Her family and friends will get to see her play at least twice each season when Queens comes east to Wilson and Mount Olive.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
From the current team, senior Brian Goodwin has signed with UNC, while junior lefty hurler Hobbs Johnson has verbally committed to the Tar Heels.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Coupled with Saturday’s 5-4 defeat of the Monarchs, the Bishops were able to sweep the series and take over sole possession of first place in the league standings with 3-1 conference record. Wesleyan has now won 10 of its last 11 contests to move to 14-11 overall.
Long, a Northern Nash graduate, chalked up his 299th victory on Saturday in NCWC’s series-opening 5-4 victory.
Wesleyan took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Luke Williford singled, stole second and third, and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Monarchs (16-7, 2-2) answered with a pair of runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead, but the Bishops countered with two of their own in their next at-bat. Sophomore Zach Alexander led off the inning with a solo blast to right-center, and Williford later drove in a run with an RBI-single to right.
Down 3-2, Methodist again plated a pair in the fourth and maintained its 4-3 advantage until the eighth inning. It was then that Williford struck again, this time with a two-out, two-run single that proved to be the game-winner.
NCWC starter Jonathan Lucas went six complete, allowing four runs on 11 hits and striking out four in the no-decision.
Freshman Ben Franceschi (2-0) earned the win in relief after tossing a scoreless 2.0 innings, which set the stage for junior John Child’s fourth save of the season.
Williford finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, while Zollie Woodlief and Alexander each had two hits. Wesleyan ripped 10 hits as a team in the contest.
Saturday’s victory set the stage for Long’s milestone win on Sunday, and senior righty Ben Moore made sure his coach did not have to wait.
Moore (3-1) tossed a complete game, scattering six hits and allowing just two runs while striking out five and walking one.
Long’s 300th coaching victory is the second major milestone for the N.C. Wesleyan baseball program in the past two weeks.
The Battling Bishops also turned in the program’s 1,000th overall victory with a recent 12-10 win over Piedmont College at Bauer Field.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Three games in, Goodwin hasn't broken any quite yet, but he did reach a milestone Tuesday in the Gryphons' 5-4 home loss to J.H. Rose.
His bunt single in the ninth inning was the 100th hit of his RMHS career. He trails only Adam Weaver (121) in total career hits in RMHS history.
Goodwin needs just two doubles to take that RMHS career record away from Jeremy Ward and Weaver. Both currently share it at 27, while Goodwin sits at 26.
Strangely enough, through three games, the Gryphons have recorded just two extra-base hits - a double by senior Dillon Cockrell in RMHS' 8-4 season-opening win over South Granville last week, and a double by sophomore Thomas Berry against Wesleyan Christian Saturday (5-2 RM win).
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Rocky Mount won its game with a 5-2 victory over Wesleyan Christian.
On another note, Gryphon senior Brian Goodwin has also been named to Baseball America's 10-member Preseason High School All-America first team.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Career - 207-103, .655 winning percentage (12 seasons)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Now with seniors!
RM's point guard Alonzo Sharpe finished his career with 1,134 pts. and 507 assists.
Nash Central guard Trey Sumler concluded his fine career with 1,921 points. He's been a first-team All-Conference selection four times. He averaged 23.6 this past season including a career-high 40 points. vs. Bunn. He's the school's all-time assist leader with 405 and steals leader with 260. Sumler also led the Bulldogs to a sterling 74-31 record the last four seasons.
NC's forward Michael Speight also reached the 1,000-point plateau with 1,034 career points and is NC's career leading rebounder with 612.
Wilson Fike's forward Jeremy Atkinson closed his career with 2,001 points. He's a four-time NEW 6 first-teamer. He's been Player and Co-Player of the Year in the league.
Fike guard Tramicka Jamesended her career with 1,074 points. She'll play soccer at Tusculum (Tn.) next fall.
Southern Nash's scoring tandem of Alyse Hall and Shante Neal also eclipsed 1,000-career points. Hall, a four-time first-team NEW 6 selection, closed her career with 1,515 points. Neal finished with 1,099.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Ford was very gracious in saluting Tyler Hansbrough when his 31-year stranglehold on UNC's top scoring mark went down this season.
Monday, March 2, 2009
More attention was recently thrown his way when The Sporting News' 2009 Baseball Yearbook hit newstands with him as a member of its 2009 High School All-America Team.
He joins Charlotte Providence infielder Richie Shaffer as the only North Carolina players on the squad.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior was named to the 10-player All-America squad. Weather permitting, fans of the Gryphons can catch him in their season opener at home Wednesday against South Granville.
Goodwin helped Rocky Mount win the NCHSAA 3-A state championship last season while hitting .473, socking a state-leading 15 doubles and 21 RBI while stealing 21of 21 bases.
Goodwin has signed to play next season with the University of North Carolina, which The Sporting News ranked as the team to beat for an NCAA title this season.