Saturday Night Baseball and Football Scoreboard:Hoppers road win at KAN/HP Rockers gain split with LI Ducks/HiToms and Copperheads divided in Double-Dip/Mudcats mash Dash/Cobras fall hard to Sharks at Greensboro Coliseum/State Games Report

Bonus Score:Arena Football from the Greensboro Coliseum
Jacksonville Sharks 55, Carolina Cobras 29

South Atlantic League Baseball:
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 0
WP:Bido(8-4)/LP:Stiever(4-6)/SV:Gardner(2)….GSO Martin 2-4/HR(18)/2 RBI…Sanchez 2-4/Run…Kaiser 2-4/Run/RBI…Koch 2-4/Run
TOG-2:32/Attendance 2,714 at Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium

Atlantic League Professional Baseball:
Game One
Long Island Ducks 3, High Point Rockers 2….(7 Innings)
Game Two
High Point Rockers 8, Long Island Duck 0….(7 Innings)
TOG-1:58/Attendance 2,741 at High Point’s BB&T Ballpark

Coastal Plain League:
Game One
Asheboro Copperheads 15, High Point-Thomasville HiToms 6….(7 Innings)
Game Two
High Point-Thomasville HiToms 3, Asheboro Copperheads 1…(7 Innings)
TOG-1:50/Attendance 1,119 at Finch Field, in Thomasville

High Point-Thomasville allowed just one hit in game two of a doubleheader at Finch Field to earn a 3-1 win against the Asheboro Copperheads at Finch Field Saturday after dropping game one 15-6.

Dallas Baptist’s Luke Trahan fired five hitless innings to start game two and allowed the only run of the game in the top of the 1st inning. UNCW’s Rian Haire followed with a scoreless inning before Trahan’s DBU teammate J.T. Penick earned the save. All three pitchers made their Coastal Plain League debuts.

Northeast CC’s Drew Smith laced a two-RBI single down the left field line with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 3rd to put the HiToms up 2-0. HPT would tally its insurance run in the 5th when Middle Tennessee State’s Myles Christian smoked a double into the gap in left-center to score Catawba’s Jeremy Simpson.

Simpson and Southeastern Louisiana’s Nick Ray recorded the other two HiTom hits in game two. Asheboro’s lone hit game in the top of the 6th inning off the bat of North Carolina A&T’s Dustin Baber.

The HiToms dropped game one to Asheboro 15-6 to start the day despite erasing an early 5-0 deficit. The Copperheads jumped out to that lead through three innings, scoring two runs in the 1st, one in the 2nd, and two more in the 3rd.

HPT rallied with five tallies in the bottom of the 3rd, including two off a Smith triple to the centerfield wall. Smith came home two pitches later when Louisburg’s Josh Baker smacked a home run to right-centerfield, his seconds straight game with a home run.

Asheboro posted three more runs in the 5th to take an 8-5 lead. HPT responded with a run in the 6th on a Christian RBI single, but the floodgates opened in the final frame, as the Copperheads struck for seven runs to put the game well out of reach.

Carolina League:
Carolina Mudcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 2
TOG-2:25/Attendance 4,167 at Five County Stadium in Zebulon

Region 6 (Host Region) and Region 1 Advance to Gold Medal Game in Baseball

High School Basketball Tournament Enters Bracket Play

The Powerade State Games Baseball Event enters its final day tomorrow. Region 6 (Charlotte Area) has advanced to the Gold Medal Game against Region 1 (Greenville/Northeast Coast Area). This is the first time Region 1 has advanced to the Gold Medal Game since 1999. The Gold Medal Game will be held at 3pm at UNC Charlotte on Sunday, June 16th. Facing off in the Bronze Medal Game at 12:30pm at UNC Charlotte is Region 4 (Fayetteville/Sandhills Area) vs. Region 5 (Triad Area).

Here’s the word on the Carolina Cobras-Jacksonville Sharks game from…../www.carcobras.comCobras Lose to Sharks 55-29 in Greensboro.

In a matchup between the top two teams in the NAL this one had Murphy’s Law written all over it for the Carolina Cobras (6-3) against the Jacksonville Sharks (7-1) as the Sharks prevailed 55-29 in the Greensboro Coliseum.

The game started out with Carolina winning the opening coin toss, but on the opening kickoff it was Jacksonville Kicker Brandon Behr opening the game with a Deuce, giving Jacksonville a 2-0 lead. The Cobras were able to answer on their opening drive, as they scored themselves as WR Kyrin Priester hauled in a 28-yard pass from QB Charles McCullum and with the PAT it was 7-2 Cobras. The Cobras defense held up and turned the Sharks over on downs and quickly scored with LaVon Pearson making a 10 yard TD grab, the PAT snap was wild, but Kicker Brandon Rutherford kept his head and nailed a drop kick for 2 points, that gave the Cobras a 15-2 lead and that was our score at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Shark offense woke up. Jarmon Fortson scored with the 8-yard TD catch, and with the PAT it was 15-9 Cobras. On the next drive for the Cobras they stalled out, and Brandon Rutherford came on for a 53-yard FG that was short and returned by the Sharks. They wasted little time scoring again, this time it was a 2-yard end around to WR Durron Neal, and with the PAT it was 16-15 Sharks. On the kickoff Behr was good for his second Deuce of the night and made it 18-15 Sharks. The Cobras then drove 45 yards and finished up with a 2-yard pass to FB Dashawn Johnson the PAT was good and it was 22-18 Cobras with under a minute to go in the half. Jacksonville drove again, and this time Devin Wilson with the catch from 8-yards out, and with the PAT it was 25-22 Sharks at the half.

In the third quarter the Sharks got the ball and the Cobras defense stood strong and stopped the Sharks on downs. It was a strong Cobras drive that finished with Charles McCullum running it in from 13 yards out and with the PAT it was 29-25 Cobras, sadly the Cobras would not score again. On the next drive, Jacksonville was driving, but they threw it deep and DB Michael Green went up for an incredible one-handed interception to give the Cobras the ball back, but they gave it right back while driving when a lateral went wrong with McCullum under serious pressure. It was recovered by Robert Brown for the Sharks, he returned it to the Cobras 16. One play later and after some missed tackles it was WR Kamrin Solomon with a 16-yard TD Catch, the PAT was good and it was 32-29 Sharks. On the very next drive it was Charles McCullum again under pressure and threw an interception to Seth Ellis off a tip by Cody Saul. The Sharks drove 32 yards and finished with a 2-yard run by FB Zack Brown, the PAT was good and then it was 39-29 Sharks. Behr hit his third Deuce of the night on the kickoff and it was 41-29 Sharks and we entered the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter the wheels basically fell off the bus for Carolina. Charles McCullum threw his second interception of the night, this time to DB Markus Smith. It was two plays and nine yards to Devin Wilson for his second TD of the night, the PAT was good and it was 48-29. The Cobras could not get anything going on their next drive and McCullum stayed under pressure and they turned it over on downs. The Cobras Defense stood up strong and it was DB Tyree Robinson with a fumble recovery to give the Cobras another chance. But it was not meant to be as Charles McCullum threw his third interception of the night, to Seth Ellis for his second pick of the night, and Jacksonville got the ball back.

They were not able to move the ball and attempted a 60-yard FG, which was no good. The Cobras again could not get the ball moving between McCullum getting sacked for the fourth time of the night, and with some penalties and they turned it over to Jacksonville with one minute to go. Jacksonville scored for the final time, this time from six yards out Devin Wilson with his third TD of the night, the PAT was good and the final score in Greensboro was the Jacksonville Sharks 55, the Carolina Cobras 29.

The Cobras are off next weekend, and travel to Orlando for their next game in two weeks. Jacksonville are home to face the NY Streets next weekend.

Article by: DJ Wagner