High Point’s Walker sets national record in 100
Cameron Walker of the High Point Heat set a national record in the boys 7-8 100 dash in the semifinals of the USATF National meet on Thursday in Houston.
Walker clocked 13.67 seconds to break the mark of 13.69. He also won his semifinal heat in the 200 in 29 flat on Thursday.
Also Thursday, Tamara Clark of the Heat advanced to the semifinals of the girls 15-16 100 dash wby winning her heat in 11.92. Clark qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 200 earlier this week.
MORTON, HITOMS WALK OFF WIN WIN
THOMASVILLE — Around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, High Point-Thomasville skipper Austin Love received a text from Bradley Morton. The Appalachian State product was battling a stomach bug and let his coach know he might not be at the game.
He made it. The club is thrilled he did.
In the bottom of the 10th in a tie with Forest City, Morton put good wood on the second pitch he saw, sending a shot over the left field wall to propel the HiToms to a 5-4, walk-off victory.
“I feel a lot better now,” said Morton. “It is a great feeling and walk-offs are always exciting. It was a curveball and I honestly thought he (Owls’ pitcher Steven Pallares) was going to come with a fastball. He hung it and I just got my arms extended and it just traveled out of here. I honestly did not think it was going out. But it snuck its way outta here.”
Long before the heroic home run from Morton, the focus was on the pitching performance of Forest City’s Taylor Thurber. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, before Pete Guy broke it up with a sharp single up the middle. With the no-no wiped away, the HiToms began to hit with Glen Batson doubling to left to score pinch runner Des Roberts. A grounder to first moved up Batson to third. He scrambled home on a wild pitch that appeared to slip out of reliever Mitch Warner’s hands. That temporarily tied the score until Forest City had a pair of singles to regain a 4-3 lead.
Down to its final two outs in the ninth, High Point-Thomasville got a single from Tripp Dunn to provide hope. An error on a ground ball that was suitable for a double play put the tying run in scoring position. A strikeout put two outs on the board and left the game in Cody Brittain’s hands. On a 3-2 pitch with the runners moving, Brittain looped a single into right field to score pinch runner Jordan Simons.
The HiToms could not get the winning run in from third, but they had done just enough to force free baseball. The Owls were retired in order to set up the thrilling conclusion by Morton, who has struggled recently with his hitting. Before the home run he was 0-for-4 on the night.
“I told myself to just stay positive and keep your head in the game,” he said. “If you come up in a big situation you need to come through for your team. That is what I did.”
Winners in four of the last five games, the HiToms are getting themselves back into the playoff picture at 20-25. There is a dogfight in the West Division for the final playoff spot. Whether they make it in or not, Love is glad to see the club playing better baseball as of late.
“It is almost like we’ve had some addition by subtraction,” said Love. “As we’ve gotten down to a smaller number the guys have come together a little bit more and know their roles a little better. We are just really having fun. It is like, ‘hey, we are either going to win or going to lose.’ We are just pulling for each other and more than anything we are believing in each other.”
Notes: The Owls struggled defensively committing five errors on the night … Forest City’s Devin Wenzel and Zach Cerbo were the only two player to have multiple hits … Phil Maton (1-1) picked up the win in relief.
— ZACH KEPLEY
THE THOMASVILLE TIMES
CHANDLER CAPTURES AJGA DAVIS LOVE III JUNIOR OPEN
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Will Chandler of Atlanta posted a 2-under-par 68 in the final round of the Davis Love III Junior Open to claim the Boys Division title with a tournament total 6-under-par 204. In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., earned her second AJGA career win after carding an even-par 70 in the final round for a three-day total 1-over-par 211. Read more from The Davis Love III Junior Open
High Point’s Thomas Walsh, the leader after 36 holes, finished fourth at 71-64-72—207.
ALLWOOD STEALS SHOW AT SOUTH CAROLINA OPEN
FLORENCE, S.C. — Rohan Allwood, a PGA apprentice and Head Golf Professional at The Woodlands Golf & Country Club in Columbia, S.C., won the 63rd South Carolina Open held at Florence Country Club.
With birdies on the 14th & 16th holes, Allwood secured his three-shot victory with three straight rounds in the sixties (69-66-67=202).
High Point’s Davis Womble and Cody Clepper of Sumter, S.C. tied for low amateur honors and shared second place overall at 5-under 205. Womble shot rounds of 67, 68 and 70.
EAGLES FLY AT HPSGA PLAYDAY
THOMASVILLE — Four eagles were carded in this week’s High Point Seniors Golf Association two best ball playday at Old Homeplace.
Gerald Coble eagled No. 18, while Phil Robinson, Roger Tuttle and Dave Goodson eagled No. 2.
Three teams tied for the overall win at 12-under, while two teams shared the back side title at 6-under and the Robinson team won the front side at 10-under.
PANTHERS SAY NEWTON, HARDY READY TO GO
CHARLOTTE — Pro Bowlers Cam Newton and Greg Hardy will be ready to practice when the Carolina Panthers take the field for the start of training camp tonight.
The same can’t be said of often-injured running back Jonathan Stewart.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said Newton has been cleared medically following ankle surgery on March 19 and is expected to participate in all drills — which comes as great news for coach Ron Rivera, who is returning from a European vacation.
Gettleman said Hardy, convicted on two counts of domestic violence last week, will not face any suspension from the Panthers at this time.
He said the team will follow the league’s stance and let the legal process play out.
Stewart, who missed 17 games the past two seasons, pulled a hamstring recently in workouts and will miss 1-2 weeks.
PANTHERS ADD TWO VETERAN LINEMEN
CHARLOTTE — The Panthers have announced they have signed guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews, giving Carolina some experienced depth on the offensive line heading into training camp.
Velasco has NFL experience, starting 11 games at center for Pittsburgh last season before suffering an Achilles injury. Velasco signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie and spent his first two season on the practice squad. He moved into a starting role in 2012, starting 13 games at center and three at guard.
Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews. Also an undrafted rookie, he played in 14 games in 2012 but was cut last year in training camp by Washington.
To make room on the roster Carolina waived center Jared Wheeler and linebacker Billy Boyko.