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Tuesday's college and local roundup: Former VCU guard Daniels re-signs with Rockets; York American Little League team falls

NBA:

Restricted free agent Troy Daniels, a former VCU guard from Roanoke, re-signed with the Houston Rockets, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Daniels played just five games for Houston in the regular season, but he hit a winning 3-pointer in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series at Portland. In the playoffs, Daniels averaged 7.8 points in 17.0 minutes per game on 53.3 percent 3-point shooting.

With the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, he averaged 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game on 40.1 percent 3-point shooting, leading the league by making 240 shots from beyond the arc.

Baseball:

College:

William and Mary’s Michael Katz was named the state Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

National runner-up Virginia’s Brian O’Connor and Nathan Kirby were named the top coach and pitcher, respectively.

Little League:

In the state age 9-10 tournament in Grundy, York County American’s season ended with a 16-0 loss to Loudoun County South in the quarterfinals. York American finished fifth in the tournament. ...

In the Senior tournament in Pound, Phoebus’ semifinal against Dumfries-Triangle-Quantico was rained out until Wednesday.

Coastal Plain League:

Liberty’s Alex Close scored the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning as the Peninsula Pilots edged the Fayetteville SwampDogs 8-7 at War Memorial Stadium, capping a game in which both head coaches were ejected for arguing.

The Pilots (29-10, 8-3 in the season's second half) trailed 3-0 after one inning but cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second as Close scored on an error and Lee University's Andres Nelo hit an RBI single.

Mount Olive's Chase Edwards hit a two-run homer in the third, giving the SwampDogs (16-21, 4-7) a 5-2 lead. But Purdue's Kyle Johnson slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of that inning to put the Pilots ahead 6-5.

In the fifth, the Pilots went ahead 7-5 as Liberty's Will Shepherd doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Fayetteville tied up the game at 7 in the seventh inning on a failed pickoff attempt that was thrown out of play, allowing both runners to score. The Pilots’ manager, Hank Morgan, came out to argue that the runner was granted an extra base and was subsequently ejected from the game. Fayetteville’s manager was tossed from the game earlier in the inning for arguing a checked swing.

The SwampDogs' third baseman committed two errors to start the eighth inning, getting Close to second base. Close took third on Johnson's sacrifice bunt, then came home when Iowa Western's Jamie McMurray hit a liner that the third baseman couldn't handle.

VMI's Austin Heenan (3-0) got the win by pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Iowa Western's Thomas Busbice began the ninth by hitting a batter but earned the save.

Triple-A:

Mets prospect Allan Dykstra of Las Vegas edged Royals prospect Francisco Pena of Omaha in the final to win the Triple-A Home Run Derby in Durham, N.C.

Dykstra, who starred for Wake Forest, had plenty of support in the stands. He needed just one homer in the last round.

Pena's eight homers and Dykstra's seven allowed them to advance to the last matchup. Dykstra, a lefty swinger, kept cranking away despite the temptation to go the opposite way toward the Blue Monster and the iconic snorting Bull in left field, according to MILB.com contributor Bob Sutton.

Matt Hague of the Indianapolis Indians and Jesus Aguilar of the Columbus Clippers made it to the second round with totals of six and four, respectively. Former Norfolk Tide Mike Jacobs of the Reno Aces and Mikie Mahtook of the Durham Bulls were eliminated after the first round after failing to go deep.

Mahtook was named a replacement for the competition about 19 hours earlier after Mike Hessman, the International League's lifetime home-run leader, was removed from the event because of a knee injury.

"I'm not a big home-run guy," Mahtook said. "My problem was I was trying to hit it far and it wasn't going very far."

A crowd of 10,160 came. The sluggers and others will take part in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night, where Ivan De Jesus will represent the Tides.

Golf:

Salem’s Kristin Hearp, 16, used a scintillating second-nine surge to shoot 5-under-par 68 and owns the lead entering Wednesday’s final round of the 45th Virginia State Golf Association Junior Girls’ Championship at Old Trail Golf Club.

Hearp is two strokes ahead of friend, two-time defending champion and fellow western Virginian Amanda Hollandsworth, 18, of Floyd, who opened with 3-under 70.

Alex Wright, 16 of Midlothian is the next-nearest pursuer after returning 1-under-72. Three others signed for even-par 73 — Elizabeth Bose, 16, of Norfolk, Erin Drolet, 17, of Alexandria and Katie Turk, 17, of Blacksburg.

Williamsburg's Emily Salamy, a Jamestown High standout, fired a 75.

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