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Area Sports briefs: Shuping, Taylor advance in U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

From staff reports

The team of Logan Shuping/Blake Taylor won in match play in the Round of 32 in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in Bandon, Ore., on Monday.

Seeded 17th after two rounds of stroke play, Shuping/Taylor won 4 and 2 against the seasoned team of Chip Brooke/Marc Dull.

Shuping, a rising senior at East Carolina, is an East Rowan graduate.

Taylor and Shuping closed out the match by winning the  16th hole with a birdie.

Brooke and Dull finished second in the event last year.

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Seeded 26th after stroke play, the team of Alex Nianouris/Ralph Blasey  lost to Scott Harvey/Todd Mitchell, the No. 7 seed, on Monday, 2 and 1.

Both sides had birdies on No. 17, but halving the hole wrapped up the match for Harvey/Mitchell.

Nianouris and Blasey are former Davidson College teammates.

Nianouris is a Salisbury High graduate.

McCanless Couples

The McCanless Couples braved the heat to play  a very competitive match on Sunday.

Azalee Huneycutt and  Mary & Gene Seaford captured first place.

Dan Idelston, Debby Pierce and Susan Wydner took second.

Huneycutt had closest to the pin. Idelston had longest putt.

College signing

Former West Rowan basketball standout Caleb Mauldin has signed with North Georgia, a Division II school that competes in the Peach Belt Conference.

Mauldin, a 2,000-point scorer at West, played this past season in the post-graduate program at Fork Union Military Academy.

A story on Mauldin’s decision is upcoming.

Legion baseball

Rowan County romped 21-5 in a five-inning game against Mooresville on Sunday night at Newman Park.

Jordan Goodine hit a grand slam for Rowan, drove in five runs and scored four.

Steven Smith had a bases-clearing double, drove in four runs and scored four.

Wayne Mize went 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

Cameron Graham and Parker Lippard also had big games.

Daniel Durham pitched four innings and was the winning pitcher.

A full story on Sunday’s game is online. The boxscore is in today’s Scoreboard.

Intimidators

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Alex Destino hit a two-run home run and had three hits, and Johan Dominguez threw six scoreless innings as the Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Lakewood BlueClaws 4-1 on Monday.

Dominguez (2-2) allowed two hits while striking out six and walking one to get the win.

Kannapolis went up 4-0 in the eighth after Romy Gonzalez hit an RBI single and then scored on a two-run home run by Destino.

Lakewood answered in the bottom of the inning when Jonathan Guzman scored on an error to cut the deficit to three.

Victor Santos (2-5) went four innings, allowing one run and four hits while striking out four in the SAL game.

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