ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the new Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, have unveiled their initial, prospect-rich roster for the 2017 season.
Carolina's first roster of the Milwaukee era features eight players ranked on MLB.com's list of top 30 Brewers prospects; with three of the eight ranked in the top 10.
The plethora of top rated Brewers prospects beginning the season with Carolina includes shortstop Isan Diaz, outfielder Trent Clark and third baseman Lucas Erceg.
Diaz is currently ranked as the fifth best prospect in the Brewers system by MLB.com, followed by Clark (6) and Erceg (7). Each of which are also ranked in the top 10 among Brewers prospects according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
The new Mudcats also ranking among MLB.com's top 30 Brewers prospects are pitchers Marcos Diplan (11), Cody Ponce (15), Kodi Medeiros (18), Corbin Burnes (20) and infielder Jake Gatewood (25).
The official 25-man roster will be announced before Carolina's season opener in Frederick today versus the Keys.
The home opener and Opening Night 2017 at Five County Stadium in Zebulon is on April 13 and is also against the Keys.
NC STATE: Freshman Michael Bienlien turned in a standout performance on the mound in his first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) start to lift the North Carolina State University baseball team to a 9-2 win in the series finale at Notre Dame Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium.
The Wolfpack led 3-1 heading to the top of the ninth and erupted for six runs in the frame to pull away from the Fighting Irish. Bienlien picked up his first collegiate win in the contest, while Notre Dame starter Brad Bass took the loss.
For the first time in the three-game series, NC State scored first in the contest. Freshman Will Wilson lined a one-out single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Classmate Brad Debo stepped to the plate with two outs and delivered an RBI single to left field, scoring Wilson to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead.
The Pack stretched the score to 2-0 in the top of the fifth. Brock Deatherage walked to lead off the frame and moved over to third base on a perfectly executed hit-and-run.
Deatherage took off for second and Stephen Pitarra lined a single through the hole vacated by the shortstop breaking to cover the base.
Wilson hit a sharp ground ball to the Notre Dame shortstop, who flipped to the shortstop to start the double play but Deatherage raced home to score on the play pushing the NC State lead to 2-0.
Notre Dame (10-16, 4-8 ACC) trimmed the Wolfpack lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh after a sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Daniel Jung.
The Wolfpack countered in its next at-bat to extend the advantage to 3-1 following a sacrifice fly to center field by Joe Dunand.
Leading 3-1 heading to the top of the ninth, the NC State (15-14, 5-7 ACC) bats erupted for six runs on five hits to grab a 9-2 lead. Andy Cosgrove doubled to left field to start the inning and scored on an RBI single by Deatherage. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second and he raced home on a double down the left field line by Wilson to make it 5-1.
VGCC GOLF: Vance-Granville Community College's 33rd Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, will be held at the Henderson Country Club on May 2.
All event proceeds support the mission of the college, the Endowment Fund and student scholarships.
With the support of numerous golfers and sponsors, the annual event has raised more than $750,000 since its inception in 1985. The 2016 tournament alone generated a record-breaking $104,160.
This year's morning and afternoon rounds will begin with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The afternoon round is sold out, but there are openings in the morning round.
The format is four-person "Captain's Choice Super Ball." Golfers can form their own teams of four, or sign up and be put on a team. Teams will be handicapped based on handicaps supplied by each player. Trophies will be awarded for first net, second net and first gross. Other awards will be given for "closest to the pin" and "longest drive."
The cost for one golfer to enter the tournament is $150. In either round, that fee includes greens fees, cart, meals, gift bag and practice balls.
A light breakfast, lunch and dinner (immediately following the afternoon round) will be served in the HCC clubhouse. A silent auction and door prize drawings will be held in conjunction with dinner.
For more information, contact Kay Currin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 738-3409.
GOLF TOURNEY: The 8th Annual Earl Coley Golf Classic will be held May 26 at the Belmont Lake Golf Club in Rocky Mount.
All proceeds from the event will go to the O.D. Moore Scholarship Foundation.
A four-person captain's choice team scramble format will be utilized.
Check-in will be at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Cost is $70 per golfer. The price includes green fee, cart, lunch and range balls.
Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest-to-the-pin.
Deadline for entry is May 19.
For more information or to register, contact Patrick Ford at 496-9805, Allegro Cordell at 469-1299, Goldie Ford at (301) 873-8586 or Tony Smith at (919) 672-0448.
The organization also has a website at www.odmooregolf.com.
CANES: The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the team's 2017-18 Season Ticket Member pricing and benefits.
New for Season Ticket Members in 2017-18 will be an every-game 15 percent discount at PNC Arena concession stands (excludes alcohol per North Carolina regulations).
Along with the concession discount, Season Ticket Members who buy or renew for 2017-18 by March 30, will lock in current discounted pre-paid parking rates, and can receive a credit of as much as $500 to be used toward in-game seat upgrades.
Additionally, Season Ticket Members will have access to an exclusive town hall meeting with members of the team's front office and a "chalk talk" with General Manager Ron Francis.