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WWAY's Thursday night sports - July 12

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- On Thursday UNCW women's head tennis coach Jenny Garrity told WWAY she's leaving the Port City in order to move to Clemson,SC. At Clemson she'll join her husband, Jimmy Garrity. Jenny Garrity doesn't have any immediate coaching plans. At Clemson she plans on being an even better mom. Jimmy Garrity recently accepted a coaching position on the Clemson women's basketball staff. Jimmy Garrity spent the last fives seasons on the bench at UNCW under Ann Hancock and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WWAY) - At the Big Shots basketball event in the slam division Texas D-1 Ambassadors defeated Flight 22 68-66. Rian Holland led Flight 22 with 18 points. Elijah Wilson added 15 points in the opening game of the tournament for the Wilmington based team. In their next game Flight 22 defeated SC Elite 68-67. Rian Holland led Flight 22 with 22 points. Elijah Wilson had 15 points. TJ Williams added 12. Laney head basketball coach Nathan Faulk is the head coach of Flight 22. His Flight 22 squad will wrap up the Big Shots event on Sunday.

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WILMINGTON, NC (Hammerheads news release) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads registered nine shots Thursday at Legion Stadium but could not find the back of the net and had to settle for a scoreless tie with the Rochester Rhinos. The Hammerheads posted their second consecutive shutout, but unfortunately settled to end the game in a draw, the same outcome as the last time the two teams faced in Rochester.

It was a hard fought battle for both teams, as the fourth placed Hammerheads faced off against the second ranked Rhinos with competition heating up in the second half of the season. The last time the two teams met up in Rochester, the game ended in similarly a 1-1 draw. Although this game finished with the same outcome, it was not for lack of trying. Both teams put up shot after shot trying to get some kind of offense going as the Hammerheads dominated possession and ended with a 9-7 edge on shots.

The Hammerheads greatest chance and the most excitement might have happened in the very first 40 seconds of play. Corey Hertzog found himself on a breakaway, going one-on-one with Rhino’s goalkeeper, Kristian Nicht. Hertzog’s shot sailed just right of the goal post and began a trend of chances that, for both teams, just kept ending up short.

Coach Irving made substitutions late in the second half to see if a couple new faces could register some action and get the offense started. Although the Hammerheads were unable to tally a goal, their shutout of the Rhino’s offense keeps their streak alive of never losing on their home field during the 2012 official regular season.

Wilmington hits the road to travel to Charleston this weekend but will be back in action at home on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. They will face off against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Legion Stadium in their next home match. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.

Box Score First Half Second Half Final

Wilmington 0 0 0

Rochester 0 0 0

Scoring Summary

None

Lineups

Hammerheads: GK Alexander Horwath, Tom Parratt, Dylan Riley, Bryce Taylor, Gareth Evans, Mark Briggs , Yahaya Musa, Paul Nicholson, TroyCole, Corey Hertzog, Cody Arnoux

Rhinos: GK Kristian Nicht, Tyler Bellamy, Tyler Rosenlund, Troy Roberts, Quavas Kirk, Danny Earls, Lucas Fernandez, Andrew Hoxie, Michael Tanke, JC Banks, Kendell McFayden

Shots Saves Fouls Corners

Hammerheads: 9 2 7 4

Rhinos: 7 0 5 3

Cautions:

44th minute: Rosenlund (Rhinos)

56th minute: Hoxie (Rhinos)

57th minute: Cole (Hammerheads)

Ejections:

79th minute: Chijindu (Hammerheads)

Referee: Matthew Jozaitis

Assistant Referees: Ben Wooten, Ryan Starr

Fourth Official: Tyler McCauley

Attendance: 3358

Weather: Warm and Humid

Man of the Match: None

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JACKSONVILLE,NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Post 10 defeated Jacksonville Post 265 in game of a best of five American Legion baseball playoff series 9-7. Jacksonville led 7-0 after six innings. Post 10 committed eight errors. Kenny Lanier earned the win pitching 3 scoreless innings of relief. Chance Shepard and Christian Wolfe both hits home runs for Wilmington.

BEAULAVILE,NC (WWAY) -- Whiteville Post 137 beat Wallace 25-3 in game two of a best of five American Legion baseball playoff series. Whiteville leads the series 2-0. Whiteville won game one on Wednesday 17-8.

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WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks news release) -- For the first time this season, the Wilmington Sharks (5-3, 21-14) completed a ninth inning comeback. It came at the hands of the Morehead City Marlins (2-8, 12-25), as the hosts scored five times in the ninth inning to walk off with a 7-6 victory.

Though the excitement started early, it was the final frame that was the clear highlight. Six hits, a fielder’s choice and a defensive error by the Marlins allowed Wilmington to put five runners across the plate. Two singles and a double by Zach Stephens, Connor Mitchell and Jeff May to start the inning gave the Sharks a breath of hope with one run home plus runners on second and third with nobody out in a 6-3 game. An error allowing Alex Freedman to reach scored the second run and put runners on the corners.

Grayson Atwood hit a ground ball that had potential for a double play but was called a single when the third baseman hesitated on his throw to second. That loaded the bases for a Cole McInturff single that brought in two more runs to tie the game. By the time Lloyd Enzor came up with two outs, McInturff represented the winning run on second base and was brought home with a single to left field.

Wilmington had gotten on the board first in the opening frame, as Casey Goss walked and scored. He also singled, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, then scored in the third to tie the game at two after the Marlins took a 2-1 lead in the top of that inning.

A four run sixth inning gave the visitors a 6-2 lead. Two of those runs were charged to Nick Price, who allowed his only two batters faced in the frame to reach. The second came on a play that was argued by both Price and head coach Ryan McCleney. After a brief argument, a conference on the mound resulted in the end of Price’s night. On his way off the field, he was sent to the showers rather than the dugout by home plate umpire Reid Joyner.

Price’s final line shows that he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and six walks with five strikeouts before giving way to Aaron Hoover. The James Madison lefty finished the game and was credited with the win after surrendering two runs of his own on three hits with four strikeouts. In all seven of Price’s starts this season, the Sharks have come out victorious despite the hurler only being credited with one decision.

Stephens was the only Shark to record multiple hits during the contest, going 3-for-4 with a run and a run batted in. Other highlights include the two RBIs on Cole McInturff’s hit in the ninth and the two runs scored by Goss.

In the final bit of excitement at Buck Hardee Field, Morehead City reliever Evan Zerff warmed up prior to the bottom of the seventh but had not been listed on the official lineup card and was therefore ineligible to play. In an argument over the matter, Marlins head coach Brian McRae was thrown out of the game.

The Sharks play a doubleheader at Fayetteville on Friday, then start a four game home stand on Saturday. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, add Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.

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