From staff reports
SALISBURY — Rowan County’s NC3 baseball team routed Mount Airy twice in non-league games on Tuesday.
The weather threatened, but the visitors, who were playing their first games of the summer, rarely did against five Rowan hurlers.
Rowan rolled 15-0 and 11-1. Both games employed the 10-run-rule by mutual consent. The first game was halted after the top of the fifth, while Rowan ended the nightcap when it scored in the bottom of the sixth.
Rowan (7-1) has added a game to the schedule and will host Greensboro at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Newman Park, with attendance in the stadium still limited to 25 fans.
In the first game, Logan Rogers and Ryan Street combined for a no-hitter and seven strikeouts. Rogers walked two and struck out four in his three innings. Street had no walks and three strikeouts in his two innings.
Cole Hales had a triple, double and a single before the second inning was in the books. He scored two and drove in three. Charlie Klingler had two hits and scored twice. Casey Gouge went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Jordan Goodine continued his hot hitting with two doubles and two RBIs and added a diving catch. Zeb Burns got on base three straight times out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup and scored each time.
Rowan settled it with a wild, 10-run second inning, sending 15 men to the plate. Gouge and Hales both had two hits in that inning.
Rowan rested Klingler, Goodine and Hales, among others, in the second game.
Jonathan Spry, Scout Nichols and Chase Shoaf combined to hold the visitors to an unearned run on six hits.
Rowan’s infield turned two double plays to help Spry in the second and third innings.
Street singled home a run in the bottom of the first. Then Mount Airy made three errors in the second inning as Rowan scored three times to take a 4-0 lead.
Rowan scored four runs in the fifth inning, with Rogers’ two-run double being the key blow.
Caden Hudson’s booming hit with two outs in the sixth plated Burns with the run that gave Rowan a 10-run cushion.
Rowan is scheduled to start league play on July 4 at home against Randolph County.
Randolph County edged Kannapolis 6-5 on Sunday.
Aiden Schenck had three hits for Kannapolis, including a double and a triple. Tyler Grady had two hits and two RBIs.
Easton Morgan and Blake Marsh had three hits each for Randolph.
In NC3 Junior action on Tuesday, West Rowan beat East Rowan, 6-1.
Drew Park, Matthew Connolly and JD James had two hits each for West.
Park, Lucas Graham and Ian Bingham did the pitching for West.
Jacob Causey pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings for East. Tristan Miller had two hits. His RBI double drove in Dylan Valley with East’s run.
Nick Lyerly (East Rowan, UNC Greensboro) shot 2-under 68 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying in the North & South Men’s Amateur Championship at Pinehurst.