East Columbus Gators highlight our sports from Friday night; UNCW baseball season ends

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East Columbus won its best of three 1-A baseball series on Friday night. The Gators beat Plymouth 11-3. East Columbus smacked 5 home runs. East Columbus will face South Stanly in the 1-A best state championship series. The best of three series will begin on Friday. A location and time have yet to be determined.

North Brunswick kept its season alive with a 6-5 win on Friday. North Brunswick will play Randleman Saturday in game three of their best of three 2-A east final series.

Ashley was tied at 4 Friday, but Holly Springs went on a rampage to win 13-5 over Ashley. The season is now over for Ashley.

It’s also over for the Ashley softball team. They lost 3-1 versus Clayton on Friday in the 4-A softball playoffs.

Topsail lost to Swansboro 5-0 in the 2-A softball playoffs.


Below is a recap of the Wilmington Hammherheads game against Rochester from Friday night courtesy USL Pro Soccer: (WWAY’s Coach’s Corner will have highlights from Rochester from the Rhinos-Hammerheads game. The Coach’s Corner will air at 6pm on Sunday on WWAY)

The Rochester Rhinos and Wilmington Hammerheads played to a 1-1 draw at Sahlen’s Stadium on Friday night as a torrential downpour made for difficult playing conditions and saw the USL PRO game be called in the 79th minute.

The Hammerheads first opportunity came in the 11th minute when Alex Grendi dribbled around a charging Neal Kitson to put a shot on a wide open net only to see Rochester’s Troy Roberts clear the ball off the line keeping the match scoreless.

Neither team managed to generate many scoring opportunities during the remainder of the first half as the teams went the break scoreless. Rhinos Head Coach Bob Lilley had to juggle his lineup as injuries began to mount. Starters Roberts, Connor Tobin, and Mike Tanke all went down in the first 35 minutes forcing three first-half substitutions for Rochester.

Eight minutes into the second half Wilmington’s Luke Mulholland let a shot go from 20 yards that rose just over the crossbar. Minutes later the visitors went down a man when Gareth Evans was sent off after he took down Alfonso Motagalvan.

But despite being down to 10 men, the Hammerheads jumped out in front in the 60th minute when Chris Spendlove’s corner kick was headed home by Ivan Becerra, snapping Kitson’s scoreless streak at 332 minutes. The lead didn’t last long, however, as a long ball sent by Rich Costanzo was corralled and finished off by Motagalvan to tie the score.

With the rain continuing to pour, the Sahlen’s Stadium field began to develop standing water in a number of area, and with more rain expected and conditions worsening, referee Steve Montanino ruled conditions unplayable, pulling both teams off the field in the 79th minute. Soon after, the decision was made to call the game with each side taking a point.

Wilmington moves on to face Pittsburgh on Saturday night at Chartiers Valley Stadium, while the Rhinos will face F.C. New York on Monday afternoon at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. to start a three-game road trip that concludes in Antigua next weekend. Rochester’s next home game is on Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rhinos take on the Harrisburg City Islanders in the first USL PRO game to be televised by Fox Soccer Channel this season.


Below is a recap of UNCW’s final game of the 2011 baseball season courtesy UNCW Sports Information:

Edgar Hernandez plated the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to lift Old Dominion into the Colonial Athletic Association championship on Saturday with a 4-3 win over UNCW at Brooks Field on Friday.

The Monarchs improved to 30-25 after winning a pair of elimination games on Friday. The Monarchs knocked Georgia State out of the tournament earlier in the day with a 7-3 victory. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their season come to an end and finished with a 31-28 record.

In the ninth, Shawn Sizemore started the rally with a one-out, two-strike single to right. A fielding error put runners on first and second and a walk by Tom Timoney (2-2) to Hartman loaded the bases for Hernandez.
ODU starter Phil McCarthy (9-4) picked up the win, going eight innings and striking out eight and allowing three runs. Adam Wisniewski nailed down his conference-leading 15th save.

Timoney was the hard-luck loser, allowing one run, unearned, on a hit and a walk in three innings. He fanned four.

With ODU holding a 2-1 lead in the fifth, UNCW rallied to take a 3-2 lead on RBI singles by Hunter Ridge and Thomas Pope.

ODU answered in the sixth, though, on Baker’s two-out solo homer that tied the game.

Matt Campbell and Ridge each had two hits for UNCW, who stranded 11 runners on base.

Brent Frazier and Sizemore each added two hits for the Monarchs.

UNCW dropped a 13-7 decision to James Madison earlier in the day to fall into the loser’s bracket.

ODU advances to its first CAA championship game since the 1999 season.

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