A University of Virginia source said pro rookie left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett of Poquoson has been promoted to Double-A.
Crockett, a former star pitcher for Poquoson High's state champions and U.Va., has been elevated from the Class-A Lake County Captains to another team in Ohio, the Double-A Akron Aeros. That's according to a source cited on thesabre.com, a website that covers U.Va. sports.
Just two months after being chosen in the fourth round by the Cleveland Indians, Crockett rapidly is climbing through their farm system. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder hasn't recorded a decision or a save, but he has a 0.63 earned-run average in 12 games, spanning a combined 14 1/3 innings in rookie ball with Mahoning Valley and in Single-A with Lake County.
What's more impressive is he has struck out 23 -- more than 1 1/2 per inning -- and walked just three, allowing nine hits.
Flying Squirrels win
Richmond's Flying Squirrels (56-59) scored in the final four innings to pull away and defeat the host Portland Sea Dogs 8-2 in Maine.
Ryan Lollis belted two home runs for the Squirrels, a San Francisco affiliate, who beat Portland (56-59) for the fourth time in a row. U.Va. product Jarrett Parker added a home run.
Winner Jack Snodgrass (9-4) yielded just one run in 5 1/3 innings.
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Credit the Norfolk Tides' fourth consecutive victory -- and their return to playoff position -- to Xavier Avery's spark and Tsuyoshi Wada's pitching.
Avery was 3-for-3 with a run and two steals, and Wada yielded four hits in five innings for the win as the Tides shut out the Gwinnett Braves 3-0 before 3,377 at Harbor Park.
Steve Johnson, just down from the parent Baltimore Orioles, pitched three innings of one-hit ball. Jairo Asencio, also recently down from Baltimore, pitched the ninth for his 22nd Triple-A save of the year.
Left far behind Durham in the South Division, the Tides (62-56) moved ahead of Pawtucket (61-56) for the IL's wild-card playoff berth. Buffalo (59-57), Lehigh Valley (60-58) and Louisville (60-59) also are in the race.
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A day of play at William and Mary's McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center set up Wednesday's 9 a.m. semifinals at the Women's Tennis World Charity Tennis Classic, one of the area's most popular women's doubles events.
In the highest level, where partners' ratings are a combined 8.5 on the National Tennis Rating Program's 7-point scale, it will be Ana Bossman and Marsha Davis against Deloris Catlett and Lisa Margolin in one semifinal on the indoor hard courts. The other will feature Birgit Kingsbury and Kathy Kretz versus Angela Woldmoe and Carina Simpson.
At a combined 7.0, one semifinal will pit Bonnie Gobble and Jane Randall against Debbie Carrithers and Joan Phillips. The other match includes Kelly Cody and Diane Steele against Michelle Brady and Sue Corbett.
The winners will square off soon afterward for the championships.