Area Sports Briefs: Sands is player of the week in Eastern League
From staff reports
PORTLAND, ME — Richmond Flying Squirrels’ first baseman Jerry Sands (Catawba) has been selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of July 2-8.
Sands, 30, hit .429 (9-for-21) with five doubles, two home runs, five RBIs, six runs scored, two walks, and a .952 slugging percentage in six games last week. Sands, who hit 61 homers at Catawba in three seasons (2006-2008), reached base at least once in all six games he played in last week and had at least one extra-base hit in five of those games.
Sands’ great week included a pair of games in which he came a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs in a 7-6 loss at Harrisburg on July 3rd and going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a 6-2 win against Akron on Saturday night.
Sands (6-4, 225) was signed by the San Francisco Giants as a minor league free agent on June 3, 2017. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2008 draft and has played in MLB games with the Dodgers, Indians, White Sox and Rays.
Sands grew up in Clayton, N.C., and lives in the Raleigh area during the offseason.
KANNAPOLIS, — Craig Dedelow hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning, leading the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 6-2 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws on Monday.
College women’s golf
UNC Pembroke’s Alexandria Bare (South Rowan) is a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar.
A total of 1,011 student-athletes across Division I, II & III, NAIA and NJCAA met the 3.50 GPA criteria.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors Tournament Sub-Committee has formally launched the bidding process to identify the next host location of the annual CIAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament for 2021.
The selected city will serve as the official tournament location for a three-year term, from 2021-2023.
The CIAA Tournament has been in Charlotte since 2006 and will continue its existing agreement with the city through 2020.
Cannon School’s Mitch Jeter, who is from Salisbury, has been invited to play with a junior travel soccer team that will be playing and training in England for 10 days.
Jeter will tour Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, see an Arsenal game, and play two games against top junior teams from England.
Mocksville beat East Rowan, 10-3, at Rich Park on Monday in the first game of a best-of-three Area III semifinal series.
East Rowan is home at Staton Field tonight at 7 p.m. for Game 2.
Randolph County Red topped Concord, 4-3, in the first game of a best-of-three Area III semifinal series.
Concord is home for Game 2 tonight at 7 p.m.
Kannapolis beat Rowan County, 5-4, in a makeup game on Monday. Kannapolis clinched second place in the division with a 6-6 record.