Track and field:
William and Mary senior Elaina Balouris and sophomore Emily Stites finished second and third in the 10,000-meter run, respectively, in the NCAA East Preliminary late Friday in Jacksonville, Fla., showing they can contend for high honors at the NCAA championship meet.
Needing just to finish in the top 12 to qualify for a trip to the NCAA in Eugene, Ore., the close Tribe friends did far better. Balouris finished in 33 minutes, 13.54 seconds and Stites in 33:15.25, the second- and third-fastest time in school history.
Balouris, who set a personal record by 18 seconds, finished just eight-hundredths of a second behind the winner, Michigan freshman Erin Finn.
W&M javelin thrower Katie Johnston placed 26th, nine positions ahead of her seeding, with a throw of 148 feet, 3 inches.
In the men's 10K, W&M junior Dylan Hassett was 35th, 13 spots ahead of his seeding, in 36:16.14.
Four Old Dominion games against Conference USA opponents will be televised on Fox Sports networks, as part of the league’s TV package.
The Monarchs’ C-USA opener at defending champ Rice (Sept. 20) will be shown, along with three home games: the home opener versus Middle Tennessee State on Friday, Sept. 26; vs. Marshall (Oct. 4); and vs. Louisiana Tech (Nov. 22).
ODU games against N.C. State (Sept. 6 – ESPN3 online) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 1 – SEC Network) also will be shown. Eight of 12 games figure to be broadcast, and as many as 10 could be televised.
William and Mary first baseman Michael Katz was named a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger first-team All-American. He became the only Colonial Athletic Association player to receive the honor.
Katz, from Falls Church, finished the season with a .363 batting average, 87 hits, 24 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs, 64 runs and a school-record 75 RBI. He posted a .646 slugging percentage and a .445 on-base percentage.
He ranks sixth in the country in doubles, seventh in home runs, sixth in runs, 10th in slugging percentage, second in RBIs and fourth in total bases.
Katz became the Tribe’s first Louisville Slugger All-American since 2007, when Mike Sheridan received third-team honors.
Among many roster moves early in their training camp, the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders released former Phoebus High and Virginia Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi.
Brendan Taman, Saskatchewan's vice-president of football operations and general manager, said Adibi, who has played in the NFL but was making his first CFL appearance, "pretty much pulled the pin" on continuing his career, so he was released. ...
Denver standout wide receiver Wes Welker will come to this year's Colonial All-Pro Football Camp in Williamsburg, William and Mary coach Jimmye Laycock announced. Welker is replacing Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is facing a drug-related suspension.
Also participating in the June 22-25 camp at W&M will be Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
The camp is for players ages 8 through rising seniors in high school. For complete information and to register online, please visit TribeAthletics.com or call the W&M football office at 757-221-3337.
Coastal Plain League:
The Peninsula Pilots (2-1) pitched a combined one-hitter as they beat the host Wilmington Sharks 5-1.
Norfolk State's Matt Outman started, striking out six in five hitless innings. Newberry's Jonathan Rosenberger gave up the only hit and run, pitching three innings, and Lee's Grayson Bailey pitched a hitless ninth.
Lee's Andres Nelo tripled for the game's first run and scored on a passed ball. CJ Roth belted a two-run homer for the Pilots, and Purdue's Kyle Johnson got an RBI by being plunked with the bases loaded.
James Madison's Tyler Carroll had an RBI single in the seventh for Wilmington (0-3).
PILOTS 5, SHARKS 1
Peninsula 000 001 400 -- 5 4 0
Wilmington 000 000 100 -- 1 1 0
WP: Outman (1-0). LP: Gilbert (0-1). Standouts: Peninsula, Outman (struck out 6 in 5 hitless innings), Nelo 1-3 (2 runs, 2 walks), Tidaback 1-2 (1 run, 2 walks), Roth 1-4 (2-run HR); Wilmington, Carroll (RBI single in 7th). Records: Peninsula 2-1, Wilmington 0-3.
International League:Norfolk's ninth-inning comeback fell just short as the Tides lost 4-3 to Lehigh Valley in a matinee at Harbor Park that ended on a play at the plate.
The IronPigs, Phialdelphia's top affiliate, went ahead 4-1 with a three-run third. Lehigh Valley starter Chris Bootcheck yielded a first-inning run but retired 18 consecutive batters.
But in the ninth, Norfolk nearly tied the game against closer Kenny Giles.
Quintin Berry and Ivan De Jesus worked consecutive one-out walks, and Brett Wallace followed with a single to load the bases for Xavier Paul. After Giles uncorked a wild pitch that pulled the Tides within two runs, Paul flied out to shallow left field before Chris Marrero lined a two-out single into center field. De Jesus scored on the play, but Tyson Gillies' throw home nabbed Wallace -- who was trying to score from second -- on a close play at the plate.
Josh Stinson, who gave up a solo home run to Jim Murphy in the second inning and three runs on three hits in the third inning, took the loss.
Evan Meek pitched a scoreless inning in his first Tides appearance since Baltimore sent him to Norfolk. Also, outfielder Francisco Peguero's major-league rehabilitation assignment ended with the Tides.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels gained two victories in one night at The Diamond, defeating the Altoona Curve 5-4 in a game that was suspended because of weather Wednesday and then winning 6-3 in a seven-inning contest on pinch-hitter Ricky Oropesa's walk-off, three-run homer.
The first game was suspended in a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. When play resumed Thursday afternoon, the Squirrels scored four runs off reliever Tyler Sample, starting with Matt Duffy's two-run single.
Cody Hall yielded a three-run homer in the ninth to Mel Rojas Jr. but struck out the side.
In the regularly scheduled game, Duffy's RBI triple and Mario Lisson's RBI single put Richmond up 2-0 in the first, but the Curve's Jarek Cunningham slugged a three-run homer in the fourth for a 3-2 margin.
In the Squirrels' sixth, U.Va. product Jarrett Parker's infield single loaded the bases before Devin Harris drew a 10-pitch walk to force home the tying run.
In the seventh, Parker's double and Tyler LaTorre's walk preceded Oropesa's blast to right-center field, enabling the Squirrels to sweep the three-game series.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun