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American Legion baseball: Rowan beats Concord to close out regular season – Salisbury Post

American Legion baseball: Rowan beats Concord to close out regular season – Salisbury Post

American Legion Baseball: Rowan Defeats Concord to Close Regular Season

Published at 9:14 AM on Monday, July 1, 2024

Staff report

SALISBURY – This one was over shortly after starting grids were introduced.

Rowan County’s American Legion baseball team scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning Sunday night at Newman Park and strolled to a 17-1 victory against Concord.

Rowan (15-10, 7-2) closed the regular season on a five-game winning streak, winning 13 of its last 16 games. The pitching and defense were consistent. The hitters produced plenty of walks and singles — and sacrifice flies. Rowan had 14 hits and four sac-bunts on Sunday.

Concord scored a run in the top of the first inning, but after that it was all Rowan. In addition to the first of 10 runs, there was a third of seven runs for the home team.

Evan Koontz (1-1) earned his first win of the summer with a one-hitter.

Drew Burton and Luke Graham each drove in three runs. Almost everyone in the Rowan lineup had two hits.

Rowan opens a best-of-five playoff series Wednesday at Newman Park, facing either Randolph County or Davidson County.

High Point captured the Northern Division championship with a 7-6 win over Davidson County on Sunday. High Point has home-field advantage for a first-round playoff series with Mocksville.

Randolph County (4-3) and Davidson County (4-4) will play each other Monday night at McCrary Park. Randolph also has a game against High Point (7-1) on Tuesday.

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NOTES: Jim Gantt’s record as head coach of the Rowan County American Legion is 666-230. That doesn’t count the 23-8 NC3 summer of 2020, when there was no sanctioned Legion baseball. Gantt has won 990 games as head coach of Catawba College, so that’s 1,656 official victories between the two programs. … Don Hines offers a ranking of the state’s Legion teams. He puts Rowan in 10th place.

23-8 2020