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MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WWAY) -– The Wilmington Sharks (17-10, 31-23) ended the 2013 CPL regular season on a strong note as they picked up a 3-1 win on the road over the Morehead City Marlins (12-16, 24-32).
The Sharks kept their hot hitting going in the top of the first inning as Andrew Amaro reached second on an error to lead off the game then stole third to get into scoring position. Alex Freedman picked up a single to drive in Amaro to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead. Zach MacAneney picked up an RBI single with two outs in the same inning to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Sharks extended their 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning as Andrew Amaro doubled to deep left center field to score Losby and make it 3-0. Ryan Cranmer picked up the loan Marlins run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo blast over the left field fence his 12th home run of the year to make it 3-1.
The Sharks pitching staff did a great job as they have done all year. Derek Justice was the winning pitcher only giving up one run on four hits and striking out six. Hunter Smith picked up his second save of the year.
Andrew Amaro blistered the ball in the game as he went 4-5 with an RBI double and three stolen bases. Zach MacAneney went 2-4 for the Sharks with a RBI.
The Wilmington Sharks will start postseason play on Wednesday night at home against the Peninsula Pilots in the first round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
COLUMBUS, GA (WWAY) -- Columbus County Jr. Dixie Boys again staved off elimination defeating Center, Texas 12-11 on Monday afternoon in the Junior Dixie Youth Boys World Series.
CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -- UNCW rising senior Lori Beth Adams carded a two-over-par 73 in the opening round of the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Monday at the Country Club of Charleston.
A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams is part of a tie for 20th place after the opening 18 holes. She will begin the second round Tuesday at 1:50 p.m. off the No. 10 tee. The field will be cut to 64 players after Tuesday’s round for match play competition that is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
Playing in the morning wave of the 156-player event, Adams carded a bogey on the 2nd and a double-bogey on the 5th to post a three-over-par 39 on the front nine. She would rebound with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes before carding a bogey on the 16th to move her back to two-over.
Fifteen-year-old Allisen Corpuz of Honolulu, Hawaii leads the field following the opening 18 holes after posting a two-under-par 69 during the morning wave. Seven players are two shots back of Corpuz in a tie for second at even par.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Veteran Head Coach Mark Scalf has announced the hiring of Matt Williams as pitching coach for UNCW’s highly successful program.
Williams previously served as pitching coach at junior college power Spartanburg Methodist for eight seasons.
“We’re extremely excited to have Matt join the program,” said Scalf. “He has a proven reputation as an outstanding recruiter, as well as the ability to work with and develop a pitching staff. We’re looking forward to his contributions to our staff and program. I think he’ll have an immediate impact with our pitching staff.”
Williams helped the Pioneers achieve the top ranking in the nation in 2013 and a berth in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. SMC reached the World Series three times (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013) with Williams as the pitching coach.
“This is a great opportunity to work in a successful program with Coach Scalf, (Randy) Hood and (Robbie) Monday,” said Williams. “I’d like to thank everyone at UNCW for this opportunity and SMC Head Coach Tim Wallace, who helped me develop as a recruiter and pitching coach. I’d also like to thank my father, Steve Williams (current head coach at USC Lancaster), for all his support and guidance from day one. I’m looking forward to getting started in the fall.”
In 2013, SMC posted a 48-15 record with a 3.36 earned run average, which ranked in the top-35 nationally. Opponents hit just .252 against the Pioneer pitching staff.
A tireless recruiter, Williams sent 34 players to the NCAA Division I ranks and 15 into professional baseball.
Williams played for the Pioneers in 2002 and 2003 and was part of a sophomore class that combined to win 101 wins over two seasons. In 2003, he tossed a no-hitter in the Region X tournament against Surry Community College.
From SMC, Williams entered professional baseball and pitched for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks of the Frontier League before transitioning to coaching. He began his coaching career as pitching coach for Spartanburg Post 28 American Legion and helped the program to a pair of state titles. In 2010, he served as head coach of the Laconia Muskrats and guided the rookie franchise to a spot in the New England College Baseball League playoffs.
Tim Wallace, Director Of Athletics/Head Baseball Coach, Spartanburg Methodist
“Matt Williams has been an integral part of the SMC program, both as a player and coach and will be difficult to replace. After reaching the World Series as a player for us, his work as Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach helped us return four more times. He has a tremendous, and well-deserved, reputation as a pitching coach and works tirelessly at recruiting. I am sure that he will prove to be a great addition to Mark Scalf’s staff at UNCW. Quality leaders attract quality people.”
Chad Holbrook, Head Coach, South Carolina
“Matt Williams is one of the brightest and hardest working coaches in our game. He's had an incredible amount of success in just a short period of time. He will have a long and very successful stint with Coach Scalf at UNCW.”
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Post 10 goes into the SE Regionals Baseball Tournament as the state champs from North Carolina. We've posted the pairings for the first day of the tournament below:
SE Regionals - American Legion Baseball
Thursday Aug 8th
Bessemer Post 149 (AL) vs Campbellsville Post 82 (KY)
Jacksonville Post 88 (FL) vs Albemarle Post 74 (VA)
Irmo/Chapin Post 193 (SC) vs Wilmington Post 10 (NC)
Rockdale Post 77 (GA) vs Randolph County Post 45 (NC)
All games will be played in Asheboro, NC
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The high school football regular season is not too far away. Here at WWAY we're getting ready for our pre-season coverage. We'll be starting our "Two-A_Days" high school football coverage on Monday, August 12.
We've listed a schedule below of our pre-season coverage plans:
Monday, August 12
6pm on WWAY - Pender Patriots
11pm on WWAY - Topsail Pirates
Tuesday, August 13
6pm on WWAY - Coverage from the BB&T football news conference
11pm on WWAY - Coverage from the BB&T football news conference
Wednesday, August 14
6pm on WWAY - East Columbus Gators
11pm on WWAY - East Bladen Eagles
Thursday, August 15
6pm on WWAY - West Bladen Knights
11pm on WWAY - West Columbus Vikings
Friday, August 16
5, 5:30 and 6pm - Live on-site coverage during the news from the BB&T Jamboree at Legion Stadium
11pm - 2013 debut of WWAY's 5th Quarter with John Rendleman and Trot Nixon
Sunday, August 18
6pm on WWAY - Trask Titans
11pm on WWAY - North Brunswick Scorpions
Monday, August 19
6pm on WWAY - South Brunswick Cougars
11pm on WWAY - Ashley Screaming Eagles
Tuesday, August 20
6pm on WWAY - West Brunswick Trojans
11pm on WWAY - Hoggard Vikings
Wednesday, August 21
6pm on WWAY - Whiteville Wolfpack
11pm on WWAY - Laney Buccaneers
Thursday, August 22
6pm on WWAY - South Columbus Stallions
11pm on WWAY - New Hanover Wildcats
Friday, August 23
11pm on WWAY - Start of 2013 regular season. Check out WWAY's 5th Quarter
CHICAGO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez blooped a single in his first at-bat of the season hours after being hit with a long suspension, but that was it for the embattled slugger as the Chicago White Sox snapped a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 win Monday night over the struggling New York Yankees.
Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis case, a punishment he is appealing.
That clearly was the biggest story on a day when New York's Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list because of a strained right calf and Andy Pettitte (7-9) got knocked out early. Alex Rios drove in four runs, Alexei Ramirez added four hits and Jose Quintana (6-3) pitched into the seventh for the White Sox.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case - the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago.
Ryan Braun's 65-game suspension last month and previous punishments bring to 18 the total number of players disciplined for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.
The harshest penalty was reserved for Rodriguez, a three-time Most Valuable Player and baseball's highest-paid star. His suspension covers 211 games, starting Thursday, and he is expected to appeal.
The New York Yankees slugger admitted four years ago that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has repeatedly denied using them since.
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