Baldwin Hits Clutch Homer
Pinecrest graduate James Baldwin III helped the Ogden Raptors overcome a three-run ninth-inning deficit with a home run in Wednesday’s Pioneer League contest.
The Raptor centerfielder and lead-off batter went 3-for-6, scoring twice and knocking in a pair of runs in a game the Los Angeles Dodger farm club went on to win 13-11 in 11 innings.
The fourth-round choice of the Dodgers in the June 2010 Major League draft is in his second year of professional baseball. He drove in a run with an infield hit in the Utah club’s four-run fourth inning and singled to right field in the sixth. The visiting Billings Mustangs led 11-8 when the Raptors came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth.
Scott Woodward and Baldwin led off with back-to-back home runs. The Raptors scratched out the tying run before Joc Pederson’s walk-off two-run homer in the 11th ended the team’s longest game of the season.
Baldwin is batting .325. The home run was his fourth. The Raptors lead the South Division with a record of 22-14.
PHS’s Parziale Shines in Florida
Rising Pinecrest senior Ally Parziale is a member of the Triangle FC soccer team that won the USL Women’s Super-20 North American championship on Sunday morning in Tampa, Fla.
A two-time All-Southeastern Conference performer for the Patriots, the midfielder was credited with three assists during the Triangle Futbol Club’s four- match title run that concluded with a 4-3 overtime victory over Reading United AC (Pa.). The winning goal was scored by Panther Creek High School graduate Ashley Clark.
Leading up to the championship match, Triangle FC defeated Reading 2-1, the Victoria Highlanders (British Columbia) 3-0 and the Toronto Lynx 1-0. Triangle won the event for 17- to 20-year-olds for the third time in the last four years.
Triangle advanced to the national championship by winning the South Atlantic Division that includes Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia with a 7-1-2 record. Parziale, 17, is the youngest player on the team’s 15-person roster. In addition to earning all-conference honors in soccer for the Patriots, she was the conference singles champion in tennis last fall.
Lady Pat Harriers Earn High Preseason Ranking
Pinecrest begins official cross country practices Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m at John Williams Stadium. Student-athletes must have a current physical and have been promoted to the next grade this past semester.
The team, ranked 12th in preseason top-25 poll for the state, is the defending Southeastern Conference champions, with 19 consecutive years of no losses in league competition.
It also returns seven of the squad’s top 10 runners from last season, plus the top-three finishers in the conference JV race.
This year’s 2011 Lady Patriots are lead by all-conference runners Jennie Cunningham, Katana Lemelin, Mulloy Manning, Sarah Pressley, Hayden Rudd, Jenna Woronoff and Kara Zoellner.
Other promising runners are Hana Bornhorst, Katie Hayes, Jaleigh Jensen, Sarah Klug and Mary-Katherine Johnston.
Pinecrest opens the season at home on Aug. 18 with the Patriot Invitational against East Chapel Hill, Union Pines, The O’Neal School and West Johnston.
If you have any inquiries, contact coach John Buchholz at jbuchholz@ nc.rr.com.
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