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Saturday sports recap: Post 10 wins, Tigers, Sharks & Hammerheads all come up short

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LEXINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Post 10 defeated Garner 16-4 on Saturday to stay alive in the NC American Legion Baseball State Tournament. Post 10 will face Shelby on Sunday at 12:30pm. Shelby lost to High Point on Saturday. The loss snapped Shelby's 34 game winning streak. 6 teams remain alive in the tournament. Wilmington Post 10 is the two-time defending state champion. The double elimination event will conclude on Tuesday.

**UPDATE** -- Sunday, July, 27th... Wilmington Post 10 defeated Davidson County on Sunday 7-5. Only 4 teams remain alive in the American Legion State Baseball Tournament. Ward Coleman pitched into the 8th inning. Coleman got the win on the mound. Donovan Francis earned the save. Post 10 will face Wayne County on Monday at 3:30 in an elimination game. The winner will get to play on Monday night against the loser of Monday's game between Shelby and Gaston County.

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CHIPLEY, FL (WWAY) -- In the Dixie Baseball Pre-Majors World Series Gaston, SC defeated West Bladen 10-0. On Sunday at 11am West Bladen will play Georgia in the consolation bracket.

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA (WWAY) -- The Virginia Crusaders shutout the Wilmington Tigers 42-0 on Saturday in a Mason-Dixon League Football game. The Tigers under head coach Jay Ross are now 1-2 in the regular season. The Tigers will host the Palmetto Hurricanes at Legion Stadium on Saturday, August 2th at 7pm.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (USL PRO) -- A goal in either half saw the Charlotte Eagles take a 2-0 victory against the Wilmington Hammerheads on Saturday night at the Queens Sports Complex. Goals by Ben Newnam and Jorge Herrera allowed the Eagles to take back-to-back victories for the first time this season and give a big boost to their postseason hopes.
Both teams had chances in the first 15 minutes as Charlotte goalkeeper Alec Kann was forced into a diving save on a Wilmington cross. In the 12th minutes, Herrera's free kick from the top of the Hammerhead penalty area struck the crossbar as the game remained scoreless.

Kann was forced into action again shortly after as an errant back-pass forced the Eagles goalkeeper into a sliding challenge to clear the ball out of danger. The Eagles opened the scoring in the 26th minute, however, as Newnam recorded his second goal of the USL PRO campaign. Newnam picked up a loose ball in the penalty area, turned and fired a left-footed shot past Wilmington goalkeeper Quillan Roberts.

Wilmington created a chance late in the first half as Brian Ackley laid a ball off for Steven Miller but Miller's shot was right at Kann as the Eagles maintained their one-goal lead at the break.

The second half started evenly as both teams traded possession back and forth for the first 15 minutes. Wilmington came close to evening the score as a dangerous corner was played over the crossbar for an Eagles goal kick.

Charlotte doubled its advantage shortly thereafter as Wilmington was called for a handball in the penalty area in the 69th minute. Herrera converted the penalty kick, marking the sixth time the Colombian has scored this season.

Wilmington mounted pressure in the final 20 minutes, but Kann and the Eagles defense stood strong and recorded the shutout.

Charlotte will travel to Orlando to take on the league leaders in its next contest on Saturday, August 2nd. Make sure to follow all of the action on the Charlotte Eagles' Twitter account (@CharlotteEagles). The Eagles return to Queens Sports Complex on Saturday, August 16th as the Rochester Rhinos come to town.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Fayetteville SwampDogs beat the Wilmington Sharks on Saturday 9-0 at Buck Hardee Field. It's the fifth loss in a row for the Sharks. Former Hoggard pitcher Joe Od'Donnell gave up 5 earned runs in less than one inning on the mound in relief in the 6th inning. The Sharks won't make the playoffs without a late surge with ten days left in the regular season. Wilmington is currently 20-28 on the season.

** NOTE: Wilmington will not be hosting Petersburg on Sunday. The make-up game has been cancelled. No baseball on Sunday for the Sharks.

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