had two RBIs for Randolph and scored three runs.  Braxton Davis pitched into the sixth for the win. Travis Winslow struck out the last two hitters for a save.

Randolph will host the Kannapolis-Winston-Salem winner in the first game of the Area III semifinals on July 12.


High Point pulled away from Davidson County for a 7-2 win on Sunday and took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series.

Landen Smith pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts. Dylan Ward homered and drove in three runs. Game 4 is at Holt-Moffitt Field in Lexington tonight.


KANNAPOLIS—  Jhailyn Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, driving in Simon Muzziotti with the go-ahead run, as the Lakewood BlueClaws beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 4-3 on Sunday.

Little League softball

Rowan Little League defeated Boiling Springs, 13-5, in the 10U state tournament in Sylva.

Andie Evans was the winning pitcher.  Kennedi Fisher had two hits, including a homer.   Olivia Polson had three hits. Charlotte Jones had 2 RBIs.

Wood bat leagues

Bryan Ketchie (West Rowan, Catawba) pitched six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks  in Futures Collegiate Baseball League on Saturday.

Ketchie is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA.

Local golf

In McCanless Couples play on Sunday, the team of Gene & Mary Seaford, JJ & Susan Wydner and Terrol Kendall slipped past the competition.

  Kristi Laton, Harry Owens and David & Azalee Huneycutt came in second.

Owens had longest putt, while  Kendall had closest to the pin.


George Mason graduate Eric Edwards (Salisbury)  was named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors  All-State University Division men’s golf second team for the second straight year.

Edwards finished his collegiate career as a three-time all-conference pick and set or tied 11 George Mason records, including most career birdies (312) and most par or better rounds (43). His 71.70 stroke average in 2016-17 set the program’s single-season scoring record.



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