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Friday’s roundup: College baseball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker

A pair of North Carolina schools that haven’t won an ACC tournament in years and a pair of teams with titles within the last 10 years square off today in the ACC baseball semifinals.

North Carolina’s Austin Love was the winning pitcher for the Tar Heels against N.C. State in Friday’s final game of pool play in the ACC baseball tournament. [theacc.com photo]
Duke, which has never won an ACC tournament and hasn’t won an ACC baseball title since 1961, meets Virginia at 1 p.m. in one semifinal; Virginia routed Notre Dame 14-1 on Friday to clinch Pool A and won its fourth ACC title in 2011.

And N.C. State, which has won five ACC championships with the last coming in 1992, meets Georgia Tech at 5 p.m. in the other semifinal; Georgia Tech and won its ninth ACC title in 2014.

The tournament results and schedule follow:

POOL A – #1 Notre Dame, #8 Virginia, #12 Virginia Tech
Tuesday: Virginia 3, Virginia Tech 2
Wednesday: Notre Dame 8, Virginia Tech 0
Friday: Virginia 14, Notre Dame 1

POOL B – #2 Georgia Tech, #7 Louisville, #11 Clemson
Tuesday: Louisville 15, Clemson 10
Wednesday: Clemson 11, Georgia Tech 5
Thursday: Georgia Tech 9, Louisville 8, 12 innings

POOL C – #3 NC State, #6 North Carolina #10 Pitt
Tuesday: Pitt 5, North Carolina 3
Thursday: N.C. State 3, Pitt 2
Friday: North Carolina 9, N.C. State 6

POOL D – #4 Miami, #5 Florida State, #9 Duke
Wednesday: Duke 12, Florida State 1
Thursday: Duke 3, Miami 2
Friday: Florida State 6, Miami 3

Saturday’s semifinals
Pool A (Virginia) vs. Pool D (Duke), 1 p.m.
Pool B (Georgia Tech) vs. Pool C (N.C. State), 5 p.m.

Sunday’s championship game
Noon

Here are the league’s updated standings with conference record following by overall record:
(Atlantic Division)
Notre Dame 25-10, 30-11
N.C. State 19-14, 29-16
Florida State 20-16, 30-22
Louisville 16-16, 28-22
Clemson 16-20, 25-27
Wake Forest 10-22, 20-27
Boston College 10-23, 20-28
(Coastal Division)
Georgia Tech 21-15, 29-22
Miami 20-15, 32-19
North Carolina 18-18, 27-25
Virginia 18-18, 29-22
Pittsburgh 16-17, 23-20
Virginia Tech 16-20, 27-25
Duke 16-17, 30-20

 

Pro baseball

The Lancaster Barnstormers beat the Gastonia Honey Hunters 6-3 on Friday night in the second Atlantic League of Professional Baseball game of the season for both teams.

Gastonia (0-2) will look for its first win on Saturday at 6:50 p.m. against Lancaster at Caromont Health Care Stadium in Gastonia.

 

 

High school baseball

Local high school baseball standings through Thursday’s games with conference record first followed by overall record:

BIG SOUTH 3A
Crest 9-0, 9-0
Kings Mountain 8-1, 9-1
Forestview 5-4, 6-4
North Gaston 5-4, 5-5
Cramer 3-6, 4-6
Ashbrook 1-7, 1-9
Huss 0-8, 1-8

SOUTHWESTERN 2A
R-S Central 8-0, 9-1
Chase 5-3, 7-3
South Point 5-3, 6-4
East Rutherford 4-4, 5-4
East Gaston 4-6, 4-6
Burns 3-7, 3-7
Shelby 1-7, 1-9

SOUTH FORK 2A
East Lincoln 9-1, 9-1
North Lincoln 8-2, 8-2
Bandys 6-4, 6-4
Lk Norman Charter 6-4, 6-4
Maiden 5-5, 5-5
Lincolnton 3-7, 3-7
West Lincoln 2-8, 2-8
Newton-Conover 1-9, 1-9

SOUTHERN PIEDMONT 1A
Cherryville 8-0, 10-0
Lincoln Charter 8-1, 9-1
Thomas Jefferson 5-3, 6-3
Christ the King 5-3, 5-4
Highland Tech 2-6, 3-6
Bessemer City 1-8, 1-9
Piedmont CC 0-8, 0-8

PAC 7 2A
Mtn Isl Charter 8-0, 8-0
Comm Sch Davidson 7-1, 8-1
Pine Lake Prep 8-2, 8-2
Union Academy 3-5, 3-5
Bradford Prep 3-6, 3-7
Langtree Charter 0-7, 0-7
Queen’s Grant 0-8, 1-8

Next week’s schedule

Tuesday’s games
Cramer at North Gaston
Huss at Crest
Kings Mountain at Ashbrook
Forestview at Bessemer City
East Gaston at East Rutherford
Shelby at South Point
McDowell at Burns
East Lincoln at West Lincoln
North Lincoln at Lincolnton
Thomas Jefferson at Cherryville
Highland Tech at Piedmont Community Charter
Lincoln Charter at Christ the King
Langtree Charter at Mountain Island Charter

Wednesday’s games
Cramer at Berry Academy

Thursday’s games
West Lincoln at East Lincoln
Cherryville at Piedmont Community Charter

Friday’s games
Ashbrook at Cramer
Crest at North Gaston
Huss at Forestview
East Rutherford at East Gaston
South Point at Shelby
Burns at Kings Mountain
Lincolnton at North Lincoln
Highland Tech at Bessemer City
Thomas Jefferson at Lincoln Charter
Mountain Island Charter at Langtree Charter

 

 

College baseball

Big South tournament: Campbell is the top seed for the 2021 Ingles Big South Baseball Championship to be played Thursday through Saturday at Fayetteville’s SEGRA Stadium.

The two-time defending champion Campbell finished 28-9 in the league for a third straight regular season title. USC Upstate (28-12) finished second and Gardner-Webb (27-13) finished third.

The tournament schedule follows:

Thursday
Game 1: No. 4 Presbyterian 7, No. 1 Campbell 2
Game 2: No. 3 Gardner-Webb 11, No. 2 USC Upstate 4

Friday
Game 3: Campbell 5, USC Upstate 3
Game 4: Presbyterian 9, Gardner-Webb 6
Game 5: Campbell 13, Gardner-Webb 9

Saturday
Game 6: Presbyterian vs. Campbell, Noon (ESPNU)
Game 7 (if necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 4 p.m.

 

Conference USA tournament: After winning its first regular season Conference USA title in history, No. 20 Charlotte is the top seeded team in the 2021 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Baseball Championship at the brand new J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston, La., on Wednesday through Sunday.

Charlotte finished the regular season with a 39-17 overall record and 24-8 Conference USA record after winning two of three games from UNC-Wilmington this weekend.

The tournament schedule follows:

Wednesday
Game 1: (4) Old Dominion 11, (5) Florida Atlantic 2
Game 2: (8) Middle Tennessee 7, (1) Charlotte 2
Game 3: (2) Louisiana Tech 7, (7) UTSA 6
Game 4: (3) Southern Miss 11, (6) WKU 1, 8 innings

Thursday
Game 5: Florida Atlantic 9, Charlotte 8
Game 6: Old Dominion 10, Middle Tennessee 6
Game 7: WKU 10, UTSA 9, 10 innings
Game 8: Southern Miss 4, Louisiana Tech 1

Friday
Game 9: Florida Atlantic 14, Middle Tennessee 8
Game 10: Louisiana Tech 14, WKU 4, 8 innings

Saturday
Game 11: Old Dominion vs. Florida Atlantic, 10 a.m.
Game 12: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Tech, 1:30 p.m.
Game 13 (if necessary): Same teams as Game 11, 5 p.m.
Game 14 (if necessary): Same teams as Game 12, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday
Championship Game: 2 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

 

Pro hockey

The Carolina Hurricanes are in the midst of a Stanley Cup playoff pursuit after winning their fourth division title in 25 seasons in North Carolina. The Hurricanes won the 2006 Stanley Cup championship, advanced to the 2002 Stanley Cup finals and were in the Eastern Conference finals in 2019. Carolina is 36-12-8 this season and are the No. 1 seed in the Central Division.

Central Division semifinals vs. Nashville Predators
Game 1 – May 17, Carolina 5-2
Game 2 – May 19, Carolina 3-0
Game 3 – May 21, Nashville 5-4 in 2 OT
Game 4 – May 23, Nashville 4-3 in 2 OT
Game 5 – May 25, Carolina 3-2 in OT
Game 6 – May 27, Carolina 4-3 in OT (Carolina wins series 4-2)

Central Division finals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Game 1 – Sunday, at Carolina, 5 p.m.
Game 2 – TBA, at Carolina
Game 3 – TBA, at Tampa Bay
Game 4 – TBA, at Tampa Bay
Game 5 (if necessary) – TBA, at Carolina
Game 6 (if necessary) – TBA, at Tampa Bay
Game 7 (if necessary) – TBA, at Carolina

 

 

Legion baseball

The Gaston Braves Post 144-266 American Legion baseball team will hold sign-ups on June 5 at 4 p.m. at Gaston Christian School. For information, email [email protected]

 

 

Golf tournament

The Rutherford County Sports Hall of Fame is holding registration for the T. Max Champion Memorial Golf Tournament presented by Hardin’s Drugs. The event will be held Aug. 6 at Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club in Rutherfordton and will consist of three-person teams and a registration of $75 per player. The proceeds will benefit the RCSHOF Scholarship Fund and a prize of $600 will be awarded to the winning team. For more information on the T. Max Champion Memorial Golf Tournament or to nominate an athlete for the Rutherford County Sports Hall of Fame, please visit the RCSHOF website at https://rcshof.org/ or the organization’s Facebook page.