Area Sports Briefs: Rough night for Rowan County in NC3 baseball

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 10, 2020

From staff reports

SALISBURY — There are going to be some nights like this over the course of a baseball season, and Rowan County was buzz-sawed, 15-0, by a talented High Point squad on Thursday at Newman Park.

Rowan (12-3, 3-2) wasn’t very good or very lucky. Rowan’s only two hits — Charlie Klingler’s infield single in the fourth and Wayne Mize’s solid single in the fifth — were followed by line drives at the second baseman for double plays.

Most of the story was High Point hurler Luke Barrow, a 2020 graduate who signed with Coastal Carolina. Barrow barely broke a sweat, had only one 3-ball count during a walk-less night and fanned seven. Barrow took care of Rowan for seven innings while keeping his pitch count under 70.

High Point (7-2, 4-1) also did some serious swinging. N.C. Central-bound Chet Sikes tripled, doubled and singled and scored three times. CJ Johnson hit a three-run homer and two singles. Gavin Mortenson, a Western Carolina signee, drove in five runs with a two-run homer and two loud doubles.

High Point’s league loss was to a Randolph County team that roughed up Barrow early, but he had everything working against Rowan. He got early contact all night and while Rowan managed several well-hit flyballs, they stayed in Newman Park.

Ryan Street took the loss. He lasted four innings. He was strong in the third and fourth, but High Point had an 8-0 lead after two.

High Point got four runs on five solid hits in the top of the first.

Rowan didn’t get anyone out on a potential double play ball in the second inning, and the visitors took advantage for another four-run outburst.

High Point amassed 18 hits.

Rowan also sent Jonathan Spry, Andrew Kennerly and Bryson Wagner to the mound.

Spry had a 1-2-3 fifth, but the homers by Johnson and Mortenson knocked him out in a seven-run sixth that led to the 10-run-rule after seven. Kennerly and Wagner relieved in the sixth.

Rowan will attempt to bounce back on Saturday when it takes on Greensboro in a 5 p.m. doubleader.


High Point    440  007  0   — 15  18   0

Rowan           000  000 0    — 0    2    1

W — Barrow. L — Street.

HR — High Point: Johnson, Mortenson.


NC3 baseball
Mocksville 3, Mount Airy 1
John Davenport pitched a complete game and allowed only five hits.
Joe Johnson led Mocksville’s offense with three hits, including two doubles.
Kannapolis 9, Concord 2
Bryson Bebber and Tyler Grady smacked triples to back a strong start by Jacob Baucom and the relief work of Chase Ervin.
Bebber drove in three runs.
Larkin Lancaster had three hits for Concord.
Local golf
Salisbury’s Michael Childress (Cannon School, Richmond) shot a first-round 67 in the Carolinas Amateur in Wilmington and is tied for third.
Salisbury’s Charlie Barr (Cannon School) shot 1-over 73 in the first round and is tied for 49th.
Nick Lyerly (East Rowan, UNC Greensboro) has shot 68-70 in the Palmetto Amateur in Aiken, S.C., and is tied for 10th.
Lyerly has qualified for the U.S. Amateur that is scheduled to be held in Oregon on Aug. 10-16.
NC3 Juniors
East Rowan rolled 10-0 against the Lexington-Davidson Braves on Thursday.
Dylan Valley pitched four shutout innings.
Eight players had hits for East, and East accepted 11 walks.