WWAY’s Friday night sports – June 14

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Submitted: Sat, 06/15/2013 - 2:56am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:49am

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Whiteville Post 137 came into Friday’s American Legion baseball game with a perfect 7-0 record. Post 137 leaves Wilmington with their first loss of the season. Wilmington Post 10 defeated Post 137 on Friday night 11-1. Former Ashley standout Chance Shepard pounded a grand slam over the left field fence in the second inning for Post 10. Both teams are now 7-1 on the season. WP Joe O’Donnell.


ARDMORE, PA (AP) — Play has been suspended for the day at the U.S. Open, with Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel tied for the lead.

Mickelson birdied the 18th late Friday to finish a 2-over round of 72. Horschel shot 3-under 67, hitting all 18 greens in regulation at Merion Golf Club.

Their 1-under totals of 139 made them the only players under par for the tournament; nearly half the field had yet to complete the second round, which was halted because of darkness.

Luke Donald, Steve Stricker and Justin Rose were in the clubhouse at even par. Two other players were still on the course at even par.

The second round began late in the morning because storms on Thursday forced half the field to return early Friday to finish the first round.

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OMAHA, NE (AP) – The College World Series opens in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday with Mississippi State facing No. 3 national seed Oregon State in the afternoon and Indiana playing Louisville at night.

Mississippi State (48-18) features All-America right fielder Hunter Renfroe. He’s the No. 13 overall draft pick of San Diego. The only higher draft choice in the CWS is North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran, taken sixth by Miami. Oregon State (50-11) has tied its record for wins.

Indiana (48-18) is making its CWS debut as the first Big Ten team in 29 years to reach Omaha. Louisville (51-12) is in the CWS for the second time (2007).

Sunday’s games have No. 1 seed North Carolina (57-10) against rival North Carolina State (49-14) and UCLA (44-17) against No. 4 seed LSU (57-9).

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks picked up a big 4-3 victory over the Fayetteville SwampDogs on the road Friday night. These two teams have played each other tough in the early stages of the 2013 season and did not disappoint once again.

The Sharks struck first in the top of the second inning as Matt Pollock drove a fast ball off the right field fence to pick a big RBI triple and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dylan Bosheers to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

Fayetteville came back in the bottom of the third inning to tie up the game, as Mitchell Kranson and Michael Timm picked up back-to-back RBI singles to notch the game up at 2-2.

The pitching was good on both sides as Beau Dees pitched six innings for the Sharks giving up two runs on five hits and was the winning pitcher to pick up his first win of the 2013 CPL season.

In the top of the sixth, the Sharks picked up two more runs this, time an infield RBI single off the bat of John Fidanza and a sacrifice fly from Andrew Amaro to give the Sharks a 4-2 lead. The SwampDogs picked up a run in eighth to cut the Sharks lead down to 4-3.

Seth Lucio came into the eighth inning for a six out save, where he gave up one run and struck out two batters to record his second save on the year. The Sharks return back home Saturday night to take on the Petersburg Generals with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Postseason honors continued to roll in for UNCW’s baseball program on Friday as Michael Bass, Ryan LaGrange and Mat Batts were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-East Region team.

Bass and LaGrange, both of whom advanced to the national ballot for ABCA All-America honors, were named to the first team while Batts was selected to the second team by the region’s coaches.

Bass, who has earned four All-America honors to his credit following his tremendous season, led the Seahawks in nine offensive categories, total, including batting average (.380), runs (62), hits (82) and stolen bases (26). He was the runner up for CAA Player-of-the-Year honors while tying the school record with an impressive 26-game hitting streak midway through the season.

LaGrange was a second-team Capital One® Academic All-America selection and a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree, along with Bass, after hitting .370 with 14 doubles and five home runs in 57 games, including 53 starts. LaGrange posted his breakout season after seeing just 20 at bats as a sophomore in 2012.
Batts, the CAA Pitcher-of-the-Year, was honored on the second team. As a junior the lefthander led UNCW with a 9-4 record and posted a 3.47 earned run average. He was also a first-team All-CAA selection in 2013 and finished the season among the national leaders in strikeouts with 114 in 111.2 innings.

The CAA dominated the East Region awards with William & Mary, Towson and Delaware joining the Seahawks with three honorees apiece.

CAA Honorees:
First-Team: John Farrell, RHP (William & Mary); Andrew Parker, C (Towson); Jimmy Yezzo, 1B (Delaware); Michael Bass, 2B (UNCW); Ryan LaGrange, 3B (UNCW); Nick Ferdinand, OF (Delaware); Ben Verlander, OF (Old Dominion); Kurt Wertz, DH (Towson)

Second-Team: Mat Batts, LHP (UNCW); Chad Kuhl, RHP (Delaware); Matt Resitetter, C (Hofstra); Michael Katz, 1B (William & Mary); Ryan Lindemuth, 2B (William & Mary); Chad Carroll, OF (James Madison); Dominic Fratantuono, OF (Towson)


WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– The Wilmington Hammerheads will host their sixth match a Legion Stadium this season when they welcome Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls Reserves on Saturday, June 15.

Saturday’s game will be regarded as a regular season scheduled match for Wilmington with the result counting towards official league standings. This match is a product of the recent affiliation between Major League Soccer and USL PRO that was confirmed earlier this year having each USL PRO team play home and away versus an MLS Reserves team during the 2013 season.

The Hammerheads are scheduled to travel to Red Bull Arena on Sunday, June 30 with scheduled kick off still TBD.

The Red Bulls (2-2-0) will play the Hammerheads (3-8-1) back-to-back in their reserves schedule. In 2012, forward Corey Hertzog was on loan to the Hammerheads from the Red Bulls, making an instant impact to the squad during his addition halfway through the USL PRO regular season. Hertzog went on to become the Hammerheads’ leading scorer last season with nine goals in 17 matches, while also tallying five assists.

Wilmington’s Steven Perry recently earned the team’s first point on the road this season in a 1-1 draw with the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night. Richmond’s Philippe Davies took the first goal of the evening in the 78th minute of play with a long shot out, only to be followed by Perry’s equalizer in the 79th minute.

For tickets to the Saturday, June 15 match versus New York Red Bulls Reserves, contact (910) 777-2111 or purchase them online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Legion Stadium.

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