|No-hitter tossed by Wesleyan
|ROCKY MOUNT -- For the second consecutive year, NC Wesleyan pitcher Blake Rice has tossed a complete game no-hitter in his first outing of the season.
The victim on Sunday, Frostburg State University, had just four runners reach base as Rice struck out seven and walked only two on the day.
The #7 Bishops took game one by a 2-0 score and went on to complete the twinbill sweep of the Bobcats with a 3-0 victory in game two behind a three-hit shutout by Kyle Robertson.
Wesleyan is now 5-0 to start the season. FSU drops to 0-2.
Rice started out strong in the opener, striking out the first four batters he faced. FSU starter John Micklus was equal to the task as the Bishops mustered just one hit in his 3.1 innings of work. The hit, a bunt single by Matt Smith in the first, was the lone Wesleyan hit of the game.
Micklus, however, walked four and hit a batter. The lefty kept NCWC in check by picking off three runners through the first three innings, but a lead-off walk to Chris Pecora in the fourth started a Bishop rally.
After Pecora stole second and third with one out, Micklus walked Smith. The ensuing double-steal of second and home got the Bishops on the board.
Later in the inning, a two-out fielding error plated Smith, unearned, giving Wesleyan a 2-0 lead without the benefit of a hit.
In game two, the Bishops gave Robertson a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and it proved to be enough as the junior hurler tossed the second NCWC gem of the day in a three-hit shutout.
Wesleyan's first run came at the hands of Smith, who walked, advanced to third on a Mark Wooten single, and scored on a FSU passed ball. The Bishops tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth on a Wooten two-run double to left-center that secured the 3-0 victory.
The Bobcats threatened to score in the sixth when Bryan Short walked and stole second. The ensuing single to right by Bryan Burke saw NCWC's Pecora gun down Short at the plate to protect the shutout.
Wooten was 2-for-2 and Justin Batts 2-for 3 to pace the Bishops offensively, while on defense, shortstop Nathan West tied the program mark for assists with the 446th of his career in the fourth inning.
Robertson walked three and struck out four in 6.1 innings of work. Batts came on in the seventh to record the final two outs of the game and earn his second save of the season.
NCWC HOOPS: Greensboro College completed the regular season sweep of North Carolina Wesleyan last Saturday, downing the Bishop men by a 78-62 score in USA South hoops play.
With the score knotted at 33-33 at the break, the Pride put together a 17-2 run over the first 6:25 of the second half, and Wesleyan would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Lynn Bright and Adam Nicholson each netted 22 points for Greensboro, who improves to 17-6 on the season, 7-3 in conference action.
The Bishops fall to 10-11 overall, 5-4 in the USA South.
Trey Drake, who shot 7-of-16 from the floor, scored 19 points to lead the Bishops. Teammates Jarvis Cobb and Adam Coleman chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Lenny Hall added 10.
TRI-COMMUNITY: The Tri-Community Baseball Cal Ripken Division will be hosting its Skills Evaluation/ Registration at Cooper's Field on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon.
This league is open to players 9 to 12 years old from the Nash and Edgecombe County area. Players and parents interested should arrive promptly at Cooper's Field ready to go by 10 a.m.
Participants are to bring their baseball gloves, cleats/sneakers, cap, long pants and weather-appropriate clothes.
The purpose of this Registration / Evaluation is to help coaches determine playing ability. Every child will have the oppertunity to play.
Tri-Community Baseball will hold another Skills Evaluation/Registration at Davis Field in Sharpsburg on February 24 from 10 a.m.-noon.
For more information, contact Barry Thompson at 446-5408.
RM RAFFLE: Rocky Mount High School's Booster Club will hold a reverse raffle fundraiser on Saturday, March 17 in the school's main gym.
The last ticket drawn wins $10,000. Other drawings through the night will give out $200 each. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction on many contributed items.
For a $100 ticket, patrons will receive a dinner for two (menu will include grilled chicken, potatoes, slaw, dessert and a drink). Three hundred tickets will be put up for sale.
To purchase a ticket(s), contact Rick Adams (443-4982 or 443-7011) or Mike Gainey (977-3085).
AAU HOOPS: The Wake Forest Wizards AAU Basketball Program will be hosting tryouts/open gym on upcoming Sunday nights at the Franklin Academy Gymnasium in Wake Forest.
Girls ages 8-13 are welcome to participate.
Times will be from 6-7:30 p.m. each Sunday.
For more information on the Wake Forest Wizards, call Art Wollett at (919) 669-2062 or Greg Bunn at (919) 269-4274.