Sports Briefs - March 19, 2014

March 17, 2014 

Sands, Archer shining so far in Florida

Wilson’s Mills native Jerry Sands is off to a blazing start with the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla. Sands was hitting .429 through 13 games and 21 at bats.

He has seven extra-base hits, including three home runs. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) is a whopping 1.526.

Sands, a off-season pickup from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, is vying for a roster spot as the fifth outfielder in Tampa. He’s in a very competitive battle for that roster spot with Jeremy Moore, who also has three home runs this spring.

Clayton’s Chris Archer hasn’t allowed a run yet through his first two spring training starts for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander has thrown 5 1/3 innings in two starts with three hits allowed, no walks and three strikeouts.

His walks and hits per innings pitched is a very solid 0.56.

Kenan edges Princeton

James Kenan edged Princeton 3-2 Friday night in a Carolina 1A Conference baseball game that featured just six combined hits.

The Tigers pushed ahead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Matthew Edwards and Nick Phillips had the Bulldogs' only hits in the loss and Mario Cisneros drove in a run.

Rams down Comets in softball

Cleveland downed Clayton 5-1 in softball Friday afternoon behind Brittany Bucklin's two home runs. Taylor Drayton held the Comets to one run to earn the pitching victory.

Princeton posts 25-hit night

Princeton rolled up 25 hits in a 23-0 softball win over James Kenan Friday night. Savanna Massengill was 5-for-5 for the Bulldogs, while Tori Paul went 4-for-5. Kortney Edwards had three hits, while Kasey Johnson, Taylor Carroll, Kelsey Peedin and Beth Braswell had two-hit nights.

South Johnston finishes strong

South Johnston finished strong and topped Southern Wayne 8-4 in softball Thursday to move to 4-0 on the season. South led 4-1 early but Southern Wayne tied the game with three runs in the top of the fourth.

The Trojans came back with a run to go ahead in the fourth, then added three more runs in the sixth.

Krista Collins was 2-for-4 with a triple and Lauren Higgins doubled for South Johnston in the win. Higgins was the winning pitcher, holding Southern Wayne to five hits.

Princeton wins conference soccer opener

Princeton took advantage of three goals from Jessica Brush and plenty of contributions elsewhere to down James Kenan 5-1 in girls soccer Friday night. Chelsea Hawley had two assists and a goal in the win, while Kassandra Velasquez scored a goal and assisted on another.

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