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WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks news release) — A first inning run against Ross Whitley was no problem, as the Wilmington Sharks (9-5, 25-16) came back to take a 3-1 win over the Florence RedWolves (7-9, 20-24) at Buck Hardee Field on Thursday night.

A crowd of just under 2,300 fans saw the visitors get on the board in the first inning before Ross Whitley worked his way out of jams to keep that one run the only tally for Florence on the night. The Catawba starter allowed runners to reach third base on four occasions in six innings of work, but only one of them was able to cross home plate.

Two runs in the sixth inning proved enough to get Whitley the victory, with Cole McInturff scoring on a wild pitch and Alex Freedman being driven in by Aaron Preston. The Sharks also added an insurance run in the seventh, when McInturff led off with a walk, advanced on a sacrifice, stole third base and came across on a Casey Goss single.

Wes Hatley threw two innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Andrew Brockett earned his ninth save of the summer after facing just three batters in the ninth.

With the home victory, the Sharks have matched the club’s record of 17 wins at the Shark Tank. That mark was also reached in 2007, though records are only available since the 2001 season.

The Sharks travel to Edenton on Friday then return to Buck Hardee Field on Saturday for their last game before the All Star Break. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, add Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.


LELAND,NC (WWAY) — Montgomery County ousted Columbus County in the 12 year old state championship for Dixie Youth baseball on Thursday night. Montgomery beat Columbus County 3-1 in the semi-finals of the tournament.



American Legion Baseball

Whiteville Post 137 11
Hope Mills 0 (7 Innings)

Whiteville leads best of 5, 2-0. Game 3 in Whiteville Friday night at 7:00.



American Legion Baseball

Wilmington Post 10 will begin their best of five playoff series at Buck Hardee Field on Friday at 7:00 against Morehead City.


WILMINGTON,NC (Hammerheads news release) — The Wilmington Hammerheads are scheduled to play the Dayton Dutch Lions at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Legion Stadium. During Friday’s match the Hammerheads will be adorning commemorative pink jerseys that will be auctioned off by way of silent auction with majority of the proceeds supporting New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s ‘The Pink Ribbon Project.’

The Pink Ribbon Project provides funding for local women, without health insurance or other financial resources, to receive mammography screening at one of five (5) approved NHRMC regional sites. On average, the Pink Ribbon Project funds more than 700 mammography screenings each year as well as funding for any diagnostics that may be required for a suspect result.

Winners of each player’s jersey will be brought down to field level for post game ceremony to receive their player’s pink jersey directly off their back.

The Hammerheads are currently unbeaten at Legion Stadium this season, and with three home games left the Hammerheads hope to maintain this streak. The last time the Hammerheads and the Dutch Lions encountered back in June, the Hammerheads gave Dayton their first win of the season with 4-0 shutout.

Still sitting comfortably in fourth place in the USL PRO league standings, Wilmington is looking for two wins, totaling six points, following this weekend’s match ups.

Following Friday’s match the Hammerheads head west to face their state rival, the Charlotte Eagles at Charlotte Christian Stadium. This will be the second match up between the two teams this season, with one more game between the two scheduled for August 18 at Legion Stadium rounding out the end of the Hammerheads official 2012 season.

The Hammerheads and the Eagles went to head to head at Legion Stadium back in May resulting in a 1-1 draw. Since then, the Hammerheads have added to their roster, gaining more power on the forward line.


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) – Adam Scott has tied a course record by shooting a 6-under 64 in the opening round of the British Open.

Taking advantage of perfect conditions at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the Australian bounced back from a bogey at No. 3 with eight birdies over the next 13 holes. That put him in position to tie the record for lowest score in the Open or any other major (63), or even break the record with one more birdie.

Scott settled for par at the 17th, then took a bogey on the final hole after an errant tee shot into the thick rough. Still, he went to the clubhouse having tied the 64 that Tom Lehman shot at Lytham in 1996.

Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open champion, posted a 65.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



River Landing Classic
E Golf Tour – Through 2 Rounds

Chesson Hadley -11
David Robinson -9
Andrew McLardy -8
Alan Wagner -8
Phillip Molica – 7
Josh Brock -4

The tournament will wrap up on Saturday in Wallace.

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