Coastal Plain League:
The Peninsula Pilots began the second half of the season by rallying from a five-run deficit to beat host Fayetteville 9-7, their seventh consecutive victory.
East Carolina’s Garrett Brooks was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI for the Pilots, who trailed the SwampDogs 6-1 after five innings before 1,746 fans. UNC Greensboro's Blair Betts pitched two shutout innings of relief for the win, and Georgia's Brandon Stephens pitched the ninth for his first Peninsula save.
Alex Close added two RBI for Peninsula. Chae Edwards, Michael Bozarth and Jason Blum each had two hits for the SwampDogs (12-15), and Lane Paul and Edwards drove in two runs apiece.
Thursday, the Pilots will play host to Edenton in a game that will decide the first-half title. That’s because both teams finished 21-7 in the first half and split their head-to-head confrontations.
PILOTS 9, SWAMPDOGS 7
Peninsula 100 003 410 -- 9 9 2
Fayetteville 006 001 000 -- 7 11 4
WP: Betts (3-0). LP: Turner (0-1). Save: Stephens (1). Standouts: Peninsula, Brooks 3-5 (2 runs, 2 RBI, 1 steal), Kempf 1-3 (double, 2 runs, 1 steal), Close 1-4 (1 run, 2 RBI), Myers 1-3 (1 run); Fayetteville, Blum 2-5 (1 run), Paul 1-2 (1 run, 2 RBI), Edwards 2-4 (double, 2 RBI), Bozarth 2-4 (2 doubles, 1 run, 1 RBI).
In a game that included 33 hits, host Rochester outscored Norfolk 15-11. Chris Colabello belted two home runs and Wilkin Ramirez batted 5-for-5 for the Red Wings (47-38), the Minnesota Twins’ top affiliate.
The Tides’ Quintin Berry hit a three-run triple as part of a six-run sixth that closed the gap to 13-10. Cord Phelps also had three RBI for Norfolk (33-53). ...
Michael Almanzar, a Rule 5 draftee who played recently for the Tides, was returned by the Orioles to the Boston organization. But the Tides gained starting pitcher Tyler Wilson, a former U.Va. standout who was called up from Double-A Bowie.
Richmond (49-34) won 3-2 at Harrisburg on Kelby Tomlinson’s second winning single in two nights.
This time, it came in the seventh inning against the Senators (32-50). Tomlinson's hit to left field brought home Skyler Stromsmoe.
Flying Squirrels starting pitcher Kyle Crick limited Harrisburg, Washington's Double-A affiliate, to two hits and no runs in five innings. But Kevin Keyes' two-run homer in the sixth tied the score.
Monday, the Flying Squirrels won the series opener 6-4 in 12 innings, with Tomlinson’s single breaking a 4-4 tie.
Former U.Va. stars Derek Fisher, Mike Papi and Branden Cogswell signed with the teams that drafted them: Houston, Cleveland and Oakland, respectively.
Fisher, a first-round pick, signed with Houston for about $1.5 million. Papi, also a first-rounder, signed with Cleveland. Cogswell, a seventh-rounder, signed with Oakland for about $200,000.
High school football:
Oscar Smith's much-hyped season-opening home game against last year's national champion, Booker T. Washington High of Miami, was set for 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on ESPNU.
Booker T. was 14-0 a year ago, winning the Florida 4A state championship. Oscar Smith (14-1) was the VHSL 6A runner-up.
Emily Salamy of Williamsburg advanced via a playoff in Richmond to qualify for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, one-putting her last three greens.
The Jamestown High golfer shot 4-over-par 76 — including a back-nine 35 — at the Country Club of Virginia to tie for third over 18 holes.
That put her into a four-way playoff for two spots, in which Salamy went par-birdie to join Norfolk’s Elizabeth Bose in qualifying. Both are age 17.
Northern Virginian Shannon Brooks, 16, of Vienna, shot even-par 72 to lead the sectional qualifier. Fellow D.C.-area golfer Julie Luo, 17, of Centreville returned 3-over 75 to earn her berth in the July 21-26 event at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Norfolk State senior linebacker Lynden Trail made The Sports Network’s Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America first team.
The second team included many players with area connections: Delaware sophomore punter Eric Enderson, a Phoebus High graduate; Hampton Pirates sophomore place-kicker Anthony Prevost; William and Mary senior wide receiver Tre McBride, defensive end Mike Reilly and linebacker Luke Rhodes; Richmond senior offensive lineman Austin Gund; and two Liberty teammates, linebacker Nick Sigmon and safety Jacob Hagen.
The third team featured Richmond wideout Stephen Barnette and defensive tackle Evan Kelly, plus James Madison safety Dean Marlowe. ...
Bob Soleau, a two-time All-American offensive lineman for W&M who graduated in 1964, died last week, the school said. The Pittsburgh native was the 1962 Southern Conference Player of the Year and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 1963. He donated funds to the Tribe football program that established a fully endowed scholarship. ...
Division III Emory and Henry, coached by Hampton native Curt Newsome, arranged to play FCS East Tennessee State in 2015. Newcome confirmed the news to the Bristol Herald-Courier.
The College of Charleston's head men's basketball coach is under investigation.
Sources close to the Colonial Athletic Association program say the school has hired investigators to look into Doug Wojcik's alleged verbal abuse of the basketball team, WCIV reported.
Requests for comment from Wojcik were not returned. Athletic director Joe Hull declined to comment on questions about the investigation or Wojcik.
Sources say the investigation focused on the day-to-day treatment of players, as well as specific instances between Wojcik and players. A person with knowledge said players met with school officials this week.
Newport News’ Maureen Slattery, a rising sophomore No. 1 player for the University of Denver, won three matches before losing in the semifinals of the weekend’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association Summer Circuit tournament in Fredericksburg.
Her former Hampton Roads Academy teammate Shelby Harris, a Division III All-American at Mary Washington, won three before falling in the quarterfinals.
Newport News’ Claire Spencer, who plays for Carleton (Minn.), won a match in singles and in doubles with Slattery.