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
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
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
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.