Despite yielding a run in the only inning he pitched, the eighth, reliever Mark Montgomery from Bruton High got the victory Thursday as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — the New York Yankees’ top affiliate — won 4-3 in an International League series opener at Norfolk before 2,654 at Harbor Park.
RailRiders third baseman Scott Sizemore, a former major-leaguer from Virginia Beach and VCU who is trying to make a comeback from injury, hit an tiebreaking single to left field in the ninth for Scranton (12-13). That capped his 2-for-4 night, which included a walk and two RBI.
Montgomery, the fifth of six men who pitched for the RailRiders, officially blew a save when Caleb Joseph slugged a home run to left-center to lead off the eighth. But he shut down the Tides from there, putting him in position to win when the Scranton offense delivered.
Joseph, whose brother Corban plays for the RailRiders, had two RBI for the Tides (8-18).
The Tides were playing without one of their top hitters, Henry Urrutia, who is on the disabled list, retroactive to April 29, with an abdominal strain.
Richmond (15-10) handed Bowie a 5-3 defeat at The Diamond, getting 11 hits off former U.Va. pitcher Tyler Wilson in 5 1/3 innings.
Two were by Jarrett Parker, one of Wilson's best friends from their Cavalier days, and Mario Lisson added three hits.
The Flying Squirrels went ahead with a three-run sixth.
Christopher Newport announced that its football and track facility will continue to be named Pomoco Stadium through June 2019. Pomoco Auto Group recently committed $250,000 to CNU athletics.
Shelby Harris of Newport News and her Mary Washington teammate Lindsay Raulston were No. 1 in the Atlantic South Region doubles rankings released Thursday, likely ensuring they’ll be seeded in the NCAA Division III championships in Claremont, Calif.
Raulston, who grew up in Franklin, is sixth in singles, likely to return to the NCAA field. Harris -- a former Hampton Roads Academy star -- is 18th in singles. She will be competing in the NCAA in team play and doubles, but not singles.
Mary Washington’s team is 21st in the nation and sixth in the region. CNU, which finished 10-11 overall and second in the Capital Athletic Conference regular season to Mary Washington, is 15th in the region.
Salisbury, which beat CNU in a CAC semifinal after losing to the Captains in the regular season, is ninth.
Virginia’s Alex Domijan was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and was among five Cavaliers earning All-ACC honors. ...
CNU (14-9) was 10th in Thursday’s Atlantic South rankings after falling in a CAC semifinal and placing second in the conference regular season, while Mary Washington was fourth and Washington & Lee fifth.
UMW and W&L — ranked 15th and 26th, respectively, in the nation — won their conference tournaments to gain NCAA berths.
In doubles, CNU freshmen Sam Thomson and Steven Boslet are ranked 11th regionally.
CNU senior Teddy Pekalski was named a second-team All-CAC player. He has caused 91 opponent turnovers, the most in Captains history.
Though William and Mary did not qualify for the four-team Colonial Athletic Association tournament at its home stadium, five Tribe players were honored by the conference.
Senior defender Hannah Clarke and redshirt junior midfielder Alexi Farmakis garnered second-team distinction, while freshmen defenders Abby Junior and Julia McGrath earned all-rookie team accolades.
Junior attacker Ellen Shaffrey was chosen to the all-academic team.
Forward Rickard Rakell, who had been playing for Anaheim in the NHL playoffs, was returned by the Ducks to the Norfolk Admirals.
The Admirals lead 2-1 in their AHL first-round series against Eastern Conference top seed Manchester entering Game 4 Friday night at Scope Arena.
The AHL series matches the Ducks’ top farm club against the Los Angeles Kings’ top affiliate. Their NHL teams are set to compete against each other in the playoffs’ second round.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun