Durham Triple Play Long Ball recently returned from an unforgettable trip to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Minn.
Twelve players, along with coaches and staff, were invited to participate in the RBI Classic with hundreds of other softball and baseball players during the weeklong festivities of events. RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities.
“I feel like a proud mom as they represented Durham very well and truly understood the reason RBI exist,” Long Ball President Patricia Nobles said. “Getting young men back interested in baseball starts at a young age, and when they heard that the team from Canada were playing baseball for the first time in March, they decided that they wanted to let them win because, if not, they might not want to play baseball again. Their coach thanked us because now they are talking about going back home and practicing a lot so that they will be even better the next time.”
The 12 players were JaNazion Downey, Octavis Faison, Chandler Farrow, Phillip Foster, Christian Holiday, Damori Jackson, Amaree Leak, Andy Lloyd, Donte McCall, Donald Moore, Clarence Robinson III and Elijah Whitted.
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Long Ball ended its regular season last week, and playoffs begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Durham Athletic Park. Championship games are set for Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. with the 13- to 15-year-old team, followed by the 16- to 18-year-olds at 1:30 p.m.
The N.C. Bison have been impressive in their inaugural season in the Gridiron Developmental Football League despite two recent losses. The Durham-based team won its first seven games. The Bison close out the regular season Saturday night in a rematch against the Hampton Road Redskins at Durham County Stadium at 7 p.m.
Eagles on the move
Former N.C. Central standout Jeremy Ingram has signed a professional basketball contract with the Adanasor Tigers of the Turkish Basketball Second League.
Ingram, the 2013-14 MEAC Player of the Year, averaged 20.8 points per game.
“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “I feel very blessed and fortunate for another opportunity to be successful doing something I love. This is what I’ve worked my whole life for.”
Ingram helped the Eagles to their first MEAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
• Junior return specialist Adrian Wilkins has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner Watch List. The 40 honorees will vie for the top kickoff returner award in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Wilkins, who led the nation with five special teams touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns, helped NCCU take the top spot as the best return team in 2013.