Category Archives: Baseball

Jonathan Foundation Night

 

It’s Concord versus Kannapolis in high school baseball from Intimidators Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.

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‘Cats, Niners open with baseball wins

Davidson 4 Marist 3

Davidson Wildcats game story

Charlotte 7 William & Mary 3

Charlotte 49ers game story

Racing, baseball finals

N.C. American Legion Baseball Tournament

SALISBURY, N.C. – Today’s (Monday, July 27) schedule at he N.C. American Legion Baseball Tournament has High Point playing Hope Mills at 1 pm and Caldwell County battling Rowan County at 7 pm.

The games are being played at Catawba College’s Newman Field.

Summer Shootout Rounds 9 & 10 Monday and Tuesday

Racing from earlier this season - CMS Photo by John Davison
Racing from earlier this season – CMS Photo by John Davison
CONCORD, N.C. – Fireworks will take place on and off the track this Tuesday as the 22nd annual Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series season comes to an end. The final rounds of racing action will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28. Fans will have the opportunity to see two nights of action-packed U.S. Legend Car and Bandolero racing as the drivers battle on the frontstretch quarter-mile for the final time this season. The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series will conclude with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza following Tuesday night’s activities.
Myers versus Ferguson
A special “pavement vs. dirt” match race will take place Tuesday night between Bowman Gray Stadium modified star Burt Myers and World of Outlaws Late Model standout Chris Ferguson. Both drivers will be competing in Legend Cars and will race head-to-head to the checkered flag.
“I love racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway and I have a lot of luck here,” said Myers. He added, “I think it will be fun to compete against a dirt racer. I grew up being taught that dirt was for farming and asphalt was for racing.”
Chris Ferguson is excited to bring his talent off dirt and onto asphalt. “I love racing at Charlotte on The Dirt Track and now being able to race on pavement will be fun,” Ferguson said.
“I’ve seen Burt race at the Madhouse and I am looking forward to showing all the fans the madness we can have in these Legend Cars,” Ferguson added.

Point titles on the line

Tight points battles are spread throughout the Legend Car and Bandolero racing divisions. In The Body Mechanics Human Tuning Group Legend Car Pro division, only seven points separate leader Michael Torres from second-place Jared Irvan.

In the Legend Car Semi-Pro division, it’s anyone’s game as John Holleman IV leads Sheldon Crouse by just three points. Third-place Stevie Johns Jr. trails by only 10 points.

In the Security Force Masters division, Scott Whitaker leads two-time division champion Tom Pistone by only two points. Carl Cormier is third in the standings, and only trails Whitaker by 10 points. In the Legend Car Young Lions division, Chase Purdy is seeking his first Summer Shootout Series championship title and leads second-place Dawson Cram by 35 points.
In the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandit division, Daniel Wilk is aided by his seven-week winning streak and has a strong lock on the championship title. Bandolero Outlaws division leader Ashton Higgins also looks to secure his first championship with a big lead over his competitors.
Admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is FREE for children 13 and under, and adult tickets are only $8. Fans can visit local Bojangles’ to receive a $2 off coupon for grandstand admission.
Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the race. Parking is free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by 10 p.m.
In addition to weekly highlight shows on MAVTV, fans can watch live action through a pay-per-view via Performance Racing Network and Speed51.com for just $14.99 per night. For more details or to purchase a pay-per-view broadcast for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, visit http://www.goprn.com.

 

Legion ball, 49ers football

Rowan hosts State Legion Tournament

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The North Carolina American Legion Baseball State Tournament begins Friday (July 24) at Newman Park in Salisbury at Catawba College.

Seven-time state champion and host Rowan County leads the eight-team field. Rowan is the Area III Champion after beating High Point in the playoffs.

Here is the schedule:

Friday Game 1 – Area II champion (Hope Mills) vs. Area IV runner-up (Caldwell County), 9 a.m. Game 2 – Area IV champion (Haywood County) vs. Area III No. 3 (Eastern Randolph), noon Game 3 – Area I champion (Garner) vs. Area III runner-up (High Point), 3 p.m. Game 4 – Host/Area III champion (Rowan County) vs. Area I runner-up (Wilson), 7 p.m.

Saturday Game 5 – Losers of Games 1 and 3, 9 a.m. Game 6 – Losers or Games 2 and 4, noon Game 7 – Winners of Games 1 and 3, 4 p.m. Game 8 – Winners of Games 2 and 4, 7 p.m.

Sunday Game 9 – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, noon Game 10 – Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 4 p.m. Game 11 – Winners of Games 7 and 8, 7 p.m.

Monday Game 12 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 1 p.m. Game 13 – Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7 p.m. Tuesday Game 14 – Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 1 p.m. Game 15 – if necessary.

Tournament passes are $40. Each session is $12. You can purchase tickets at WSAT Memories 1280 prior to the tournament, or purchase them at the gate.

Charlotte 49ers set to play C-USA football

Conference USA held its annual Media Day in Florida this week. Charlotte 49ers Coach Brad Lambert was on hand. Here is an interview recorded at the new American Sports Network studios.

The Charlotte 49ers open the season Sept. 4 at the Georgia Dome against Georgia State.

Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in the home stretch

It’s that time of year at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series when every lap and every point matters as drivers battle for a championship. With just two rounds remaining to decide the 2015 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Ser8es champions, Austin Hill, Robbie Faggart and John Holleman IV were among the drivers to score pivotal wins during Round 8 on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For complete results and a look ahead to Round 9 visit Radio Free Cabarrus

Playoffs, C-USA poll

Rowan County advances to the finals

Rowan County has advanced to the finals of the Area III American Legion Baseball playoffs and awaits tonight’s winner between High Point and Eastern Randolph. Below are scores from the last couple of days.

Wednesday, July 15                                                                                                                

Rowan Co.          9             Randolph Co.      4

Rowan Co. wins series 3 – 1.

High Point           19           Eastern Randolph 5

Eastern Randolph leads 2 – 1.

Thursday, July 16                                                         

High Point           5             Eastern Randolph             2

Series tied 2 – 2.

Friday, July 17                                                                                                            

Eastern Randolph (#3 seed)@ High Point (#2 seed)

Game 5 is being played at Trinity HS.

The winner plays Rowan County for the Area III American Legion Baseball title.

WKU picked to win, Charlotte 49ers 7th in C-USA poll

Courtesy Charlotte Sports Information
Courtesy Charlotte Sports Information

Lousiana Tech picked in the West

From Charlotte 49ers Sports Information

WKU has been picked to win the 2015 East Division title, while Louisiana Tech was selected to repeat as West Division champions. The poll was conducted by a panel of media members that cover Conference USA schools.

WKU closed out last season with five consecutive victories, including a win in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. In 2014, the Hilltoppers became the first FBS team to have a 4,500 yard passer and 1,500 yard rusher as senior QBBrandon Doughty threw for 4,830 and senior RB Leon Allen rushed for 1,542. Both players are back and Doughty, the 2014 C-USA MVP and Sammy Baugh Award winner, will also have four of his top six targets back in the fold. Nine starters, led by senior LB Nick Holt (111 tackles) are back to lead an experienced WKU defense.

Louisiana Tech reached the C-USA title game in its second year under head coach Skip Holtz and brings back six starters on offense and defense as it seeks a return trip. Senior RB Kenneth Dixon, the nation’s leading active rusher (3,410 yards) who scored 28 total touchdowns last year (22 rushing), leads an offense that welcomes a new signal-caller in Florida senior transfer Jeff Driskel as well as three returning starters at wide receiver. The defense boasts a talented secondary that has seen junior S Xavier Woods and senior CB Adarius Barnes each named to preseason award watch lists, while S Kentrell Brice led the team in tackles with 86.

Defending C-USA Champion Marshall, led by senior RB Devon Johnson (sixth in FBS with 1,767 yards and 17 rushing TDs) was picked second in the East, followed by Middle Tennessee and senior S Kevin Byard, the nation’s active leader in interceptions with 15. Rounding out the media picks in the East are Florida Atlantic, FIU, Old Dominion and newcomer Charlotte.

Rice, coming off three consecutive bowgames and led by senior QB Driphus Jackson (24 TDs in 2014), was selected second, followed by senior RB Aaron Jones (1,321 rushing yards and 14 TDs) and his UTEP Miners. Closing out the media picks in the West Division are Southern Miss, North Texas and UTSA, respectively.

The 11th annual Conference USA Football Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, will be held Saturday, Dec. 5. The 2015 C-USA Football season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 3.

 

C-USA MEDIA MEMBERS PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

EAST DIVISION
1. WKU
2. Marshall
3. Middle Tennessee
4. Florida Atlantic
5. FIU
6. Old Dominion
7. Charlotte

WEST DIVISION
1. Louisiana Tech
2. Rice
3. UTEP
4. Southern Miss
5. North Texas
6. UTSA

49ers in Harrisburg

Shootout Round 7, American Legion playoffs

Wilk wins 7th in a row at Shootout

One of the Scenes from Round 7 of the Bojangles' Summer Shootout Series. CMS Photo/John Davison - See more at: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/handler.cfm/template,photo_gallery/cat_id,51400?sf_id=25437#sthash.etJlv2Lj.dpuf
One of the Scenes from Round 7 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series, the Little Luggies 600 – CMS Photo/John Davison
CONCORD, N.C.  – The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is nearing the end of the season and the battles for victories are heating up at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Daniel Wilk took home his seventh consecutiveLiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits division win as Jordan Black and Stevie Johns Jr. were also among the evening’s winners during Round 7 of the prestigious grassroots racing series.
The Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group Pro division gave the crowd a thrilling feature with a total of six leaders throughout the 25-lap race. Black took home the win, his third of the season, after fighting his way from fourth to the front of the line.
Dillon Faggart led most of the race, but after being clipped by Evan Swilling in Turn 2 of lap 14, he lost his place and fell back to sixth. Swilling and Joey Padgett battled it out for first place, until Padgett’s car began leaking oil, bringing out the second caution. Once Padgett retired from the race and the track was cleared, Black worked his way around Swilling and found himself in victory lane. Austin Hill and Michael Torres finished second and third respectively.
Johns Jr. took the checkered flag in the 25-lap Semi-Pro feature. Conner Pyle started on the pole, but the yellow flag came out on lap 1 after Austin Langenstein went sideways in Turn 4. Johns Jr. took the lead from Pyle on lap 6 and Pyle continued to fade from the front.
The battles at the head of the pack heated up as the race wore on.Johns Jr. and Devin O’Connell battled back and forth for the majority of the race, but it was a four-car fight for the win in the final two laps between Johns Jr., O’Connell, Sheldon Crouse and John Holleman IV. Johns Jr. would come out on top as O’Connell took second place, Holleman IV took third and Crouse finished fourth.
Wilk, in the LiveWell Homes Bandits division, continues to have a spectacular season, winning all seven rounds of racing so far this season. Other winners of the night included Jacob Gantz in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits division, Roy Hayes in the Outlaw division, John Craig in the Security Force Masters division and Chase Purdy in the Young Lions division.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 21, with the First Responder Night. Fans can join in honoring local police, firefighters and EMS as they beat and bang 13-ton school buses around the frontstretch quarter-mile in the final school bus race of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout season. In addition, fans can watch a full slate of action-packed Legend Car and Bandolero racing. For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.

Unofficial Results:

Beginner Bandolero (20 laps): 1. Jacob Gantz; 2. Tyler Chapman; 3. Jason Chapman; 4. Mason Dejarnett; 5. Trevor Wester; 6. Jacob Putnam; 7. Stanley Hays; 8. Zachary Miracle; 9. Autumn Weaver; 10. Parker Eatmon; 11. Brendon Tymon; 12; Adam Eades; 13. David Sullivan; 14.Tyler Bartoszewicz; 15. Jackson Moore; 16. Jaiden Reyna.

Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group PRO (25 laps): 1. Jordan Black; 2. Austin Hill; 3. Michael Torres; 4. Alex Murray; 5. Jared Irvan; 6. Dillon Faggart; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Drew Brown; 9. Joey Padgett; 10. Reid Wilson; 11. Greg Lang
Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Stevie Johns Jr.; 2. Devin O’Connell; 3. John Holleman IV; 4. Sheldon Crouse; 5. Gus Dean; 6. Jordan Stillwell; 7. Conner Pyle; 8. Matthew Craig; 9. Scott Joy; 10. Taylor Jorgenson; 11. Craig Biryla; 12. Enrique Limon; 13. Austin Langenstein; 14. Hannah Bell; 15. Jonathan Wessel; 16. Sprout Royal; 17. Jensen Jorgensen
LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. Cameron Bolin; 3. DJ Canipe; 4. Carson Kvapil; 5. Bryson Ruff; 6. Isabella Robusto; 7. Tommy Good; 8. Josh Kossek; 9. William Robusto; 10. Leland Honesyman; 11. Steven Chapman; 12. Blake Cisneros; 13. Josh Speas; 14. Dylan Notaro; 15. Landon Rapp; 16. George Hayes
Outlaws (18 laps): 1. Roy Hayes; 2. Gracie Trotter; 3. Connor Younginer; 4. Austin Geer; 5. Austin Powell; 6. Trevor Rizzo; 7. Liz Montgomery; 8. Tristan Lesik; 9. Matthew Eades; 10. Blaise Brinkley; 11. Seth Henry; 12. Corey Gordon; 13. Ashley Pantoulas; 14. Alberto Limon; 15. Elysia Potter; 16. Matthew Davey; 17. Speedy Nelson; 18. Ashton Higgins; 19. Nick MacMillan
Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Jon Craig; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Carl Cormier; 4. Robbie Faggart; 5. Bruce Silver; 6. Chip Ferguson; 7. Akinori Ogata; 8. Tom Sherman; 9. Ernie Irvan; 10. Jan Ingram; 11. Danny Cisson; 12. Herman Towe; 13. Dwayne Holder; 14. Ron Mander; 15. Craig Bruce; 16. Jamie Smith; 17. Tom Pistone
Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Alex Reece; 3. Dawson Cram; 4. Jacob Heafner; 5. Eddie Fatscher; 6. Garret Mames; 7. Carson Pointdexter; 8. Austin Green; 9. Ryan Millington; 10. Sam Mayer; 11. Mason Diaz; 12. Jack Fread.

American Legion playoffs continue in Round 3

Eastern Randolph beat High Point 13-9 and Rowan County topped Randolph County 9-1 in the Area III American Legion Baseball playoffs Tuesday. Both series continue tonight
Eastern Randolph is up 2-0, while Rowan’s lead is 2-1. Both series are Best of Five.
The winners play for the Area III championship.

Shootout Round 6: Faggart, Crouse win

Donnie Icenhour is the Faster Pastor

Semi-Pro drivers race side-by-side on a restart during Round 6 of the Bojangles\' Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS/John Davison photo - See more at: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/handler.cfm/template,photo_gallery/cat_id,51400?sf_id=25402#sthash.hN9Xx8nX.dpuf
Semi-Pro drivers race side-by-side on a restart during Round 6 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
CMS/John Davison photo
CONCORD, N.C. – Local pastors took over the frontstretch quarter-mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway as Donnie Icenhour of Rocky River Church scored the win for the Faster Pastor race in the sixth round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Sheldon Crouse and Robbie Faggart were among the winners in the full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero feature events.
In the most action-packed school bus slobberknocker of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout season, Icenhour steered his five-ton bus past the competition and into Victory Lane to claim the title of Faster Pastor Tuesday night.

The race was marred by one caution, when race leader David Henderson, of Venture Church, made contact with Icenhour’s bus, causing Henderson’s bus to flip on its side racing into Turn 4. Unfazed, Henderson climbed into a backup bus and continued the race, finishing eighth.
Following the restart, Icenhour traded the top spot with Scott Davis of Pitts Baptist Church, before ultimately taking the lead for good with two laps remaining.
“It was a great night. It started out a little shaky, but then I let Jesus take the wheel,” Icenhour said. “This is awesome because it’s my boy’s birthday. He was my good luck charm.”
Davis followed Icenhour across the stripe to finish second, with Don Newman (Memorial United Methodist Church), Jeff Bates (Elevation Church) and Scott Gentry (Motor Racing Outreach) rounding out the Top 5.
Robbie Faggart dominated the Security Force Masters division, taking home his first win of the season. After a quick 20-laps, Jon Craig who was running in second and closing the gap on Faggart, spun out on the frontstretch, bringing out a caution. Craig did not return to the track after the caution, but Faggart continued to lead. Tom Pistone gave Faggart a good run in the final five laps. On the final lap, Faggart lost control in both Turn 1 and Turn 4, but the veteran driver gained control and crossed the finish line, earning himself a trip to Victory Lane. Pistone finished second followed by current points leader Scott Whitaker.
The Masters race also saw former Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan make his 2015 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout debut, where he finished 13th. Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers of All Time in 1998, Irvan is no stranger to the Summer Shootout, where his son, Jared Irvan, is a regular competitor in the Human Tuning Group Legend Car Pro division.
“Other times I’ve run at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I’ve usually run a little bit better,” Irvan said after his race. “I haven’t run anything in 15 years, and I’ve never run these cars. It was just different. I need to do a little bit more of it,” adding that he hopes to be back this summer.
Crouse took home his third consecutive win in the Tuesday night Semi-Pro feature.
The 25-lap race reached its time limit and ended on lap 24 with the race’s sixth caution. The division’s points leader, John Holleman IV, finished 11th after being involved in multiple collisions throughout the race.
Matthew Craig and Devin O’Connell also led laps during the feature, but it was ultimately Crouse who came out victorious. Stevie Johns Jr. took second place and Devin O’Connell finished third.
Other winners included Josh Speas in the Bandolero Beginner Bandits division, Daniel Wilk in the Livewell Homes Bandits division, Blaise Brinkly in the Bandolero Outlaw division, Chase Purdy in the Young Lions division and Evan Swilling in the Human Tuning Group Pro division.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 14, with the Little Luggies 600. Children ages 4-7 will have the opportunity to race around Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter mile. For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.

Unofficial Results:
Beginner Bandolero (18 laps): 1. Josh Speas; 2. Jason Chapman; 3. Tyler Chapman; 4. Jacob Putnam; 5. Mason Dejarnett; 6. Byers Faunce; 7. Kailey Murray; 8. Conner Jones; 9. Parker Eatmon; 10. Zachary Miracle; 11. Jackson Moore; 12. Jaiden Reyna; 13. Tyler Bartoszewicz; 14. Adam Eades; 15. Stanley Hays; 16. Trevor Wester; 17. Jacob Gantz
Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. Sheldon Crouse; 2. Stevie Johns Jr.; 3. Devin O’Connell; 4. Conner Pyle; 5. Sprout Royal; 6. Matthew Craig; 7. Taylor Jorgenson; 8. Scott Joy; 9. Jordan Mander; 10. John Holleman IV; 11. Hannah Bell; 12. Holden German; 13. John Davis; 14. Jordan Stillwell; 15. Austin Langenstein; 16. Jensen Jorgensen; 17. Enrique Limon; 18. Gus Dean; 19. Craig Biryla; 20. Joshua Plummer
LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Cameron Bolin; 4. William Robusto; 5. Bryson Ruff; 6. Tommy Good; 7. Josh Kossek; 8. Leland Honeyman; 9. George Hayes; 10. Dylan Notaro; 11. Steven Chapman; 12. Blaise Maddox; 13. Blake Cisneros; 14. Isabella Robusto; 15. Landon Rapp; 16. Carson Kvapil; 17. Hunter Hutchens
Bandolero Outlaws (20 laps) 1. Blaise Brinkley; 2. Jordan Plummer; 3. Austin Green; 4. Matthew Eades; 5. Trevor Rizzo; 6. Gracie Trotter; 7. Bradyn Mander; 8. Connor Younginer; 9. Matthew Emery; 10. Elysia Potter; 11. Alberto Limon; 12. Ashton Higgins; 13. Justin Taylor; 14. Matthew Davey; 15. Roy Hayes; 16. Liz Montgomery; 17. Seth Henry; 18. Ashley Pantoulas
Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Robbie Faggart; 2. Tom Pistone; 3. Scott Whitaker; 4. Bruce Silver; 5. Akinori Ogata; 6. Carl Cormier; 7. Tom Sherman; 8. Chip Ferguson; 9. Ron Mander; 10. Jamie Smith; 11. Jan Ingram; 12. Herman Towe; 13. Ernie Irvan; 14. Charles Parker; 15. Jon Craig.
Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Alex Reese; 3. Ryan Millington; 4. Dawson Cram; 5. Jacob Heafner; 6. Sam Mayer; 7. Carson Pointdexter; 8. Garret Manes; 9. Eddie Fastscher; 10. Jack Fread; 11. Austin Green.
Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group PRO (25 laps): 1. Evan Swilling; 2. Joey Padgett; 3. Jared Irvan; 4. Jordan Black; 5. Michael Torres; 6. Greg Lang; 7. Zane Smith; 8. Josh Williams; 9. Dillon Faggart; 10. Alex Murray; 11. Reid Wilson.

Area III Legion Playoffs continue

Game 3 of Round 2 in the Area III American Legion Baseball playoffs are scheduled today. All but one series have the higher seed with a 2-0 lead in the best of five round. High Point, the number two seed, is tied 1-1 with Winston-Salem.

Tuesday scores

Rowan County 7 Mocksville-Davie 3

Eastern Randolph 8 Kernersville 5

Randolph County 4 Davidson County 3

Winston-Salem 9 High Point 8

Rowan County is the top seed.

Playoffs: Kannapolis, Concord eliminated

Legion Round 2 begins today

Both Kannapolis Post 115 and Concord Post 51 were eliminated from the Area III American Legion playoffs over the weekend.

Kannapolis split games with Winston-Salem Saturday winning 7-5 and losing 8-5. Post 115 was eliminated in 10 innings Sunday 8-7.

Concord lost 9-2 to Randolph County Friday and was eliminated with a 13-2 loss Sunday.

The second round begins tonight (Monday, July 6). Series are the best of five. The first games begin at the higher seed:
(1) Rowan County vs. (9) Mocksville
(2) High Point vs. (7) Winston-Salem
(3) Eastern Randolph vs. (6) Kernersville
(4) Randolph County vs. (5) Lexington

I’s Almonte SAL Pitcher of the Week

Kannapolis Intimidators photo
Kannapolis Intimidators photo
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Kannapolis Intimidators starting pitcher Yency Almonte has been named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for June 29-July 5 following his near no-hitter on Independence Day. 
Almonte held Augusta hitless two outs into the ninth inning on July 4 at Lake Olmstead Stadium, finishing his outing after a career-long 8 and 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and one walk while matching his career-high of six strikeouts to earn a win in the Intimidators’ 1-0 shutout of the GreenJackets. 
Almonte, 21, retired 18 straight batters from the third inning into the ninth before Augusta’s Jeremy Sy broke up the gem with a two-out base hit up the middle in the home half of the final frame. The right-hander pitcher improved to 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA (32 ER/68.2 IP) in 13 games (12 starts) for Kannapolis this season.
The Miami native has also earned a win with High-A Winston-Salem in one out in the Carolina League.  The weekly plaudit is the first for Almonte this season and the third by an Intimidators pitcher in 2015.
Almonte joins former Intimidator Jordan Guerrero who twice earned SAL Pitcher of the Week honors (April 9-19 and May 11-18) before the White Sox promoted Guerrero to Winston-Salem.
Behind Almonte’s 8 and 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, Kannapolis won its league-leading 10th shutout of 2015, tied for fifth-most in all of full-season Minor League Baseball. Almonte also set a franchise record for the longest no-hit outing in Intimidators history, coming one out shy of the team’s first ever 9-inning no-hitter. Three of the four Kannapolis gems since 2001 have been 7-inning contests as part of doubleheaders, and last season Thad Lowry spun a rain-shortened 5-inning no-hitter at the West Virginia Power.
Kannapolis continues this season-long nine-game road trip with game three of four against the GreenJackets on Monday at 7:05 p.m. as RHP Spencer Adams (4-4, 3.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Intimidators against Augusta’s RHP Sam Coonrod (5-2, 2.63 ERA). The Intimidators return home on Tuesday, July 14, for a seven-game home stand against Hagerstown and Lakewood.  For ticket and promotional information, call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.

Bojangles’ Summer Shootout continues Tuesday

Charlotte Motor Speedway photo
Charlotte Motor Speedway photo

On Tuesday, July 7, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, local pastors will step down from their pulpits and step on the gas as they race each other in the annual Faster Pastor school bus races at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. The holy men will strap on their helmets and zip up their fire suits as they take to the frontstretch quarter-mile at full speed in these Goliath-like machines for the Faster Pastor championship.

Pastors buckling up to compete include: Buddy Compton, of the Sons of Thunder Ministry; Scott Gentry, of Motor Racing Outreach (MRO); Donnie Icenhour, of Rocky River Church in Concord; Jeff Bates, of Elevation Church in Concord; Alex Kennedy, of Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews; Don Newman, of Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlotte; David Henderson, of Venture Church in Harrisburg and Scott Davis, of Pitts Baptist Church in Concord.

“It’s always fun to get all of the churches together and get everyone involved in the Summer Shootout.  I know a lot of people want tickets to this race, so it’s going to be a fun one,” said Compton.  “Just give me a steering wheel and I can take care of the rest.”

“I am really looking forward to regaining my title and my belt back,” said Newman, who won the event in 2014.  “More importantly though, I really enjoy the opportunity the kids at church have to get out to the speedway. That makes it all worth while.”

In addition to Tuesday night’s Faster Pastor race, Bandolero and Legend car drivers will crank up the competition as they continue to battle for the championship title of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series, the most preeminent Legend Car Series in the nation.

Also the Charlotte Motor Speedway Play Zone will be open and will feature bounce houses, face painting and interactive games at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Van.

Admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series is FREE for children ages 13 and under, and adult tickets are only $8.  Fans are also encouraged to visit local Bojangles’ to receive a $2 off coupon.

Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the race. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.

In addition to the weekly highlight shows on MAVTV, fans can watch live action through a pay-per-view via Performance Racing Network and Speed51.com for just $14.99 per night. For more details or to purchase a pay-per-view subscription for the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, visit (www.goprn.com).

Keep up with all the latest news from the speedway by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by downloading the new Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

 

American Legion Area III playoffs begin Friday

Rowan County, the regular season Area III champion, and second place High Point will get first round byes as the playoffs begin Friday. The first round will be the Best of Three series. Round 2 is scheduled to be begin Monday. Those games will be the Best of Five series.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Greensboro (#14 seed)    @           Eastern Randolph (#3 seed)          C series

Concord (#13 seed)          @           Randolph Co. (#4 seed)   D series

Stanly Co. (#12 seed)       @           Davidson Co. (#5 seed)    E series

Mooresville-66 (#11 seed)             @           Kernersville (#6 seed)       F series

Kannapolis (#10 seed)      @           Winston-Salem (#7 seed)               G series

Mocksville-Davie (#9 seed)            @           Southern Rowan (#8 seed)            H series

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Eastern Randolph (#3 seed)          @           Greensboro (#14 seed)    C series

Randolph Co. (#4 seed)   @           Concord (#13 seed)          D series

Davidson Co. (#5 seed)    @           Stanly Co. (#12 seed)       E series

Kernersville (#6 seed)       @           Mooresville-66 (#11 seed)             F series

Winston-Salem (#7 seed)               @           Kannapolis (#10 seed)      G series

Southern Rowan (#8 seed)            @           Mocksville-Davie (#9 seed)            H series

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Greensboro (#14 seed)    @           Eastern Randolph (#3 seed)          C series

Concord (#13 seed)          @           Randolph Co. (#4 seed)   D series

Stanly Co. (#12 seed)       @           Davidson Co. (#5 seed)    E series

Mooresville-66 (#11 seed)             @           Kernersville (#6 seed)       F series

Kannapolis (#10 seed)      @           Winston-Salem (#7 seed)               G series

Mocksville-Davie (#9 seed)            @           Southern Rowan (#8 seed)            H series

Round 2                              Best of five series

July 6 – 11, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015     Game 1

H Series Winner @           Rowan Co. (#1 seed)        A series

G Series Winner @           High Point (#2 seed)         B series

F Series Winner  @           C Series Winner  Series C/F

E Series Wiinner @           D Series Winner Series D/E

Final Regular Season Standings

Rowan Co.                              12           1

High Point                              11           2

Eastern Randolph               9             4

Randolph Co.                        9             4

Davidson Co.                        8             5

Kernersville                           7             6

Winston-Salem                    6             7

Southern Rowan               6             7

Mocksville-Davie              6             7

Kannapolis                         5             8

Mooresville 66                 4             9

Stanly Co.                          4             9

Concord                             2             11

Greensboro                      1             12

Special thanks to J.T. Bost for compiling scores, standings and schedules all season long.

Area III this week: end of season, all-star game, playoffs

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Southern Rowan @ High Point
Eastern Randolph @ Rowan Co.
Mocksville-Davie @ Concord
Winston-Salem @ Randolph Co.
Stanly Co. @ Mooresville-66
Greensboro @ Kernersville

Monday, June 29, 2015
Randolph Co. @ High Point
Mooresville-66 @ Rowan Co.
Kannapolis @ Eastern Randolph
Davidson Co. @ Stanly Co.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Davidson Co. @ Concord
Kannapolis @ Winston-Salem
Stanly Co. @ Mocksville-Davie
Mooresville-66 @ Eastern Randolph
End of Regular Season

The Area III All-Star Game will be played Wednesday July 1 at McCrary Park.

Our view at Central Cabarrus with a Sundrop close at hand
Our view at Central Cabarrus with a Sundrop close at hand

First and second place teams get first round byes. The other 12 teams will play the Best of Three series July 3-5.
Regular season tiebreakers are:
1) Overall League Record
2) Head to Head (League Games)
3) Runs allowed in League Games
4) Coin Flip

Special thanks to J.T. Bost for compiling scores, standings and schedules all season long.

Scores from this past week

Sunday, June 21, 2015

High Point           11           Stanly Co.            3

Kernersville         9             Kannapolis          7

Davidson Co.      11           Randolph Co.      7

Rowan Co.          16           Mocksville-Davie              0

Eastern Randolph             4             Southern Rowan               2

Winston-Salem  7             Stanly Co.            0

Monday, June 22, 2015 

Kannapolis          5             Mooresville-66   2

Southern Rowan               9             Davidson Co.      7

Kernersville         10           Stanly Co.            6

Winston-Salem  8             Concord               2

Randolph Co.      9             Mocksville-Davie             4

High Point           15           Martinsville         2             NL

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  

Rowan Co.          12           Stanly Co.            2

Mocksville-Davie              13           Kernersville         4

Kannapolis          12           Greensboro         1

Eastern Randolph             13           Apex      1             NL

Randolph Co.      16           Mooresville-66   1

Davidson Co.      11           Wilmington         10           NL

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Randolph Co.      12           Shelby   2             NL

Southern Rowan               12           Greensboro         2

Concord               5             Kernersville         4

Mocksville-Davie              13           Mooresville-66   12

Eastern Randolph             16           Winston-Salem  6

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Rowan Co.          1             High Point           0

Eastern Randolph             12           Greensboro         2

Mocksville-Davie              12           Kannapolis          6

Kernersville         10           Mooresville-66   1

Randolph Co.      3             Big Island VA       1             NL

Davidson Co.      10           Winston-Salem  6

Friday, June 26, 2015   

Rowan Co.          18           Concord               10

Mooresville-66   @           Eastern Randolph             ppd. to 6/30

Stanly Co.            10           Southern Rowan               5

High Point           @           Davidson Co.                     ppd. to ???

Kernersville         14           Big Island VA       2             NL