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Area Sports: Bullpen lifts Rowan Legion to first victory

From staff and wire reports

GIBSONVILLE — Rowan County’s American Legion team looked overmatched for most of Monday’s road game aginst Greensboro Post 53, but Rowan wound up winning it in 11 tense innings.

Rowan was no-hit until the top of the seventh, but still managed to rally.

Greensboro hurler Cameron Edmonds shut down Rowan’s offense for six innings, although Rowan managed to scratch out a run in the third to trail 5-1 going to the seventh.

Chandler Lippard’s double to open the seventh broke up the no-hitter. Daniel Durham made it two doubles in a row, and it was 5-2.

When the Greensboro first baseman couldn’t handle a hard-hit grounder by JT Fecteau, Rowan had two men on. Daniel Sell’s hit made it 5-3. Fecteau scored on a wild pitch to narrow the gap to 5-4. Jordan Goodine’s clutch hit made it 5-all.

Rowan starting pitcher Bryson Wagner walked five and walked in two runs, as Rowan fell into that early hole. Reliever Jonathan Spy allowed two runs.

But Rowan got some great bullpen work from Jake Davis, who stopped Greensboro in the seventh and eighth, and from Scout Nichols, who rolled through  the ninth,  10th and 11th to earn the win.

Rowan (1-1) missed some chances, but finally scored in the 11th after Goodine walked and stole second. When Steven Smith hit a ball into the hole, he was able to beat it out for an infield hit, and Goodine never stopped running. Goodine beat the throw to the plate for the run that proved decisive.

Fourteen Rowan batters fanned against Greensboro hurlers Edmonds and Bowen Young, but the bottom line was the first victory of the young season.

Rowan is off tonight before playing Concord at Mount Pleasant High on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Boxscores from the first two games are in Scoreboard.


Many Salisbury and South Rowan athletes earned All-Central Carolina Conference recognition.

All-CCC teams were announced over the weekend.


  South Rowan — Jarrid Nelson, Drew Huffman, Jack Weaver

Salisbury — Bo Rusher, Jack Fisher, Vance Honeycutt

Player of the Year — Chris Villaman, Ledford

Runner-up — Seth Polen, Oak Grove

Pitcher of the Year — Jake Stroud, Ledford

Runner-up — Jack Fisher, Salisbury

Coach of the Year — David Thomas, Oak Grove

Runner-up — Thad Chrismon, South

Girls soccer

South Rowan — Madison Henry

Salisbury — Sutton Webb, Lillie Rusher, Pipe Muire, Ellen Simons, Elle Kennedy, Anna Grace Woolly

Offensive Player of the Year — Sutton Webb, Salisbury

Runner-up — Cassie Riggs, West Davidson

Defensive Player of the Year — Lillie Rusher, Salisbury

Runner-up — Jennifer Lopez, West Davidson

Coach of the Year — Chris Brown, West Davidson

Runner-up — Matt Parrish, Salisbury


Salisbury — Ellen Yang

South Rowan — Anna Blume

Player of the Year — Korina Lookabill, Central Davidson

Runner-up — Haden Womble, North Davidson

Pitcher of the Year – Regan Spencer, North Davidson

Runner-up — Salem Ward, Central Davidson

Co-Coaches of the Year — Kevin Berkley, North Davidson and Charlie Brown, Ledford

Boys tennis

Salisbury — Roarke Burton, Ethan McGee, Jander Rodas-Palacios, Sean Archer, Leo Schiavinato

South Rowan — Austin Peacock

Player of the Year — Roarke Burton, Salisbury

Runner-up — Hugh Bennett, West Davidson

Coach of the Year — Thompson Skeen, West Davidson

Runner-up — Andrew Myers, Ledford

Boys golf

Salisbury — Hank Robins, Will Fowler

South Rowan — Andrew Jackson, Andrew Coward

Player of the Year — Tyler Partee, Ledford

Runner-up — Grady Newton, Oak Grove

Coach of the Year — Vaughn Black, Oak Grove

Runner-up — David Klinkoski, West Davidson

Girls track and field

South Rowan — Madison Lowery, Janiya Downs, Kira Rymer, Taylor Chapman, Carlie Moore, Mikayla Childress, Bailee Elliott, Bethany Rymer, Anahi Reta

Sprint MVP — Alyssa Thompson Rowe, Lexington

Co-Field MVPs — Allie Holder, Central Davidson and Paige McNair, North Davidson

Distance MVP — Sheccid Ontiveros, Ledford

Coach of the Year — Larry Musser, Ledford

Runner-up — Jannelle Barnes, Thomasville

Boys track and field

Salisbury — Tyrone Johnson

South Rowan — Noah Julian

Sprint MVP — Joshua Warstler, West Davidson

Field MVP — Jensen Leonard, Central Davidson

Distance MVP — Cameron Mercer, North Davidson

Meet MVP — Tyrone Johnson, Salisbury

Coach of the Year — Kevin Gleiser, North Davidson

Runner-up — James Cassada, Ledford


Sign-up deadline for Rowan Little League Junior/Senior league softball (ages 13-16) is  Wednesday May 22.

Contact Dan Wales (336-409-6342), Jeff Bernhardt (704-267-1146) or Steve Yang (704-798-2071).

District, states and regional tournaments will be held in Salisbury.


KANNAPOLIS — Adam Hall hit a two-run single in the ninth inning, leading the Delmarva Shorebirds to a 4-3 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Monday.

The single by Hall scored Ryne Ogren and Robbie Thorburn and was the game’s last scoring play.

Nick Horvath hit a solo home run in the first inning to give the Shorebirds a 1-0 lead. The Intimidators came back to take the lead in the first inning when Romy Gonzalez hit an RBI single and then scored on a double by Luis Curbelo.

Kannapolis went up 3-2 in the third when Alex Destino hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Lenyn Sosa.

Ryan Conroy (1-1) got the win.

with three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Lane Ramsey (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

With the win, Delmarva improved to 9-1 against Kannapolis this season.



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