WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — The Battle of the Weekend Warriors will be holding court in Wilmington this weekend. 23 teams are scheduled to participate in the annual event. Check back with wwaytv3.com on Thursday for the pairings, bracket and game locations. Tournament action will start on Saturday morning. The championship game is slated for 5:30 at Cape Fear Academy. Northside Baptist Church will also host some of the tournament games.
MOREHEAD CITY,NC (Sharks release) — Despite strong pitching performances, the Wilmington Sharks (13-12, 29-23) dropped both ends of a twin bill for the first time this season at Morehead City (15-12, 25-29) by final scores of 2-1 and 8-3 at Big Rock Stadium.
The first game of the twin bill was the resumption of a suspended game from July 11, and was picked up with no score in the middle of the fourth inning. Morehead City got a leadoff single then a ground rule double to score the first run of the day. Wilmington drew two walks and got a bunt single from Brad Shaban to load the bases with nobody out in the top of the fifth, but could not score.
Casey Goss stretched a single into a double to lead off the eighth inning, then scored when Aaron Preston tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt but reached on a throwing error by pitcher Evan Zerff.
After Stephen Vaughan exited the game with a strong eight-inning total performance, Morehead City’s Sam Ott drew a walk and scored on a Corey Bass walk-off double to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory in the opener.
To start the nightcap, the Sharks got a run on the board in the top of the first as Goss led off with a single then came around to score on Lloyd Enzor’s double.
Each team scored twice in the third, with Preston and Scott Coleman each coming across to take a 3-0 lead before Morehead City bounced back with both an unearned run and an earned run against Blaze Tart in the bottom half of the third.
Yet another Morehead City run came across in the bottom of the fourth before a disastrous defensive inning in the fifth when Wilmington gave up a total of four runs. Just one of those was earned, on a wild pitch, with the Sharks committing a pair of errors. Once again in the sixth frame, an error allowed the Marlins to tack on an extra unearned run to extend their lead to 8-3. Wilmington loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but a line drive and a play at the plate ended the game with no additional scoring.
Just one game remains in the regular season, with the Sharks hosting the Thomasville HiToms on Thursday before the Petitt Cup Playoffs begin. With Forest City sweeping Columbia on Wednesday, the Blowfish will be Wilmington’s first round opponent in the postseason. Seeding will be determined in Thursday night’s action, with Columbia controlling the fourth seed; therefore, the location of Saturday’s first round playoff game is not known yet. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, add Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.
WILMINGTON,NC (Hammerheads release) — Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Hammerheads have officially announced they have formally released forward Chukwudi Chijindu from the USL PRO league for the remainder of the 2012 regular season.
Chijindu is traveling to Iceland on behalf of an opportunity for a long-term deal signing for Icelandic side Þór Akureyri (Thor AK) until the end of the 2012 season.
“This is a great opportunity that has come along for Chuck,” said Hammerheads Head Coach David Irving. “We didn’t want to prevent him from doing something great and we hope him all the best.”
Thor AK is currently sitting in third place in the Icelandic second division and is fighting for promotion back to the Premier League. The club has played in the Europa League this season and recently beat Irish club Bohemians 5-1. They eventually lost to Czech Premier League team Mlada Boleslav.
The club has also signed two further Americans including former Portland Timbers and D.C. United goalkeeper Josh Wicks and Joe Funicello, formerly of Real Maryland.
During his time with the 2012 Hammerheads, Chijindu appeared in ten matches when he was not recovering from injury mid-season with ten shots on goal and two assists.
GRANITE FALLS, NC (WWAY) — Whiteville Post 137 defeated Randolph County 14-6 on Wednesday on the first day of the state championship tournament for American Legion baseball.
Post 137’s Mikey Inman goes the distance. 6 runs, 4 earned, 9 strikeouts, 5 walks, 2 hit batters. Inman did not have a 3 up, 3 down inning but made the pitches when needed.
After 3 batters Randolph County led 3-0 on a single, error and 3 run homer by Dillon Prevatte. Whiteville responded with 3 runs on 4 hits in bottom of first. Cain Wilkerson provided the big blow with a 2 run double.
Whiteville blows it open with a 7 run 2nd inning. 4 hits, 1 hit batter and 2 errors. Derrick Bracey provided the big blow with a grand slam to make it 10-3. Whiteville continued to maintain a cushion with single runs in the 4th and 6th and 2 in the 7th.
Hunter Smith; 3 for 4, double, walk, 2 RBIs, 5 runs scored
Macon Hammond; 3 for 4, double, walk, 2 RBIs
Jesse Simmons; 3 for 5, triple, 3 runs scored
Derrick Bracey; 2 for 5, grand slam
Randolph County Post 45
3 runs…10 hits and 3 errors
Whiteville Post 137
14 runs…15 hits and 2 errors
Whiteville will face Cherryville on Thursday at 4:30. Cherryville nipped Apex 4-3 in 10 innings on a walk-off homer.
GRANITE FALLS,NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Post 10 defeated High Point 13-7 on Monday afternoon. Joe O’Donnell pitched started the game for Post 10. O’Donnell pitched seven innings. He struck out eight batters. Sam Foy led the hitting attack for Post 10. Foy had three hits, including a grand slam in the 4th inning that gave Wilmington a 9 to 4 lead at the time.
Wilmington will face Caldwell County on Thursday at 7:30. The host team of the tournament defeated Pitt County on Wednesday 14-1.