WWAY’s Thursday night sports – August 8

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Submitted: Fri, 08/09/2013 - 3:22am
Updated: Fri, 08/09/2013 - 3:45am

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HAMPTON, VA (SHARKS)- – The Peninsula Pilots (34-23) tied up the series 1-1 in the best of three playoff matchup against the Wilmington Sharks (32-24) on Thursday night at home with a 6-2 victory.

The Pilots struck first in the bottom of the first inning as Alex Close picked up his third double of the series to drive in Pat Grady to make it 1-0. Jordan Negrini stayed hot at the plate as he traded places with Close as he picked up his third double of the series and eventually scored on a pass ball to make it 3-0 Pilots after one.

Bill Cullen led off the bottom half of the second inning with a double to get into scoring position and later scored on a Brandon Reitano single to make it 4-0 Pilots after two. The Pilots scored for the third straight inning in the bottom half of the third. Scott Burkett led off with a single and scored on a Cullen triple to make it 5-0 in favor of Peninsula.

The Sharks got on the board in top of the seventh inning as Zach MacAneney and Alex Freedman picked up base hits to put runners on with two outs for Cody Dolan who drove in MacAneney on a double down line to make it 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Negrini picked up his fourth double of the series in the home half of the seventh to score Reitano and make it 6-1 Pilots. John Fidanza hit a ball deep into left center field that dropped in for a double with two outs to score Tyler Best from first to make it 6-2.

The Pilots held on in the top of the ninth to force a game three on Friday night at home. Brandon Vick was the winning pitcher as he improved his record to 4-0 on the year. Brandon Reitano, Bill Cullen and Jordan Negrini each picked two hits on the night for the Pilots. For the Sharks, Cody Dolan and Zach MacAneney each had a multi-hit game.

The Sharks and Pilots will do battle in game three in Hampton, Virginia on Friday night to see which team with advance to the second round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs as the first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.


ASHEBORO, NC (WWAY) — SE Regionals – American Legion Baseball

Post 10 6
South Carolina 3

Post 10 will play Kentucky in the winner’s bracket on Friday.

More details soon.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW)-– UNCW men’s basketball coach Buzz Peterson has always considered North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith to be presidential in stature. Barack Obama just made it official.

President Obama announced Thursday that Smith will be among those who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor and according to the White House is given to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Smith, 82, piloted UNC’s team from 1961-97 and was the winningest coach in college basketball history when he retired.

Peterson heads into his fourth season on the bench with the Seahawks and credits much of his coaching philosophy and success to Smith.

“When I was being recruited, I had heard so much about him,” Peterson reflected. “Playing for him was a real honor. You learn so much more than just basketball. You learn to discipline your life in the right direction.

“We all had so much respect for Coach Smith. We always wanted to bust our butts for him and give 100 percent. He was extremely trustworthy…you could trust Coach Smith with anything.”

Before entering the coaching ranks, Peterson enjoyed an outstanding playing career in Chapel Hill. He played four seasons for Smith from 1981-85 and helped lead the Tar Heels to a 115-22 record and four Atlantic Coast Conference championships. He was a member of the 1982 national championship team, where he played with future NBA stars Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Sophomores Lindsey Byrne and Maddie McCormick were named to the Preseason All-CAA squad on Thursday.

Junior Stephanie Bronson was also recognized as she was a Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention selection. “As with any individual recognition, our players know that what they accomplish is shared with all their team members.” Byrne was a CAA All-Rookie Team selection last season as she started all 21 games played. The Charlotte, N.C., native was part of a backline that matched the program’s single-season record for shutouts in a season (9). Byrne also contributed on the offensive end as she tallied three assists.

A native of Newark, Del., McCormick was a Third-Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie Team honoree in 2012 as she took part all 22 games and made 14 starts. She finished second on the team in both goals (8) and total points (19) and became just the fourth player in school history to record a hat trick as she found the back of the net three times against Towson last October.

Bronson, meanwhile, was also a Third-Team All-CAA selection last season as she ranked third on team in points (13), goals (5) and assists (3). The Raleigh, N.C., product was tied for fifth on the team in shots attempted (26) and tallied a pair of game-winning strikes against Drexel and Georgia State.
The Seahawks opened preseason practice Wednesday and will play the first of two exhibition contests Aug. 12 when they host Campbell in a 7 p.m. contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.


CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -– Rising senior Lori Beth Adams fell to Kendall Prince, 2 down, in her second round match in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Thursday at the Country Club of Charleston.

Prince, a rising junior at the University of Arizona, advances to the round of 16, where she will face Lauren Diaz-Yi later today at 1 p.m. The loss brings Adams inaugural USGA appearance to a close.

Playing under partly cloudy skies, Adams took an early 1 up lead by winning the opening hole only to see Prince square the match with a victory on the 3rd.

Prince would then take the lead with a win on the 5th hole before going 2 up with another triumph on the 7th.
Adams was able to square the match at the turn, taking both 9th and 10th holes moments before Prince regained her 1 up advantage by capturing the 11th.

The back-and-forth action continued as Adams once again squared the match with a win on the 12th before Prince countered with back-to-back victories to rebuild her two-hole cushion.

Adams responded to Prince’s charge with consecutive wins of her own on the 14th and 15th holes to knot the match once again, but Prince would take the final two holes to record the 2 up victory.


WILMINGTON,NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– With playoff anticipations still within reach, the Wilmington Hammerheads are scheduled to host the Dayton Dutch Lions at Legion Stadium on Friday, August 9, for their first of three final matches of the regular season.

The Hammerheads picked up six points in the league standings over the weekend following a 2-1 victory over the Charleston Battery at Legion Stadium and a 1-0 sweep on the road in Dayton.

Wilmington forward Kyle Greig was recently named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for Week 20 after scoring goals during both of the Charleston and Dayton matches. Greig has tallied five goals overall this season with the Hammerheads, placing him within one goal of the team’s leading goal scorer this year, Daniel Steres. Wilmington goalkeeper Philip Tuttle was also chosen to the Team of the Week for his six-save shutout in Dayton.

The Hammerheads must win their final three matches of the regular season to have a chance at making it into the playoffs; however the odds must be simultaneously against those few teams that currently hold the few ranks above Wilmington to make way. The top eight USL PRO teams at the end of the regular season will qualify for playoffs. Wilmington currently sits in the tenth position.

Wilmington is scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Wednesday, August 14 and Antigua Barracuda FC on Saturday, August 17 at Legion Stadium to conclude their regular season.

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