GRANITE FALLS,NC (WWAY) — Whiteville Post 137 has been eliminated from the state championship tournament for American Legion baseball. Pitt County beat Whiteville on Friday 6-5.
Wilmington Post 10 defeated Cherryville 16-5 in 7 innings. Post 10 is the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament.
Saturday matchups: Cherryville vs Caldwell County 3:00 and Pitt County vs Wilmington 7:00
CHARLESTON,SC (USL Pro release)– The Charleston Battery tied the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-2 on Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 3,557 fans. Nicki Paterson and Taylor Mueller both recorded goals for the Battery but it wasn’t enough to edge past the Hammerheads. With the draw the Charleston Battery will remain in third position, three points ahead of fifth-placed Wilmington.
The Hammerheads opened the scoring late in the first half with a goal from forward Andres Cuero. In the 35th minute Wilmington was awarded with a free kick 40 yards out. The ball was flighted into the box and cleared to Cuero, who blasted the deflection home past Battery goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra.
The Battery opened the second half strongly as Tony Donatelli took a bicycle kick from inside the six-yard box that was cleared off the line by a Hammerhead defender. Not long after, Navion Boyd placed a ball into Dane Kelly’s feet at the edge of the penalty area. Kelly flicked the ball on to Paterson, who found himself free on the left side and fired a shot past Alex Horwath to tie the match up in the 50th minute.
The Battery found success again off a free kick that Paterson ripped off the crossbar in the 77th minute. After several attempts to put away the rebound, Mueller was able to capitalize with a first-time finish to record his first professional goal. Four minutes later, however, Wilmington’s Steven Perry responded with a breakaway and slotted past Andrew Dykstra to even the score.
In the 89th minute the Hammerheads were forced to play down a man when Charles Rodriguez was ejected from the match, but the Hammerheads were able to hold on in stoppage time to earn a point.
The Battery square off with the Hammerheads again on Saturday night at Legion Field, followed by a two-game road swing. They conclude regular season play with a home match against the Dayton Dutch Lions on Saturday, August 18th at 7:30 p.m.
WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks news release) — Thursday night’s rainout to conclude the regular season send the Sharks into the Petitt Cup Playoffs against fifth-seeded Columbia. Wilmington will host Game 1 of the postseason on Saturday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. and will travel to Capital City Stadium on Sunday for Game 2 and, if necessary, will again play in Columbia on Monday for a decisive third contest. On Saturday at Buck Hardee Field, the Sharks are offering $1 beer to fans.
Ticket prices will be the same as in the regular season, with $8 reserved seats for adults ($7 for children 5-12, seniors 55+ and military) and $6 general admission ($5 for children, seniors and military). Any patrons who were in attendance at Thursday night’s rainout may use their tickets for admission to Saturday’s playoff game. To order playoff tickets in advance, call the Sharks office at (910) 343-5621.
Once again, the Sharks will be sharing a home date with the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Sports Complex and the parking lot will be full. The team encourages fans to arrive early to ease traffic as game time nears.
Because time was limited for fans to bid on the team’s special McSharks jerseys, the team has decided to continue bidding on its website, www.wilmingtonsharks.com, until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3. All proceeds from the jersey auction will go to Ronald McDonald Houses of North Carolina.
Finally, the Coastal Plain League is allowing fans to help decide the 2012 WebPass Broadcaster of the Year award. Voting is currently ongoing at www.coastalplain.com.
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