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Sharks win 2nd game in a row; O'Donnell named pitcher of the week

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) -- The Wilmington Sharks were able to pick up their second win in as many games after Monday night’s 3-0 victory over the High Point – Thomasville HiToms. Similar to their last home game, Monday night’s victory was a great team victory. The Sharks tallied six hits on the evening.

The big inning for the Sharks came in the 2nd, when Cam McRae knocked a single into right field, and was advanced to second by a single off the bat of Joe DeVito. With two men out in the inning, Christian Wolfe approached the plate. On the third pitch of the at bat, Wolfe hit a chopper to Matt Vernon at third base, but the ball was thrown away, allowing McRae and DeVito to score.

Wilmington’s the third run of the game game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Kevin Husum lead off the inning with a walk, and advanced to second-base after Nate Moorhouse was plucked between the shoulder blades. Husum was driven home from second by a single from McRae.

Nate Moorhouse stole second base in the 6th and again in the 8th. Two pitches later, Moorhouse stole third-base, bringing his season total to five in just two innings.

On the mound, Beau Dees was able to produce a solid six innings of work, improving his record to 1-1 on the season. Dees struck out four and walked just one.

The Wilmington Sharks are at home once again tomorrow evening(Tuesday), facing the Fayetteville SwampDogs, while High Point – Thomasville travels to Morehead City for a date with the Marlins.

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) -- The Coastal Plain League announced today that Edenton’s Ty Barkell was named the 919 Marketing Hitter of the Week, while Joe O’Donnell of Wilmington was named the 919 Marketing Pitcher of the Week for the first week of the 2014 CPL season (May 27-June 1).

Barkell, a junior at USC Aiken started the season on fire, batting a league leading .476 in five starts for the Steamers. The 6-3 first baseman had three straight multi-hit games to begin the year, contributing to a stout .571 slugging percentage off ten hits, seven RBIs, two doubles, twelve total bases, and a stolen base. Furthermore, he drew two walks and was hit by a pitch to give him a .542 on-base percentage, good for third in the league. His big week has helped Edenton finish the week as the league’s only undefeated team, currently sitting at 5-0 on the season.

On the mound, O’Donnell was near perfect for the Wilmington Sharks, making an appearance as both a starter and a reliever in week one. While the NC State freshman had eight total innings pitched, the most impressive of those was his seven-inning performance against Morehead City on May 31. The right-hander allowed a single hit in the first inning and did not allow another base runner the rest of his time in the game, retiring 19 straight batters before being removed after seven innings. In total, O’Donnell was 1-0 with a pristine 0.00 ERA, allowing only one hit, zero walks and striking out four, giving him an impressive .040 opponents batting average on the week.

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GAINESVILLE, FL (AP) - Morgan Phillips' sacrifice fly drove in Ryan Welke with the tiebreaking run in the fourth inning and College of Charleston beat Long Beach State 4-2 Monday to win the Gainesville Regional.

The Cougars (44-17) advanced to the Super Regionals and will next face Texas Tech.

Welke walked to open the fourth, and moved to second when Ben Boykin was hit by a pitch from Nick Sabo. The runners advanced on Sabo's wild pitch and Nick Rosetta relieved and gave up Phillips' fly ball.

Boykin then scored on Rosetta's wild pitch to make it 4-2.

Long Beach State (34-26), which beat North Carolina 12-5 in a condensed game earlier in the day, took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Richard Prigatano's RBI double and Johnny Bekakis' run-scoring infield single.

Charleston tied it in the third when Blake Butler scored on a throwing error by Michael Hill.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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GAINESVILLE, FL (AP) - Ino Patron homered and drove in five runs to help Long Beach State eliminate North Carolina from the NCAA tournament with a 12-5 win Monday in the completion of a suspended game.

The Dirtbags (34-25) will play College of Charleston later in the day need to beat the Cougars twice to win the region.

Long Beach State started today's game ahead 5-4 in the top of the seventh with runners on first and second after six hours of weather delays Sunday forced a postponement. After Richard Prigatano walked to load the bases, Michael Hill ripped a two-run single off of Spencer Trayner to give the Dirtbags a 7-4 lead.

North Carolina (35-27) scratched across a run in the bottom of the seventh off of an RBI double by Tyler Ramirez, but Long Beach State scored five in the top of ninth.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Softball State Championship:

CLASS 1-A: WHITEVILLE (25-6) vs. NORTH STOKES (26-3), Field 1
Friday, June 6: Game 1, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 7: Game 2, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 7: Game 3, if necessary, 2 p.m.

NCHSAA FastFacts:

Event: 40th annual NCHSAA Softball Championship

Date: June 6-7, 2014

Site: Walnut Creek Softball Complex

First Held: 1975 (slow-pitch); first fast-pitch tournament was in fall of 1994

Qualifiers: Eastern and Western champions meet for state title in best two-of-three series; 64 schools initially qualified for playoffs in each classification

Last year's champions: 1-A: West Wilkes; 2-A: West Stanly; 3-A: Greenville D.H. Conley; 4-A: Alexander Central

Tickets: Eight dollars per game

Of Interest: Only three players in NCHSAA history were three-time Most Valuable Players in the state fast-pitch softball championships: Chelsea Leonard of Central Davidson, Brittany Lehrschall of North Brunswick, and Haley Shelton of East Surry.

Host City Sponsors: Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Baseball State Championship:

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM, ZEBULON

CLASS 1-A CHAMPIONSHIP: WHITEVILLE (24-5) vs. EAST SURRY (30-0)
Game 1: Friday, June 6 at 5 pm
Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at 11 am
Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 7 at 5 pm

CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP: TOPSAIL (19-8) vs. MONROE PIEDMONT (21-8)
Game 1: Friday, June 6, 8 pm
Game 2: Saturday, June 7, 2 pm
Game 3: if necessary, Saturday, June 7 at 8 pm (5 pm if no third game in 1-A)

NCHSAA FastFacts:

Event: 98th annual NCHSAA Baseball Championships

Date: June 6-7, 2014

Site: University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2-A, 4-A); Five County Stadium, Zebulon (1A, 3-A)

First Held: 1914

Qualifiers: Eastern and Western champions meet for state title in best two-of-three series; 64 schools initially qualified for playoffs in each classification

Last year's champions: 1-A: South Stanly; 2-A: Piedmont; 3-A: Weddington; 4-A: South Mecklenburg

Tickets: eight dollars per game

Of Interest: Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants was the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 NCHSAA state 4-A championship series as he led South Caldwell to the title.

Host City Sponsors: Raleigh Sports Consortium and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau for games in Zebulon; Greensboro Sports Commission for games in Greensboro

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ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) -- On Monday Trask senior Amanda Ludlum signed with Southeastern Community College to play softball.

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