Archive - Jul 2011 - Sports Article
Most college students spend their summer free from books. Some take on summer jobs. One local product, though, is using this free time to get better on the baseball diamond.
Former Maiden and current Liberty University baseball player Justin Sizemore is playing for the Martinsville Mustangs from Martinsville, Va.
The Mustangs are a member of the Coastal Plain League (CPL), one of the best summer collegiate wood bat baseball leagues in the country.
Down 2-1 in the fourth inning, Hickory scored six runs in three innings on Thursday to defeat Caldwell County, 7-2, in game four of a best-of-five series.Post 48 (19-9) advances to the Area IV championship series.
Leading the way were a trio of Hickory hitters, including Jeremy Null, Jacob Hoyle and Cameron Beard. The three combined for all seven RBIs in the game.
Post 48 (19-9) struck first in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Hoyle and Null doubled on back-to-back innings to put Post 48 ahead 1-0 after one inning.
The final four spots were filled for Fridayâs Junior Legion state tournament at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
Qualifying for the tournament are Rowan County, Kernersville, Leland and Newport.
Rowan County will be the No. 1 team from Area III. Newport is the No. 2 team in Area III.
Leland and Kernersville are representing Area II. Leland will be the No. 1 seed in Area II and Kernersville is the No. 2 seed in Area II.
The Carolina Glove Flames, the host team for the tournament, will play Leland at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The fourth game between Hickory Post 48 and Caldwell County Post 29 was postponed on Wednesday due to field conditions.
The two teams will play game four on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Roy Waters, commissioner for the Legion State, said that if rain caused the final two games to be delayed any further, rules state that the series would go back to a best two-out-of-three format.
Because they have won two-out-of-three games, Hickory (18-9) would advance to championship round against either Queen City (22-7) or Cherryville (23-6). Cherryville currently leads that series, 2-1.
An eight-team American Legion Junior state tournament starts Friday at Henkel-Alley Field on the American Legion Fairgrounds.
The tournament will feature some of the best Junior Legion teams in the state. A total of 15 games between teams could be played through Tuesday.
Four teams qualified for spots in the tournament.
These include No. 1 Johnston County and No. 2 Cary from Area I, and No. 1 South Caldwell and the No. 2 Carolina Flames from Area IV. The Flames will be the host team for the tournament.
For the second time in as many days, Post 48 won in dramatic fashion on the baseball diamond.
A walkoff hit by Hickory center fielder Phillip Carroll lifted his team to a ninth inning win over Caldwell County. Hickory (18-8) leads its series over Caldwell County (19-11), 2-0.
âPhillip is a great player,â Rembert said. âFrom day one, he wanted that center field spot and earned it. He competes so hard every night and gives us everything heâs got. Heâs a 48er.â
For the third straight year, college and NFL players gathered at Bandys High School to work with area high school football players on Friday.
Newton-Conover, Maiden, Bandys, St. Stephens and four other schoolsâ athletes participated in drills and took advice during the third annual Justin Harper Oddie Cares Foundation football camp.
This yearâs camp had even more of special meaning to Harper after the passing last night of 9-year-old âRobbieâ Caskey, a close friend of Harperâs in the Bandys community.
Harper said the young man had a special place in his life.
At 18 years old, Jurickson Profar is taking center stage Sunday.
The Hickory Crawdadsâ shortstop is participating in the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Arizona, which is part of the leagueâs annual All-Star festivities.
The game pits the United States team against the World team. Teams are comprised of top minor league prospects.
Players on both of the 25-man rosters are selected by MLB, the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 MLB teams.
After trailing 5-0 in the second inning, a Hickory Crawdads' rally fell just short.
Delmarva (6-8) held on to a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning of Wednesday's South Atlantic League contest against Hickory (8-6), when rain began to pour.
Officials called the game after seven complete innings, allowing the Shorebirds to survive the rally and a sweep on the road against the Crawdads.
Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3-5, 4.42) struggled in his short outing on Wednesday. Thompson pitched 1.1 innings.
Following a 14-0 win on Monday against the Eastâs No. 1 seed, Huntersville, Hickory continued its dominance over Post 321 in the second round of the American Legion Playoffs.
Post 48 (15-8) scored 10 runs in three innings on its way to a 14-3 home route over Huntersville in game two at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
âWe are just real focused right now on winning this series,â said coach Fore Rembert. âThey want to advance to the next round. That is the big thing.â