Area sports briefings: Rowan Legion rallies; 12U Little League softball wins district – Salisbury Post

Rowan Pitcher Reese Poole

Puncher Rowan Cressley Patterson

The Rowan Little League 12U team celebrates.

According to staff reports

MOCKSVILLE — Down 3-0 after four innings at Rich Park and with zero hits in the logbook against starting pitcher Darren Shore, things weren’t looking good for the Rowan County American Legion on Wednesday.

But Rowan (17-7, 5-0) came back to win 7-5 and went undefeated in the Zone III South Division.

Casey Crawford started on the mound for Rowan and made it to the fourth inning.

Winner Drew Burton took over from there. Cole Johnson got the last two outs for a stoppage after Burton got in trouble in the seventh.

Parker Aderhold did most of the damage as soon as Mocksville took a 3-0 lead.

Rowan’s first hit against Shore was Aiden Schenck’s two-run single in the fifth that cut Mocksville’s lead to 3-2.

Rowan scored five runs in the top of the seventh with the help of five walks.

Jackson Deal was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the run that made it 3-all. Blake Hill’s two-point brace broke the tie. Rowan added two insurance runs that figured prominently in the bottom of the seventh when Mocksville scored twice.

Rowan had just four hits and three errors, but found a way to earn another.

Rowan is playing Concord tonight at AL Brown High.

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W – D. Burton (1-0)

S—Johnson (1)

Tuesday’s game

• LEXINGTON — Rowan County enjoyed a nine-run third inning to beat Davidson County 15-11 in the American Legion Baseball Marathon Tuesday night at Holt-Moffit Field.

It was ugly, but the main thing was Rowan County went undefeated in the Zone III Southern Division.

Rowan used five pitchers, with starter Alex Hagler taking the game in fourth. Nate Green was credited with the win. Aiden Schenck and Luke Graham got big outs. Cole Johnson was on the mound when Post 8 made the game final on bases.

Rowan has done a good job offensively, mostly taking advantage of errors and walks. Eight players hit.

Defensively, third baseman Blake Hill stood out.

Davidson got an early brace from Tyler Shytle and led 4-0 after two sets, but things fell apart for the home side early in the third. Rowan sent 13 men to the plate thanks to four errors from Davidson. Rowan was walked twice in that inning with the bases loaded.

Zander Burton scored a two-run brace as Rowan struck again in a five-run fifth. It was 15-5 at that point, but Davidson continued to swing the bats all the way to the final.

Burton’s two doubles were Rowan’s only extra shots.

Bo Tiller hit a solo homer for Post 8 in the third.


Kannapolis beat Mocksville 13-3 in five sets on Tuesday.

Kannapolis (11-2) had two hits apiece from Ty Hubbard, Jack McGowan and Connor Welker.

McGowan led in three runs.

Brandon Moore pitched a full game.

college football

Quarterback Ridge Jacobs (6-2, 200) spent his first season in South Florida.

Jacobs entered the transfer portal on June 15.

He got a call from Catawba quarterbacks coach Jake Medlock on June 16 and flew to Salisbury to meet the Catawba coaches on June 17. He spent several hours on campus with Medlock and head coach Curtis Walker and committed to Catawba on June 18.

Jacobs is expected to arrive the week of July 6 to join his new team.

HS softball

West Rowan rising junior Emma Clarke was named Region 6 3A Softball Player of the Year.

Region 6 includes Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties.

West also placed Ashlee Ennis, Brooke Kennerly, Ellyson “EA” Nance, Arabelle Shulenberger and Kenadi Sproul on the all-district team.

Carson also had a host of players in every district: Lonna Addison, Allie Burns, Phoebe Cole, Makayla Johnson, Abbey Nixon and Landry Stewart.

Third HOF for Gus

Elected in 2020, Salisbury resident Gus Andrews was inducted into the Fike (Wilson) High School Hall of Fame in ceremonies delayed by COVID earlier this year.

Andrews had previously been inducted into the first Tarboro Hall of Fame and the George Whitfield Hall of Fame (Eastern NC).

A high school star at Tarboro High, Andrews was a kicker, linebacker and guard on NC State’s championship football teams.

At Fike, Andrews was an assistant coach for legendary teams that won three straight state titles in the late 1960s.

He was head coach of successful Fike teams in the 1980s before becoming head football coach at Salisbury High. Andrews had more football success with the Hornets and started the swimming program at school and coached to a state title in the sport.

local golf

UNC Greensboro graduate student Nick Lyerly (East Rowan) received an Honorable Mention All-America from Golfweek.

It is Lyerly’s first All-America honor. He is the only one from the Southern Conference on the list.

Lyerly was recently named to the Division I PING All-East region team, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It was his second accolade in the All-East region. He got his first in 2019.

The 2022 SoCon Male Golfer of the Year, Lyerly wrapped up the season with his third NCAA regional appearance in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He finished tied for 15th overall.

Lyerly will be in action Friday at the Warrior as match play begins in the Rowan Masters.


Ace without McCan

Rockwell’s Bryson Sprinkle hit the No. 12 hole, playing 189 yards from the blue tee.

Sprinkle used a 5 iron.

He played with Andy Lombard, Justin Overcash and Bryan Reynolds as part of the McCanless Men’s Association.

It was the second career ace for Sprinkle and he landed on the same hole with the same front pin location.

• On Monday, Bonnie Showfety of Salisbury hit the No. 3 hole, 105 yards from the red tee.

She used a 9 iron.

She played with her father and swing coach Kevin Showfety.

Bonnie’s father introduced her to the game when she was 5 years old, and 16 years of practice led to the perfect shot.

• Bob Helms holed the 10th hole from 125 yards on Tuesday.

He hit a pitching wedge off the red tee while playing in the Tuesday Scramble.

The Helms ace helped his band make a comeback. They won the back nine of the day with a score of 10 under.

Helms, who also won the closest to the pin on No. 12, was playing with Bill McKinney, Bill Linch, Byron Sheesely and Don Gheen.


Couples without McCan

Sunday brought great weather and a great turnout for the Captain’s Choice event.

The first place team was Richard Long and Jim & Nancy Denemy.

Crystal Clement, Larry Clifton and Steve & Lynn Masingo finished second.

Long had the longest putt. Steve Masingo won the closest to the pin.



GARS members played at Lexington Golf Club.

The Low ‘A’ Flight player was Hal Jordan with a 63.15 goal.

The Low ‘B’ Fight player was Jesse King with a 61.68 goal.

The Low ‘C’ Flight player was Andy Griffin with a 60.55 goal.

The Low ‘D’ Flight player was Tommy Seamon with a 61.21 goal.

Larry Petrea shot 1-under 70 to earn a low gross, while Griffin won a low net.

The Super Senior winner was John Daniels with a goal of 62.15.

Five members shot their age or better.

Petrea, 70, shot 70. Gus Andrews, 78, shot 76. Bobby Clark, 82, shot 79. Wayne Bost, 86, shot 86. Seamon, 86, shot 85.


At the North Carolina Junior Boys Championships at the Highland Country Club in Fayetteville, rising East Rowan junior Landon Merrell shot 76 and John McCoy, a Salisbury youngster who is a freshman, shot 77.

The boundary line to advance to match play fell to 2 of 74.

Legion Softball

LEXINGTON — Davidson County went undefeated with a 2-0, 6-2 sweep of Rowan County on Tuesday at Central Davidson High.

Salem Ward, a UNC Greensboro rookie, threw a no-hitter in Game 1, striking out four and walking one. Lonna Addison took the loss.

In Game 2, Riley Potts made the pitch for Davidson (6-0).

Kimberly Troublefield pitched for Rowan (3-5). Troublefield had two hits. Abbey Nixon drove in a race.

Rowan is playing in Kannapolis tonight.

Little League Softball

Rowan’s 12U team won the District 2 tournament with a 20-0 win on Tuesday and advanced to the state tournament.

Reese Poole threw a hit. Lea Troutman went 3 for 3. Cressley Patterson and Myla McNeely each had four RBIs.

The team is coached by Donnell Poole, Steve Yang and Jeff Bernhardt.

The players are Kayla Burns, Emma Efird, Morgan Efird, Remi Haggerty, Brinley Hiatt, Josophina Hyunh, Ansley Jenkins, Myla McNeely, Cressley Patterson, Reese Poole, Sophia Redding, Leah Troutman and Regan Williams.

The first state game will be at Salisbury Community Park on July 2 at 11 a.m.

Pfeiffer camp

The Pfeiffer Summer Football Camp is back. Go to to register.

Pickleball Clinic

The first Veterans Adapted Pickleball Clinic is scheduled for Friday from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hurley YMCA.

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