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Area Sports: Rowan Legion on road tonight

From staff reports

Rowan County’s American Legion baseball team (1-1) returns to action tonight at 7 p.m. against Concord at Mount Pleasant High.

Rowan has played two exciting games already, losing 7-6 to Davidson County on Sunday and winning 6-5 in 11 innings on Monday at Greensboro.

Pitchers Cole Hales and Deacon Wike and slugger Luke Barringer will be among the Carson players  joining the Legion team after Carson’s high  school season ends.

Rowan plays at Kannapolis on Thursday and hosts Kannapolis in Friday’s home opener.

Kannapolis beat High Point 4-1 on Tuesday.

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David Highman pitched three shutout innings for Mocksville in a 12-2 rout of Stokes County on Tuesday.

Mocksville lead-off man Joey Szvetitz went 3-for- 3 and drove in two runs.

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Stanly County edged Eastern Randolph 3-2 on Tuesday.

College softball

Western Carolina senior outfielder Hunter Gibbons was named first team All-Southern Conference.

This was the first time Gibbons was named to the first team. She was second team as a sophomore and junior.

Gibbons led the Cattamounts in just about every offensive category this season and broke numerous career records.

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Pfeiffer (30-8) defeated   Grove City College, 9-7, to capture the 2019 ECAC Division III Baseball Championship on Sunday afternoon.

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The N.C. State club softball team that includes former West Rowan standouts Peyton Greene and Parker Greene was eliminated from the club softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., with a 4-3 loss to Illinois.

High school softball

Kali Morton pitched a complete game on Tuesday as Mooresville routed South Caldwell 10-1 in the first game of the 4A West Regional championship series.

Macy Martin homered and drove in three runs for Mooresville. Caitlin Mann had two RBIs. Ellie Goins and Olivia Marshall had two hits each.

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Second-seeded Central Cabarrus edged top-seeded Marvin Ridge 6-5 in the first game of the 3A West Regional championship series on Tuesday.

Destiny Thornton knocked in three runs for the Vikings. Lacy Coubal had two RBIs, while Aniyah Tate had two hits.

Intimidators

HAGERSTOWN, Md.  — Jacob Rhinesmith homered and singled, scoring three runs while driving in two as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 12-5 on Tuesday.

Ricardo Mendez doubled and singled twice with three RBIs for Hagerstown.

Hagerstown started the scoring in the first inning when Rhinesmith hit a two-run home run.

The Suns later added eight runs in the second and two in the sixth to finish off the blowout.

Hagerstown starter Jake Irvin (3-3) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Opposing starter Davis Martin (3-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up 10 runs and nine hits.

Local golf

Former Salisbury High standout Alex Nianouris is playing in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship that starts on Saturday morning in Oregon.

Nianouris’ partner is his former Davidson College teammate Ralph Blasey. They qualified in Maryland.

East Carolina’s duo of Logan Shuping (East Rowan) and Blake Taylor also qualified for the event.

Nianouris and Blasey will be playing on the Pacific Dunes course on Saturday, while Shuping and Taylor will be playing the Old Macdonald Course.

There are two rounds of stroke play before the field is pared down to match play.

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The GARS played an ABCD Tournament at Corbin Hills.

‘A’ Flight winner was Gary Schenk with a net of 62.54.

‘A’ Flight low gross winner was Bernard Caldwell.

‘B’ Flight winner was Clyde Crawford with a 58.86.

‘B’ Flight low gross winner was David Schenk.

‘C’ Flight winner was Ben Moore with a net of 61.27.

‘C’ Flight low gross winner was Jerry Teter.

‘D’ Flight winner was Tommy Seamon with a net of 58.24.

‘D’ Flight low gross winner was Bill Saunders.

Caldwell and Crawford made eagles on the par-5 No. 6 hole.

Five GARS members shot their age or better.

Caldwell, 71, shot a 69; Crawford, 77, shot a 72; Ben Moore, 82, shot an 82; Tommy Seamon, 83, shot an 83,  and J.C. Ritchie,  94, shot an 83.

Closest to the pin on the No. 2 hole was won by Crawford.

The longest putt on No. 9 was made by Bill Reid.

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In a low gross, low net Corbin Hills Women’s Golf Association event, the following women were winners:

1st Flight 

Low Gross — Faye Cline

Low Net — Treva Honeycutt

2nd Flight

Low Gross —  Cathy Fleming

Low Net — Mary Seaford

3rd Flight

Low Net —  Carolyn Ries

Cushwa Cup

Ledford finished on top in the Central Carolina Conference’s Cushaw Cup standings that reflect overall athletic excellence.

Salisbury edged Oak Grove and West Davidson for third place and finished behind Ledford and North Davidson. South Rowan was seventh.

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