Sports notebook: Rivals play teammates for State Games gold

For most of the year, the players on the Region 6 State Games softball team play against each other on their respective high school and club teams.

Last week, Jay M. Robinson's Dallas King and Megan Crowe, Central Cabarrus' Tori Cragan and Taylor Fain and Northwest Cabarrus' Andrea Jones were all teammates on the gold-winning team at the N.C. Powerade State Games.

The Region 6 team, which also featured players from other area high schools - Cherryville, Marvin Ridge, North Mecklenburg and Providence - defeated Region 2's all-stars 2-0 to finish unbeaten, a perfect 4-0 for the tournament.

The Region 6 squad, led by Marvin Ridge softball coach Scott Allran, won easily in the first three contests defeating teams from regions 4, 5 and 7, to finish as the only team not to lose in group play.

The team beat Region 4, 12-3, which included players from 4A state champions North Davidson, while also rolling over Region 7, 11-3, against a roster with standouts from Lake Norman and Mooresville.

King, the South Piedmont Conference pitcher of the year as just a sophomore, was one of the main pitchers on the squad and closed out the championship game for her team. Meanwhile, Crowe started at centerfield in the title game, where she had a double, while Fain and Cragan also had timely hits. Northwest Cabarrus' Jones, who played a utility infield role this week, smacked a triple in the final game to help her team win it all.

You're an all-star

Central Cabarrus' senior shortstop Lindsey Brown, the reigning SPC player of the year, also participated in the State Games last week on the West squad during the East-West Senior all-star game. Brown will continue her career later this summer when she begins her college years at Francis Marion University.

American Legion battle

The two Cabarrus County American legion teams are still trying to fight their way up the Area III, Southern Division standings.

Kannapolis Post 115 was 7-11, 6-8 in its division, going into last weekend. The Kannapolis team got a big boost last week when they completed the season sweep of Stanly County when Northwest Cabarrus' Taylor West tossed a rare complete-game to lead his team to an 8-2 win.

Kannapolis, led by head coach Matt Stack, is in fifth-place in the 10-team division led by 13-2 Mooresville.

Concord's Post 51 is struggling at 6-11, 4-9 in the Area III South Division, but the team nearly beat third-place Rowan County after a strong performance by Concord High and Wofford-bound pitcher, Eric Brenk.

The Legion regular season wrapped up yesterday. The Area III All-Star game takes place today at Newman Park in Salisbury.

The best-of-three first round playoff series kick off Saturday. This article went to print before playoff brackets were finalized.