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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — On Friday night on WWAY we featured a local softball tournament, boxing, Wilmington Sharks baseball, Wilmington Hammerheads soccer and a US Olympic Trials swimmer who calls Wilmington home.


FLORENCE, SC (Sharks release) — Despite Wilmington (13-10) defense stranding 15 Florence RedWolves (8-12) runners on base, the visiting Sharks fell 3-0 at American Legion Stadium.

The Sharks threatened to bite first in the second inning after they loaded the bases with nobody out. However, a ground ball back to the pitcher started a rare double play that went from pitcher to catcher to first baseman. A walk juiced the bags again, but a grounder to first ended the threat as Wilmington left three runners on.

Scoring started in the fourth for Florence, although the two runs that were scored both went as unearned. A hit by pitch, a stolen base and another hit by pitch loaded the bases with one out. As Lee Wilson knocked a grounder over to second base, Casey Goss picked up the ball and tagged his bag before trying to turn the double play with a tough throw to first that bounced away and allowed the first two scores of the game.

Ross Whitley put together a solid start for the Sharks on the mound, going four scoreless innings with two unearned runs allowed on a pair of walks and just two hits to go along with three hit batsmen. He struck out seven and took the loss.

Only one other run came across for either team, when Florence’s Ryan Ford hit a two-out single, then scored when the next two batters each singled.

In the top of the ninth inning, Alex Freedman and Andrew Valencia started with a walk and a single, but neither could score as the next three batters went down in order.

The Sharks continue a four game road trip on Saturday at Peninsula, followed by games in Petersburg and Edenton before returning home to face Team USA on Tuesday. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, find Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.


PITTSBURGH,PA (USL Pro news release) — On a beautiful Friday night, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds come back from a one-goal deficit to defeat the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-1 at Chartiers Valley Stadium. The Hammerheads took the lead in the 50th minute when Manny Guzman tapped home a right-footed shot from four yards away from goal. The Riverhounds drew even with the Hammerheads seven minutes later when Matt Kassel converted a penalty kick. The Riverhounds recorded the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute when Darren Amoo headed home a back-post service from Mike Seth.


LELAND, NC (news release) — The District 9 all star softball tournament is being hosted by Leland this year and held at Northwest Park. Girls from New Hanover, Columbus and Brunswick County are competing against each other for a bid to the state competition in July. The girls range in age from 4-16 and are
playing coach pitch and fast pitch softball. The girls are playing hard and braving the heat to be the next state champs. Games are on going until Sunday when a winner in each age division will be named and headed to state competition.

Click play video to see some of the softball action from Friday night at Northwest Park.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two amateur Wilmington boxers participated in the Title National Boxing Championship last week in Mississippi. Both returned to the Port City with national titles. Here’s a link to our report. http:wway.wcbi.com/2012/06/22/two-wilmington-boxers-earn-national-titles


CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — UNC Tar Heel swimmer Cari Blalock will be competing in four events in the upcoming week at the US Olympic Swimming Trials. On Friday we caught up with the Wilmington resident in Chapel Hill to get her take on her big week ahead. “Going into trials I’m seeding well in a couple events,” Blalock said. “I’m 20th in the 200 IM so hopefully I’ll have a good preliminary and make it back to the semi-finals and if that happens I’ll be a very happy girl.”


PITTSBURGH, PA (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t wait to negotiate a new contract with Jordan Staal, trading the center to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night for center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and Carolina’s first-round pick – the No. 8 selection.

The Penguins used that pick to take defenseman Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Pouliot played with Joe Morrow – whom the Penguins selected with their first pick in last year’s draft – in Portland.

The trade came one day after reports that Staal turned down a lengthy contract extension with the Penguins. The 23-year-old forward played six seasons with Pittsburgh, helping the franchise win the Stanley Cup in 2009. Staal will join brother Eric with the Hurricanes, who also have Jared Staal – currently in the American Hockey League.

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