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ACC leads way in 2014 MLB Draft; Sharks lose to SwampDogs & Whiteville softball team hits stride

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- The softball season for Whiteville High School will conclude this weekend at Walnut Creek in Raleigh. Parents, coaches and the Whiteville players all hope for the first softball state title for the Wolfpack. Click the play video icon to see WWAY's report on the Wolfpack as they prepare for the 1-A state championship series against North Stokes.

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) -- Will Gilbert started on the mound for the Sharks (3-5) and produced another solid outing. Gilbert retired the first eight batters he faced before Kam Stewart singled, becoming the first base runner for Fayetteville (5-3). The game progressed smoothly for Gilbert until the sixth inning, when he found himself in trouble. Stewart led off the sixth with a walk, and stole second while Jason Blum was in the batter’s box. Stewart stole second before Blum reached base on a Steven Linkous error at third base, putting runners on the corners with no men out.

The SwampDogs were not going to forget what Wilmington did to them at Buck Hardee Field on Tuesday night – Rayne Raven brought a 4-0 lead and a no-hitter into the 7th, which was broken open by Foy. The Sharks went on to pick up four quick scores in the eighth inning to steal a win.

David LeFleur dug in from the right side, and knocked the third pitch of his at bat in the sixth inning into deep right-center field, clearing the bases. These runs were the first of five in the inning.

Offensively for the Sharks, things were much of the same. Starting slowly and striking out often has been a familiar trend for Wilmington. The six strike outs in the contest raise the total to 80 on the season – the second most in the Coastal Plain League. The lone run for the Sharks came in the sixth inning. Steven Linkous walked, stole second and third, and scored on Nate Moorhouse’s backside grounder.

Wilmington has a weekend on the road, at Asheboro (5-4) and at Martinsville (4-5) before returning home Monday, for another game with Fayetteville.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (WWAY / MLB ) -- Day one of the 2014 MLB Draft is over. Nine players out of the ACC were selected on the first day. An East Carolina Pirate player was picked as well. We've posted the selections from the first day of the draft below.

Round 1
1. Houston Astros: LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS
2. Miami Marlins: RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS
3. Chicago White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State
4. Chicago Cubs: C Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
5. Minnesota Twins: SS Nick Gordon, Olympia HS
6. Seattle Mariners: OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS
7. Philadelphia Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola, LSU
8. Colorado Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville
9. Toronto Blue Jays: RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina
10. New York Mets: OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State
11. Toronto Blue Jays (compensation for Phillip Bickford -- unsigned): C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State
12. Milwaukee Brewers: LHP Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea HS
13. San Diego Padres: SS Trea Turner, North Carolina State
14. San Francisco Giants: RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
15. Los Angeles Angels: LHP Sean Newcomb, University of Hartford
16. Arizona Diamondbacks: RHP Touki Toussaint, Coral Springs Christian Academy
17. Kansas City Royals: LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU
18. Washington Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV
19. Cincinnati Reds: RHP Nick Howard, Virginia
20. Tampa Bay Rays: 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State
21. Cleveland Indians: OF Bradley Zimmer, University of San Francisco
22. Los Angeles Dodgers: RHP Grant Holmes, Conway HS
23. Detroit Tigers: OF Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS
24. Pittsburgh Pirates: SS Cole Tucker, Mountain Pointe HS
25. Oakland Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman, Cal State-Fullerton
26. Boston Red Sox: SS Michael Chavis, Sprayberry Senior HS
27. St. Louis Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver, Florida State
28. Kansas City Royals (compensation for Ervin Santana, ATL): LHP Foster Griffin, The First Academy
29. Cincinnati Reds (compensation for Shin-Soo Choo, TEX) SS Alex Blandino, Stanford
30. Texas Rangers (compensation for Nelson Cruz, BAL) RHP Luis Ortiz, Sanger HS
31. Cleveland Indians (compensation for Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL) LHP Justus Sheffield, Tullahoma HS
32. Atlanta Braves (compensation for Brian McCann, NYY) OF Braxton Davidson, T. C. Roberson HS
33. Boston Red Sox (compensation for Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY) RHP Michael Kopech, Mount Pleasant HS
34. St. Louis Cardinals (compensation for Carlos Beltran, NYY) RHP Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake HS

Competitive Balance Round A
35. Colorado Rockies: 2B Forrest Wall, Orangewood Christian HS
36. Miami Marlins (compensation for Matt Krook, unsigned): C Blake Anderson, West Lauderdale HS
37. Houston Astros (from Baltimore Orioles): OF Derek Fisher, Virginia
38. Cleveland Indians: OF Mike Papi, Virginia
39. Pittsburgh Pirates (from Miami Marlins): OF Connor Joe, University of San Diego
40. Kansas City Royals: C Chase Vallot, St Thomas More HS
41. Milwaukee Brewers: SS Jacob Gatewood, Clovis HS

Round 2
42. Houston Astros: 1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky
43. Miami Marlins: SS Justin Twine, Falls City HS
44. Chicago White Sox: RHP Spencer Adams, White County HS
45. Chicago Cubs: RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland
46. Minnesota Twins: RHP Nick Burdi, Louisville
47. Philadelphia Phillies: LHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
48. Colorado Rockies: RHP Ryan Castellani, Brophy Jesuit Prep School
49. Toronto Blue Jays: RHP Sean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS
50. Milwaukee Brewers: OF Monte Harrison, Lee's Summit West HS
51. San Diego Padres: OF Michael Gettys, Gainesville HS
52. San Francisco Giants: C Aramis Garcia, Florida International
53. Los Angeles Angels: RHP Joe Gatto, St. Augustine Prep
54. Arizona Diamondbacks: LHP Cody Reed, Ardmore HS
55. New York Yankees: LHP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State
56. Kansas City Royals: RHP Scott Blewett, Baker HS
57. Washington Nationals: LHP Andrew Suarez, Miami
58. Cincinnati Reds: 3B Taylor Sparks, University of California-Irvine
59. Texas Rangers: SS Tiquan Forbes, Columbia HS
60. Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Cameron Varga, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
61. Cleveland Indians: RHP Grant Hockin, Damien HS
62. Los Angeles Dodgers: OF Alex Verdugo, Sahuaro HS
63. Detroit Tigers: Spencer Turnbull, Alabama RHP
64. Pittsburgh Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller, Xavier HS
65. Oakland Athletics: Daniel Gossett, Clemson RHP
66. Atlanta Braves: RHP Garrett Fulenchek, Howe HS
67. Boston Red Sox: 1B Sam Travis, Indiana
68. St. Louis Cardinals: RHP Ronnie Williams, American Senior HS

Competitive Balance Round B
69. Arizona Diamondbacks (from San Diego Padres): OF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS
70. Arizona Diamondbacks: SS Isan Diaz, Springfield Central HS
71. St. Louis Cardinals: RHP Andrew Morales, University of California-Irvine
72. Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Brent Honeywell, Walters State CC
73. Pittsburgh Pirates: RHP Trey Supak, La Grange HS
74. Seattle Mariners: OF Gareth Morgan. Blyth Academy

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW head men’s soccer coach Aidan Heaney has released his team’s 2014 schedule, one that includes games against six teams that reached the NCAA tournament and home games against UNC Chapel Hill and Duke. “Our schedule will be our toughest schedule during my time at UNCW and one that I am really looking forward to,” said Heaney. “The quality of the competition we face will be right up there with the toughest schedules in the country, but I feel we have a talented team who will be ready for the challenge. I anticipate the CAA will be another tight race again this season, so our non-conference games should prepare us well for league action, and I believe our players will be up to the task.”

The Seahawks open exhibition play with an August 17 home game against NC State and will head to Farmville, Va., one week later against Longwood.

UNCW visits High Point in the season opener for both sides on Aug. 29, before hosting UNCG on Sept. 1 in the Seahawk home opener.

The Seahawks will host the UNCW Courtyard Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Classic with Elon, Winthrop and Ohio State rounding out the field. UNCW will play Ohio State and Winthrop on Sept. 5 and 7, respectively.

UNCW hosts Duke on Sept. 23 and UNC Chapel Hill on Sept. 30.

Other teams on UNCW’s schedule that played in the 2013 College Cup are Old Dominion and CAA rivals William & Mary, Delaware, Elon and Drexel. “Along with some top RPI road games, we face opponents from the ACC, Big 10 and Big South so we have some really exciting home games for our fans to look forward to!”

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