WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – June 26


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WILMINGTON,NC (SHARKS) — Wilmington, N.C. – The Wilmington Sharks came up just short in a doubleheader on Thursday night against the Edenton Steamers as the Steamers took game one 1-0 in eight innings and game two 4-3.
The pitchers showed their best stuff from both teams especially in game one. Nick Miller was the starting pitcher in game one he threw seven innings of shutout baseball as he gave up three hits and struck out five. Noah Smallwood threw five innings of scoreless baseball as he gave up one hit and struck out one.

The scoring didn’t come until the bottom of the eighth inning when Edenton’s Josh Hampton hit a one out double off Stu Jones to get into scoring position. Nick Thompson flew out to right field for the second out of the inning. Adam Kirsch the next batter for Edenton hit a ball down the third base line to score Hampton for the walk off win in game one 1-0.

In game two, the Sharks go out in front first in the bottom of the third inning as Dylan Bosheers led off with a double and eventually scored on a John Fidnaza RBI single to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. In the same inning for Wilmington, with two outs Alex Freedman hit his fourth double of the year to drive in Fidanza to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth inning, Edenton answered with two runs as Laz Villa hit a RBI single and Josh Hampton singled to score Villa to tie up the game 2-2. The Sharks answered in the bottom of the fourth, when Andrew Amaro reached safely on a fielder’s choice to score Tyler Slaton to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead. Nick Thompson hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning with one out to score Tyler Qualls to tie the game up 3-3.

The Steamers added a run in the top of the seventh inning when Thompson was walked with the bases loaded which scored Qualls to give the Steamers a 4-3 lead and was enough for them to hang on to get the win and improve their record to 19-5. The Sharks move to 12-12 on the year.

Wilmington will host Team USA on Thursday night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Buck Hardee Field. See baseball stars such as UNC’s Sky Bolt and NC State’s Carlos Rodon. It’ll also be Military Appreciation Night. Former and active duty military receive $1 off the price of admission.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– UNCW head baseball coach Mark Scalf has announced the additions of Teddy Cillis, Chris Gaffney, Lou Matarazzo, Jacob Sasser and Daniel Stack to the program beginning in 2013-14.

The additional group of five brings the Seahawks’ incoming class for 2013-14 to 11 after Whitman Barnes, Justin Carroll, Cory Gantz, Casey Golden, Clay Lockamon and Robbie Thorburn committed during the November signing period.

Teddy Cillis (Latham, N.Y./Blair Academy) helped lead Blair Academy to the New Jersey Prep A State Championship after joining the Buccaneers from Christian Brothers Academy as a senior. Cillis earned First-Team Mid-Atlantic Prep League honors after hitting .326 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in. On the mound, he finished with a 6-1 mark with two saves and a 0.77 earned run average. He struck out 76 batters in 45 innings while allowing just 36 base runners on 21 hits and 15 walks. Prior to Blair Academy, Cillis earned First-Team All-Troy honors for CBA, where he was also a decorated football player and served as the team’s captain in 2011.

Chris Gaffney (Holtsville, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) is the second of three products from the state of New York and one of two who hails from Long Island. Gaffney captained the Cougars during his junior and senior seasons and helped lead the program to the NSCHSAA Championship in 2013. As a senior, he finished with a .334 batting average with 12 doubles, two triples and five stolen bases. He was a three-time all-league selection both on the field and in the classroom where he earned all-academic honors on three occasions. Blue Chip Prospect rated Gaffney as the top-rated catcher on Long Island and Newsday tabbed him as its top catcher.
Lou Matarazzo (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) is the second of the recruits hailing from Long Island, which is also the home of Terence Connelly, UNCW’s starting shortstop. A corner infielder/outfielder, Matarazzo is a two-time All-State honoree and three-time All-Nassau County selection after leading the Cyclones to conference championships in each of the last three seasons. In three seasons, he compiled a .432 batting average, scored 78 runs and collected 15 doubles, seven triples and 10 home runs. Matarazzo drove in 75 runs while totaling 91 hits and drawing 52 walks. Matarazzo was a Newsday Second-Team All-Long Island selection at first base this past season.

Jacob Sasser (Goldsboro, N.C./Southern Wayne) hails from eastern North Carolina and the same hometown as Associate Head Coach Randy Hood. As a senior with the Saints, Sasser was honored as the East Coast Conference’s Pitcher-of-the-Year after posting an earned run average of 2.12. In 2012, he helped the Saints to the ECC tournament championship. Sasser played in both the Powerade State Games of North Carolina and the Impact Baseball Showcase. He hit .750 and .500, respectively, at the showcase events.

Daniel Stack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) captained the Chargers to a second-place finish in the 3A State tournament in 2013 after hitting .448 with 14 doubles and six home runs. Stack was a two-time All-State selection and also earned All-NCISAA honors his junior and senior seasons.

Name Pos. R/L Ht./Wt. Hometown/Previous School

Whitman Barnes LHP R/L 6-2/200 New Bern, N.C./New Bern
Justin Carroll OF/IF R/R 6-6/220 Raleigh, N.C./West Johnston
Teddy Cillis LHP L/L 6-2/210 Latham, N.Y./Blair Academy

Chris Gaffney C R/R 5-11/195 Holtsville, N.Y./St. John the Baptist

Cory Gantz RHP L/R 6-0/170 Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield
Casey Golden IF R/R 6-2/185 Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews
Clay Lockamon LHP/OF L/L 6-2/185 Roanoke Rapids, N.C./Roanoke Rapids
Lou Matarazzo IF/OF R/R 6-3/225 Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side

Jacob Sasser IF R/R 6-4/215 Goldsboro, N.C./Southern Wayne

Daniel Stack IF R/R 6-0/180 Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day

Robbie Thorburn OF/IF L/R 5-11/175 Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Lenny Simpson has decided to return home in order to make a difference.

Registration is underway for the new tennis program at the Wilmington Family YMCA. Tennis legend Lenny Simpson will head the program. Simpson is a member of the NC Tennis Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Clinics will be led by qualified USTA instructors at the Althea Gibson Tennis Center at Empie Park. Registration is now open.

To register visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org and click on the link on the Y’s home page under “Happening Now”

Clinics are for anyone age 4 and above. You do not have to be a member of the Wilmington Family YMCA to participate.


LONDON (AP) – It has been a day of upsets and injuries at Wimbledon.

Seven-time men’s champion Roger Federer was stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round, losing the match 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. It’s Federer’s earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in a decade.

On the women’s side, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) was ousted by a 131st-ranked qualifier. The third-seed and 2004 Wimbledon champion was beaten by Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, 6-3, 6-4. Sharapova slipped and fell several times on the grass on Court 2 and received medical treatment from the trainer in the second set.

No less than seven singles players withdrew or retired because of injury. Leading the group were American John Isner (IHZ’-nur) and women’s second-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh). Isner retired during his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino of France with a left knee injury after only two games. Azarenka withdrew minutes before her second-round match against Flavia Pennetta (FLAH’-vee-uh pehn-EHT’-uh) after being injured in her first round match.

Steve Darcis (DAHR’-see), who registered one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets Monday when he beat two-time champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) in straight sets, had to pull out of his second round match with an injured right shoulder. And men’s No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG’-guh) stopped playing while trailing Ernests Gulbis two sets to one after having his left leg treated by a trainer.

In men’s results, second-ranked Andy Murray advanced to the third round, while former champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to German qualifier Dustin Brown. Hewitt, who upset 11th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK’-ah) in the first round, was overwhelmed by Brown, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.

For the women, American Sloane Stephens was a winner. The 17th seed beat a German and moved onto the third round while former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee) slumped to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Petra Cetkovska (PEH’-truh seht-KOV’-skuh) in their second round match. The ninth-seeded Wozniacki, who has never fared very well on the London grass, also lost in the 2nd round at the French Open.

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SEATTLE (AP) – Jordy Mercer hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Pirates improved to 48-30 – they are 18 games over .500 for the first time since 1992, their last winning season.

Neil Walker hit a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to put Pittsburgh ahead in the fourth. Seattle tied it in the sixth on Raul Ibanez’s team-leading 18th home run.

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