The Greensboro Grasshoppers had another nine inning complete-game shutout back last Thursday from Derrell McCall and then followed that up with another nine inning complete-game from Graham Taylor on Friday night. The Hoppers’ pitching staff has put together four complete games this season and three of those belong to Taylor. The big thing about this is it’s all come in the first half and Greensboro never gets pitchers going nine innings let alone having complete-game shutouts. Taylor and McCall both have one to their credit.
Curt Schilling, Andy Pettite, Mariano Rivera, Jason Vargas, Chris Volstad; Taylor has out-done them all and looked better than any of those guys. A local fan tried to tell me the other day that Roger Clemens pitched here and I found out later that he was just pitching horseshoes out behind the Pepper’s Den on Spring Garden Street.
The Hoppers are done until after the SAL All-Star break and they concluded the first half with a record of 38-32. Six games over .500, not too bad for a team full of no-names on the way in this year.
The Carolina Dynamo got back to victory lane with a nice 5-2 win over the Palm Beach Pumas. The Dynamo are in action again this Saturday night against Cocoa Beach at Macpherson Stadium, game time is 7:30. No word on the Revolution coming out of the weekend but I’m sure Matt L. will get us up to date as news develops and Matt tells me the operation may be on the blinks but that Tony and Nancy Pewonski have always treated him with respect and that they have gone out of their way to help Matt and his son be closely involved with the team.
The Shockers beat the Guilford Patriots 7-6 on Sunday at Grimsley and the Shockers did it with many of their players away on vacation or at State Games. This was the second meeting of the year between the two Palomino baseball powers and now the series is deadlocked at one game a-piece. The Patriots took game one 7-6 and now with things all tied up at 1-1 the next game will be huge.
In Sunday’s contest Clint Moore hit another home run and drove in the game-winning run to score Ken Daly for the 7-6 final. The game-winning RBI was big and the fact that Alan Craven, Aaron Jones, and several other Shockers were missing makes it even more interesting.
Grimsley’s Moore, Craven, and Cody Walker were all named to the Metro 4-A All Conference team in baseball and also on it were Alex Phetteplace, Logan Self, Brandon McKiney, John Nesse, all from Northwest Guilford. Kenny Swab of East Forsyth was named Player-of-the-Year and Zac Truesdale joined Swab on the squad from East.