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WWAY's Tuesday night sports - March 5

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- The East Columbus girls basketball team won three state playoff games last week, but the season came to a crashing halt for the Gators on Tuesday night in state playoff regional play. Undefeated Lejeune knocked off East Columbus 56-47. Chatori Major led Lejeune with 36 points. Major made 14 of her 22 field goal attempts. DeMaya Berry led East Columbus with 16 points. The Gators end the season with a 20-6 mark.

1-A Girls Lejeune 56 - East Columbus 47
1-A Girls River Mill 64 Riverside-Martin 59
4-A Boys 71st 84 Clayton 65
4-A Boys Broughton 65 Hillside 49

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GIRLS SOCCER
WEST COLUMBUS 3 PURNELL SWETT 1
SWANSBORO 6 TOPSAIL 1
WEST BRUNSWICK 6 NORTH MYRTLE 1
CHELSEA BRITT 3 GOALS FOR THE THE VIKINGS
NEW HANOVER 4 WHITEVILLE 0

BASEBALL
EAST BLADEN 5 CLINTON 2
TRASK 6 DIXON 0
WEST BRUNSWICK 2 ASHLEY 1
CARSON TEW THREW A COMPLETE GAME FOR THE TROJANS
WEST COLUMBUS 6 SOUTH COLUMBUS 3
SOUTH ROBESON 4 WEST BLADEN 2
WHITEVILE 5 FAIRMONT 2

SOFTBALL
WHITEVILLE 11 FAIRMONT 0
WEST BRUNSWICK 15 NEW HANOVER 2
WEST BLADEN 9 SOUTH ROBESON 8
ASHLEY 10 NORTH BRUNSWICK 2
EAST BLADEN 4 CLINTON 3 AND EAST BLADEN 6 CLINTON 5

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WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS) -- The Wilmington Sharks announced the hiring of Pat Hutchins as general manager. The Durham, North Carolina native brings excitement and enthusiasm to his new role.

After leaving Greenville and East Carolina University, Hutchins has called Wilmington home for over 15 years. He has already hit the ground running for his first season in the Coastal Plain League. “The chance to run an organization that has such a storied history is an incredible opportunity,” Hutchins said. As long as I can remember, being involved in sports on a professional level has always been a dream of mine. “My family and I are very excited to be a part of the Sharks’ family. The history of the Sharks in unmatched in our city and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of the community.”

Hutchins will focus on developing and maintaining partner relationships, hiring seasonal interns and summer employees, among numerous other items throughout the summer. He has a proven track record of successful business operation, owning his own company for 16 years.. His involvement in the Wilmington area consists of being the meet and greet dad at his children’s school, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and involved in Winter Park Little League.

Hutchins resides in Wilmington with his wife Kimberly and two children, McCallum (12) Helen Grace (11). “Pat is a hard worker who loves baseball and knows what it takes to manage a successful organization,” said Jeremy Aagard, Operations Manager of the Sharks. “We are excited to see his passion for the game and the city of Wilmington. This has the making of the best summer yet. This is truly the making of the Summer of Fun in Wilmington!”

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MT. PLEASANT, SC (UNCW) –- College of Charleston plated three runs in the ninth with the last coming on a bases-loaded hit batter to rally past UNCW, 6-5, in college baseball action on Tuesday at Patriots Point.
The Cougars, who will join the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013-14, improved to 7-5 while the Seahawks dropped to 6-6.

Corey Dick led the Seahawks with three hits, including his second homer of the season. For CofC, Gunnar Heidt, Ryan Welke, Bradley Goodson and Cody Martin had two hits apiece as CofC out hit the Seahawks, 12-11.
Kelly Secrest (1-1) was tagged with the loss while Cougar reliever Ryan West (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) evened his record at 1-1 with the win in relief. Secrest allowed four runs, three earned, in three innings out of the pen.

Up Next: The Seahawks host undefeated VCU (9-0) for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 4 p.m.
How it happened: Carrying a 5-3 lead into the ninth, Secrest retired the leadoff batter, but surrendered a single to Heidt to start the rally. Secrest then walked Carl Wise and Welke followed with a RBI single to left. Brandon Murray, who was hitless in four at bats, then doubled to centerfield to tie the game and put runners at second and third. Reliever Ricky Holden entered the game for Secrest and issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Holden then hit Martin to force in the winning run.

Starts on the mound: Neither starter figured in the decision, but Blaze Tart (UNCW) and Blake Ross (CofC) turned in solid starts. Tart went a season-long 5 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out four. Ross, who was making his first collegiate start, tossed four shutout innings while scattering three hits and striking out three.

Notes: For Dick, it was his first three-hit game of the season … Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to eight games and on-base streak to 14 games, dating back to 2012 … For UNCW, it was the second time this season they lost in the city of Charleston on a hit batter with the bases loaded, both by Holden (Feb. 20, at Charleston Southern) … Teams combined for 24 runners left on base, including 13 by UNCW … Defensively, UNCW had just five assists on the afternoon … Tart allowed just one hit in seven at bats with two out.

Schedule Note: UNCW’s series at James Madison has had time changes. The series now begins on Mar. 15, with a 6:30 p.m. start and the same for the middle game. The final game is still slated for 2 p.m.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (UNCW) -– The UNCW women’s tennis team evened its record at 1-1 on a spring break trip to wintry Indiana by sweeping past Evansville, 5-0, early Tuesday at the Five Seasons Racquet Club.

Playing indoors, the Seahawks improved to 5-4 on the season after winning the doubles point and capturing four singles matches. Evansville had its record evened at 5-5 this spring.

Coach Evan Clark’s club won a tight doubles point and that set the tone for singles play. UNCW’s No. 3 team of Alyssa Ritchie and Christine Kharkevich trimmed Evansville’s Gaby Fifer and Emily Richardson, 8-5, to be the first off the court before the Purple Aces claimed an 8-4 win at the top of the lineup when Natasha Jones and Marketa Trousilova defeated Angie Sekely and Olga Blank, 8-4.

UNCW’s tandem of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales then came up big at No. 2 doubles, outlasting Kelsey Costales and Marina Moreno, 9-8 (5), for the all-important point.

The Seahawks increased their lead to 2-0 when Cameron thumped Moreno, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4 singles and hiked the margin to 3-0 behind Kharkevich’s convincing 6-1, 6-3, victory over Richardson.

Blank clinched the win by crushing Fifer, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles, and Sekely (No. 1) and Christina Riley (No. 2) had their close matches halted after Blank’s decisive win.

The Seahawks, 2-2 on the road this spring, move over to Butler and play the Bulldogs on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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