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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.

Intimidators win

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.

CIAA tourney

  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.

Youth soccer

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.

Junior Legion

  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.

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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.

Legion softball

Kannapolis beat Rowan County, 5-4, in a makeup game on Monday. Kannapolis clinched second place  in the division with a 6-6 record.

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