Local spotlight — East Rowan 12U baseball

Published 1:09 am Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The East Rowan 12U baseball team won two national tournaments in Myrtle Beach to end their season. The team competed in the Top Gun Summer Nationals tournament, July 13-15, against teams from the Southeast and Ohio, outscoring its opponents, 102-17. The team’s final championship was won at the Youth Baseball Nationals tournament, Aug. 3-9, winning nine games by a combined run margin of 132-9. East Rowan also swept the Homerun Derby, Around the Horn and Pitching Velocity competitions.  Morgan Padgett, Nathan Hayworth, Carter Benson and McCall Henderson represented the team in the all-star game to wrap up the tournament. The team was 63-11 during its Fall 2017-Summer 2018 season.  Players, in addition to Padgett, Hayworth, Benson and Henderson, included CJ Gray, Mason Neuhoff, Logan Dyer, Joseph Burleyson, Braden Shive, and Drew Nelson.  Coaches were Chuck Hayworth, Kelly Sparger and Jay Padgett.